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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.
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. (2018) 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)
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)