Paula Cristina Freire Pinto Simões


Departamento de Biologia Animal

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Carreira Docente Universitário
Categoria Professor Auxiliar


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Scientific Interests

I am presently, working on the biosystematics and evolution of species of cicadas (Insecta: Hemiptera) with focus on the divergence among populations of closely related species in the Mediterranean area. My current research is driven by three main objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species distribution and diversity; ii) use different levels of analysis, namely genetic, behavioural and morphometric; iii) use cicadas as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms and processes leading to population divergence and speciation.

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  • COSTA GJ, NUNES VL, MARABUTO E, MENDES R, LAURENTINO TG, QUARTAU JA, PAULO OS, SIMÕES PC. 2017. Morphology, songs and genetics identify two new cicada species from Morocco: Tettigettalna afroamissa sp. nov. and Berberigetta dimelodica gen. nov. & sp. nov. (Hemiptera: Cicadettini). Zootaxa. 4237 (3), 517-544 doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4237.3.4.
  • NUNES,V.L.; MENDES, R.; MARABUTO, E.; NOVAIS, B.M.; HERTACH, T.; QUARTAU, J.A.; SEABRA, S.G.; PAULO, O.S. & SIMÕES, P.C. (2014). Conflicting patterns of DNA barcoding and taxonomy in the cicada genus Tettigettalna from southern Europe (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Molecular Ecology Resources. 14(1), 27-38 doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12158
  • RAQUEL MENDES, VERA L. NUNES, JOSÉ A. QUARTAU AND PAULA C. SIMÕES. (2014). Patterns of acoustic and morphometric variation in species of genus Tettigettalna (Hemiptera: cicadidae): Sympatric populations show unexpected differences. European Journal of Entomology 111(3): 429–441. doi: 10.14411/eje.2014.054
  • SIMÕES,P.C.; SANBORN, A. & QUARTAU, J.A. (2013). Two new species of Cicadatra (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea) from Greece. Entomological Science 16: 83-90. DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2012.00540.x
  • SIMÕES, P.C. & QUARTAU, J.A. (2013). Distribution of cicadas from genus Lyristes (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) in the eastern Mediterranean area. Biologia 68/5: 961-965. DOI: 10.2478/s11756-013-0243-x

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