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Inês Catry

Email: inescatry(a#t)

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of environmental changes on the breeding biology, habitat quality and population dynamics of steppe-land birds. I am particularly interested in quantifying the effects of climate change on the behaviour, distribution and demography of bird populations as well as in evaluating birds’ plasticity to adapt to climate change.

I am also interested in predicting their response to the most likely scenarios of agricultural changing practices, such as intensification and land abandonment. Another topic of my research lies in bird migration ecology and in tackling the mechanisms through which migratory behaviour can be altered and the influence of climate change and habitat loss on these mechanisms. I address these questions by combining standard field methods (monitoring, ringing, etc) and new approaches (GPS loggers, geolocators, stable isotopes). My model species include the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), the European Roller (Coracias garrulus), the White-Stork (Ciconia ciconia) and the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax). The ultimate goal of my research aims at improving the delivery of effective conservation measures for the targeted species.

Useful links:

Acácio V., Sequeira C., Dias S., Duarte I.M., Nunes, L., Colaço, C., Skulska I.; Rego, F.C., 2023, Spatial and temporal conditions for Extreme Wildfire Events at the European scale. Deliverable 1.7. FIRE-RES Project. 75pp. 

(doi: 10.5281/zenodo.10396140)

Santana, J.; Leitão, P.J., Ribeiro, P.F., Pedroso, R., Morgado, R., Catry, I., Marques, A.T., Reino, L. Beja, P., Lomba, A. & Moreira, F., 2019, Trends of Mediterranean grassland birds under land use and climate changes. In Rabaça, J.E., Godinho C., Roque, I. (Eds.). Bird Numbers 2019: counting birds counts – Book of Abstracts. 21st Conference of the European Bird Census Council, Évora, 8-12 April, pp. 23

Carvalho, L., Figueira, P., Monteiro, R., Reis, A.T., Almeida, J., Catry, T., Lourenço, P.M., Catry, P., Barbosa, C., Catry, I., Pereira, E., Granadeiro, J.P., Vale, C., 2018, Major, minor, trace and rare earth elements in sediments of the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Marine Pollution Bulletin 129: 829-834.


Catry, I., Sampaio, A., Silva, M.C., Moreira, F., Franco, A.M.A., Catry, T., 2018, Combining stable isotope analysis and conventional techniques to improve knowledge of the diet of the European Roller Coracias garrulus. Ibis 161(2): 272-285


D’Amico, M., Catry, I., Martins, R.C., Ascensão, F., Barrientos, R., Moreira, F., 2018, Bird on the wire: Landscape planning considering costs and benefits for bird populations coexisting with power lines. Ambio 47: 650656.


Lourenço, P.M., Henriques, M., Catry, I., Granadeiro, J.P., Catry, T., 2018, First record of the invasive Asian date mussel Arcuatula senhousia (Benson, 1842) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in West Africa. Journal of Natural History 52(39-40): 2567-2571.


Moreira, F., Martins, R.C., Catry, I., D’Amico, M., 2018, Drivers of power line use by white storks: A case study of birds nesting on anthropogenic structures. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 2263-2273.


Carvalho, L., Figueira, P., Monteiro, R., Reis, A.T., Almeida, J., Catry, T., Lourenço, P.M., Catry, P., Barbosa, C., Catry, I., Pereira, E., Granadeiro, J.P., Vale, C., 2017, (In press). Major, minor, trace and rare earth elements in sediments of the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

(doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.10.007)

Catry, I., Marcelino, J. Franco, A.M.A., Moreira, F., 2017, Landscape determinants of European roller foraging habitat: implications for the definition of agri-environmental measures for species conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 553-566.

(doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1241-4)

Catry, T., Catry, I., 2017, First record of social polygyny with multi-brood paternal care in the European Roller Coracias garrulus. Ardeola 64(1): 5-17.

(doi: 10.13157/arla.64.1.2017.sc5)

Catry, T., Figueira, P., Carvalho, L., Monteiro, R., Coelho, P., Lourenço, P.M., Catry, P., Tchantchalam, Q., Catry, I., Botelho, M.J., Pereira, E., Granadeiro, J.P., Vale, C., 2017, (In press). Evidence for contrasting accumulation pattern of cadmium in relation to other elements in Senilia senilis and Tagelus adansoni from the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International 24: 24896–24906

(doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-9902-8)

Catry, T., Moreira, F., Alcazar, R., Rocha, P., Catry, I., 2017, Mechanisms and fitness consequences of laying decisions in a migratory raptor. Behavioral Ecology 28: 222-232.

(doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw150)

Moreira, F., Encarnação, V., Rosa, G., Gilbert, N., Infante, S., Costa, J., D’Amico, M., Martins, R.C., Catry, I., 2017, Wired: impacts of increasing power line use by a growing bird population. Environmental Research Letters 12: 024019. 

(doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa5c74)

Pina, S., Vasconcelos, S., Reino, L., Santana, J., Beja, P., Sánchez-Oliver, J.S., Catry, I., Moreira, F., Ferreira, S., 2017, The Orthoptera of Castro Verde Special Protection Area (Southern Portugal): new data and conservation value. ZooKeys 691: 19-48.

(doi: 10.3897/zookeys.691.14842)

Catry, I., Catry, T., Alho, M., Franco, A.M.A., Moreira, F., 2016, Sexual and parent-offspring dietary segregation in a colonial raptor as revealed by stable isotopes. Journal of Zoology 299: 58-67.

(doi: 10.1111/jzo.12324)

Catry, I., Encarnação, V., Pacheco, C., Catry, T., Tenreiro, P., da Silva, L.P., Leão, F., Bally, F., Roda, S., Lopes, S., Capela, C., Alonso, H., Saldanha, S., Urbano, O., Saraiva, J., Encarnação, P., Sequeira, N., Mendes, M., Monteiro, P., Elias, G, 2016, / 2017). Recent changes on migratory behaviour of the White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Portugal: towards the end of migration? Airo 24: 28-35.

Catry, I., Marcelino, J., Franco, A.M.A., Moreira, F., 2016, Landscape determinants of European roller foraging habitat: implications for the definition of agri-environmental measures for species conservation.

(doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1241-4)

Coelho, J.P., Monteiro, R.J.R., Catry, T., Lourenço, P.M., Catry, P., Regalla, A., Catry, I., Figueira, P., Pereira, E., Vale, C., Granadeiro, J.P., 2016, Estimation of mercury background values in sediment and biota of the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Marine Pollution Bulletin 111: 488-492. 

(doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.053)

Gilbert. N.I., Correia R.A., Silva, J.P., Pacheco C., Catry, I., Atkinson P.W., Gill, J.A., Franco, A.M.A., 2016, Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population. Movement Ecology 4:7.

(doi: 10.1186/s40462-016-0070-0)

Rodríguez-Ruiz, J., Parejo, D., de la Puente, J., Valera, F., Calero-Torralbo, M.A., Bermejo, A., Catry, I., Avilés, J.M., 2016, Short- and long-term effects of tracking devices on the European Roller Coracias garrulus. Ibis 158: 179-183.

(doi: 10.1111/ibi.12317)

Catry, I., Catry, T., Patto, P., Franco, A.M.A., Moreira, F., 2015, Differential heat tolerance in nestlings suggests sympatric species may face different climate change risks. Climate Research 66: 13-24.

(doi: 10.3354/cr01329)

Finch, T., Saunders, P., Avilés, J.M., Bermejo, A., Catry, I., de la Puente, J., Emmenegger, T., Mardega, I., Mayet, P., Parejo, D., Račinskis, E., Rodríguez-Ruiz, J., Sackl, P., Schwartz, T., Tiefenbach, M., Valera, F., Hewson, C., Franco, A., Butle, 2015, A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird. Diversity and Distributions 21: 1051-1062.

(doi: 10.1111/ddi.12345)

Leitão, PJ., Schwieder, M., Suess, S., Catry, I., Milton, EJ., Moreira, F., Osborne, PE., Pinto, MJ., van der Linden, S., Hostert, P., 2015, Mapping beta diversity from space: Sparse Generalised Dissimilarity Modelling (SGDM) for analysing high-dimensional data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 764-771.

(doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12378)

Silva, JP.*, Catry, I.*, Moreira, F., Palmeirim, JM., 2015, Freezing heat: thermally imposed constraints on the daily activity patterns of a free-ranging grassland bird. Ecosphere 6: 119 (* join first authors).

(doi: 10.1890/ES14-00454.1)

Catry, I., Catry, T., Granadeiro, JP., Franco, AMA., Moreira, F., 2014, Unravelling migration routes and wintering grounds of European rollers using light-level geolocators. Journal of Ornithology 155: 1071-1075. [Download]

(doi: 10.1007%2Fs10336-014-1097-x)

Catry, I., Franco, AMA., Moreira, F., 2014, Easy but ephemeral food: exploring the trade-offs of agricultural practices in the foraging decisions of Lesser Kestrels on farmland. Bird Study 61: 447-456.

(doi: 10.1080/00063657.2014.953031)

Catry, I., Franco, A.M.A., Rocha, P., Alcazar, R., Reis, S., Cordeiro, A., Ventim, R., Teodósio, J. & Moreira F. , 2013, Foraging habitat quality constrains effectiveness of artificial nest site provisioning in reversing population declines in a colonial cavity nester. PLoS ONE 8: e58320.[Download]

(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058320)

Catry, T., Ramos, J.A., Catry, I., Monticelli, D. & Granadeiro, J.P. , 2013, Inter‐annual variability in the breeding performance of six tropical seabird species: influence of lifehistory traits and relationship with oceanographic parameters. Marine Biology 160: 1189-1201.

