Xavier Santos

Xavier Santos

Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources / Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO, Univ. Porto)


Xavier Santos obtained his degree in Biology at the Barcelona University, and the PhD in Animal Biology for the same University in 2000. During 20 years he has shared his research with teaching in a Secondary School. His PhD was focused on the ecology of the viperine snake at the Ebro Delta, Spain. He has been postdoc researcher at the Granada University (Spain), Diputació de Barcelona (Spain), and Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive (Montpellier, France). Currently, he is a postdoc researcher at Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto (CIBIO/InBIO).

Since 2005, Xavier Santos is mostly interested in understanding how animal communities respond to fire, and which are the most vulnerable species. He is conducting fieldwork experiments in many burnt localities in Portugal, Spain and France including Peneda-Gêres and Serra da Estrela. At the same time, due to its participation within the BIODESERTS group at the CIBIO, he is interested in ecological and conservation processes in which amphibian and reptile species are involved in arid regions of Morocco, Mauritania and Socotra. He is author of more than 130 papers and book chapters, He has also supervised 13 internship, master and PhD thesis, and currently is editor of the Boletín de la Asociación Herpetologica Española.

More information here.


"Taxonomic and Functional Responses of Reptiles to Fire in the Mediterranean Basin" (abstract)

Congress Collaborators

  • Sara Costa
  • Emanuele Fasola
  • Inês Bulhosa
  • Isabel Damas
  • Iolanda Rocha
  • Bárbara Santos
  • Ariana Moutinho
  • Nuno Costa
  • Cátia Venâncio
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