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Filipe M A Alves

Filipe Alves


Marine ecology and biodiversity; Population and movement ecology; Cetaceans; Conservation; Insular habitats; Macaronesia.


2010-2013: PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Madeira. Population structure, habitat use and conservation of short-finned pilot whales Globicephala macrorhynchus in the archipelago of Madeira.

2000-2002: M.Sc. in Ecology, University of Coimbra. Análise sazonal do impacte a curto prazo na estrutura das comunidades meio- e macro-bentónicas resultante da pesca com ganchorra.

1994-1999: Graduation in Marine Biology and Fisheries, University of Algarve. Análise do impacte do ouriço-do-mar Diadema antillarum sobre os povoamentos de algas da Ilha Madeira.


2016-present: Post-doctoral fellow through ARDITI

2014-2015: Project manager and Coordinator of a Marine Protected Area at Natural Park of Madeira

2004-2013: Researcher at Madeira Whale Museum

2003-2004: Consultant at ‘Investigação e Transferência de Biotecnologia, Lda’ in Madeira

2002-2004: Eco-touristic operator at ‘Ventura - Nature Emotions’ in Madeira

2002 (February-May): Observer at NAFO (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation) in Canada

1998-2001: Researcher at CCMAR, University of Algarve


2019-2021: Whale Tales Project (Oceans' Conservation Fund) ‘Sperm whales in insular ecosystems: bringing knowledge and awareness to the “surface” to promote conservation of marine habitats’
2014-2015: LIPS (LIFE+09 NAT/P/000041) ‘Halt the loss of European Biodiversity through the recovery of habitats and species of the Islets of Porto Santo and surrounding marine area’

Co-coordinator / researcher:
2017-2019: MARCET (MAC/1.1b/149) ‘Macaronesian network for the transfer of knowledgement and interregional and multidisciplinar technologies to protect and monitor the cetaceans and the marine environment, and to analyse and explore the associated touristic activity in a sustainable way’

2016-2018: OOM (M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000001) ‘Project Oceanic Observatory of Madeira’

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’

1998-2001: ECODREDGE (FAIR PL/4465) ‘Evaluation and improvement of shellfish dredge design and fishing effort in relation to technical conservation measures and environmental impact’


2010-2018: Guest lecturer / teaching assistant at University of Madeira

1998-2001: Teaching collaborator at University of Algarve

Peer-reviewed publications:
Available on my ResearchGate profile:

37. Alves, F., J. Canning-Clode, C. Ribeiro, I. Gestoso, M. Kaufmann (online). Local benthic assemblages in shallow rocky reefs find refuge in a marine protected area at Madeira Island. Journal of Coastal Conservation DOI:10.1007/s11852-018-0669-y

36. Sousa, A., F. Alves, A. Dinis, J. Bentz, M. J. Cruz, J. P. Nunes (2019). How vulnerable are cetaceans to climate change? Developing and testing a new index. Ecological Indicators 98: 9-18 DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.10.046

35. Alves, F., A. Alessandrini, A. Servidio, A. S. Mendonça, K. L. Hartman, R. Prieto, S. Berrow, S. Magalhães, L. Steiner, R. Santos, R. Ferreira, J. M. Pérez, F. Ritter, A. Dinis, V. Martín, M. Silva, N. A. de Soto (in press). Complex biogeographical patterns support an ecological connectivity network of a large marine predator in the north-east Atlantic. Diversity and Distributions DOI:10.1111/ddi.12848

34. Alves, F., R. Ferreira, M. Fernandes, Z. Halicka, L. Dias, A. Dinis (2018). Analysis of occurrence patterns and biological factors of cetaceans based on long-term and fine-scale data from platforms of opportunity: Madeira Island as a case study. Marine Ecology 39: e12499. DOI:10.1111/maec.12499

33. Alves, F., A. Alessandrini, M. Fernandez, K. L. Hartman, A. Dinis (in press). Home sweet home? Wide-ranging movements of socially stable resident delphinids (Globicephala macrorhynchus). Scientia Insularum, Journal of Island Sciences

32. Dinis, A., F. Alves, C. Nicolau, C. Ribeiro, M. Kaufmann, A. Cañadas, 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

31. Sangil, C., G. M. Martins, J. C. Hernández, F. Alves, A. I. Neto, C. Ribeiro, K. León-Cisneros, J. Canning-Clode, E. Rosas-Alquicira, J. C. Mendoza, I. Tittley, F. Wallenstein, R. P. Couto, M. Kaufmann (2018). Shallow subtidal macroalgae in the North-eastern Atlantic archipelagos (Macaronesian region): a spatial approach to community structure. European Journal of Phycology 53: 83-98. DOI:10.1080/09670262.2017.1385098

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

29. Cunha, I., L. Freitas, F. Alves, A. Dinis, C. Ribeiro, C. Nicolau, R. Ferreira, J. A. Gonçalves, N. Formigo (2017). Marine traffic and potential impacts towards cetaceans within the Madeira EEZ. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management16: 17-28.

