Maria João Fernandes Martins
Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
+351 289 800 988
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9118-7397
Researcher, National Museum of Natural History
Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
I will study marine sediments from the Algarve Continental shelf. The end goal is to understand how environmental stress contributed to shaping human ecology and cultural change in the region (FCT project 2022.04862.PTDC). Other interests include the study of ostracods from Mozambique, and application of genomics to study the domestication history of wheat and poppy.
I am a biologist with a PhD in ecology and an interest in paleobiology, ecosystems dynamics and evolution. My research topics range from natural selection as a driver of evolution, to the ecology and taxonomy of living and fossil Ostracoda and their application in (paleo)environmental reconstruction.