Verónica Neves, Ph.D.


Academic position: Postdoctoral researcher

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Contact Details:

IMAR/DOP - University of the Azores
Cais de Santa Cruz
PT- 9901-862 Horta - Azores - Portugal

Tel: (+351)292 200 400   
Fax: (+351)292 200 411


  • 2001-2005: Ph.D. in Zoology: "Towards a Conservation Strategy of Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii in the Azores", obtained at the Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow (UK), under the supervision of Prof. RW Furness.
  • 2000: Intensive Training on Squid Identification by Prof. Malcolm R Clarke (UK).  PRAXIS XXI grant (Ministry for Science and Technology, Portugal).
  • 1991-1996:   BSc (Hons.) in Environmental Engineer, obtained at the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Current position:

  •  2013-2016: postdoctoral researcher with a grant from Portuguese FCT (SFRH/BPD/88914/2012) at the IMAR-Açores (Institute of Marine Research), under the supervision of Dr. R.S. Santos.

Main research interests:

Feeding and foraging ecology of seabirds, population dynamics, biogeography and island colonization, biodiversity and conservation.


Dr. Jacob González-Solís

Dr. Megan Dickens

Dr. Sin Yeon-Kim

Dr. David Gonçalves

Dr. Alberto Velando


  • Quillfeldt P, Thorn S, Richter B, Nabte M, Coria N, Masello JF, Massaro M, Neves VC, Libertelli M. (2017). Testing the usefulness of hydrogen and compound-specific stable isotope analyses in seabird feathers: a case study in two sympatric Antarctic storm-petrels. Marine Biology : 164-192. download (pdf)

  • Neves VC, Nava C, Monteiro EV, Monteiro PR & Bried J (2017). Depredation of Monteiro's Storm-petrel (Hydrobates monteiroi) Chicks by Madeiran Wall Lizard (Lacerta dugesii). Waterbirds 40: 82-86. download (pdf)

  • Rodriguez A, et al. (2017). A global review of seabird mortality caused by land-based artificial lights. Conservation Biology, doi: 10.1111/cobi.12900. download (pdf)
  • Ramos R, Sanz V, Militão T, Bried J, Neves VC, Biscoito M, Phillips RA, Zino F & González-Solís J (2015). Leapfrog migration and habitat preferences of a small oceanic seabird, Bulwer's petrel (Bulweria bulwerii). Journal of Biogeography 43: 1651-1664. download (pdf)

  • Neves VC, Nava CP, Cormons M, Bremer E, Castresana G, Lima P, Azevedo Júnior SM, Phillips RA, Magalhães MC & Santos RS (2015). Migration routes and non-breeding areas of Common Terns Sterna hirundo from the Azores. Emu 115: 158-167. download (pdf)
  • Gomes-Pereira JN, Prieto R, Neves VC, Xavier J, Pham C, Gonçalves J, Porteiro F, Santos R & Martins H (2014). The role of Malcolm Clarke (1930–2013) in the Azores as a scientist and educationist. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S0025315414000794. > download (pdf)

  • Nava C, Kim S-Y, Magalhães MC & Neves VC (2014). Do Cory’s Shearwaters Calonectris borealis choose mates based on size? Journal of Ornithology 155: 869-875, doi: 10.1007/s10336-014-1070-8. > download (pdf)
  • Pedro P, Ramos JA, Neves VC, Paiva VH (2013) Past and Present Trophic Position and Decadal Changes in the diet of Yellow-legged gull in the Azores Archipelago, NE Atlantic. Journal of Wildlife Research 59: 833-845. DOI: 10.1071/MU13024. > download (pdf)
  • Neves V, Bried J, González-Solís J, Roscales JL, Clarke MR (2012). Feeding ecology and movements of the Barolo shearwater Puffinus baroli baroli in the Azores, NE Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series 452: 269-285. > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Nolf D & Clarke MR (2012). Spatio-temporal variation in the diet of Cory´s searwater Calonectris diomedea in the Azores archipelago, northeast Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part I 70:1-13. > download (pdf)
  • Pereira JN, Neves VC, R. Prieto, M.A. Silva, c, I. Cascão, C. Oliveira, M.J. Cruz, J.V. Medeiros, J.P. Barreiros, F.M. Porteiro, D. Clarke (2011). Diet of mid-Atlantic Sowerby's beaked whales Mesoplondon bidens. Deep Sea Research Part I 58: 1084-1090. > download (pdf)
  • Roscales JL, Gómez-Diaz E, Neves V & González-Solís J (2011). Trophic versus geographic structure in stable isotope signatures of pelagic seabirds breeding in the northeast Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series 434: 1.13. > download (pdf)
  • Neves V, Nolf D & Clarke MR (2011). Diet of Bulwer´s Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii) in the Azores, NE Atlantic. Waterbirds 34: 357-362 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Panagiotakopoulos S & Ratcliffe N (2011). Predation on roseate tern eggs by European starlings in the Azores. Arquipelago. Life and Marine Sciences 28: 15-23 > download (pdf)

