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Dr Ricardo Rocha

Dr Ricardo Rocha

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

My main area of interest regards the anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss, mainly in tropical forest ecosystems. My current research is related to the evaluation of how agriculture and habitat fragmentation impacts tropical forest communities and to the assessment of species persistence in humanized landscapes. My PhD thesis was dedicated to the effects tropical forest fragmentation on the spatio-temporal dynamics of bat communities and my fieldwork is carried out at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Central Amazon, Brazil. I now work on the Conservation Evidence project, a global repository of evidence about the effects of conservation interventions (

Other Professional Activities

Current memberships:
SCB – Society of Conservation Biology (member ID 76630), Member of the Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
APH – Portuguese Association of Herpetology (founding member)
ATBC – Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
LPN – Portuguese League for the Protection of Nature
SPEA – Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds 

Key Publications

Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Farneda, F.Z., Groenenberg, M., Bobrowiec. P.E.D., Cabeza, M., Palmeirim, J.M. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2017) Consequences of a large-scale fragmentation experiment on Neotropical bats: disentangling the relative effects of local and landscape-scale attributes. Landscape Ecology, 32, 31-45

Conenna, I.*, Rocha, R.*, Russo, D. & Cabeza, M. (2017) Island endemic bats and research effort: a review of patterns and priorities worldwide. Mammal Review, 47, 169–182 *These authors contributed equally to this work

Eklund, J., Blanchet, G., Nyman, J., Rocha, R., Virtanen, T. & Cabeza, M. (2016) Contrasting spatial and temporal trends of protected area effectiveness in mitigating deforestation in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 203, 290–297

Rocha, R., Tarmo, V. & Cabeza, M. (2015) Bird assemblages in a Malagasy forest-agricultural frontier: effects of habitat structure and landscape-scale forest cover. Tropical Conservation Science, 8(3): 681-710.

Farneda, F.Z., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A., Groenenberg, M., Silva, I., Palmeirim, J.M., Bobrowiec. P.E.D. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2015) Trait-related responses to habitat fragmentation in Amazonian bats. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(5): 1381-1391. 

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