Karine Silva was born in 1980, in France. She graduated in Biology at the University of Porto (2002) and obtained her Ph.D. in 2008, at that same University. She then started to work as a post-doc researcher in the field of Anthrozoology (a modern interdisciplinary area that encompasses the dynamic relationships between people and animals and the ways in which this relationship may affect the health and wellbeing of either party) at ICBAS-School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Since 2009, Karine Silva has certification by ÂNIMAS, a Portuguese Association that certifies dog-handler teams for the implementation of Animal-Assisted Interventions.
Recently, Karine Silva embraced the One Health perspective and extended her research line to also consider the impact of nature environments on human health and wellbeing.
Currently, she is a full-time researcher working at the Department of Behavioral Sciences at ICBAS and at the Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health (ITR) Laboratory (One Health Applications Group).