BRANCO LEOTE Pedro Nuno, MSc.
University of Innsbruck
Department of Zoology
Research Group: Applied Animal Ecology
Technikerstrasse 25 (Room 508)
T +43 (0) 512 507-51873
F +43 (0) 512 507-51899
I am a behavioural ecologist with a focus on food webs and, more recently, biological control of agricultural pests.
Having graduated from my Master’s from the University of Exeter with a thesis on the use of data mining techniques to assess the foraging ecology of South African giraffe, I then worked for three years as field biologist in the Tua Valley Regional Natural Park in Portugal. There, in collaboration with CIBIO-InBio from the University of Porto, I implemented a project on biological control of agricultural pest by bats, assessing the bats’ diets through metabarcoding.
Currently, I am working on my thesis on food web dynamics to assess how temporal changes in trophic networks affect biological control.
Areas of research:
- Behavioural ecology
- Trophic ecology
- Santos, M., Cajaiba, R. L., Gonzalez, D., Leote, P., Ferreira, D., Bastos, R., da Silva, W. B., Cabral, J. A. (2020). How accurate are estimates of flower visitation rates by pollinators? Lessons from a spatially explicit agent-based model. Ecological Informatics 57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2020.101077
- Leote, P., Cajaiba, R. L., Cabral, J. A., Brescovit, A. D., Santos, M. (2020). Are data-mining techniques useful for selecting ecological indicators in biodiverse regions? Bridges between market basket analysis and indicator value analysis from a case study in the neotropics. Ecological Indicators 109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105833
- Cajaiba, R. L., Périco, E., da Silva, W. B., Leote, P., & Santos, M. (2018). Are small dung beetles (Aphodiinae) useful for monitoring neotropical forests’ ecological status? Lessons from a preliminary case study in the Brazilian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management 429:115-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.07.005