Paula Cristina Freire Pinto Simões


Departamento de Biologia Animal

Extensão pessoal 522315
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Carreira Docente Universitário
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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.

Publicações selecionadas
  • Raquel Mendes, Vera L. Nunes, Eduardo Marabuto, Gonçalo J. Costa, Sara E. Silva, Octávio S. Paulo, Paula C. Simões, (2022). Testing drivers of acoustic divergence in cicadas (Cicadidae: Tettigettalna). Journal of Evolutionary Biology, ISSN 1010-061X. eISSN .
  • Gonçalo J. Costa, Vera L. Nunes, Eduardo Marabuto, Raquel Mendes, Diogo N. Silva, Pere Pons, Josep M. Bas, Thomas Hertach, Octávio S. Paulo, Paula C. Simões, (2022). The effect of the Messinian salinity crisis on the early diversification of the <i>Tettigettalna</i> cicadas. Zoologica Scripta, 52, 100-116. ISSN 0300-3256. eISSN .
  • 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

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Prizes and Awards

2023-04-19 - Menções honrosas de Docência de Excelência em Ciências (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)