(doi: 10.1007/s00227-013-2171-2)

Catry, I., Amano, T., Franco, A.M.A., Sutherland, W.J., 2012, Influence of spatial and temporal dynamics of agricultural practices on the lesser kestrel. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 99-108.

(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02071.x)

Catry, I., Franco, A.M.A., Sutherland, W.J., 2012, Landscape and weather determinants of prey availability: implications for the lesser kestrel Falco naumanni. Ibis 154: 111-123.

(doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01176.x)

Catry, T., Catry, I. & Encarnação, V., 2012, Seasonal abundance and population trends of waterbirds at Caldeira de Tróia, Sado estuary. Airo 22: 70‐78.

Moreira, F., Leitão, P.J., Synes, N., Alcazar, R., Catry, I., Carrapato, C., Delgado, A., Estanque, B., Ferreira, F., Geraldes, P., Gomes, M., Guilherme, J., Henriques, I., Lecoq, M., Leitão, D., Marques, A.T., Morgado, R., Pedroso, R., Prego, I., 2012, Population trends in the steppe birds of Castro Verde in the period 2006‐2011: impacts of a drought event and land use changes. Airo 22: 79‐89.

Catry, I., Dias, M. P., Catry, T., Afanasyev, V., Fox, J., Franco, A. M. A. & Sutherland, W. J., 2011, Individual variation in migratory movements and winter behaviour of Iberian Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni revealed by geolocators. Ibis 153: 154-164.

(doi: 10.1111/j.1474‐919X.2010.01073.x)

Catry, I., Franco, A.M.A., Sutherland, W.J., 2011, Adapting conservation efforts to face climate change: modifying nest-site provisioning for lesser kestrels. Biological Conservation 144: 1111-1119.

(doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.12.030)

Catry, I., Silva, J.P., Pereira, A., Cavaco, A., Cardoso, A., Martins, A., Delgado, A., Sanches, A. R., Santos, A., Estanque, B., Franco, C., Cruz, C. M., Pacheco, C., Conde, C., Leitão, D., Pereira, E., Matilde E., Abegão, F., Moital, F., Romba, F.,, 2011, Distribution and population trends of the European Roller in pseudo‐steppe areas of Portugal: results from a census in sixteen SPAs and IBAs. Airo 21: 3‐14.

Catry, T., Catry, I., 2010, The role of artificial nest provisioning in the re-establishment of a breeding Pallid Swift Apus pallidus population. Airo 20: 42-44.

Catry, I., Alcazar, R., Franco, A.M.A., Sutherland, W.J., 2009, Identifying the effectiveness and constraints of conservation interventions: A case study of the endangered lesser kestrel. Biological Conservation 142: 2782-2791.

(doi: org/10.1016/j.biocon.2009.07.011)

Catry, I., Alcazar, R., Henriques, I., 2007, The role of nest-site provisioning in increasing lesser kestrel Falco naumanni numbers in Castro Verde Special Protection Area, southern Portugal. Conservation Evidence 4: 54-57.

Marques, A.T., Henriques, I.S., Catry, I., Moreira, M.I., 2005, Distribution of the Roller Coracias garrulus in Portugal, an historical approach. Ardeola 52: 173-176.

Catry, I., Reis, S., Alcazar, R., Cordeiro, A., Rocha, P., Franco, A. , 2004, Será o aumento da disponibilidade de locais de nidificação uma medida de gestão eficaz para a recuperação do Francelho em Portugal? Airo 14: 21-28.

Catry, T., Catry, I., Lecoq, M., 2004, Distribuição, abundância e medidas de conservação para a população reprodutora de Alfaiate Recurvirostra avosetta em Portugal. Airo 14: 3-10.

Catry, T., Ramos, J.A., Catry, I., Allen-Revez, M., Grade, N., 2004, Are salinas a suitable alternative breeding habitat for Little Terns? Ibis 146: 247-257.

(doi: 10.1046/j.1474-919X.2004.00254.x)

Franco, A.M.A., Catry, I., Sutherland, J.W., Palmeirim, J., 2004, Do different habitat preference survey methods produce the same conservation recommendations for lesser kestrels? Animal Conservation 7: 291-300.

(doi: 10.1017/S1367943004001465)

Moreira, M.I., Catry, I., Henriques, I.S., Marques, A.T., Reis, S., 2004, Dados preliminares sobre a biologia reprodutora do Rolieiro Coracias garrulus na ZPE de Castro Verde. Airo 14: 79-81.

Catry, I., Catry, T., 2003, Aumento da população de Cegonha-branca nidificante na costa rochosa do litoral sudoeste de Portugal. Airo 13: 52-55.