  • Neves VC, Grifiths K, Savory F, Furness B & Mable B (2010). Are European starlings breeding in the Azores genetically distinct from birds breeding in mainland Europe? European Journal of Wildlife Research 56(1):95-100. DOI: 10.1007/s10344-009-0316-x > download (pdf)
  • Bried J, Magalhães MC, Bolton M, Neves VC, Bell E, Pereira JC, Aguiar L, Monteiro LR & Santos RS (2008). Habitat restoration and rabbit eradication combined to restore vulnerable seabird populations on Praia Islet, Azores archipelago. Ecological Restoration, 27(1): 27-36 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Murdoch N & Furness RW (2006). Population Status and Diet of Yellow-Legged Gull in the Azores. Arquipélago Life and Marine Sciences 23A: 59-73 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Panagiotakopoulos S & Furness RW (2006). A control taste aversion experiment on predators of roseate tern (Sterna dougallii) eggs. European Journal of Wildlife Research 52(4): 259-264 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Bolton, Mark & Monteiro, LR (2006) Validation of the water offloading technique for diet assessment: an experimental study with Cory's shearwaters Calonectris diomedea. Journal of Ornithology 147(3): 474-478 > download (pdf)
  • Dickens M & Neves VC (2005). The Azores Woodpigeon: abundance and habitat use. Arquipélago Life and Marine Sciences 22A: 61-69 > download (pdf)
  • Bried, J, Fraga, H, Calabuig-Miranda, P & Neves VC (2005). The first two cases of melanism in Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea. Marine Ornithology, 33: 19-22 > download (pdf)
  • León A, Mingués E, & Neves, VC 2005. Factors affecting breeding distribution and seabird richness within the Azores archipelago. Seabirds, 7(1): 15-22 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Bremer E & Hays H 2002. Recovery in Punta Rasa, Argentina of Common Terns banded in the Azores Archipelago, North Atlantic. Waterbirds 25(4): 459-461 > download (pdf)
  • Hays H, Neves VC & Lima P 2002. Banded Roseate Terns from different continents trapped in the Azores. Journal of Field Ornithology 73(2): 180-184 > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC, Fraga JC, Schäfer H, Vieira V, Bívar-de-Sousa A & Borges PAV 2001. The occurrence of the Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus L. in the Azores, with a brief review of its biology. Arquipélago Life and Marine Sciences, 18A: 17-24 > download (pdf)
  • Monteiro LR, Ramos JA, Pereira JC, Monteiro PR, Feio RS, Thompson DR, Bearhop S, Furness RW, Laranjo M, Hilton G, Neves VC, Groz MP, Thompson KR (1999) Status and distribution of Fea's Petrel, Bulwer's Petrel, Manx Shearwater, Little Shearwater and Band-rumped Storm-petrel in the Azores Archipelago. Waterbirds 22(3): 358-366 > download (pdf)

Other journals

Amaral J, Almeida S., Sequeira M. & Neves VC (2010). Black rat Rattus rattus eradication by trapping allows recovery of breeding roseate tern Sterna dougallii and common tern S. hirundo populations on Feno islet, the Azores, Portugal. Conservation Evidence 7:16-20> download (pdf)


Pereira, J.N.G. & Neves, V. 2009. Darwin nos Açores. Diário pessoal com comentários. Comentários por João Carlos Nunes, Susana Serpa Silva e Paulo J.M. Barcelos. Observatório do Mar dos Açores, Horta.

Book chapter:

Porteiro, F.M., R. Ferraz, F. Tempera, F. Cardigos, V. C. Neves, H. Fraga, J. Melo, R.S. Santos & OGAMP team. 2007. Capelinhos: a explosão da vida. In Forjaz, V.H. (ed.). Vulcão dos Capelinhos Memórias 1957-2007, pp. 639-666. Observatório Vulcanológico e Geotérmico dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, 824 pp.

Popular Science:

  • Neves VC (2010). O Ilhéu da Vila e os Garajaus. Jornal O Baluarte de Santa Maria, edição de Abril. > download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2010). Garajau-comum Sterna hirundo. Jornal Fazendo nº35, 25/3/2010.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2010). De volta a terra. Jornal Ilha Maior, 12/3/2010.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2010). Açores: um viveiro para o garajau-rosado. Jornal Fazendo nº 32, 11/2/2010.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2009). Ainda as Cagarras. Jornal Ilha Maior, 2/10/2009.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2009). The forerunners of Marine Ornithology in the Azores. Boletim do Núcleo Cultural da Horta nº18.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2009). Feliz aniversário, Darwin! Jornal Fazendo nº10, Fevereiro.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2008). Painho-de-Monteiro, uma nova espécie de uma velha ave. Jornal Fazendo nº2, Novembro 2008.> download (pdf)
  • Neves VC (2007). Garajaus, as andorinhas-do-mar. Revista Cais, Fevereiro.> download (pdf)