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Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Plant Community Ecology and Ecological Restoration

Adelaide Clemente

Post-Doc Researcher

I received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Biosystematics from the University of Lisbon in 2003 and I am currently working in the Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology Research Group (ESFE) of cE3c.

I have been Seed Curator at Banco de Sementes A.L. Belo Correia, Jardim Botânico, MUHNACfor 7 years.During this period, I collaborated with ICNF in implementing the ex situ conservation of Portuguese endangered species to meet international objectives of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. My research focuses on ecological restoration, seed ecology and conservation, and plant responses to disturbance in Mediterranean ecosystems. I currently collaborate with Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, which aims to store seeds from 25% of the world’s plants by 2020.

The main objectives of my current research are: i) to identify vegetation functional and structural changes during succession after restoration; ii) to characterize germination ecology of Mediterranean species and to identify the factors limiting the recruitment of native species in the restoration of degraded areas; iii) to estimate seed longevity and identify factors that determine this trait.