I am a Biologist with interests in Animal Behavior and Environmental Sciences. My work has been focused on the mechanisms that allow for animals to adjust their behavior to changing conditions of the social environment ('behavioral plasticity'). In particular, I have been interested on the physiological, genomic and neuronal processes associated with behavioral change. More recently, I have been interested in understanding how pollutants may interfere with endocrine and neuronal systems to disrupt natural behaviours, using fish as study models.
I concluded my PhD in 2002 in the University of Lisbon and afterwards received Post-Doctoral training at the Eco-Ethology Research Unit of ISPA-IU, also in Lisbon. I was Professor Auxiliar at ISPA-IU from 2003 until 2011, when I joined USJ. I am currently Associate Professor and Dean of the Institute of Science and Environment at USJ.
:: SELECTED RESEARCH PROJECTS
2014:2017 - DISRUPT-Environmental Endocrine Disruptors: Current Situation in Macao, Neurobehavioral Effects and Bioremediation Strategies. FDCT 011/2014/A1. Coordinator.
2012:2015 - Behavioral plasticity meets neuroplasticity: brain neurogenesis in the polymorphic fish Salaria pavo, FDCT 012/2012/A1. Coordinator.
2008:2012 - Neuroendocrine mechanisms of reproductive polyphenisms in the blenny Salaria pavo, FCT - PTDC/MAR/71351/2006. Coordinator.
2008:2011 - Alternative reproductive tactics in teleost fish: the peacock blenny (Salaria pavo) as a study model, FCT - PTDC/MAR/69749/2006, coordinator: Rui Oliveira, ISPA. Team member.
2008:2011 - Wintering and migrating shorebirds as indicators of the quality of estuarine environments, FCT - PTDC/MAR/66319/2006, coordinator: José Granadeiro, University of Lisbon. Team member.
2008:2011 - Neuroendocrine control of reproductive behavior in the Mozambique tilapia: mechanisms and effects of the social environment, FCT - PTDC/MAR/72117/2006, coordinator: Rui Oliveira, ISPA. Team member.
2007:2010 - Winners and losers: social modulation of hormones, brain and behaviour, FCT - PTDC/PSI/71811/2006, coordinator: Rui Oliveira, ISPA. Team member.
2002:2005 - Hormones and life-history trade-offs and plasticity: a study on alternative reproductive tactics in blenniid fish, FCT - POCTI/BSE/38395/2001, coordinator: Rui Oliveira, ISPA. Collaborator.
2001:2003 - Reproductive biology of the blenny fish Salaria pavo from Ria Formosa: knowledge for population management and conservation strategies, FCT and ICN - PNAT/1999/BIA/15090, coordinator: Rui Oliveira, ISPA. Collaborator.
1998:1999 - A videoplayback system to study visual communication in teleost fish, ICCTI-DAAD, coordinator s: Rui Oliveira, ISPA and Ingo Schlupp, Universität Hamburg. Collaborator.
:: SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Gonçalves D, Félix AS and Oliveira RF. 2017. Neuroendocrinology of social behavior in teleost fish. In: Hormones Brain and Behavior, 3rd edition (Pfaff D, Joëls M, eds). Elsevier. Vol. 2, pp. 3-18
Cardoso S, Faustino A, Costa SS, Valério F, Gonçalves D and Oliveira RF. 2016. Social network predicts loss of fertilizations in nesting males of a fish with alternative reproductive tactics. Acta Ethologica. DOI 10.1007/s10211-016-0249-9
Gonçalves D, Costa SS, Magda T, Silva H, Inglês M and Oliveira RF. 2014. Oestradiol and prostaglandin F2alpha regulate sexual displays in females of a sex-role reversed fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20133070.http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.3070.
Cardoso, S., Gonçalves, D., Robalo, J., Almada, V.C., Canário, A.V.M. and Oliveira, R.F. 2013. Efficient isolation of polymorphic microsatellites based on length repeats selected in silico from high-throughput sequence data. Marine Genomics S1874-7787.
Fagundes, T., M.G. Simões, D. Gonçalves, and R.F. Oliveira. 2012. Social cues in the expression of sequential alternative reproductive tactics in young males of the peacock blenny, Salaria pavo. Physiology and Behavior, 107(3):283-291. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2012.07.011
Saraiva, J.L., Gonçalves, D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2012. Ecological modulation of reproductive behaviour in the peacock blenny: a mini-review. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. Epub ahead of print May 30, DOI: 10.1007/s10695-012-9658-5
Saraiva, J.L., Pignolo, G., Gonçalves, D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2012. Interpopulational variation of the mating system in the peacock blenny. Acta Ethologica, 15: 25-31. doi: 10.1007/s10211-011-0104-y
Saraiva, J.L., Gonçalves, D., Simões, M. and Oliveira, R.F. 2011. Plasticity in reproductive behaviour in two populations of the peacock blenny. Behaviour 148: 1457-1472
Gonçalves, D., Saraiva, J., Teles, M., Teodósio, R., Canário, A.V.M. and Oliveira, R.F. 2010. Brain aromatase mRNA expression in two populations of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo with divergent mating systems. Hormones and Behavior. 57: 155-161
Gonçalves, D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2010. Hormones and sexual behavior of teleost fishes. In: Hormones and reproduction of vertebrates (D Norris, KH Lopez, eds). Academic Press. Vol. 1, pp. 119-147.
Saraiva, J.L., Gonçalves, D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2010. Environmental modulation of androgen levels and secondary sex characters in two populations of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo. Hormones and Behavior. 57: 192-197
Gonçalves, D., Teles, M., Alpedrinha, J. and Oliveira, R.F. 2008. Brain and gonadal aromatase activity and steroid hormone levels in female and polymorphic males of peacock blenny Salaria pavo. Hormones and Behaviour 54: 717-725.
Gonçalves, D., Alpedrinha, J., Teles, M. and Oliveira, R.F. 2007. Endocrine control of sexual behavior in sneaker males of the peacock blenny Salaria pavo: effects of castration, aromatase inhibition, testosterone, and estradiol. Hormones and Behavior 51: 534-541.
Fagundes, T., Gonçalves, D. and Oliveira, R.F. 2007. Female mate choice and mate search tactics in a sex role reversed population of the peacock blenny, Salaria pavo (Risso, 1810). Journal of Fish Biology 71: 77-89.
Gonçalves, D., Matos, R., Fagundes, T. and Oliveira, R. 2005. Bourgeois males of the peacock blenny, Salaria pavo, discriminate female mimics from females. Ethology 111: 559-572.