28. Alves, F., R. Ferreira, L. Dias, C. Nicolau, D. Sousa, C. Moura, C. Gomes, A. Dinis (2017). Rare records of hypo- and hyper-pigmented individuals in two delphinid species off Madeira Island. Hystrix 28(1): 116-118. DOI:10.4404/hystrix-28.1-11888

27. Dinis, A., R. W. Baird, S. D. Mahaffy, V. Martín, F. Alves (2017). Beaked whales with rostrum deformities: Implications for survival and reproduction. Marine Mammal Science 33(3), 946-954.

26. Ferreira, R., F. Alves, C. Gomes, D. Jardim, J. Kok, A Dinis (2017). First Confirmed Record of Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus in Madeira Archipelago, NE Atlantic. Aquatic Mammals 43(5), 474-478.

25. Dinis, A., R. Marques, L. Dias, D. Sousa, C. Gomes, N. Abreu, F. Alves (2017). Site Fidelity of Blainville’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) off Madeira Island (Northeast Atlantic). Aquatic Mammals 43(4): 387-390.

24. Reggente, M. A. L., F. Alves, C. Nicolau, L. Freitas, D. Cagnazzi, R. W. Baird, P. Galli (2016). Nurturant behavior toward dead conspecifics in free-ranging mammals: new records for odontocetes and a general review. Journal of Mammalogy DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyw089

23. 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

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

21. Alves, F.; A. Dinis; C. Nicolau; C. Ribeiro; M. Kaufmann; C. Fortuna; L. Freitas (2015). Survival and abundance of short-finned pilot whales in the archipelago of Madeira, NE Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science 31: 106-121.

20. Alves, F.; C. Nicolau; A. Dinis; C. Ribeiro; L. Freitas (2015). Supportive behavior of free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) toward dead neonates, with data on perinatal mortality. Acta Ethologica 18: 301-304.

19. Clemente, S.; S. J. Lorenzo-Morales; J. C. Mendoza; C. López; C. Sangil; F. Alves; M. Kaufmann; J.C. Hernández (2014). Mass mortality of the sea urchin Diadema africanum in the subtropical Eastern Atlantic Archipelagos: the role of waterborne bacteria in a warming ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 506: 1-14.

18. 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.

17. 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.

16. 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.

15. 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.

14. Quérouil, S.; L. Freitas; I. Cascão; F. Alves; A. Dinis; 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.

13. 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.

12. 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.

11. 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.

10. Alves, F. M. A.; L. M. Chícharo; E. Serrão; A. D. Abreu (2003). Grazing by Diadema antillarum (Philippi) upon algal communities on rocky substrates. Scientia Marina 67 (3): 307-311.

9. Alves, F.; L. Chícharo; A. Nogueira; J. Regala (2003). Changes in benthic community structure due to clam dredging on the Algarve coast and the importance of seasonal analysis. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 83: 719-729.

8. Chícharo, M. A.; A. Amaral; S. Condinho; F. Alves; J. Regala; M. Gaspar; L. Chícharo (2003). Adenylic-derived indices and reburying time as indicators of the effects of dredging-induced stress on the clam Spisula solida. Marine Biology 142: 1113-1117.

7. Alves, F. M. A.; S. Cocito (2002). A new record (Bryozoa) for the marine fauna of Madeira Island (NE Atlantic). Bocagiana 204: 1-5.

6. Alves, F. M. A.; C. M. A. Alves (2002). Two new records of seabreams (Pisces: Sparidae) from the Madeira Archipelago. Arquipélago. Life and Marine Science, 19 A: 107-111.

5. Chícharo, L.; M. Chícharo; M. Gaspar; J. Regala; F. Alves (2002). Reburial time and indirect mortality of Spisula solida clams caused by dredging. Fisheries Research 59: 247-257.

4. Chícharo, L.; A. Chícharo; M. Gaspar; F. Alves; J. Regala (2002). Ecological characterization of dredged and non-dredged bivalve fishing areas off south Portugal. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 82: 41-50.

3. Chícharo, L.; J. Regala; M. Gaspar; F. Alves; A. Chícharo (2002). Macrofauna spatial differences within clam dredge-tracks and their implications for short-term fishing effect studies. Fisheries Research 54: 349-353.

2. Alves, F. M. A.; L. M. Chícharo; E. Serrão; A. D. Abreu (2001). Algal cover and sea urchin spatial distribution at Madeira Island (NE Atlantic). Scientia Marina 65 (4): 383-392.

1. Chícharo, L; A. Chícharo; F. Alves; A. Amaral; A. Pereira; J. Regala (2001). Diel variation of the RNA/DNA ratios in Crassostrea angulata (Lamarck) and Ruditapes decussatus (Linnaeus 1758) (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 259: 121-129.

Reviewer for (

Biological Reviews, MEPS, Frontiers in Marine Science, ECSS, ICES, JMBA-UK, Molecular Ecology, Ecosphere, Marine Mammal Science, Proceedings of Nova Scotian Institute of Science, Mammal Study, Journal of Sea Research, Revista de Biologia Tropical, Hydrobiologia, European Cetacean Society (Conference Abstracts).

Other skills:
Ocean skipper license (large experience as skipper, marine mammal observer and eco-touristic guide)
SCUBA diving license (Rescue Diver PADI)
Driving license
Portuguese (native); English (conversation, reading, writing); French (conv.); Spanish (conv., read.)

Revised: November 2018