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Research interests

I am a neurobiologist with research interests in the sensory mechanisms underlying animal behavioural diversity. I am currently studying the auditory physiology, acoustic behaviour and evolution of hearing in both vertebrate and invertebrate species. I have a particular interest in the development of novel behavioural paradigms that could lead to the integration of ethological observation with its neurophysiology.

Scholarly biography

I was born in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal. I undertook my Biology Degree in the University of Evora, where I started to take an interest in animal behaviour and in the physiology of behaviour. There, I had my first contact with experimental biology - characterizing the sensory morphology of cork oak beetles. This experience led me to my first position as a research assistant at the National Institute of Agrarian Research, near Lisbon, where I studied the physiological mechanisms of pathogenicity and the taxonomy of nematodes causing Pine Wilt Disease. During this time, I also started to study at the Superior Institute of Applied Psychology, Lisbon, where I received my Masters in Ethology. For the masters’ thesis, I worked as a research assistant at the Behavioural Neuroscience Group of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, where I studied the behavioural strategies of rats playing economical games. There I also gained precious experience which allowed me to be selected to the Champalimaud Neuroscience Doctoral Programme. Already in the UK, I received in 2013 my PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge. There, I created new experimental learning paradigms which I then used to discover and describe how the different phenotypic phases of desert locusts vary in their learning and memory parameters. Also in 2013, I was appointed to the position of Research Fellow in the Sensory Neuroscience Research Group at the University to study the hearing physiology and the acoustic behaviour of mosquitoes. This position allowed me to grow my interest in the vertebrate hearing function and currently, I’m working on a MRC-funded project in order to characterize the physiology of the supporting cells of vertebrate’s cochlea, alongside with the ongoing research on mosquito hearing.

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neurophysiology Agriculture & Biology
hearing Agriculture & Biology
acoustics Agriculture & Biology
Culicidae Agriculture & Biology
flight Agriculture & Biology
physiology Agriculture & Biology
invertebrates Agriculture & Biology
vertebrates Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2011 2018

Masking of an auditory behaviour reveals how male mosquitoes use distortion to detect females

Simoes, P., Ingham, R., Gibson, G. & Russell, I. 24 Jan 2018 285, 1871

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Mammalian Ear: Physics and the Principles of Evolution

Manley, G., Lukashkin, A., Simoes, P., Burwood, G. & Russell, I. 1 Mar 2018 14, 1, p. 8-16 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Natural Selection
Physical Laws

A role for acoustic distortion in novel rapid frequency modulation behaviour in free-flying male mosquitoes

Simoes, P., Ingham, R., Gibson, G. & Russell, I. 6 Jul 2016 219, p. 2039-2047 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Environmental Adaptation, Phenotypic Plasticity, and Associative Learning in Insects: The Desert Locust as a Case Study

Simoes, P., Ott, S. R. & Niven, J. E. 22 Aug 2016 56, 5, p. 914-924 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Scientific Reports (Journal)

Simoes, P. (Reviewer)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Editorial work

Parasites & Vectors (Journal)

Simoes, P. (Reviewer)
3 Oct 2018

Activity: Publication Peer-review