João Paula

Fauna and Flora Ecologist

João Paula has more than 9 years of professional experience as a biologist/technician. During his career he has collaborated in over 80 projects in his area of expertise. He has professional expertise in the ecological section of the environmental impact assessment process during the project phase, helping clients to understand the ecological interaction of their projects (wind farms, roads, dams, power plants, power lines, etc.) and find solutions to decrease its impact in nature. His as also professional expertise implementing ecological monitoring programs to evaluate the real impacts of infrastructures, covering pre-construction, construction and exploration phases of the project. To do that he has extensive experience in census and monitoring of terrestrial vertebrates (inland mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds), flora and data analysis. 

He was professionally certified by the Special Unit of the Portuguese Public Police (K9 unit of UEP-PSP) to train detection dogs applied to ecological studies, namely to detect bird and bat carcasses. During his professional career he has trained 2 dogs and has been worked with them to monitor mortality in wind farms and power lines. 
His passion for work and pleasure from disclosing his knowledge during his career has resulted in the production of technical and scientific reports concerning the themes described above.  He has his work published in 2 peer-reviewed papers and has presented 4 oral presentations and 11 posters at technical and scientific conferences in Europe, United States and Argentina.

Main working areas or relevant skills: Field detection and identification of inland mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds (direct and indirect methods); Training of detection dogs; Writing of technical reports; Analysis of Field data; Use of GIS in ecological studies; Mapping of Habitats (Habitats Directive of Natura 2000 Network); Field detection and identification of shrubs and trees of the Iberian Flora.


  Portugal, Aveiro Branch                  


Relevant publications

Paula, J., Leal, M. C., Silva, M. J., Mascarenhas, R., Costa, H. & Mascarenhas, M. (2011).  Dogs as a tool to improve bird-strike mortality estimates at wind farms. Journal for  Nature Conservation, doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2011.01.002.

Paula, J., Mesquita, S., Mascarenhas, M. & Costa, H. (2012). SEA of a Road Network  Plan: effects on wolf populations. In Proceedings da 32ª Conferência Anual da  Associação Internacional para a Avaliação de Impacte. 27 de maio a 1 de junho de  2012. Porto, Portugal.

João at field work

Bat and Birds fatality Monitoring using trained detection dogs