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Maria Romeiras studied Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon [FCUL], completed her MSc Degree at the Institute of Agronomy [ISA/UL] and obtained her PhD degree in 2005 on Molecular Biology, at the University of Lisbon. Presently, she holds a research grant under the FCT Programme “Tropical Knowledge” [6yr contract, since Set. 2015]. During five years [2009 -2014], she was researcher at the Tropical Research Institute [IICT/UL] in Lisbon, within the framework of the Ciência2008 Programme/FCT. From 2010 to 2015, Maria was Deputy-Director of the Tropical Botanical Garden [IICT/UL] and from 2011 to 2015 was Vice-President of the Scientific Council of the IICT. She is also a team member of Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI) of FCUL.
Presently Maria's research interests are focused on Tropical Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Plant Conservation, Island Biogeography, Genetic resources/Crop Wild Relatives, and Ethnobotany. She has practical and theoretical experience ranging from fieldwork in the tropics to molecular-based laboratory. Maria's primary interest is in the use of molecular phylogenies, together with taxonomic and ecological information, as a tool to study evolutionary and biogeographical patterns in the Cape Verde Islands. She also actively works on Plant Genetic resources and Crop Wild Relatives in Macaronesia and Mediterranean Regions.
Catarino L., Havik, P. & Romeiras, M.M. (2016) Medicinal plants of Guinea-Bissau: therapeutic applications, ethnic diversity and knowledge transfer.Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 183, 71-94. DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2016.02.032 (IF2016 2,981; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Romeiras, M.M., Catarino, S., Filipe, A., Magalhães, M.F., Duarte, M.C. & Beja, P. (2016) Species conservation assessments in oceanic islands: the consequences of precautionary versus evidentiary attitudes.Conservation Letters, 9(4), 275-280. DOI:10.1111/conl.12212 (IF2016 7,020; Q1 Biodiversity Conservartion)
Steinbauer, M.J., Field, R., Grytnes, J.-A., Trigas, P., Ah-Peng, C., Attorre, F., Birks, H.J.B., Borges, P.A.V., Cardoso, P., Chou, C-H., Sanctis, M. De, Duarte, M.C., Elias, R.B., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Gabriel, R., Gereau, R., Gillespie, R.G., Greimler, J., Harter, D.E.V., Huang, T-J., Irl, S.D.H., Jeanmonod, D., Jentsch, A., Jump, A.S., Kueffer, C., Nogué, S., Otto, R., Price, J., Romeiras, M.M., Strasberg, D., Stuessy, T., Vetaas, O.R. & Beierkuhnlein, C. (2016) Topography-driven isolation, speciation and a global increase of endemism with elevation.Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 1097-1107. DOI:10.1111/geb.12469 (IF2016 6,045; Q1 Ecology)