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Subgroup Leader of Plant, lichen and fungi systematics, biogeography & conservation genetics
Leader of Natural History & Systematics - NHS

Maria Manuela Pinheiro Sim-Sim

Assistant Professor

Bryophytes Systematics Phylogenetics Conservation Macaronesia Iberian Peninsula

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.