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Elisabete Furtado Dias

E.F. Dias obtained her PhD in Biology at the University of the Azores (2018), with a final thesis entitled “Conservation of Lactuca watsoniana Trelease, an Azorean priority species: Phylogenetics, Population Genetics and Propagation”.  

The main research interests concern the biodiversity, biology, genetic relationships, propagation methodologies and conservation regarding endemic Azorean taxa. Particularly interested in understanding diversity and island biogeographic patterns and the role of ecological and historical factors in shaping those pattern. She has published several articles in international journals such as Plant Systematics and Evolution, Seed Science & Technology, Phytotaxa, AOB Plants, among others.
Academic background:
2018 - PhD in Biology, University of the Azores (Portugal)
2012 - Master in Plants Biodiversity and Biotechnology, University of the Azores (Portugal)
2005 – Biology degree, University of the Azores (Portugal)


Vieira, A.F., Dias, E.F. & Moura, M. (2018). Geography, geology and ecology influence population genetic diversity and structure in the endangered endemic Azorean Ammi (Apiaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution, 304, 163-176.
Dias, E.F., Kilian, N., Silva, L., Schaefer, H., Carine, M., Rudall, P.J., et al. (2018). Phylogeography of the Macaronesian Lettuce Species Lactuca watsoniana and L-palmensis (Asteraceae). Biochemical Genetics, 56, 315-340.
Jones, K.E., Schilling, E.E., Dias, E.F. & Kilian, N. (2018). Northern Hemisphere disjunctions in Lactuca (Cichorieae, Asteraceae): independent Eurasia to North America migrations and allopolyploidization. Willdenowia, 48, 259-284.
Moura, M., Dias, E.F. & Maciel, M.G.B. (2018). Conservation genetics of the highly endangered Azorean endemics Euphrasia azorica and Euphrasia grandiflora using new SSR data. Conservation Genetics, 19, 1211-1222.
Dias, E.F., Moura, M., Schaefer, H. & Silva, L. (2016). Geographical distance and barriers explain population genetic patterns in an endangered island perennial. Aob Plants, 8.