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I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology and Biosystematics) from the University of Lisbon in 1995 and I am currently leading the Natural History & Systematics Research Group and the Subgroup Plant, lichen and fungi systematics, biogeography & conservation genetics of cE3c. I am a professor of Plant Biology at the Sciences faculty, University of Lisbon. My research focuses on systematics, biogeography and ecology of bryophytes from Portugal and Macaronesia.
For many years I have been involved in island and mainland biodiversity research using as model system the Madeira and Selvagens archipelagos and mainland.
I currently collaborate with groups of colleagues principally working on systematics, and global phytogeography perspective of early land plants, with particular emphasis on the Africa-Madeiran elements. These collaborations have included various funded projects focused on colonization patterns and diversification processes of non-vascular plants from Portugal and Macaronesia (in collaboration with M. Stech (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands); A. Bergamini (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland); P. Câmara (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil); L. Hedenäs Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden).
My current research is driven by two overarching objectives: i) unravel the origin and diversification of the flora from Portugal, using bryophytes as a model, with an integrative approach that combines phylogenomic methods, geological information, biogeographic dating and niche models; ii) Evaluate the impact of ongoing climate change for the future distribution of this group of plants and its implications for the implementation of an integrated management approach.
Sim-Sim, M., Afonina, O.M., Almeida, T., Désamoré, A., Laenen, B., Garcia, C.A., González-Mancebo, J.M. & Stech, M. (2017) Integrative taxonomy reveals too extensive lumping and a new species in the moss genus Amphidium (Bryophyta).Systematics and Biodiversity, Online early, . DOI:10.1080/14772000.2016.1271059 (IF2015 1,985; Q2 Biodiversity Conservation)
Silva, S.E., Silva, D.N., Almeida, T., Garcia, C.A., Paulo, O.S. & Sim-Sim, M. (2017) Age estimates of Frullania (Frullaniaceae, Porellales) main lineages: another example of rapid and recent diversification in liverwort evolution.Systematics and Biodiversity, 15(2), 156-165. DOI:10.1080/14772000.2016.1217096 (IF2015 1,985; Q2 Biodiversity Conservation)
Sérgio, C., Garcia, C.A., Sim-Sim, M., Vieira, C., Hespanhol, H., Stow, S. & Guerra, J. (2016) Homalothecium meridionale (M. Fleisch. & Warnst.) Hedenäs: a distinct species from H. sericeum (Hedw.) Schimp. (Brachytheciaceae, Bryopsida) in the Iberian Peninsula.Journal of Bryology, 39(1), 1-7. DOI:10.1080/03736687.2016.1228274 (IF2015 1,325; Q3 Plant Sciences)