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My current research focuses on seed ecology and conservation, ecological restoration, and plant responses to disturbance in Mediterranean ecosystems. The main objectives are: i) to estimate seed longevity and identify factors that determine this trait; ii) to identify vegetation functional and structural changes during succession after restoration; iii) to characterize germination ecology and seed responses to fire-related cues.
I 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. I was Seed Curator at Banco de Sementes A.L. Belo Correia, Jardim Botânico, MUHNAC for 7 years. During this period, I also collaborated with Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas in implementing the ex situ conservation of Portuguese endangered species to meet the objectives of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
Clemente, A.S., Müller, J.V., Almeida, E., Costa, C.A., Lobo Dias, S., Magos Brehm, J., Rebelo, R. & Martins-Loução, M.A. (2017) What can routine germination tests in seed banks tell us about the germination ecology of endemic and protected species?Botany, 95(7), 673-684. DOI:10.1139/cjb-2017-0003 (IF2017 1,178; Q3 Plant Sciences)
Lecomte, X., Fedriani, J.M., Caldeira, M.C., Clemente, A.S., Olmi, A. & Bugalho, M.N. (2016) Too many is too bad: long-term net negative effects of high density ungulate populations on a dominant Mediterranean shrub.PLOS One, 11(7), e0158139. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0158139 (IF2016 2,806; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Clemente, A.S., Moedas, A., Oliveira, G., Martins-Loução, M.A. & Correia, O. (2016) Effect of hydroseeding components on the germination of Mediterranean native plant species.Journal of Arid Environments, 125, 68-72. DOI:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.09.017 (IF2016 1,835; Q3 Ecology)