Dr Rui Faria

Rui Faria

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0113

Email: r.macieiradefaria@sheffield.ac.uk

Web: https://rmigueldefaria.wixsite.com/farialab-1


Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield, UK (2018 - present)
Marie Curie Fellow Researcher at the University of Sheffield, UK (2016‒2018)
Postdoctoral Researcher at CIBIO in the University of Porto, Portugal, and IBE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation, FCT (2013‒2016)
Postdoctoral Researcher at IBE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, and CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal (funded by FCT) (2007‒2013)
PhD at CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal (2001‒2007)
Research Technician at CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal (1999‒2001)

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on understanding how populations become reproductively isolated from each other, thus originating new species. In particular, I am fascinated by the role of natural selection and chromosomal rearrangements in speciation and how they shape the patterns of divergence across the genome during the evolution of reproductive isolation. I have also been nurturing a special interest for outreach activities to improve knowledge on evolutionary biology principles throughout society.


Faria R, Johannesson K, Butlin R, Westram A (2019) Evolving inversions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.12.005
Faria R, Chaube P, Morales H, Larsson T,Lemmon AR, Lemmon EM, Rafajlovic M, Panova M, Ravinet M, Johannesson K, Westram AM, Butlin RK (2018) Multiple chromosomal rearrangements in a hybrid zone between Littorina saxatilis ecotypes. Molecular Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14972
Carvalho J, Sotelo G, Galindo J & Faria R (2016) Genetic characterization of flat periwinkles (Littorinidae) from the Iberian Peninsula reveals interspecific hybridization and different degrees of differentiation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118: 503‒19.
Faria R, Renaut S, Galindo J, Pinho C, Melo-Ferreira J, Melo M, Jones F, Salzburger W, Schluter D & Butlin R (2014) Advances in ecological speciation: an integrative approach. Molecular Ecology 23: 513‒21.
Faria R, Weiss S & Alexandrino P (2012) Comparative phylogeography and demographic history of European shads (Alosa alosa and A. fallax) inferred from mitochondrial DNA. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:194. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-194.