Rita Patricio
FCT Postdoctoral fellow


I am a marine ecologist and my research focuses on several aspects of marine turtle ecology, including understanding migratory paths and connectivity, prevalence and impacts of Fibropapillomatosis disease, population dynamics and trends, and also on investigating climate change impacts on nesting populations. My recent work in West Africa has also a strong focus on conservation and community engagement and capacity building.

Broad research specialisms

Marine turtles, Marine Conservation, Population Dynamics, Climate Change impacts on Biodiversity


2017 PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

2011 MSc in Conservation Biology, University of Puerto Rico, USA

2006 B.S. in Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon, Portugal


2015 Príncipe Trust Foundation (Sea Turtle Project Coordinator, Principe Isl.)

2012 US-FWS (Sea Turtle Project Coordinator, Puerto Rico)

2011 University of Puerto Rico (Research Assistant Environmental Microbiology)

2008 - 10 University of Puerto Rico (Teacher Assistant)

Contact details

AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
OfficePost Grad

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