The use of barcoding to access landscape effects on phylogenetic and functional diversity

I am currently a Postdoc researcher at the department of Forest Genetics Institute and Forest Tree Breeding. I will collaborate with the project entitled “The use of barcoding to access landscape effects on phylogenetic and functional diversity” within the Collaborative Research Center 990 - Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems. My specific tasks comprise molecular data analyses (DNA sequencing, sequence editing and alignment, BLAST searches, archiving and depositing sequences in databases, phylogenetic reconstruction and statistical analyses) and publication of original scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals to contribute to the field of biology, conservation, and sustainability. Additionally, I will investigate the relationship between functional and phylogenetic diversity across land use systems; co-supervise technical staff and students; and assist with the organization and coordination of the project.

Fields of interest:

  • DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of Tropical Biodiversity;
  • Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity;
  • Monitoring, Rescue and Management of Tropical Wildlife;
  • Environmental Risk Assessments and Management Plans.


  • 2018 Doctor of Natural Sciences at Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 2012 Master’s degree in Ecology at Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil.
  • 2010 Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil.

Most relevant publications:

  • C.M.MOURA, C. et al. 2020. Evolutionary history of the Pectoral Sparrow Arremon taciturnus: Evidence for diversification during the late Pleistocene. IBIS,
  • C.M.MOURA, C. et al. 2019. Integrating DNA Barcoding and Traditional Taxonomy for the Identification of Dipterocarps in Remnant Lowland Forests of Sumatra. Plants, 8, 461,
  • C.M.MOURA, C. et al. 2019. Pliocene Origin, Ice Ages and Postglacial Population Expansion Have Influenced a Panmictic Phylogeography of the European Bee-Eater Merops apiaster. Diversity 11.1 (2019): 12,
  • C.M.MOURA, C. et al. 2018. The role of landscape change and paleoclimatic events in shaping the evolutionary history of the Polioptila gnatcatchers (Passeriformes, Polioptilidae) with emphasis on species associated with open habitats. Journal of Avian Biology, v. 49, p. jav-012409,
  • Simoes, T.N., Silva, A.C. and C.M.MOURA, C. 2017. Influence of artificial lights on the orientation of hatchlings of Eretmochelys imbricata in Pernambuco, Brazil. Zoologia, v.34, p. e.13727,