CIBIO-​UE news

Post-​Doctoral Research fellowship is now open for applications at ICETA (CIBIO-​InBIO) - Reference ICETA 2017-​10 in the context of the Project “All Heaven in a Rage: International bird trade as a driver of biological invasions in Europe” HEAVEN INRAGE: INTERNATIONAL BIRD TRADE ASDRIVER OF BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS IN EUROPE” (PTDC/​AAG– GLO/​0463/​2014POCI-​01 – 0145-​FEDER-​016583) granted by national funds by FCT/​MCTES (PIDDAC) and co-​funded by FEDER funds through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness Factors (POFC)- COMPETE.


Biological invasions are one of the greatest global changes now underway. Human translocation of species, either intentional or not, is mixing the world’s biota and while the majority of transported species fails to establish in the new areas, some eventually become invasive. Invasive species are now a main cause of important declines in biological diversity, of economic and productivity losses in human enterprises and of large-​scale changes in the spatial distribution of human and animal diseases. The current number of known invasive species worldwide already reaches the tens of thousands and the increase of this number is strongly associated with the increase in the extent and volume of trade and transport. Consequently, as globalization ensues, it is expected that the number of invasive species and the magnitude of their impacts becomes even higher.

Research environment:

The postdoc will be associated with Luís Reino in the Applied Population and Community Ecology Laboratory in Lisbon led by Prof. Pedro Beja, which will co-​supervise the work. The successful candidate will also be actively involved with the CIBIO-​partners at the University of Évora in the group led by Prof. Miguel B. Araújo, particularly the other candidate that will be contracted under this project. This project also involves collaboration with a cohort of international scientists including Riccardo Scalera (IUCN), Daniel Sol (CSIC), David Richardson (Stellenbosch University), Diederik Strubbe (University of Copenhagen), Jose Tella (Estación Biológica de Doñana– CSIC), Martina Carrete (University Pablo de Olavide), Jonathan Jeschke (Berlin-​Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research), among others.

Required background and skills:

Two alternative profiles are suitable for this post:

Profile 1 – PhD in Mathematics or Physics. Solid skills in applied modelling of network-​related dynamics. Good programming skills are a must. Strong motivation for working in ecological problems is highly appreciated.

Profile 2 - PhD in Biology, Ecology and related fields. Solid background in dispersal ecology with proven experience in environmental modelling, numerical analysis of ecological data and macroecology. Good programming skills are a must. Proven knowledge of network dynamics is highly appreciated.

Language: English as a first or second language is required.

Publication record: Candidates are expected to have a good publication record in internationally refereed journals.


The call for applications is open from 11th April to 25th April 2017. Applications must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , containing in the subject the reference to which the candidate is applying, under penalty of exclusion of the candidature.

The application must include a cover letter (in English) explaining why you think you are an adequate candidate for the post, a short CV (up to 5 pages), copy of the academic degree certificate, external links to five of your most relevant papers, and the names and contacts of two academics that can provide a reference for you.

More information here


Science Retreats and InBIO-​CIBIO at the University of Évora are jointly organising the second edition of the Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis in Ecology taught by Prof. Alexandre Diniz Filho.

Biological patterns and processes we observe on earth, are contingent on the evolutionary history of lineages. But how can such evolutionary history be considered in our analysis? The course will introduce the field of comparative phylogenetic analysis giving particular focus the analyses large species distributions databases across broad regions (a field known as macroecology). Topics addressed in the course are: introduction and historical notes on comparative methods; phylogenetic reconstruction and relationships; evolutionary models and phylogenetic distances; estimating phylogenetic signal and correlated evolution; phylogenetic diversity, community structure and diversification models. A mix of theoretical lectures and practicals with R are the basis for this course.


The course targets posgraduate students in ecology, evolution, and related disciplines, as well as established researchers wanted to extend or update their knowledge in the field.

About the instructor: Prof. Alexandre Diniz Filho

Full Professor in Ecology and Evolution at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Brasil, and 1A Productivity Researcher of National Council for Scientific Development (CNPq) since 1994. Jose Alexandre F. Diniz Filho has a wide range of interests in statistical methods applied to macroecology, biogeography and comparative analyses. Since 2014 is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and now coordinates a National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation, the most prestigious funding program in Brazil, creating a research network involving more than 120 researchers from all over the world.

More information and registrations are available here

Stochastic Models

Science Retreats and InBIO-​CIBIO at the University of Évora are jointly organising the 1st edition of the course “Individual-​based modelling for ecology, evolution and conservation: concepts, methods, applications, and challenges” taught by Professors Justin Travis, Greta Bocedi and Steve Palmer.

This course will introduce key concepts in individual-​based modelling, highlighting both the opportunities that this modelling approach provides as well as discussing the challenges.

The course will cover the use of individual-​based models for developing novel theory as well as how the approach can be used for a broad range of applied questions. Examples will be drawn from a range of topics including the use of individual-​based models in landscape ecology (e.g. to model functional connectivity), their use in simulating range expansions under alternative potential future scenarios, the evolution of life history strategies (including dispersal and mating system).