Catry, P., Catry, I., Catry, T., Martins, T., 2003, Within and between-year winter-site fidelity of Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita. Ardea 91: 213-220.

Allen-Revez, M., Catry, T., Catry, I., 2002, An experimental approach to egg predation Little Tern colony. Airo 12: 101-103.

Catry, I., Franco, A., Teodósio, J., 2002, Efeito da colocação de rádio-emissores no Francelho Falco naumanni. Airo 12: 75-78.

Catry, T., Ramos, J.A., Catry, I., Allen-Revez, M., Grade, N., 2002, Monitorização da colónia de Garça-vermelha (Ardea purpurea) na Lagoa da Sancha entre 1997 e 2000. Airo 12:79-83.

Rocha, P., Catry , I., Reis, S., 2002, Censo Nacional do Francelho Falco naumanni. Airo 12: 3-9.

CERTFOR: Efeitos da certificação florestal na conservação dos montados de sobreiro

Financiamento: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).  Duração:  1 de Janeiro de 2019 a 31 de Dezembro de 2022. Referência: PTDC/ASP-SIL/31253/2017

FARSYD: Os Sistemas Agrícolas enquanto instrumento de suporte a políticas de conservação e gestão de paisagens agrícolas de elevado valor natural

Financiamento: Programa Operacional Regional de Lisboa – POR Lisboa; FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Período: 15.05.2016 – 15.11.2019. Referência: PTDC/AAG-EC/5007/2014 _ LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-016664

ORLAS - Escalonamento Ecológico de Efeitos de Orla: Padrões, Mecanismos e Modelação Preditiva

Financiamento: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). Período: Abril de 2013 a Setembro de 2015. Referência: PTDC/BIA-BIC/2203/2012.

  • PhD degree (co-supervisor): Claire Buchan - Demographic consequences of different migratory strategies in partially migratory species - School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Ongoing. 
  • PhD degree (main supervisor): João Gameiro - Drivers and dynamics of colonial breeding in birds: disentangling the relative roles of individual and population traits in mixed-species colonies Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Ongoing. 
  • PhD degree (main supervisor): Joana Marcelino - Forecasting the impacts of climate and land use changes on Mediterranean farmland birds - School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Ongoing. 
  • Biology degree (main supervisor): Ana Luísa de Matos – O uso de stopovers ao longo da migração por juvenis de Cegonha-branca (Ciconia ciconia), 2017. School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Concluded.
  • PhD degree (co-supervisor): Katharine Rogerson - Mechanisms driving changes in migratory behaviour of long lived birds in response to global environmental change - School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Ongoing.
  • Master degree (co-supervisor): Sophie Lewis - Isotopic variation in the feathers of the Lesser Kestrel and European Rollers: implications for stable isotope application in migration studies, 2016. School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Concluded.
  • PhD degree (co-supervisor): William Saunders - The role of habitat and climate change in recent declines in Eastern and Western populations of European rollers (Coracias garrulus), 2016. School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Concluded.
  • Master degree “Ecologia e Gestão Ambiental” (main supervisor): Pedro Patto – Impacto da temperatura na biologia reprodutora e condição fisiológica do Francelho e Rolieiro: implicações para a adaptação às alterações climáticas, 2014. Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Concluded.
  • Biology degree (main supervisor): Cátia Alves – Alterações sazonais e inter-anuais na dieta do Peneireiro-das-torres: implicações para a reprodução, 2014. School of Agriculture, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. Concluded.
  • Biology degree (main supervisor): Joana Ribeiro Sousa – Evolução da população de ortópteros da região de Castro Verde, 2012. School of Agriculture, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. Concluded.
  • Biology degree (main supervisor): Carolina Caetano – Efeito do clima na fisiologia do Peneireiro-das-torres (Falco naumanni), 2013. School of Agriculture, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. Concluded.


KESTREL-MOVE: Comparative movement ecology of a specialist versus a generalist falcon.

Funding: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Period: 2016-2019.

INSPIRE4NATURE: INternational training at the Science-Policy Interface for Researchers in Europe, for Nature. 

Funding: H2020-EU.1.3.1 (766417). Period: 2017-.

FARmingSYstems as tool to support policies towards effective conservation and management of high nature value farmlands.

Funding: FCT. Period: 2016 - 2019 Reference: PTDC/AAG-REC/5007/2014.

All heaven in a range: international bird trade as a driver of biological invasions in Europe.

Funding: FCT. Period: 2016-2019. Reference: PTDC/AAG-GLO/0463/2014.

Migratory decisions in a changing world: mechanisms and drivers of changing migratory behaviour.

Funding: NERC July 2012 Standard Grants Call. Period: September 2013-2017. Reference: RA957.

Post-breeding dispersal, migration and wintering movements of lesser kestrels resolved with high-frequency GPS and remote sensing.

Funding: Microproyectos SO, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Period: May 2014-July 2015.