Last week we had the opportunity to participate in Inovilho, where we exposed the incentives for the conservation of insectivorous bats into corn farms. It was a really exciting experience as the event counted with the participation of many farmers and Governmental Authorities, including the Minister of Agriculture!
Last week we attended the Bat Night hold by the Zoobotánico in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz). There, we performed some “field work” to record calls belonging to the greater noctule bat (Nyctalus lasiopterus), taking advance this rare species has a population into the Zoobotánico. It was a really exciting experience which allowed us not only to see (and hear!) this amazing species but also increase our Iberian bat-call database! Below, you can see one of the palm tree used by individuals of N. lasiopterus to rest during the day. Some of these individuals were probably those recorded by us in the Bay of Cádiz Natural Reserve last year!
Ana Isabel Carvalho has just joined our lab to obtain the Master’ Degree with us. Welcome Ana!
Past 13th March we were invited to present our work at the 9th Investigar ICAAM. It was a pleasure!
We have started a new project focused on bat-mediated natural pest control services against the pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) in the Metropolitan Park of Los Toruños and Pinar de la Algaida Marshes (Cádiz, Spain). This project is coordinated in close collaboration with AGADEN.
Bruno Silva, one of my PhD students, has been awarded with a research grant from the Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT; ref. SFRH/BD/137803/2018).
Good job Bruno!
The 1st Iberian Meeting of Agroecological Research (ibagreco2018) is now closed. Conceived as the first meeting of the agreco group, during 22th and 23th November 2018 at Évora (Portugal), we enjoyed of an exciting scenario in which over 150 researchers coming from Spain and Portugal exposed their cutting edge investigations. There were two intense, but fruitful days!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to thank all the participants to this first meeting. We sincerely hope this is the first of many ibagreco meetings!
Day-one photo group!
Day-two photo group!
The Organizing Committee! Good job guys!
Ana Costa successfully defended her MSc thesis on November 21, 2018: “Seasonal variations in the effect of structural complexity of olive production systems on bat activity: implications for natural pest control services”