Dr. Catarina Ferreira

Dr. Catarina Ferreira
Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Conservation Biology
für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

catarina.ferreira@ufz.de Personal webpage: https://www.catarinacferreira.com/

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CV / Academic education

Jan 2015 - Dec 2017 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (IOF). Trent University, Canada & Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany
2011 PhD, University of Castilla-La Mancha (IREC-UCLM), Spain.
2010 MSc in Basic and Applied Research in Game Resources, IREC-UCLM, Spain.
2008 Advanced Studies Diploma, IREC-UCLM, Spain.
2003 MSc in Applied Ecology, University of Porto, Portugal.
2001 Biology degree. University of Porto Portugal.

Work experience

2013 Postdoctoral contract “Influence of landscape fragmentation on the synchrony of carnivore populations across their distribution range”. Department of Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.
2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Ref. SFRH-BPD-88643-2012) “Mammalian mesocarnivore communities in the Iberian Peninsula: time-series and large-scale analysis for successful top-order predator reintroductions”. Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal.
2012 Senior technician. CIBIO-UP, Portugal.
2012 Research contract. IREC-UCLM, CSIC, Spain.
2006-2011 PhD fellowship (Ref. SFRH/BD/22084/2005). FCT, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal.
2009-2010 Assistant Director / Ethologist. Iberian Lynx Captive Breeding Centre. Portugal.
2002-2005 Research grant. Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-UP), Portugal.
2000-2001 Junior Biologist. Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, Portugal.

Research interests

I'm a conservation scientist particularly passionate about the conservation of carnivores and their prey. My research has been primarily linked to small mammal management for sustainable hunting and the conservation of predator communities in Mediterranean ecosystems. Many of my findings have provided an important contribution for policy-makers to design species-specific conservation strategies of threatened species in Iberia, namely the Iberian Lynx Action Plan that included guidelines for the reintroduction of the species in Portugal.

My current research focuses on the effects of human-driven environmental changes, such as landscape fragmentation and climate change, on carnivore population ecology to design improved management and conservation strategies, using Lynx species from North America and Europe as models.




24. Ríos-Saldaña C.A., Delibes-Mateos, M. & Ferreira, C. Moving away from the real world: decline of fieldwork studies in conservation science. Submitted to Nature Ecology and Evolution.

23. Ferreira, C. et al. The Recovery illusion: planning delays effective rescue of imperiled species. Submitted to Bioscience.

​22. Bencatel, J.; Ferreira, C.; Barbosa, A.M.; Rosalino, L.M. & Álvares, F. Research trends and geographical distribution of mammalian carnivores in Portugal: a review of non-systematic data and publication metrics. Submitted to Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy.

​21. Le Pendu J. et al. (2017). Proposal for a unified classification system and nomenclature of lagoviruses. Journal of General Virology DOI: 10.1099/jgv.0.000840

20. Murray, D.L.; Peers, M.J.L.; Majchrzak, Y.N.; Wehtje, M.; Ferreira, C.; Pickles, R.S.A.; Row, J.R.; Thornton, D.H. (2017). Continental divide: Climate-mediated fragmentation of species distributions in the boreal forest. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0176706.

​19. Hudson L. et al. (2017). The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) Project. Ecology and Evolution 7(1): 145–188.

18. Ferreira, C.; Ríos-Saldaña C.A. & Delibes-Mateos, M. (2016). Naturalists: Hail local fieldwork, not just global models. Nature 534: 326.

​17. Ferreira, C.; Bastille-Rousseau, G.; Bennett, A.; Ellington, H.; Terwissen, C.; Austin, C.; Borlestean, A.; Boudreau, M.; Chan, K.; Forsythe, A.; Hossie, T.; Landolt, K.; Longhi, J.; Otis, J.A.; Peers, M.; Rae, J.; Seguin, J.; Watt, C.; Wehtje, M.; Murray, D.L. (2016). The evolution of peer review as a basis for publication in ecology: Directional selection towards a robust discipline. Biological Reviews 91: 597–610.

16. Murray, D.L.; Peers, M.; Majchrzak, Y.; Wehtje, M.; Ferreira, C.; Pickles, R.; Row, J. & Thornton, D. (2015). Potential pitfalls of private initiatives in conservation planning: A case study from Canada's boreal forest. Biological Conservation 192: 174-180.

