Margarida Matos (PhD in Biology, 1998) is Associate Professor at the Department of Animal Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (DBA/FCUL) and a Researcher at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), where she leads the ‘local Adaptation in Drosophila’ team within the Research Group ‘Evolutionary Ecology’. Since 2009 she is a member of the Executive Committee of cE3c and since 2013 the Coordinator of the Thematic Line Evolutionary Biology of cE3c. She has taught many disciplines in Bachelor and Master Courses, namely in Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Experimental Evolution. She supervised (or co-supervised) 10 PhD theses (two ongoing) and 4 Post-Docs (1 ongoing). Her research field is Evolutionary Ecology, using Experimental Evolution as tool. The main focus of her research is the study of the microevolutionary patterns and processes during adaptation to novel environments. This is approached by analyzing real time evolution of repeated colonizations of Drosophila subobscura populations to a laboratorial environment. The main ongoing project is the analysis, at several biological levels (phenotypic, karyotypic and genome-wide), of the evolution of populations founded from contrasting latitudes, to understand the role of History, Chance and Selection during Adaptation. Another, concomitant goal, is the understanding of the evolutionary and genetic mechanisms underlying clinal variation of inversions.
She has authored more than 60 scientific publications, including 2 books and more than 30 articles in journals of recognized merit in Evolutionary Biology.