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I received a Ph.D. in Agronomic Engineering, from the Agronomy Institute, University of Lisbon in 2004 and I am currently working in the Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE and Natural History & Systematics - NHS Subgroups of cE3c.
I am a researcher in tropical flora and vegetation at the University of Lisbon. My research focuses on vegetation ecology and flora of Tropical Africa; African ethnobotany and ethnoecology, and management of protected areas.
For many years I have been involved in the study of vegetation ecology, flora, and natural resources assessment of Tropical Africa, particularly in Guinea-Bissau and Angola, working in subjects such as carbon stocks assessment, vegetation mapping, inventory of traditional medicine practices, databasing herbarium collections and monitoring systems for protected areas.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives concerning African ecosystems and natural resources: i) Vegetation ecology and land cover changes; ii) Ethnobotany and sustainable use of natural resources; iii) Protected areas management and monitoring.
Havik, P.J., Monteiro, F., Catarino, S., Correia, A.M., Catarino, L. & Romeiras, M.M. (2018) Agro-Economic Transitions in Guinea-Bissau (West Africa): Historical Trends and Current Insights.Sustainability, 10(10), 3408. DOI:10.3390/su10103408 (IF2017 2,075; Q3 Environmental Studies)
Monteiro, F., Catarino, L., Batista, D., Indjai, B., Duarte, M.C. & Romeiras, M.M. (2017) Cashew as a high agricultural commodity in West Africa: insights towards sustainable production in Guinea-Bissau.Sustainability, 9(9), 1-14. DOI:10.3390/su9091666 (IF2017 2,075; Q3 Environmental Studies)
Sosef, M.S.M., Dauby, G., Blach-Overgaard, A., van der Burgt, X., Catarino, L., Damen, T., Deblauwe, V., Dessein, S., Dransfield, J., Droissart, V., Duarte, M.C., Engledow, H., Fadeur, G., Figueira, R., Gereau, R.E., Hardy, O.J., Harris, D.J., de Heij, J., Janssens, S., Klomberg, Y., Ley, A.C., Mackinder, B.A., Meerts, P., van de Poel, J.L., Sonké, B., Stévart, T., Stoffelen, P., Svenning, J., Sepulchre, P., Zaiss, R., Wieringa, J.J. & Couvreur, T.L.P (2017) Exploring the floristic diversity of tropical Africa.BMC Biology, 15, 1-23. DOI:10.1186/s12915-017-0356-8 (IF2017 5,77; Q1 Biology)
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