Morocco Expedition - Following the Butterflies
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Morocco Expedition - Following the Butterflies

Help us find the Moroccan butterflies! We are a team of scientists and we need to carry out an expedition to Morocco in May of 2018 to finish our study about four different butt...

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    54 backers

  • 04/05/2018

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Help us find the Moroccan butterflies! We are a team of scientists and we need to carry out an expedition to Morocco in May of 2018 to finish our study about four different butterfly species!

Dear friends, the goal of this project is to carry out a 2 week expedition to Morocco in May of 2018, to study 4 species of butterflies. We will study the genetics of these butterflies in the laboratory of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.

 

What for?

With this information we can answer question such as: How did these butterflies evolve during the last few thousand years? How did they differ over time? How are they adapting currently with climate change? More importantly we intend to identify which populations are at greater risk and that should be conserved.

This expedition to Morocco will complement the work that our team as done previously in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, all these countries where our study species occur. In previous expeditions we have gathered intersting knowledge about butterflies, chameleons, lizards, cicadas, flies, and even led to the discovery of new species for Science!

Melanargia lucasi

Why should you help?

Butterflies are crucial for the pollination of our crops and play an importante role in thophic networks. They are one of the first groups to suffer the effects of climate change.

Any support is welcome in the funding of this scientific project. It would be a great help to us if you could contribute with whatever support you want. Thank you!

Paisagem Marrocos

About the author

Who we are

  • Eduardo Marabuto – Phd student in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL)
  • Miguel Nunes – Master student of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology in FCUL
  • Tatiana Moreira – Biology Bachelor’s finalist in University of Aveiro & general secretary of BioLiving Association

We are a dinamic team with field experience studying butterflies, and in the laboratory studying their genetics.We are part of the investigation group CoBIG2 - Computational Biology and Population Genomics, in FCUL.

Eduardo Marabuto is the leader of this team, being the more experienced researcher, with several studies developed through the years, both in Portugal and abroad. He is a butterfly specialist with field experience in Europe, North of Africa and Central America and his studies have been carried out in the context of Conservation Biology, Ecology, Phylogenetics and Phylogeography.

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Budget and due dates

Total amount requested: 2200 euros (189.42 euros are for crowdfunding PPL tax)

Campaign duration: 30 days

Beggining of the expedition: Second week of May

All the money here raised will be directed towards the inherent costs of the expedition (plain travel + car rent + food and accommodation) as well as for the laboratorial material required for DNA extraction and sequencing of the samples.

Itinerário da Expedição

  • Invest with
    5€ or more

    Acknowledgement in social networks + Signed photo of the expedition

    27 backers

  • Invest with
    20€ or more

    All the previous rewards + Custom acknowledgement in video + Field day with our team for daytime and night-time butterfly observation in Portugal (full day)

    17 backers

  • Invest with
    50€ or more

    All the previous rewards + Photographic print for framing (20*30) signed by our team + Bottle of Mariposa wine

    7 backers

  • Invest with
    100€ or more

    All the previous rewards + Ilustration of one of our study butterflies for framing (signed by our team) + Acknowledgement in the scientific papers of this project + Guided tour to our laboratory in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (genetic procedures) + Video documentary of our expedition

    5 backers

  • Invest with
    1200€ or more

    All the previous rewards + Come along in the expedition! We have a reserved place for you! (Everything included, limited to one person)

    1 backer

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Mon, 07/05/2018 - 12:56

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner

04/05/2018

Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Campaign launched

04/04/2018

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