Nicolas Silva (2021-) Mate choice in a monomorphic dull bird social species: a role for behaviour? Funding: ANR. Supervisors: Rita Covas (CIBIO) & Claire Doutrelant (CEFE).

Erwan Harscouet (2020-) The evolution of weavers nests and associated secondary sexual signals. Funding: ANR. Supervisors: Rita Covas (CIBIO), Claire Doutrelant (CEFE) and Julien Renoult (CEFE).

André Liz (2019-) Comparative phylogeography of the Sahara-Sahel: integrating spatial and temporal approaches to understand biodiversity dynamics in deserts and arid regions. U. Porto. Supervisors: José C. Brito (CIBIO).

André Ferreira (2017-) Can cooperation be under social or sexual selection? Funding: FCT, SFRH/BD/122106/2016.  U. Montpellier. Supervisors: Rita Covas (CIBIO), Claire Doutrelant (CEFE).

Rita Fortuna (2017-) Prenatal maternal effects and its consequences for offspring, parents and helpers fitness in a cooperatively breeding species Funding: FCT, SFRH/BD/122106/2017. U. Porto. Supervisors: Rita Covas (CIBIO), Claire Doutrelant (CEFE).

João Pedro Marques (2016-) The role of natural selection in species genomic differentiation and admixture: a comparative approach in hares and mice. Funding: FCT, SFRH/BD/115089/2016. BIODIV, U. Porto. Supervisors: José Melo‐Ferreira (CIBIO), Pierre Boursot (ISEM).


Alois Robert (2019) Insularity and song evolution. Funding: U. Montpellier. Advisor: Claire Doutrelant & Doris Gomez (CEFE) . Collaboration Martim Melo and Rita Covas (CIBIO).

Guilherme Dias (2018) Understanding speciation: a multidisciplinary assessment of hybrid zones using a lizard species complex as model. Universidade do Porto. Funding: FCT, SFRH/BD/89750/2012. Supervision: Catarina Pinho (CIBIO), Pierre‐André Crochet (CEFE).

Menad Beddek (2017) Impact of uncertainties in taxonomy and global change models on conservation policies for Algerian herpetofauna. Université de Montpellier. Supervisors: Olivier Peyre (Naturalia‐Environnements), Pierre‐André Crochet (CEFE), José Carlos Brito (CIBIO).

Fernando Seixas (2017) Assessing the role of cytonuclear coevolution and coadaptation in massive mitochondrial DNA introgression. Co‐tutelle Universidade do Porto and Université Montpellier. Funding: FCT, SFRH/BD/87126/2012. Supervisors: José Melo‐Ferreira (CIBIO), Pierre Boursot (ISEM).

Margaux Rat (2015) The role of dominance in maintaining cooperation in the sociable weaver Philetairus socius. University of Cape Town. DST‐NRF CoE. Supervision: R. Covas (CIBIO), C. Doutrelant (CEFE), R. van Dijk (Univ Sheffield) and P.G. Ryan (U. Cape Town).