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

Alice Maria Rodrigues Nunes

PhD Student

Alice Nunes is conducting a PhD in Plant Functional Ecology by the University of Lisbon and the University of Aveiro starting in 2011, initially within the Environmental Stress and Functional Ecology (ESFE) group and more recently within the newly formed Ecology of Environmental Change (EEC) group. She is conducting the project “Plant functional response to desertification and land degradation – contribution to restoration strategies”, under the supervision of Cristina Branquinho and Otília Correia from Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, and Francesco de Bello from Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences. Alice Nunes PhD project aims are to: i) study plant functional diversity along a climatic gradient associated with land degradation in drylands, assessing changes both in space and time; ii) identify key plant functional traits responding to the main environmental drivers selected; iii) develop indicators of land degradation based on plant functional diversity; iv) search for global patterns by testing those indicators using comparable studies performed in other dryland areas of the world; v) use a functional approach to monitor land degradation as well as to monitor and improve restorations actions performed to mitigate it.