I was born and spent my youth at Guarda, a small town in the mountain range region of continental Portugal. Despite being distinctively passionate about nature, I never had many stimuli to pursue a scientific career. I was lucky to receive the influence of magnificent tutors who encouraged and pushed me to study biology. This led me to apply to the town where my grandfather had spent a few years; and whose stories had influenced me – the historical Universidade de Coimbra. Here I studied three years of Biology with an Erasmus stopover in Siena (Italy). During my bachelor I contributed in several laboratories and got inspired to follow an academic path. This led me to pursue a Master Degree in Ecology (which led me to do fieldwork in Algarrobo, Spain).
With all this packing and unpacking, I grew up as a citizen, as a scientist-in-training, and managed to befriend lots of kind people .. nonetheless, these experiences fuelled my resolution – that I would be a scientist and explore the natural world.
That’s as much as I call tell you. I began my PhD at the Natural History Museum in Oslo where I am embracing a new culture and new experience. Norway is a lovely country with lovely people and I love it here.