Organizing Committee

João E. Rabaça

I have a position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Évora, and currently I am the Director of the Master in Conservation Biology. I lead the LabOr, University of Évora and have broad interests in avian ecology, chiefly in understanding the composition and structure of riparian and forest bird communities, the effect of changes in farming systems on the distribution and abundances of priority species and methodological issues of census techniques. Additionally, I have a special awareness in the spread out of scientific knowledge using birds as a reference tool. Read more here.

Carlos Godinho

Master in Conservation Biology and PhD in Biology (University of Évora), my main interests in Ornithology are the study of bird communities, birds as bioindicators, census methods and scientific ringing. I am a researcher at LabOr, University of Évora, co-responsible of the Constant Effort ringing Station of Herdade da Mitra and member of the scientific commission of the III Portuguese Bird Breeding Atlas.

Inês Roque

I hold a degree in Biology (2003), a Master in Conservation Biology (2007) and a PhD in Biology (2017) from University of Évora. My academic and professional background covers several aspects of owl ecology and conservation: breeding, diet, mortality, habitat preferences, dispersal, and ecotoxicology. I am a researcher at LabOr, University of Évora and I co-coordinate the Nocturnal Birds Working Group in Portugal (GTAN-SPEA, BirdLife Portugal). I also have broad interests in ethno-ornithology, in the role of ornithology in education and in dissemination of science to society.

Rui Lourenço

I graduated in Biology (University of Lisbon, 2000) and hold a Master degree in Conservation Biology (University of Évora, 2005). My PhD thesis in Biology (University of Évora, 2011) was focused on the competitive and predatory interactions among vertebrate top predators. My main research subjects are owls and raptors, studying aspects like diet, distribution, interactions, road ecology, and ecotoxicology. Besides research, I’ve worked in conservation and education in NGO’s. Currently, I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Évora, also coordinating the monitoring program Noctua-Portugal (GTAN-SPEA).

Pedro Pereira

I hold a degree in Biology (2007, University of Évora), a master in Management and Conservation of Natural Resources (2010, Technical University of Lisbon) and a PhD in Biological Sciences (2017, University of Coimbra). My main interests are bird conservation and their habitats, namely woodland communities and invasive species. I have participated in some national monitoring programs, such as owl and common bird census, constant effort ringing programs and bird atlases.

Ruud Foppen

I am a senior researcher of the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology and professor at the Department of Animal Ecology and Physiology of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and currently I am the chairman of the EBCC. I am also involved in ‘citizen’s ornithology’ collating and analyzing data of thousands of volunteers in order to report on the state of birds and to inform nature policy and nature management. I focus on research that aims to unravel the driving forces, drivers and pressures that govern our bird populations. I am an enthusiastic bird watcher and ringer and participate in many volunteer monitoring and surveying projects. Read more here.

Aleksi Lehikoinen

I lead the research group of the Helsinki Lab of Ornithology at the Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland. My main research interests are population ecology, conservation biology and bird migration. The main research topic in recent years has been to understand how climate change and land use changes affect populations of species. I also coordinate common bird monitoring in Finland. Read more here.

Volunteer team

André Oliveira

Cláudia Lopes

Maria Dulsat

Patrícia Santos

Pedro Freitas

Pedro Ribeiro

Rui Silva

Sara Ornelas

Shirley van der Horst

Inês Guise

Top Photo © Renato Bagarrão