Luisa Rodrigues

Luisa Rodrigues
Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas

PhD

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Bat flies (Diptera: Nycteribiinae) are highly specialized bloodsucking bat ectoparasites. Some of the ectoparasitic bat flies are themselves parasitized with an ectoparasitic fungus of the genus Arthrorhynchus (Laboulbeniales). Ascospores of the fungus attach to the cuticle of a bat fly and develop a haustorium that penetrates the host cuticle. Thi...
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Bat flies (Nycteribiidae) of the order Diptera are highly specialized bloodsucking ectoparasites living on bats. The life-cycle of the bat flies emphasizes their obligate relationship with their hosts as they spend almost their entire life on bats. Upon mating, the female bat fly carries the larvae internally until the 3 rd -instar when it deposits...
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Understanding aging is a grand challenge in biology. Exceptionally long-lived animals have mechanisms that underpin extreme longevity. Telomeres are protective nucleotide repeats on chromosome tips that shorten with cell division, potentially limiting life span. Bats are the longest-lived mammals for their size, but it is unknown whether their telo...
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The impact of the operation of wind farms on birds and bats in terms of true fatality is still unknown. However, fatality numbers can be estimated using statistical methods that have improved over recent years, aiming to provide a closer representation of the real ecological conditions. To assess which statistical methods have been used to estimate...
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Wind energy continues to be one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources under development, and while representing a clean energy source, it is not environmentally neutral. Large numbers of bats are being killed at utility-scale wind energy facilities worldwide, raising concern about cumulative impacts of wind energy development on bat popul...
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AimWe investigated the effects of disease on the local abundances and distributions of species at continental scales by examining the impacts of white-nose syndrome, an infectious disease of hibernating bats, which has recently emerged in North America.LocationNorth America and Europe.Methods We used four decades of population counts from 1108 popu...
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Monitoring data on hibernating bats were aggregated for the first time across a number of European countries. These supranational trends revealed that nine out of sixteen bat species examined increased at their hibernation sites in Europe between 1993-2011, while only one is decreasing. This is reflected in the positive trend shown by a prototype m...
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Europe is faced with the need to tackle climate change and pollution and to find sustainable means to meet demands for energy generation. Thus the promotion of alternative methods for the production of energy such as wind power has been intensified. The low-emission production of wind energy brings benefits for the environment but on the other hand...
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European bats are a species-rich group widely distributed through the range of agricultural and non-agricultural landscapes and habitats that form the wider countryside. The landscape of Europe has been and continues to be affected by intensive and varied human influences that have had widespread and sometimes devastating effects on bat populations...
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Our study aims to determine how different climatic variables influence bat activity and mortality at wind farms in Portugal. The study was conducted from March to October 2007 at a wind farm with 20 turbines located in Northern Portugal. Bat activity was determined by ground bounded acoustic sampling, while mortality was assessed through fatality s...
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Currently, we are facing an increase in wind energy production and in many cases monitoring of wind farms facilities has revealed the occurrence of bat fatalities. The present study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of widely spread methods in predicting the impacts of wind farms on bats and to understand how different types of variables influence...
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Dada a existência de muitas espécies de morcegos em Portugal, algumas morfologicamente muito semelhantes, considerou-se útil fazer uma chave ilustrada que facilite a sua identificação. No entanto, a utilização desta chave não substitui a utilização de chaves de identificação mais completas, como “Dietz C. & von Helversen O. 2004. Illustrated Identi...
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This note is based on a literature search and a recent review of bat mortality data from wind farms in Europe (published elsewhere). We suggest that mortality of bats at wind turbines may be linked to high-altitude feeding on migrating insects that accumulate at the turbine towers. Modern wind turbines seem to reach high enough into the airspace to...
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We reviewed published and unpublished written reports on bat mortality at wind farms in northwestern Europe. The estimated number of bats killed per turbine annually was relatively low (0-3) on flat, open farmland away from the coast, higher (2-5) in more complex agricultural landscapes, and highest (5-20) at the coast and on forested hills and rid...
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Currently, we are facing an increase in wind energy production and in many cases monitoring of wind farms facilities has revealed the occurrence of bat fatalities. The present study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of widely spread methods in predicting the impacts of wind farms on bats and to understand how different types of variables influence...
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Dispersal and migratory behaviours are often important determinants of gene flow in wild species, and we have studied their role using ringing-recapture data in the Portuguese population of Miniopterus schreibersii, a cave-dwelling bat that forms large maternity colonies. Juvenile dispersal, usually a major agent of gene flow, appears to be negligi...
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Many colonial bat species make regional migrations, and the consequent gene flow may eliminate geographic genetic structure resulting from history of colonization. In this study, we verified that history and social organization have detectable impacts on the genetic structure of Miniopterus schreibersii, a cave-dwelling bat with high female philopa...
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In highly seasonal temperate zones climate may cause fluctuations in the accessibility of prey for insectivorous bats. The main objective of this project was to evaluate if these fluctuations can result in resource bottlenecks that affect the body condition of a temperate zone bat — Myotis myotis. Seasonal changes in body condition followed differe...
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Exotic plantations of Eucalyptus are replacing large areas of extensive agroecosystems throughout the Mediterranean basin. A comparison of the abundance of ground macro-arthropods in some of major types of traditional land uses in southern Iberia (cork oak woodlands, olive groves, fallow fields, vineyards, and riparian vegetation) revealed that Euc...
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This manual, produced by the EUROBATS Advisory Committee, provides guidance on all aspects of the conservation and management of underground sites used by bats.
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Regional migrations are important elements of the biology of bats, but remain poorly understood. We obtained a large dataset of recoveries of ringed Miniopterus schreibersii to study the patterns and drivers of migration of a Mediterranean cave-dwelling bat. In spite of the mildness of Mediterranean winters, in average years bats hibernated, and fe...
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The availability of new roosts in buildings may have allowed Myotis myotis to expand northward from Southern Europe. This project identified differences in its biology related to this expansion, comparing southern (Portuguese) and northern (German) populations. In the south, nurseries were found in underground roosts, which have a very stable tempe...
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É feita a descrição da fauna de morcegos de nove Áreas Protegidas portuguesas (PN Peneda-Gerês, PN Montesinho, PN Alvão, PN Serra da Estrela, PN Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, PN Serra de São Mamede, PN Arrábida, RN Estuário do Sado, e PN Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina).

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(POCTI/ BSE /33963/99-00) FCT/MCTES, Portugal. Coordination: Jorge Palmeirim http://www.fct.pt/apoios/projectos/consulta/vglobal_projecto.phtml.en?id Projecto=33963&sapiens=1999