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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.
Sérgio, C., Garcia, C.A., Sim-Sim, M., Vieira, C., Hespanhol, H., Stow, S. & Guerra, J. (2017) 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 (IF2016 0,975; Q3 Plant Sciences)
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, 15(5), 1-14. DOI:10.1080/14772000.2016.1271059 (IF2016 2,127; 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 (IF2016 2,127; Q2 Biodiversity Conservation)