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Ana Dinis

Ana Dinis


2010-2014: PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Madeira. Ecology and Conservation of Bottlenose dolphins in Madeira archipelago, Portugal.

2002: Graduation (Licenciatura) in Marine Biology and Fisheries, University of Algarve.


2015-Present: Post-doc Researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of Madeira (CIIMAR-Madeira).

2013-2015: Researcher at Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of Madeira (CIIMAR-Madeira).

2004-2013: Researcher at Madeira Whale Museum.

2003 (January-October): Internship at Madeira Whale Museum.

2002 (May-July): Observer onboard tunafishing boats at POPA (Projecto de Observação para as Pescas dos Açores) program in the Azores.


Marine ecology and biodiversity; Population ecology; cetacean populations in Madeira archipelago; Conservation.


2009-2013: CETACEOSMADEIRA II (LIFE+07 NAT/P/000646) ‘Identifying critical marine areas for bottlenose dolphin and surveillance of the cetaceans’ conservation status in Madeira archipelago’.

2007-2008: EMECETUS (FEDER/INTERREG IIIB 05/MAC/4.2/M10) ‘Study, monitoring and education for the conservation of cetaceans in the Madeira, Azores and Canaries archipelagos’.

2005-2006: GOLFINICHO (FCT POCI/BIA-BDE/61009) ‘Ecological niche partitioning between Delphinus delphis and Stenella frontalis around the Azores and Madeira’.

2004-2005: MACETUS (FEDER/INTERREG IIIB MAC/4.2/M10) ‘Population structure, distribution, movements and habitat use of Physeter macrocephalus, Globicephala macrorhynchus, Tursiops truncatus and Stenella frontalis in the Madeira, Azores and Canaries archipelagos’.

2004: CETACEOSMADEIRA (LIFE99NAT/P/6432) ‘Project for the conservation of cetaceans in the archipelago of Madeira’.


Alves, F., Towers, J. R., Baird, R. W., Bearzi, G., Bonizzoni, S., Ferreira, R., Halicka, Z., Alessandrini, A., Kopelman, A. H., Yzoard, C., Rasmussen, M. H., Bertulli, C. G., Jourdain, E., Gullan, A., Rocha, D., Hupman, K., Mrusczok, M.-T., Samarra, F. I. P., Magalhães, S., Weir, C. R., Ford, J. K. B. and Dinis, A. (2018), The incidence of bent dorsal fins in free-ranging cetaceans. Journal of Anatomy 232: 263-269. DOI:10.1111/joa.12729

Ferreira, R.; F. Alves; C. Gomes; D. Jardim; J. Kok and A. Dinis (2017). First Confirmed Record of Northern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) in Madeira Archipelago, Northeast Atlantic. Aquatic Mammals. DOI:10.1578/AM.43.5.2017.474

Dinis, A.; R. Marques; L. Dias; D. Sousa; C. Gomes; N. Abreu and F. Alves (2017). Site Fidelity of Blainville’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) off Madeira Island (Northeast Atlantic). Aquatic Mammals. DOI: 10.1578/AM.43.4.2017.

Alves, F.; R. Ferreira; L. Dias; C. Nicolau; D. Sousa; C. Moura; C. Gomes and A. Dinis (2017). Rare records of hypo- and hyper-pigmented individuals in two delphinid species off Madeira Island. Hystrix 28(1): 116-121. DOI: 10.4404/hystrix-28.1-11888.

Dinis, A.; F. Alves; C. Nicolau; C. Ribeiro; M. Kaufmann; A. Cañadas and L. Freitas (2017). Social Structure of a Population of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Oceanic Archipelago of Madeira, Portugal. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom DOI:10.1017/S0025315417000650.

Dinis, A.; R. W. Baird; S. D. Mahaffy; V. Martín and F. Alves (2017). Beaked whales with rostrum deformities: Implications for survival and reproduction. Marine Mammal Science DOI: 10.1111/mms.12406.

Dinis, A., A. Carvalho, F. Alves, C. Nicolau, C. Ribeiro, M. Kaufmann, A. Cañadas, L. Freitas. (2016) Spatial and temporal distribution of the bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the Madeira archipelago, NE Atlantic. Arquipelago - Life and Marine Sciences. 33: 45-54.

Dinis, A., F. Alves, C. Nicolau, C. Ribeiro, M. Kaufmann, A. Cañadas, L. Freitas (2016). Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus group dynamics, site fidelity, residency and movement patterns in the Madeira Archipelago (North-East Atlantic). African Journal of Marine Science DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2016.1167780

Alves, F.; A. Dinis; C. Nicolau; C. Ribeiro; M. Kaufmann; C. Fortuna; L. Freitas (2014). Survival and abundance of short-finned pilot whales in the archipelago of Madeira, NE Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12137.

Alves, F.;A. Dinis; C. Ribeiro; C. Nicolau; M. Kaufmann; C. M. Fortuna; L. Freitas (2013). Daytime dive characteristics from six short-finned pilot whales Globicephala macrorhynchus off Madeira Island. Arquipelago – Life and Marine Sciences 31: 1-8.

Quérouil, S.; J. Kiszka; A. R. Cordeiro; I. Cascão; L. Freitas; A. Dinis; F. Alves; R. S. Santos; N. M. Bandarra (2013). Investigating stock structure and trophic relationships among island-associated dolphins in the oceanic waters of the North Atlantic using fatty acid and stable isotope analyses. Marine Biology 160: 1325-1337.

Alves, F.; S. Quérouil; A. Dinis; C. Nicolau; C. Ribeiro; L. Freitas; M. Kaufmann; C. Fortuna (2013). Population structure of short-finned pilot whales in the oceanic archipelago of Madeira based on photo-identification and genetic analyses: implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 23(5): 758-776.

Freitas, L.; A. Dinis; C. Nicolau; C. Ribeiro; F. Alves (2012). New records of cetacean species for Madeira Archipelago with an updated checklist. Boletim do Museu Municipal do Funchal 62(334): 25-43.

Quérouil, S.; L. Freitas; I. Cascão; F. Alves; A. Diniss; J. R. Almeida; R. Prieto; S. Borrás; J. A. Matos; D. Mendonça; R. S. Santos (2010). Molecular insight into the population structure of common and spotted dolphins inhabiting the pelagic waters of the Northeast Atlantic. Marine Biology 157: 2567-2580.

Alves, F.; A. Dinis; I. Cascão; L. Freitas (2010). Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) stable associations and dive profiles: new insights into foraging behavior. Marine Mammal Science 26(1): 202-212.

Quérouil, S.; L. Freitas; A. Dinis; F. Alves; I. Cascão; R. Prieto; M. A. Silva; S. Magalhães; J. A. Matos; R. S. Santos (2010). Sex bias in biopsy samples collected from free-ranging dolphins. European Journal of Wildlife Research 56: 151-158.

Quérouil, S.; M. Silva; L. Freitas; R. Prieto; S. Magalhães; A. Dinis; F. Alves; J. Matos; D. Mendonça; P. Hammond; R. Santos (2007). High gene flow in oceanic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) of the North Atlantic. Conservation Genetics 8(6): 1405-1419.