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

Cristina Maria Filipe Máguas Silva Hanson

Associate Professor

Stable isotopes Funtional ecology Water and carbon fluxes Plant invasions Mediterranean and tropical ecosystems Lichens

I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Plant Ecology and Systematics) from the University of Lisbon in 1997 and I am currently working in the Environmental Stress and Functional Ecology, ESFE of cE3c. I am an Auxiliary Professor of Ecology and Plant physiology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon; and of Plant Ecophysiology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) and in the University of S. Paulo (Brazil).

The focus of my research is based on ecophysiological and ecological approaches in Mediterranean Ecosystems, Invasive Alien Plants, Carbon and water fluxes, Cryptogamic vegetation, and the application of Stable Isotope Mass Espectrometry.

At the moment I am a Member of Executive Committee of cE3c; the Coordinator of Stable Isotopes Facility Lab (SIIAF) at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon; the Coordinator of Portuguese Committee/WP1 leader of SIBAE COST Action (Stable Isotope Biosphere Atmosphere Exchange); a Member of the Executive Board of Portuguese Ecological Society (SPECO); the Vice President of European Ecological Federation (EEF); and the Co-chair of the AGROForest network of the University of Lisbon.

Currently, my main research is focused on the functioning of Mediterranean and Tropical vegetation, both vascular and lichen communities, through ecophysiological and ecological approaches, in particular, carbon and water fluxes from leaf to ecosystem levels. 

Particularly important is the application of Stable Isotope Mass Espectrometry to ecosystem and plant functioning, as well as geographic origin of plant products and food chains. Another area of research is based on the ecological impact of alien invasive plant species as well as the development of innovative methods for the control of these species.


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