Cátia Matos (Porto, 1986) is a biologist, data analyst and full-time space-time explorer. Interested in animal behaviour and ecology since early age, after completing her BA in Biology in 2009 she started mapping herpetofauna species presence for conservation purposes. Later on she decided to dedicate her MSc and PhD research to movement ecology.
Working at the Research Center on Spatial Geo-Sciences, CICGE (University of Porto), she developed new models to analyse hotspots of mortality in roads for amphibians and also collaborated with "HOUSE project" in determine home ranges of Iberian lacertids using GIS, remote sensing, ecological niche modelling, and spatial statistics.
Meanwhile the urgent need for new lines of research in road ecology and herpetofauna lead her to work with other European group of experts and help found ENPARTS (European Network for Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Transport Systems). http://www.toadsonroads.eu/ Since 2012, her work with Froglife has delivered new methodological lines to strategicaly plan, design and develop corridors to maintain landscape connectivity for herpetofauna species.
She continued developing this research line in her PhD in the UK at the Center for Environmental and Marine Sciences, CEMS (University of Hull), where she is finishing building an open source agent-based model based from spatial and temporal patterns of behaviour at different scales for planning future road mitigation projects.
Her research in responses of species to environmental changes lead her to participate in other projects. Between 2012 and 2014, as a project program coordinator she worked for a consultancy company to monitor bio-indicators. The main goal of this project was to establish reference points for composition and structure of communities and analyse it in face of environmental changes, such as agriculture and silviculture practices. She also collaborated with University of Barcelona in evaluate responses from low-dispersal species and other mediterranean reptiles to fire and changes in habitat structure.
She was a GIS lecturer at University of Hull and also assisted in R software courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and governmental institutions. With the increase of knowledge conflicts inside academia she is actively participating in open data and open source projects.