Bio

Octávio Mateus

Associated Professor     |     FCT- Universidade NOVA de Lisboa   |    Paleontology
Ph.D. in Paleontology (2005), Graduation in Biology (1998)


Research topics: Paleontology of Dinosaurs, Vertebrate Paleontology, Evolution, Morphological phylogenetics, Osteology, Jurassic, Vertebrate fossils from Portugal and Angola, Paleoecology, Comparative anatomy, Cladism. Dinosaur tracks and eggs.

Teaches in the Master in Paleontology  
Associated Professor at  FCT-UNL  |  Research Group  GeoBioTec 
Associated Researcher at the AMNH - American Museum of Natural History   
Researcher at Museu da Lourinhã

Classes: Vertebrate Paleontology, Stratigraphy, Paleontology and Evolution, Soft Skills in Science and Technology, Study Methods in Paleontology
Address and contacts:
Departamento de Ciências da Terra, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal.
GPS coordinates: 38.66067, -9.20707   Google maps link
Office phone number: +351. 212 948 573 ext. 10205 
Fax: (+351) 212 948 556 
Email: omateus@fct.unl.pt
Skype: omateus

Links
Página de Docente: http://docentes.fct.unl.pt/omateus
Departamento de Ciências da Terra: www.dct.fct.unl.pt 
Blog Lusodinos
Google Scholar Profile (h index= 32; +3000 citations)
TEDx Talk
Youtube: 5 Minutes Profile Video
ORCID profile
ResearchGate Profile

Biography
Born in 1975 in Portugal, Octávio Mateus is Associated Professor of Paleontology in the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia -Universidade Nova de Lisboa [NOVA University of Lisbon]. His education background is Biology (Graduated from University of Évora) and Paleontology (PhD from the Univ. Nova de Lisboa, in 2005).

His mainly interest is dinosaur paleontology, so he has studied Late Jurassic dinosaurs of Portugal, but also worked in other reptiles (mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, etc.).

Author of more than 200 scientific articles, conferences proceedings, and book chapters. He erected more than 30 new taxa to Science, as the Lourinhanosaurus antunesi (1998), Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis (1999),Tangvayosaurus hoffeti (1999), Draconyx loureiroi (2001) , Lusotitan atalaiensis (2003), Europasaurus holgeri (2006), Allosaurus europaeus (2006), Diceratus (2008), Microceratus (2008), Prognathodon kianda (2008), Miragaia longicollum (2009), Angolachelys mbaxi (2010), Angolatitan adamastor (2011), Lusonectes sauvagei (2012), Torvosaurus gurneyi (2014), Zby atlanticus (2014), among others.

He lives in Lourinhã, where he is engaged with the Museum of the Lourinhã, known for its important dinosaur collection. Since 1991, Octávio Mateus has organized dinosaur bones, tracks and eggs excavations in Portugal. He and the team collected many dinosaurs and other vertebrates, including sauropods, theropods, stegosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles. 

One of his main scientific project is in Angola, where he discovered the first dinosaur from that country, in the scope of a paleontology project on vertebrates of Angola, the PaleoAngola Project, with geologists and paleontologists from Angola, Southern Methodist University (USA) and Natuurhitorisch Museum in Maastricht (Netherlands). His interest for dinosaurs has taken him to the United States, Brazil, Greenland, Laos, Tunisia, Mozambique, Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa and Angola.

Since the age of four, Octávio has searched for dinosaur fossils with his parents co-founders of the Museum of Lourinhã. They raised Octávio in Lourinhã, an area rich in Late Jurassic dinosaurs and, very early in his career, Octávio excavated a dinosaur nest with them, finding embryos inside the eggs.

Curta biografia (em Português)
Octávio Mateus
Nascido em 1975, é Professor Associado de Paleontologia na Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT). É licenciado em Biologia (Univ. de Évora) e Doutorado em Paleontologia pela Universidade Nova de Lisboa. O seu principal tema de interesse é a paleontologia de dinossauros (ossos, ovos e pegadas), sobretudo do Jurássico de Portugal, mas também aborda outros répteis (mosassauros, plesiossauros, crocodilos, tartarugas, etc.). É autor ou co-autor de mais 200 publicações (capítulos de livros, artigos científios e resumos de conferências). Desde 1991 que participa e organiza em escavações de dinossauros em Portugal, sobretudo em colaboração com o Museu da Lourinhã, conhecido por sua importante colecção de dinossauros. Em Angola descobriu o primeiro dinossauro desse país no âmbito do Projecto PaleoAngola. O seu interesse por dinossauros já o levou a realizar escavações a Estados Unidos, Brasil, Gronelândia, Laos, Tunísia, Moçambique, Mongólia, Marrocos e Angola. 
É Investigador Associado do AMNH - Museu Americano de História Natural (New York) e do Museu da Lourinhã.