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Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Stable Isotope Ecology and Ecosystems Functioning

Cristina Maria Nunes Antunes

PhD Student

Cristina Antunes is conducting a Ph.D. in Ecology/PPG-IB-Ecologia by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) starting in 2014 within the ESFE of cE3c. She is conducting the project “Groundwater stress indicators in coastal dune Forests: from Tropics to Mediterranean”, under the supervision of Simone Vieira, NEPAM/UNICAMP and Cristina Máguas, cE3c/FCUL.  Cristina Antunes Ph.D. project aims are: Evaluate the capacity of different plant communities of coastal dune forests to respond to climate and anthropogenic groundwater (GW) changes, from Tropics to Mediterranean. Using an integrative ecophysiological approach, she is aiming to understand functional groups' water use and GW dependency and define suitable short and long-term GW stress indicators. This study will ultimately contribute to understand, trace and help to manage plant communities vulnerable to GW changes.