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Hugo Rafael Oliveira
Ever since childhood I had a passion for both the human past and the living world. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology (University of Minho, Portugal) and specialised in plant molecular biology, working on Arabidopsis reproduction. At this point I discovered the research question that would drive my career: how (and why, oh why?!) did human groups stopped being hunter-gatherers to become farmers? I am interested in the evolutionary dynamics between environment, crop biodiversity and human choices in generating farming cultures.
After an MPhil in Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge (UK), I completed a PhD in the same university using genetic markers to investigate the spread of wheat cultivation in North Africa and Iberia. Since then I have investigated the domestication of rye (at Linköping University, Sweden); the spread of fava bean (CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) and used next-generation-sequencing methods to elucidate the domestication of emmer wheat (University of Manchester, UK).
I am currently based at the University of Algarve, conducting my own project (OWLDER), using genomic tools to investigate the domestication of legumes in the Near East (lentil and chickpea) and West Africa (cowpea). I’m also looking at how crops adapted to different environmental settings as they spread into different regions.
Other interests include agricultural resilience and societal collapse, the consilience between natural and social sciences in archaeology and the application of genomics to plant breeding in order to achieve global food security in the face of climate change.