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Lara Baptista
Estudante de Doutoramento

I hold a BSc in Genetics and Biotechnology from UTAD and completed my MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution in November 2017 in FCUP/CIBIO-InBIO, with a project focused on the evolution of the family Rissoidae in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.

Evolutionary processes operating in marine life on remote archipelagos such as the Azores constitute my main interest of research. Currently, with my PhD project, I am interested in unravelling the evolution of marine invertebrate taxa in remote oceanic islands, by applying population genetics and phylogeographic approaches to gastropods and bryozoan species naturally occurring in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.

By integrating knowledge from several sources, I hope to enlighten the diversity and biogeographical patterns observed in marine invertebrates, clarify the evolution of life in remote islands (particularly the Azores) and understand the role of seamounts, ocean-currents and periodic climatic changes in the long-distance dispersal/invasion process of the archipelago.

This work is being developed under the supervision of Dr. Sérgio Ávila, Dr. António Múrias dos Santos and Dr. Manuel Curto, as well as Dr. Björn Berning as external advisor.

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Hyžný, M., Melo, C.S., Ramalho, R.S., Cordeiro, R., Madeira, P., Baptista, L., et al. (2021). Pliocene and late Pleistocene (MIS 5e) decapod crustaceans from Santa Maria Island (Azores Archipelago: Central Atlantic): systematics, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography, 36, 91-109, .
Baptista, L., Santos, A.M., Melo, C.S., Rebelo, A.C., Madeira, P., Cordeiro, R., et al. (2021). Untangling the origin of the newcomer Phorcus sauciatus (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in a remote Atlantic archipelago, 168.
Baptista, L., Meimberg, H., Avila, S.P., Santos, A.M. & Curto, M. (2021). Dispersal ability, habitat characteristics, and sea-surface circulation shape population structure of Cingula trifasciata (Gastropoda: Rissoidae) in the remote Azores Archipelago, 21.
Ávila, S.P., Johnson, M.E., Rebelo, A.C., Baptista, L. & Melo, C.S. (2020). Comparison of modern and Pleistocene (MIS 5e) coastal boulder deposits from Santa Maria Island (Azores Archipelago, NE Atlantic Ocean), 8.
Ávila, S.P., Azevedo, J.M.N., Madeira, P., Cordeiro, R., Melo, C.S., Baptista, L., et al. (2020). Pliocene and Late Pleistocene actinopterygian fishes from Santa Maria Island, Azores (NE Atlantic Ocean): Palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical implications, 157, 1526-1542, .