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Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Tropical Plants and Systems

Maria Manuel Cordeiro Salgueiro Romeiras

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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.