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Carla Freitas

Carla Freitas


2008: PhD in Biology. University of Tromsø, Norway. Thesis: “Habitat Selection by Arctic Pinnipeds: Patterns, Tactics and Predictions in a Dynamic Environment”.

2000: MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science. University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Final score 17 and distinction.

1997: BSc (Licenciatura) in Marine Biology and Fisheries. University of Algarve, Portugal. Final score 15.

Current position

Postdoctoral Fellow (marine vertebrate telemetry) at the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira (OOM), Portugal.

Research interests

My research is focused on spatial and behavioural marine ecology. I’m interested on how marine animals use space, how they respond to changes in their environment/habitat conditions and which strategies they use to fulfil their biological requirements for food, reproduction and survival. Data in this research are obtained mostly by remote-tracking technologies (acoustic and satellite telemetry). Given my interest in statistics and programming, part of my research has been focused in finding new algorithms and methods to analyze animal spatial data. I have worked mainly with spatial ecology of marine mammals and more recently with marine fish and sea turtles.


Freitas C, Olsen EM, Knutsen H & Moland E (2016) Temperature-associated habitat selection in a cold-water marine fish. Journal of Animal Ecology 85 (3): 628–637.

Freitas C, Olsen EM, Moland E, Ciannelli L & Knutsen H (2015) Behavioral responses of Atlantic cod to sea temperature changes. Ecology and Evolution 5: 2070–2083.

Lydersen C, Freitas C, Wiig Ø, Bachmann L, Heide-Jorgensen MP, Swift R & Kovacs KM (2012) Lost highway not forgotten: satellite tracking of a bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) from the critically endangered Spitsbergen stock. Arctic 65:76-86.

Freitas C, Kovacs KM, Andersen M, Aars J, Sandven S, Skern-Mauritzen S, Pavlova O & Lydersen C (2012) Importance of fast ice and glacier fronts for female polar bears and their cubs during spring in Svalbard, Norway. Marine Ecology Progress Series 447:289-304.

Aars J, Andersen M, Freitas C, Lydersen C & Kovacs KM (2012) Mindre is en utfordring for isbjørnen. Klima, 2-2012: 8-10. [in Norwegian] Albert OT, Lambert Y, Vollen T, Freitas C, Heggebakken L (2011) Distinguishing pelagic and demersal swimming of deepwater flatfish by recording of body angles. American Fisheries Society Symposium 76: 1-21.

McCarthy AL, Heppell S, Royer F, Freitas C & Dellinger D (2010) Identification of likely foraging habitat of pelagic loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the North Atlantic through analysis of telemetry track sinuosity. Progress in Oceanography, 86: 224-231

Freitas C, Lydersen C, Ims RA, Fedak MA & Kovacs KM (2009) Over-wintering and habitat selection in male Atlantic walruses. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 375: 247-261

Freitas C, Kovacs KM, Lydersen C & Ims RA (2008) A novel method for quantifying habitat selection and predicting habitat use. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45: 1213-1220

Freitas C, Kovacs KM, Ims RA & Lydersen C (2008) Predicting habitat use by ringed seals (Phoca hispida) in a warming Arctic. Ecological Modelling, 217: 19-32

Freitas C, Kovacs KM, Ims RA, Fedak MA & Lydersen C (2008) Ringed seal post-moulting movement tactics and habitat selection. Oecologia, 155: 193-204

Freitas C, Lydersen C, Fedak MA & Kovacs KM (2008) A simple new algorithm to filter marine mammal Argos locations. Marine Mammal Science, 24(2): 315-325

Lydersen C, Ims RA, Freitas C & Kovacs KM (2007). Ringselen trenger snø og is. Klima, 1-2007: 38-41 [in Norwegian].

Freitas C, Dellinger T & Reiner F (1998) First record of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, Stenella frontalis G. CUVIER, 1829 (Cetacea: Delphinidae) from the Archipelago of Madeira. Bocagiana, 190: 1-5.

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