Dr Ana Rita Amaral

PhD supervisors: Dr L Moller, Prof L Beheregaray & Prof M Coelho

I am currently interested in aspects of cetacean population history, phylogeography and molecular evolution. Since 2004 I have been studying the evolutionary relationships of a closely related group of dolphin species, the subfamily Delphininae. I received my degree in Marine Biology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2005 and my Masters in Evolutionary Biology also from the University of Lisbon in 2007. I continued through to my PhD in Evolutionary Biology also in the University of Lisbon and in Macquarie University, Australia. During my PhD I have also focused on the phylogeography and population genetic structure of common dolphins (genus Delphinus), in an effort to elucidate the controversial taxonomy within the genus.  I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. 

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– Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Bilgmann K, Boutov D, Freitas L, Robertson KM, Sequeira M, Stockin KA, Coelho MM, Möller LM (2011) Seascape genetics of a globally distributed, highly mobile marine mammal: the short-beaked common dolphin (genus Delphinus). Submitted.

– Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Bilgmann K, Freitas L, Robertson KM, Sequeira M, Stockin KA, Coelho MM, Möller LM (2011) Influences of past climatic changes in the phylogeography of a cosmopolitan marine top predator, the common dolphin (genus Delphinus). In Review.

– Amaral AR, Jackson, JA, Möller LM, Beheregaray LB, Coelho MM (2011) Species Tree of a Rapid Radiation: the Subfamily Delphininae (Cetacea, Mammalia). In Review.

– Waap S, Amaral AR, Gomes B, Coelho MM (2011) Multi-locus species tree of the genus Squalius (Leuciscinae: Cyprinidae) from western Iberia: new insights into evolutionary history. Genetica DOI 10.1007/s10709-011-9602-0.

– Amaral AR, Möller LM, Beheregaray LB and Coelho MM (2011) Evolution of 2 reproductive proteins, ZP3 and PKDREJ, in cetaceans. Journal of Heredity. 102, 275-282.

– Amaral AR, Silva MC, Möller LM, Beheregaray LB, Coelho MM (2010) Anonymous nuclear markers for cetaceans. Conservation Genetics. 11, 1143-1146.

– Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Bilgmann K, Freitas L, Robertson KM, Sequeira M, Stockin KA, Coelho MM & Möller LM (2010) A multilocus perspective on the worldwide population structure of common dolphins (genus Delphinus). International Whaling Comission doc. SC/62/SM2.

– Amaral AR, Coelho MM, Marugán-Lóbon J, Rohlf FJ (2009) Cranial shape differentiation in three closely related delphinid cetacean species: insights into evolutionary history. Zoology. 112, 38-47.

– Amaral AR, Beheregaray LB, Sequeira M, Robertson KM, Coelho MM & Möller LM (2009) Worldwide phylogeography of the genus Delphinus revisited. International Whaling Comission doc. SC/61/SM11.

– Murphy S, Natoli A, Amaral AR, Mirimin L, Viricel A, Caurant F, Hoelzel AR & Evans PGH (2009) Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis. Pp. 111-130 In: Ed. Evans PGH & Teilmann J. Report of ASCOBANS/HELCOM Small Cetacean Population Structure Workshop. ASCOBANS, Bonn, Germany. 141pp.

– Amaral AR, Sequeira M, Martínez-Cedeira J, Coelho MM (2007) New insights on population genetic structure of Delphinus delphis from the Northeast Atlantic and phylogenetic relationships within the genus inferred from two mitochondrial markers. Marine Biology151, 1967-1976.

– Amaral AR, Sequeira M, Coelho MM (2007) A first approach to the usefulness of COI barcodes in the identification of closely related delphinid cetacean species. Marine and Freshwater Research58, 505-510.

– Mirimin L, Viricel A, Amaral AR, Murphy S, Ridoux V, & Rogan E (2007) Stock structure in the common dolphin Delphinus delphis in the Northeast Atlantic: analysis of genetic material. NECESSITY Contract 501605 Periodic Activity Report No 2 – Annex 8.1.a