During the course, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to use RangeShifter (Bocedi et al. 2014 Methods in Ecology and Evolution), a platform developed by the teaching team for individual-​based modelling of ecological and evolutionary processes. There will additionally be the opportunity to develop new code in R or C++, depending upon the participants’ interests and expertise. The course will be structured with lectures and tutorials during the mornings and project work in the afternoons. Participants will be supported in working individually or in small groups in developing models to address questions related to systems or questions that they work on. They will be guided, where appropriate, in making use of environmental and ecological data from their system. Training will be provided in effectively dealing with the different sources of uncertainty present within output generated from individual-​based models. The course is the first to be run in this format in Evora but it builds upon several successful shorter format courses that have been run to introduce participants to RangeShifter and on an Advanced Modelling for Ecology and Conservation course that is part of a Masters programme at University of Aberdeen.

More information and registrations are available here

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Coming up soon the 4th edition of the “Species distributions models: concepts, methods, applications, and challenges”, which introduces the fundamental concepts underpinning ecological niche models (ENM), while describing some of the most prominent methods currently in use, and discussing the strengths and limitations of these models for different applications. The course jointly organised by Science Retreats and the InBIO-​CIBIO at the University of Évora gives equal weight to theory and application. During one day the students will analyse their data and prepare a small report for discussion in the class.

Course Objectives

In the end of the course, our aim is that students will be equipped to:

1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of ecological niche models

2. Understand the strengths and limitations of ecological niche models in the context of different uses

3. Be able to correctly design an ecological niche modelling study for a variety of uses

4. Get started with ecological niche modelling using SDM R.


Some experience in the computer language R is desirable, and experience with GIS is helpful. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Fees and cancelation policy

20% discounts on the registration fee are available to students and researchers from InBIO-​CIBIO and to students from the University of Évora (contact us by email to obtain the promotional code). When paying through a non-​Portuguese EU institution you will be exempt of VAT (value added tax) if you provide the adequate VAT tax code. If you come from outside the EU you are also exempt of VAT. Should you prefer paying the registration fee via wire transfer let us know and we’ll provide you with the necessary information.

If you wish to cancel your participation in this course, cancellations up to 20 days before the course start date will incur a 30% cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non-​attendance, the full course fee will be charged. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, accepted candidates will either be entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or the fee can be credited toward a future course. The organisation is not responsible for travel costs, or any other expenses incurred by the candidate as a result of such cancellation. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of the planned course.


The course accepts a minimum of 10 students and maximum of 30 students.

Course Tutors

Miguel Araújo is a Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and visiting Professor at the Universities of Évora and Copenhagen. Previously, he held faculty or research positions at the Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, the CNRS, and the Natural History Museum in London. He was recently elected Editor-​in-​Chief of Ecography. Miguel Araújo has a wide range of interests in biogeography, conservation planning, global change biology, and macroecology. Earlier work included the development of reserve-​selection techniques that minimise species extinctions within reserves. More recently, a variety of types of species distributions models have been used to investigate impacts of climate change on species distributions. The goal is to better understand the sources of uncertainty in models and to propose alternative approaches to reduce them. He was lead author for section on the biodiversity and climate change in Europe in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for which the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize. Miguel Araújo is a highly cited author (2015, 2014) and recipient of the King James I Prize (2016) and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2014). He also received the IBS (International Biogeography Society) MacArthur & Wilson Award (2013), given to an individual ‘for notable, innovative contributions to biogeography at an early stage in their career’, and the GIBIF (Global Information Biodiversity Facility) 2013 Ebbe Nielsen Prize awarded to researchers that “combine biosystematics and biodiversity informatics in an exciting and novel way”.

Babak Naimi is a Research Associate at the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum of Denmark within the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. His research interests revolve around spatiotemporal statistics, environmental modelling, and the interface between geo-​informatics and biogeography. He is currently working on developing new methods for species distribution modelling under climate change and land use change scenarios to improve their ability for understanding ecological processes associated with the patterns in species distributions as well as to deal with the challenges in the methods.

More information and registrations are available here.


In this course we’ll be dealing with knowledge transfer in Science: how can researchers inform the general public — and also funders… — about their work. This 5-​day film-​making course will take you through all the stages of making a short documentary about your research. It includes: documentary theory, pre-​production, production, post-​production, and promoting your film. Each day will combine learning theory in the classroom, with practical, hands-​on experience of filming techniques, and analysing footage. Each participant will have the opportunity to be involved in every stage of the film-​making process. They are invited to make their own finished film during the course’s 5 days.

Course summary

This film-​making course will take you through all the stages of making a short documentary about your research. It includes:

- Documentary theory: what makes a good film? How to think about using film and video to promote your research. The language of film: Shot sizes, camera movement, and how to use them.

- Pre-​production: Planning your film, researching content, organising shoots. Understanding equipment, copyright and permissions, story-​boarding.

- Production: Shooting interviews, shooting additional material, getting good quality sound, lighting your interviews

- Post-​production: Editing your film, boosting the colour and audio of your film, best use of music, adding simple graphics, titles and web links.

- Promoting your film: Upload to Youtube, search engine optimisation, social media, getting your film seen.

Each day will combine learning theory in the classroom, with practical, hands-​on experience of filming techniques, and analysing footage. Each participant will have the opportunity to be involved in every stage of the film-​making process. They are invited to come prepared to make their own film on the course, and will be taught all the stages to produce a finished film after 5 days.

For more information and registration check here

Contact:Casa Cordovil, 2º andar, Rua Joaquim Henrique da Fonseca, 7000 – 890 Évora 
phone: +351 266 759 350 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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