Born in 1975, Octávio is an Associate Professor of Paleontology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has a degree in Biology from the University of Évora and a PhD in Paleontology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
His main topic of interest is dinosaur paleontology (bones, eggs and footprints), especially from the Jurassic of Portugal, but he also approaches other reptiles (mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, etc.).
He is the author or co-author of over 200 publications (book chapters, scientific articles and conference abstracts). Since 1991, he has participated in and organized dinosaur excavations in Portugal, especially in collaboration with the Museu da Lourinhã, known for its important collection of dinosaurs.
In Angola he discovered the country’s first dinosaur under the PaleoAngola Project. His interest in dinosaurs has already led him to carry out excavations in the United States, Brazil, Greenland, Laos, Tunisia, Mozambique, Mongolia, Morocco and Angola.
He is an Associate Researcher at the AMNH-American Museum of Natural History (New York) and at the Lourinhã Museum.