I am an evolutionary biologist with a research focus on the evolution of anti-predatory behavior and its consequences. My research uses field experimental approaches in birds and primates to understand the role of sexual selection on the evolution of anti-predatory behaviors. My projects aim to understand the influence of sex-specific audience effects on mobbing behavior, and to explore the role of anti-predatory behavior as a sexually selected form of cooperation.
Furthermore, I have a deep interest in the evolution of animal communication. Currently, I am conducting a project that aims to understand deception and mechanisms to avoid deception in a social bird species (Siberian jay).
I am a participant in the South-American project: “Know your enemy” that was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Ana Trejo (National University of Comahue), which aims at increasing our insights into predator recognition. This study is conducted in five countries of South America, by members of Búhos Neotropicales: Paula L. Enríquez Rocha (Unidad San Cristóbal), Juan Freile (Project Cuscungo), Alejandro Solano (Imaymana Foundation), Sergio Chaparro-Herrera (Colombian Ornithology Associatoin). I also collaborate with the Prof. Dr. Marcelo Ferreira Vasconcelos group in the Museum of Natural Science Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, investigating the limits of predator recognition, in particular recognition of predator vocalisations.
I am amateur photographer, see some of my photos at: http://filipecristovao.wix.com/filipefotos
|Jan 2013 - Present
|PhD student in Evolutionary Ecology - Behavioural Ecology, Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich
|2010 - 2012
|M.Sc. in Ecology of Tropical Biomes, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (Federal University of Ouro Preto), Ouro Preto, Brazil.
|2005 - 2008
|Licentiate and Bachelor in Biological Sciences, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.