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Dr Ana Rita Patricio

Dr Ana Rita Patricio

Postdoctoral fellow

 The Farmhouse 

 

The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

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

Qualifications

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

Career

2018 - current: Post-Doctoral Researcher university of Exeter & ISPA - Portugal

2016 Consultant MAVA Foundation

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)

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Research

Research interests

Migration and Connectivity of sea turtles, Population Dynamics and Trends, Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity

Member of research groups

Marine Turtle Research Group http://www.seaturtle.org/mtrg/

Atlantic Migrants https://atlanticmigrants.wixsite.com/atlanticmigrants

Research projects

Project Title: Consolidation of sea turtle conservation at the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau

Funding Body: MAVA Foundation

Project Description:

The Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau, hosts one of the largest green turtle Chelonia mydas populations worldwide, with key nesting beaches and foraging areas. The main threats to this population are the consumption of sea turtle meat by the local population, the intentional and incidental captures by fishing vessels, and the degradation of the nesting habitat due to coastal erosion, flooding and increase of marine debris.

This project is led by the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Areas of Guinea-Bissau (IBAP, https://www.ibapgbissau.org/index.php/about), and the main aims of our project are: 1. to reduce sea turtle mortality at the breeding sites, and 2. to minimize habitat disturbance inside the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The aims will be achieved essentially by improving the management of the MPAs through capacity building of national technicians, by providing new GPS data on marine turtle inter-nesting habitat use and post-nesting migratory routes for an update of the MPA zoning, by acquiring data on beach erosion and flooding risk applying novel approaches using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and prhotogrametry analysis, and through the engagement of the local communities in the management and conservation of sea turtles.

Research grants

  • 2018 Rufford Foundation
    Impacts of climate change on West African green turtles and marine turtle conservation in Guinea-Bissau
  • 2014 Rufford Foundation
    Impacts of Climate Change on West African Green Turtles
  • 2013 Rufford Foundation
    Rufford Small Grants

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Varela MR, Patricio AR, Anderson K, Broderick AC, DeBell L, Hawkes LA, Tilley D, Snape R, Westoby MJ, Godley BJ, et al (In Press). Assessing climate change associated sea level rise impacts on sea turtle nesting beaches using drones, photogrammetry and a novel GPS system. Global Change Biology Full text.
Patricio AR, Formia A, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Bruford M, Carreras C, Catry P, Ciofi C, Regalla A, Godley BJ, et al (In Press). Dispersal of green turtles from Africa’s largest rookery assessed through genetic markers. Marine Ecology Progress Series Full text.
Patrício AR, Varela MR, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Catry P, Hawkes LA, Regalla A, Godley BJ (2019). Climate change resilience of a globally important sea turtle nesting population. Glob Chang Biol, 25(2), 522-535. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bellini C, Santos AJB, Patrício AR, Bortolon LFW, Godley BJ, Marcovaldi MA, Tilley D, Colman LP (2019). Distribution and growth rates of immature hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Endangered Species Research, 40, 41-52. Full text.
Raposo C, Patricio AR, Catry P, Dellinger T, Granadeiro JP (2019). Evidence for trophic differences between live and bycatch oceanic juvenile loggerhead sea turtles. MARINE BIOLOGY, 166(3). Author URL.
Hancock JM, Vieira S, Taraveira L, Santos A, Schmitt V, Semedo A, Patricio AR, Ferrand N, Goncalves H, Sequeira F, et al (2019). Genetic characterization of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Sao Tome and Principe: Insights on species recruitment and dispersal in the Gulf of Guinea. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 518 Author URL.
Patrício AR, Varela MR, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Ferreira Airaud MB, Godley BJ, Regalla A, Tilley D, Catry P (2018). Nest site selection repeatability of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, and consequences for offspring. Animal Behaviour, 139, 91-102. Abstract.
Patrício AR, Marques A, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Godley BJ, Hawkes LA, Rebelo R, Regalla A, Catry P (2017). Balanced primary sex ratios and resilience to climate change in a major sea turtle population. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 577, 189-203. Abstract.  Full text.
Carneiro C, Henriques M, Barbosa C, Tchantchalam Q, Regalla A, Patricio AR, Catry P (2017). Ecology and behaviour of Palm-nut Vultures Gypohierax angolensis in the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. OSTRICH, 88(2), 113-121. Author URL.
Patricio AR, Velez-Zuazo X, van Dam RP, Diez CE (2017). Genetic composition and origin of juvenile green turtles foraging at Culebra, Puerto Rico, as revealed by mtDNA. LATIN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC RESEARCH, 45(3), 506-520. Author URL.
Patrício AR, Diez CE, Van Dam RP, Godley BJ (2016). Novel insights into the dynamics of green turtle fibropapillomatosis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 547, 247-255. Abstract.  Full text.
Cano RJ, Toranzos GA, Santiago-Rodriguez TM, Patricio AR, Rivera JI (2014). Data on ancient microorganisms causes skepticism. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, 353(2), 87-88. Author URL.
Colman LP, Patrício ARC, McGowan A, Santos AJB, Marcovaldi MÂ, Bellini C, Godley BJ (2014). Long-term growth and survival dynamics of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at an isolated tropical archipelago in Brazil. Marine Biology
Toledo-Hernandez C, Velez-Zuazo X, Ruiz-Diaz CP, Patricio AR, Mege P, Navarro M, Sabat AM, Betancur-R R, Papa R (2014). Population ecology and genetics of the invasive lionfish in Puerto Rico. AQUATIC INVASIONS, 9(2), 227-237. Author URL.
Patricio R, Diez CE, van Dam RP (2014). Spatial and temporal variability of immature green turtle abundance and somatic growth in Puerto Rico. ENDANGERED SPECIES RESEARCH, 23(1), 51-62. Author URL.
Santiago-Rodriguez TM, Patricio AR, Rivera JI, Coradin M, Gonzalez A, Tirado G, Cano RJ, Toranzos GA (2014). luxS in bacteria isolated from 25-to 40-million-year-old amber. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, 350(1), 117-124. Author URL.
Patricio AR, Herbst LH, Duarte A, Velez-Zuazo X, Santos Loureiro N, Pereira N, Tavares L, Toranzos GA (2012). Global phylogeography and evolution of chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus. JOURNAL OF GENERAL VIROLOGY, 93, 1035-1045. Author URL.
Patricio AR, Velez-Zuazo X, Diez CE, Van Dam R, Sabat AM (2011). Survival probability of immature green turtles in two foraging grounds at Culebra, Puerto Rico. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 440, 217-227. Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Varela MR, Patricio AR, Anderson K, Broderick AC, DeBell L, Hawkes LA, Tilley D, Snape R, Westoby MJ, Godley BJ, et al (In Press). Assessing climate change associated sea level rise impacts on sea turtle nesting beaches using drones, photogrammetry and a novel GPS system. Global Change Biology Full text.
Patricio AR, Formia A, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Bruford M, Carreras C, Catry P, Ciofi C, Regalla A, Godley BJ, et al (In Press). Dispersal of green turtles from Africa’s largest rookery assessed through genetic markers. Marine Ecology Progress Series Full text.

