João Gonçalo Soutinho

João Gonçalo Soutinho
CIBIO Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources | CIBIO · ECOCHANGE - Predicting and Managing Ecological Change

Master of Ecology and Environmental Management
PhD Student - BioDiv Programme - FCUP-CIBIO Porto, Portugal

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Introduction
Master of Ecology and Environmental Management. Interested in transposing scientific knowledge in landscape and environmental management. Focused on natural structures retention, such as deadwood and large trees, I've been working on creating the necessary means to valorize these structures while engaging citizens and stakeholders in their preservation. Using citizen science and environmental education to disseminate the importance of these structures for biodiversity conservation.

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Publications (13)
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The European Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) is a saproxylic protected species facing a generalized decline. It is one of the biggest beetles in Europe and is very easy to identify, presenting a high iconographic value. It is thus used as a flagship species for raising awareness towards the need of protecting invertebrates, specifically deadwood depen...
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Protected areas are not only crucial for biodiversity and natural processes but also for recreation. Although a benign neglect strategy of dealing with natural disturbances in protected areas is beneficial for nature, public debate on avoiding increased pest population growth has intensified. We evaluated the effect of mechanical pest control measu...
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Lucanus cervus, the European stag beetle, is one of the largest beetle species in Europe. It is protected by several European laws demanding monitoring throughout the countries where it occurs. In Portugal, its southwestern distribution limit, where a specific conservation plan is still lacking, its conservation status was considered ‘Unknown’ in t...
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Quercus faginea (Portuguese oak) is a marcescent White Oak that is distributed across the western Mediterranean Basin in transitional sub-Mediterranean areas that include most of the western Portuguese coast. Due to land-use changes, its presence has been drastically reduced but there are still old-growth oaks, remnants of the native forest, that s...
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To address the decline in biodiversity, international cooperation in monitoring of threatened species is needed. Citizen science can play a crucial role in achieving this challenging goal, but most citizen science projects have been established at national or regional scales. Here we report on the establishment and initial findings of the European...
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The extinction of species is a non‐random process, and understanding why some species are more likely to go extinct than others is critical for conservation efforts. Functional trait‐based approaches offer a promising tool to achieve this goal. In forests, deadwood‐dependent (saproxylic) beetles comprise a major part of threatened species, but anal...
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Mature Portuguese oaks are relics from primary Quercus faginea woodlands (cercais), that historically occupied a considerable area of Midwestern Portuguese Limestone, representing the transition between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean climates. These trees play a major ecological role in the conservation of biodiversity, constituting essential...
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Humans are changing Earth’s biodiversity at unprecedent rates, mainly by destroying or degrading ecosystems. Large old trees can be both a symbol of cultures, as well as an ecosystem per se. They play essential ecological roles in e.g. hydrologic and micro/meso-climatic regimes, carbon storage and nutrient cycling while also providing habitat for a...
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Although laboratory trials suggest that stick insects (Phasmatodea) are a highly palatable prey group for spiders, field observations confirming this hypothesis are very rare. We report on a predatory event involving a huntsman spider of the genus Damastes (Araneae: Sparassidae) on a stick insect of the genus Antongilia (Bacillidae: Antongiliinae)...
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Saproxylic species, those which depend on deadwood to survive, can be found in a multitude of habitats in several ecosystems. Land use change and intensification can increase human-nature conflicts (e.g. tree management-biodiversity conservation). As a result, many trees are removed and saproxylic organisms eventually become threatened. In Portugal...
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Os escaravelhos saproxílicos são vitais em qualquer ecossistema florestal. O facto de ocuparem nichos ecológicos tão específicos permite que sejam usados como bio-indicadores da qualidade florestal. Fitossanidade, gestão florestal e reciclagem de nutrientes são apenas três dos muitos parâmetros que podem ser analisados a partir do estudo das popula...
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A Serra do Buçaco, localizada na zona centro de Portugal, encontra-se bastante marcada pela acção humana. As actividades associadas à silvicultura intensiva de pinheiro-bravo e eucalipto e mais recentemente os impactos notórios de espécies invasoras como as acácias constituem importantes factores de perturbação, levando à perda e fragmentação de ha...

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I'm interested in compiling information regarding ideas/mechanis/projects at national/regional/local level of different countries regarding the protection of ancient/veteran/habitat trees by paying/compensating for ecosystem services provision to land owners.
I'm interested in promoting this kind of conservation in Portugal but I'm lacking examples from other regions.
Thank you all in advance for the help.
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I'm interested in compiling information regarding laws at national/regional/local level of different countries regarding the protection of ancient/veteran/habitat trees.
Laws regarding monumental or big trees are also interesting but the main goal is to have examples of laws that promote the protection of trees not only based on the size, cultural or historical value but also on their ecological value.
I'm interested in promoting this kind of conservation in Portugal but I'm lacking examples from other regions.
Thank you all in advance for the help.
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I'm a looking for a good dataset of european beetles that could be used for calibrate a method. Thank you

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Projects (3)
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Identify and inventor the habitat value of big trees in Lousada while promoting its conservation.
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Revision and inventory of the entomofauna of Bussaco Mountain. Volunteering on BRIGHT - "Bussaco´s Recovery from Invasions Generating Habitat Threats" Life+ project since 2011.
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The Portuguese Network for the Monitoring of Stag Beetle is a citizen science project that aims at evaluating the distribution and conservation status of Lucanidae species in mainland Portugal and raising awareness towards its conservation. Citizens can help in two different ways: by sharing sporadic sightings or in a more engaged way, by monitoring specific areas that will enter the “European Stag Beetle Monitoring” Project Database, which currently counts with 13 countries.