Postdoc researcher on the project “Colonial Provenances of Nature. The expansion of the mammal collection at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin,  around 1900” funded by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), and hosted at the Humanities for Nature Department at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin.

​Historian of Science and Empire & self-proclaimed Museum-Person, Catarina Madruga defended her PhD in the University of Lisbon titled “Taxonomy & Empire. Zoogeographical knowledge on Portuguese Africa, 1862-1881” in 2020. Her research for the last decade focused on the zoological collections shipped from African territories and studied in the Lisbon Zoological Museum of the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa, under the direction of José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1823-1907), and on the study of Bocage’s correspondence and scientific networks. She has previous training in Museum Studies and experience in Exhibition Design and Museum Education.

She is a Guest Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, NL. Currently moving from Lisbon to Berlin.

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