Official Title: Assistant Professor

Faculty: Institute of Science and Environment


Short Bio

I am a biologist with the doctorate degree (Ecophysiology) obtained through the University of Lisbon (Portugal). My major research interests are animal behaviour and neurophysiology, namely understanding how communication signals are perceived and integrated by the vertebrate nervous system. Moreover, I am also interested in understanding how anthropogenic noise impacts animal behaviour and possible adaptations. I have been using fish as a model system to address several questions related with auditory processing, social behavior and acoustic communication. 

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph, where I teach neuroscience-related modules in the Psychology course. In parallel, I am starting a research laboratory, where the main research lines will focus on animal behavior, neurophysiology of hearing, and coding of social signals using several fish as model systems. I recently obtained a research grant from FDCT, Macao (project 019/2012/A1) to develop a project entitled The vocal brain of fish, in collaboration with the University of Lisbon, Portugal (Fonseca Lab), the University of Washington, WA, USA (Sisneros Lab), and the Marine Biological Laboratory  (MA, USA).

Selected Publications:

Vasconcelos, R. O., Carriço, R., Ramos, A., Modesto, T., Fonseca, P. J., Amorim, M. C. P. (2012) Vocal behaviour predicts reproductive success in a teleost fish. Behavioral Ecology. doi:10.1093/beheco/arr199. 

Vasconcelos, R. O., Sisneros, J. A., Amorim, M. C. P., Fonseca, P. J. (2011) Auditory saccular sensitivity of the vocal Lusitanian toadfish: low frequency tuning allows acoustic communication throughout the year. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 197: 903-913.  

Vasconcelos, R. O., Fonseca, P. J., Amorim, M. C. P, Ladich, F. (2011) Representation of complex vocalizations in the Lusitanian toadfish auditory system: evidence of fine temporal, frequency and amplitude discrimination. Proceedings of Royal Society B 278: 826-834.

Vasconcelos, R. O., Simões, J. M., Almada, V. C., Fonseca, P. J. & Amorim, M. C. P. (2010) Vocal behaviour during territorial intrusions in the Lusitanian toadfish: boatwhistles also function as territorial %u2018keep-out%u2019 signals. Ethology 116: 155-165. 

Amorim, M. C. P., Vasconcelos, R. O. & Parreira, B. (2009) Variability in the sonic muscles of the Lusitanian toadfish (Halobatrachus didactylus): acoustic signals may reflect individual quality. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 718-725. 

Vasconcelos, R. O. & Ladich, F. (2008) Development of vocalization, auditory sensitivity and acoustic communication in the Lusitanian toadfish Halobatrachus didactylus. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 502-509. 

Amorim, M. C. P. & Vasconcelos, R. O. (2008) Variability in the mating calls of the Lusitanian toadfish Halobatrachus didactylus: potential cues for individual recognition. Journal of Fish Biology 72: 1355-1368. 

Vasconcelos, R. O., Amorim, M. C. P. & Ladich, F. (2007) Effects of ship noise on the detectability of communication signals in the in the Lusitanian toadfish. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 2104-2112. 

Amorim, M. C. P., Vasconcelos, R. O., Marques, J. & Almada, F. (2006) Seasonal variation of sound production in the Lusitanian toadfish, Halobatrachus didactylus. Journal of Fish Biology 69: 1892-1899. 



    Year 1 Doctorate
    Year 1 Master
    3.00 credits
    Year 1 Bachelor
    2.00 credits
    3.00 credits
    Year 2 Bachelor
    Year 3 Bachelor
    3.00 credits
    2.00 credits
    Year 4 Bachelor
    2.00 credits
    2.00 credits
    2.00 credits
    3.00 credits
    3.00 credits