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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., Segurado, P., Martins, M.J., Bejarano, M.D., Nilsson, C., Portela, M.M. & Merritt, D. (2018) The abundance and distribution of guilds of riparian woody plants change in response to land use and flow regulation.Journal of Applied Ecology, 55, 2227-2240. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.13110 (IF2017 5.742; Q1 Ecology) NON-cE3c affiliated
Lozanovska, I., Ferreira, M.T., Segurado, P. & Aguiar, F.C. (2018) Limited resilience in hotspots of functional richness: the Mediterranean riparian shrublands.Aquatic Sciences, 80, 25. DOI:10.1007/s00027-018-0576-1 (IF2017 3.622; Q1 Limnology) NON-cE3c affiliated
Santos, A., Fernandes, M.R., Aguiar, F.C., Branco, M. & Ferreira, M.T. (2018) Effects of riverine landscape changes on pollination services: a case study on the River Minho, Portugal.Ecological Indicators, 89, 656-666. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.02.036 (IF2017 3,983; Q1 Environmental Sciences) NON-cE3c affiliated