Margarida Lopes Fernandes

Academic Degree





Research Context

Portugal (Baixo Alentejo)

Research Interests

Local knowledge | Empirical classifications | Predator conservation | Iberian Lynx

Institutional Subunit


Biographical Note

PhD thesis “Among Predators”: Relating with Nature and the reintroduction of the Iberian lynx. As a researcher: 1) Planning and technical supervision of social survey for rewilding Portugal for WOLFLUX (LIFE project) and Endangered Landscape Scaling project (2019-2024). 2) Organization and participation in the CRIA project “Evaluation of social attitudes of the population in areas of lynx reintroduction and determination of key themes in the Portuguese territory” (2014-15) supported by Associação Iberlinx and LIFE Program. Biologist at the Department of Biodiversity Conservation (Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests): 1) Conception and authorship of texts and multimedia, “Sharing Territories: The Return of the Iberian lynx”, permanent exhibition, Guadiana Natural Park, 2018 (LIFE programme). 2) Responsible for contents of communication plan, website updates and press releases concerning Iberian Lynx reintroduction in Portugal during LIFE-Iberlince (2012-2019). 3) Vice-chair of G-BIKE (COST project: Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems), one of the aims of which is to connect stakeholders in conservation and genetics researchers through networking and training opportunities. 4) Collaboration with the awareness campaign of the ProLynx INTERREG project, supervising and planning a new exhibition. Collection of local testimonies and memories of predators on film.

All projects

Data updated on 28-11-2021, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


Projeto LIFE LxAquila – Rede de custódia pela conservação da população peri-urbana de águia-de-Bonelli em Portugal





LIFE19 NAT/ES/001055

Technical development

Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e Florestas


Livro Vermelho dos Mamiferos


Technical development


Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems

COST Action CA18134



LIFE WOLFLUX - Diminuição das barreiras socioecológicas à conectividade de lobos a sul do rio Douro

LIFE17 NAT / PT / 000554


Rewilding Portugal




Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

All Publications

Data updated on 28-11-2021 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Journal article

Genetic diversity targets and indicators in the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must be improved

Hoban, Sean; Bruford, Michael; D'Urban Jackson, Josephine; Lopes-Fernandes, Margarida; Heuertz, Myriam; Hohenlohe, Paul A.; Paz-Vinas, Ivan; et al, Biological Conservation. 248. 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108654 . 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108654 .

Journal article

The return of the Iberian lynx to Portugal: local voices

Margarida Lopes-Fernandes; Clara Espírito-Santo; Amélia Frazão-Moreira, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 1. 14. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-017-0200-9 . 10.1186/s13002-017-0200-9 .

Journal article

The return of the Iberian lynx to Portugal

Lopes-Fernandes, Margarida; Espírito-Santo, Clara; Frazão-Moreira, Amélia; Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA - NOVA FCSH); Departamento de Antropologia (DA), 2018. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85040322338&partnerID=8YFLogxK . https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-017-0200-9 .

Thesis / Dissertation

Entre Predadores’: relações com a natureza a propósito da reintrodução do lince-ibérico

Fernandes, Margarida Lopes, phd. 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/10362/53900 .

Journal article

Relating to the wild: Key actors’ values and concerns about lynx reintroduction

Lopes-Fernandes, M.; Frazão-Moreira, A., Land Use Policy. 278 - 287. 66. 2017. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85019140457&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.04.019 .

Journal article

Living with the beast: Wolves and humans through Portuguese literature

Lopes-Fernandes, M.; Soares, F.; Frazão-Moreira, A.; Queiroz, A.I., Anthrozoos. 5 - 20. 1. 29. 2016. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84964470768&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1080/08927936.2015.1060056 .

Journal article

The (In)visibility of the iberian lynx: From vermin to conservation emblem

Lopes-Fernandes, M.; Frazão-Moreira, A., Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 25 - 56. 2. 25. 2016. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84999026019&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.3167/ajec.2016.250202 .

Book chapter

"Lince-ibérico: o grande gato no real e no imaginário

Margarida Lopes Fernandes; Frazão-Moreira, Amélia, Presse Sorbonne Nouvelle. 2015.

Journal article

The Portuguese literary wolf

Queiroz, A.I.; Fernandes, M.L.; Soares, F., Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 388 - 404. 3. 30. 2015. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84974715551&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1093/llc/fqt069 .

Journal article

Conservation Genetic Resources for Effective Species Survival (ConGRESS): Bridging the divide between conservation research and practice

Hoban, S.; Arntzen, J.W.; Bertorelle, G.; Bryja, J.; Fernandes, M.; Frith, K.; Gaggiotti, O.; et al, Journal for Nature Conservation. 433 - 437. 6. 21. 2013. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84888003862&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1016/j.jnc.2013.07.005 .

Journal article

The Portuguese literary wolf

Fernandes, Margarida, Literary and Linguistic Computing. 2013. doi:10.1093/llc/fqt069 .

Journal article

The value of hidden scientific resources: Preserved animal specimens from private collections and small museums

Casas-Marce, M.; Revilla, E.; Fernandes, M.; Rodriguez, A.; Delibes, M.; Godoy, J.A., BioScience. 1077 - 1082. 12. 62. 2012. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84871254019&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1525/bio.2012.62.12.9 .

Journal article

Virological Survey in free-ranging wildcats (Felis silvestris) and feral domestic cats in Portugal

Duarte, A.; Fernandes, M.; Santos, N.; Tavares, L., Veterinary Microbiology. 400 - 404. 3-4. 158. 2012. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84862556179&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.02.033 .

Journal article

D-loop deletion in the mitochondrial DNA of the black stork Ciconia nigra

Simões, F.; Borges, C.; Caballero, J.M.; Franco, C.; Matos, J.; Fernandes, M., Biota. 89 - 92. 1-2. 7. 2006. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-63849256494&partnerID=MN8TOARS .

Journal article

Hematology and blood parasites of juvenile Black Storks Ciconia nigra in Portugal

Santos, N.; Serra, P.; Fernandes, M.; Pacheco, C.; Franco, C.; Rosa, G., Biota. 83 - 88. 1-2. 7. 2006. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-63849284327&partnerID=MN8TOARS .

Journal article

Molecular sexing of the black stork Ciconia nigra: sex ratios in the Portuguese population

Fernandes, M.; Borges, C.; Simões, F.; Caballero, J.M.; Pacheco, C.; Franco, C., Biota. 31 - 36. 1-2. 7. 2006. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-63849319341&partnerID=MN8TOARS .

Journal article

Phylogenetic and Phylogeographic Analysis of Iberian Lynx Populations

Johnson, W.E.; Godoy, J.A.; Palomares, F.; Delibes, M.; Fernandes, M.; Revilla, E.; O'Brien, S.J., Journal of Heredity. 19 - 28. 1. 95. 2004. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-1042266537&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1093/jhered/esh006 .

Journal article

Last lynxes in Portugal? Molecular approaches in a pre-extinction scenario

Pires, A.E.; Fernandes, M.L., Conservation Genetics. 525 - 532. 4. 4. 2003. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0041565452&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1023/A:1024762013876 .

Journal article

Genetic distinction of wildcat (Felis silvestris) populations in Europe, and hybridization with domestic cats in Hungary

Pierpaoli, M.; Birò, Z.S.; Herrmann, M.; Hupe, K.; Fernandes, M.; Ragni, B.; Szemethy, L.; Randi, E., Molecular Ecology. 2585 - 2598. 10. 12. 2003. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0141501451&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1046/j.1365-294X.2003.01939.x .