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I received a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Lisbon (School of Agriculture) in 2005 and I am currently working in the Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation & Modelling research group of cE3c. My research has been focused in the spatial and temporal patterns of riparian forests in Mediterranean-type rivers, and the influence of human disturbances, notably land-use and river regulation. I have also explored the patterns, losses and causes of plant invasions and developed indices and models to assess the ecological quality of rivers. I have been involved in the implementation of the EU-Water Framework Directive and in the intercalibration of metrics of ecological quality using aquatic plants.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives:
- understand and predict the trajectories of riverscape change: effects of land-use cover change, flow regulation and water scarcity in rivers and riparian forests;
- assessment of ecological quality and ecosystem services in riparian landscapes: development of predictive models & decision-making tools for conservation and restoration;
- provide adaptation knowledge to climate change at local and municipalities levels and promotion of stakeholder participation processes in climate change adaptation strategies.
Aguiar F.C., Martins M. J., Silva P.C. & Fernandes M.R. (2016) Riverscapes downstream of hydropower dams: effects of altered flows and historical land-use change.Landscape and Urban Planning, 153, 83-98. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.04.009 (IF2016 4,563.; Q1 Geography & Physical)
Bejarano, M.D., Maroto, J., Nilsson, C. & Aguiar, F.C. (2016) Traits of riparian woody plants responding to hydrological and hydraulic conditions: a northern Swedish database.Ecology, 97(10), 2892. DOI:10.1002/ecy.1533 (IF2016 4,809; Q1 Ecology)
Vieira, C., Aguiar, F. C., Portela, P., Monteiro, J., Raven, P.J., Holmes, N.H.T., Cambra, J., Flor-Arnau, N., Chauvin, C., Loriot, S., Feret, T., Dörflinger, G., Germ, M., Kuhar, U., Papastergiadou, E., Manolaki, P., Minciardi, M.R., Munné, A., Urbanic, G. & Ferreira M.T. (2016) Bryophyte communities of Mediterranean Europe: a first approach to model their potential distribution in highly- seasonal rivers.Hydrobiologia, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10750-016-2743-5 (IF2016 2,056; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)