15. Ferreira, C.; Castro, F.; Piorno, V.; Barrio, I; Delibes-Mateos, M.; Rouco, C.; Mínguez, L.E.; Aparicio, F.; Blanco-Aguiar, J.A.; Ramírez, E.; Iriarte, C.; Ríos-Saldaña C.A.; Cañadilla, J.; Arias de Reyna, L.; Ferreras, P.; Alves, P.C. & Villafuerte, R. (2015). Biometrical analysis reveals major differences between the two subspecies of the European rabbit. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116(1): 106-116.

14. Marques, S.; Ferreira, C.; Paupério, J.; Silva, R.; Lemos, A, & Alves, P.C. (2015). Coccidiosis in European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus) populations in the Iberian Peninsula. Acta Parasitologica 60(2): 350–355.

13. Delibes-Mateos, M.; Ferreira, C.; Carro, F.; Escudero, M.A. & Gortázar, C. (2014). Ecosystem effects of variant rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus emergence, Iberian Peninsula. Emergent Infectious Diseases 20(12): 1-3.

12. Delibes-Mateos, M.; Ferreira, C.; Rouco, C.; Villafuerte, R. & Barrio, I.C. (2014). Conservationists, hunters and farmers: the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus management conflict in the Iberian Peninsula. Mammal Review 44 (3-4):190–203.

11. Ferreira, C.; Delibes-Mateos, M.; Rouco, C.; Díaz-Ruiz, F.; Fernandez-de-Simon, J.; Ríos-Saldaña, C.A.; Ferreras, P. & Villafuerte, R. (2014). Habitat management as a generalized tool to boost European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus populations in the Iberian Peninsula: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Mammal Review 44(1): 30-43.

10. Ferreira, C.; Villafuerte, R.; Villar, I.; Castro, F.; Ferreras, P.; Rouco, C.; Alves, P.C.; Arias de Reyna, L. & Redpath, S. (2014). Experimental study on the effect of cover and vaccination on the survival of juvenile European rabbits. Population Ecology 56(1): 195-202.

9. Ferreira, C. (2013). Cain, M.L., Bowman, W.D. & Hacker, S.D., 2011. Ecology, 2nd Edition. Book Review, ÉcoScience 20(2): 204‒205.

8. Díaz-Ruiz, F.; Delibes-Mateos, M.; García-Moreno, J.L.; López-Martín, J.M.; Ferreira, C. & Ferreras, P. (2013). Biogeographical patterns of the diet of an opportunistic predator: the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in the Iberian Peninsula. Mammal Review 43(1): 59–70.

7. Ferreira, C. (2012). European rabbit research in the Iberian Peninsula: state of the art and future perspectives. European Journal of Wildlife Research 58(6): 885-895.

6. Sarmento, P.; Cruz, J.; Paula, A.; Eira, C.; Capinha, M.; Ambrósio, I.; Ferreira, C. & Fonseca, C. (2012). Occupancy, colonization and extinction patterns of wild rabbit populations in areas of future Iberian lynx reintroductions. European Journal of Wildlife Research 58: 523-533.

5. Ferreira, C. & Delibes-Mateos, M. (2012). Conflictive management of small mammals considered as pests: a long way to evidence-based policy making. Current Zoology 58(2): 354-358.

4. Ferreira, C.; Paupério, J. & Alves, P.C. (2010). The usefulness of field data and hunting statistics in the assessment of wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) conservation status in Portugal. Wildlife Research 37: 223-229.

3. Ferreira, C. & Alves, P.C. (2009). Influence of habitat management on the abundance and diet of wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus) populations in Mediterranean ecosystems. European Journal of Wildlife Research 55: 487-496.

2. Sarmento, P.; Cruz, J.; Monterroso, P.; Tarroso, P.; Ferreira, C., Negrões, N. & Eira, C. (2009). Status survey of critically endangered Iberian lynx Lynx pardinus in Portugal. European Journal of Wildlife Research 55: 247-253.

1. Ferreira, C.; Ramirez, E.; Castro, F.; Ferreras, P.; Alves, P.C.; Redpath, S. & Villafuerte, R. (2009). Field experimental vaccination campaigns against myxomatosis and their effectiveness in the wild. Vaccine 27: 6998-7002.


2. Ferreira, C. & Delibes-Mateos, M. (2010). Wild rabbit management in the Iberian Peninsula: state of the art and future perspectives for Iberian lynx conservation. Wildlife Biology in Practice Lynx Special issue 6(3): 48-66.

1. Sarmento, P.; Cruz, J.; Monterroso, P.; Tarroso, P.; Ferreira, C. & Negrões, N. (2005). Iberian lynx conservation in Portugal. Wildlife Biology in Practice 1 (2): 156-162.