Ricardo Miguel Minguéns Cardoso Cadete Pita

Ricardo Miguel Minguéns Cardoso Cadete Pita

Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação, Integrado no MED
Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação
Integrado no MED


I graduated in Biology at University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2000, completed a MSc in Conservation Biology at University of Évora (UE, Portugal) in 2005, and received my PhD in Biology from UE in 2010. Since then, my research activities were supported by 2 individual post-doctoral grants attributed by FCT, at ICAAM and CIBIO-UE. At present, I have a fixed-term contract as researcher at MED (Applied Ecology and Conservation group) under the Transitory Standard of DL57/2016. My primary goal is to conduct applied research in conservation biology that simultaneously addresses basic ecological questions. So far, my research has been largely focused on understanding the mechanisms ruling species persistence in spatially structured heterogeneous environments, using mostly, but not only, mammal species in fragmented farmland as model-systems. In particular, during the past years, I dedicated much of my research investigating the relationship between land-use change and population processes, integrating ideas from metapopulation theory, landscape ecology, and community ecology, focusing threatened voles in fragmented Mediterranean farmland. While most of my research has been empirically based, I also foster simulation-based approaches to predict complex ecological processes.

Investigação Actual
  • Animal demography
  • Land-use and climate change
  • Ecological sampling
  • Landscape ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Ecological modeling
Interesses de Investigação
  • Conservation biology
  • Zoology
  • Ecology
  • Ecological modeling
  • Biodiversity
  • Agroecology

Informação Pessoal

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Revistas com Arbitragem Cientifica e Indexadas

Mestre F, Pita R, Mira A, Beja P. 2020. Species traits, patch turnover and successional dynamics: when does intermediate disturbance favour metapopulation occupancy?. BMC Ecology 20. 10.1186/s12898-019-0273-5Grupos de Investigação MED: Biodiversidade e Alterações Climáticas Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação

Revistas com Arbitragem Cientifica e Indexadas

Valerio F, Ferreira E, Godinho S, Pita R, Mira A, Fernandes N, Santos SM. 2020. Predicting Microhabitat Suitability for an Endangered Small Mammal Using Sentinel-2 Data. Remote Sensing 12(3):562. DOI:10.3390/rs12030562Grupos de Investigação MED: Dinâmica e Gestão da Paisagem Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação

Revistas com Arbitragem Cientifica e Indexadas

Pita R, Morgado R, Moreira F, Mira A, Beja P. 2020. Roads, forestry plantations and hedgerows affect badger occupancy in intensive Mediterranean farmland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 289:106721. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2019.106721Grupo de Investigação envolvido: Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação