Species360 science team – transforming data into conservation action
Meet the experts on the Species360 science team who are leveraging the power of ZIMS data for conservation science and research. Our goal is to develop strategic research that explores and demonstrates the value of our members’ data.
Rita da Silva is a Ph.D. student and part of the Species360 Science team working at the Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics and the Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). She has a master degree in Environmental Biology from SDU and an undergraduate degree from the University of Porto, Portugal in Aquatic Sciences.
During her master research project, she investigated the potential of data from zoos to fill demography knowledge gaps and guide more informed conservation decisions. Her main topics of interests are zoo conservation biology, data analytics, and decision-making. She is currently investigating the potential role of zoos in the international trade of live specimens and in slowing down the big extinction patterns of aquatic species. Some other topics of interesting work are
- Understanding the available demographic information for the world’s tetrapods
- Filling knowledge gaps with ZIMS data;
- Helping to stop illegal wildlife trade with ZIMS data;
- Understanding how many threatened aquatic species are in captivity;
She has a master degree in Environmental Biology from SDU and an undergraduate degree from the University of Porto, Portugal in Aquatic Sciences.