Node Team


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Rui Figueira

Node Manager

Biologist, born in Madeira, Portugal, in 1969, he is Associate Researcher of Instituto Superior de Agronomia since August 2015. He graduated in Biology by the University of Lisbon in 1992, earned his MSc in Georesources by the Instituto Superior Técnico in 1996 and his PhD in Biology by the University of Lisbon in 2002. He was Associate Researcher at the Tropical Research Institute between 2008 and 2015, where he was biocurator of the biological databases of IICT. Develops research in biodiversity informatics and on species’ distribution modelling, with integration of ecological niche modelling, geostatistics and multivariate data analysis. Published a total of 70 scientific publications, including 3 books and 37 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals. He is GBIF node manager for Portugal since 2013.

Tainan Messina

Activities Manager

Tainan is the Activities Manager of the Portuguese Node (GBIF). She has a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, holds a Master’s Degree in Botany and is a specialist in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. Over the past years, she worked with biodiversity conservation research in Brazil, coordinating efforts for extinction risk assessments, flora red listing development and to analysis and elaboration of national biodiversity conservation policies in Brazil.