2019

Patrício AR, Varela MR, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Catry P, Hawkes LA, Regalla A, Godley BJ (2019). Climate change resilience of a globally important sea turtle nesting population. Glob Chang Biol, 25(2), 522-535. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Bellini C, Santos AJB, Patrício AR, Bortolon LFW, Godley BJ, Marcovaldi MA, Tilley D, Colman LP (2019). Distribution and growth rates of immature hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Endangered Species Research, 40, 41-52. Full text.
Raposo C, Patricio AR, Catry P, Dellinger T, Granadeiro JP (2019). Evidence for trophic differences between live and bycatch oceanic juvenile loggerhead sea turtles. MARINE BIOLOGY, 166(3). Author URL.
Hancock JM, Vieira S, Taraveira L, Santos A, Schmitt V, Semedo A, Patricio AR, Ferrand N, Goncalves H, Sequeira F, et al (2019). Genetic characterization of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Sao Tome and Principe: Insights on species recruitment and dispersal in the Gulf of Guinea. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 518 Author URL.

2018

Patrício AR, Varela MR, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Ferreira Airaud MB, Godley BJ, Regalla A, Tilley D, Catry P (2018). Nest site selection repeatability of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, and consequences for offspring. Animal Behaviour, 139, 91-102. Abstract.

2017

Patrício AR, Marques A, Barbosa C, Broderick AC, Godley BJ, Hawkes LA, Rebelo R, Regalla A, Catry P (2017). Balanced primary sex ratios and resilience to climate change in a major sea turtle population. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 577, 189-203. Abstract.  Full text.
Carneiro C, Henriques M, Barbosa C, Tchantchalam Q, Regalla A, Patricio AR, Catry P (2017). Ecology and behaviour of Palm-nut Vultures Gypohierax angolensis in the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. OSTRICH, 88(2), 113-121. Author URL.
Patricio AR, Velez-Zuazo X, van Dam RP, Diez CE (2017). Genetic composition and origin of juvenile green turtles foraging at Culebra, Puerto Rico, as revealed by mtDNA. LATIN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUATIC RESEARCH, 45(3), 506-520. Author URL.

2016

Patrício AR, Diez CE, Van Dam RP, Godley BJ (2016). Novel insights into the dynamics of green turtle fibropapillomatosis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 547, 247-255. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Cano RJ, Toranzos GA, Santiago-Rodriguez TM, Patricio AR, Rivera JI (2014). Data on ancient microorganisms causes skepticism. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, 353(2), 87-88. Author URL.
Colman LP, Patrício ARC, McGowan A, Santos AJB, Marcovaldi MÂ, Bellini C, Godley BJ (2014). Long-term growth and survival dynamics of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at an isolated tropical archipelago in Brazil. Marine Biology
Toledo-Hernandez C, Velez-Zuazo X, Ruiz-Diaz CP, Patricio AR, Mege P, Navarro M, Sabat AM, Betancur-R R, Papa R (2014). Population ecology and genetics of the invasive lionfish in Puerto Rico. AQUATIC INVASIONS, 9(2), 227-237. Author URL.
Patricio R, Diez CE, van Dam RP (2014). Spatial and temporal variability of immature green turtle abundance and somatic growth in Puerto Rico. ENDANGERED SPECIES RESEARCH, 23(1), 51-62. Author URL.
Santiago-Rodriguez TM, Patricio AR, Rivera JI, Coradin M, Gonzalez A, Tirado G, Cano RJ, Toranzos GA (2014). luxS in bacteria isolated from 25-to 40-million-year-old amber. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY LETTERS, 350(1), 117-124. Author URL.

2012

Patricio AR, Herbst LH, Duarte A, Velez-Zuazo X, Santos Loureiro N, Pereira N, Tavares L, Toranzos GA (2012). Global phylogeography and evolution of chelonid fibropapilloma-associated herpesvirus. JOURNAL OF GENERAL VIROLOGY, 93, 1035-1045. Author URL.

2011

Patricio AR, Velez-Zuazo X, Diez CE, Van Dam R, Sabat AM (2011). Survival probability of immature green turtles in two foraging grounds at Culebra, Puerto Rico. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 440, 217-227. Author URL.

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