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I received a Ph.D. in Ecophysiology from the Universidade de Lisboa in 2012 and I am currently working as a Post Doc in the Plant-Soil Ecology group of cE3c. My research focuses on disentangling the impacts of anthropogenic changes in N and P supplies on the structure and functioning of terrestrial Mediterranean ecosystems.
For many years I have been studying N cycling in ecosystems and N nutrition as a driving force for plant and soil ecology using several approaches (physiological, biochemical and a more ecosystem oriented). My interests include the role of N on ecological succession, primary productivity, C-P-N interactions, physiology of inorganic N assimilation and the role of plant-soil interactions in N acquisition.
I collaborate with several national and international researchers mostly working on the impacts of N and P on ecosystem structure and functioning, plant nutrition, biogeography, stoichiogenomics, genome and ionome analysis, soil microbiology and modelling.
My current research integrates species’ response to N and P supplies as a function of its own N and P demands in order to: i) improve the understanding of plant community changes driven by regional and global NP imbalances; and ii) predict changes in species’ distribution.
Ulm, F., Gouveia, C., Dias, T. & Cruz, C. (2017) N fertilization in a Mediterranean ecosystem alters N and P turnover in soil, roots and the ectomycorrhizal community.Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 113, 60-70. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.05.028 (IF2016 4,857; Q1 Soil Science)
Dias, T., Crous, C., Liberati, D., Munzi, S., Gouveia, C., Ulm, F., Afonso, A.C, Ochoa-Hueso, R., Manrique, E., Sheppard, L., Martins-Loução, M.A., da Silva, A.B. & Cruz, C. (2017) Alleviating nitrogen limitation in Mediterranean maquis vegetation leads to ecological degradation.Land Degradation & Development, 28(8), 2482-2492. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2784 (IF ; Q1 Soil Sciences)
Melo, J., Carolino, M., Carvalho, L., Correia, P., Tenreiro, R., Chaves, S., Meleiro, A.I., Souza, S.B., Dias, T., Cruz, C. & Ramos, A.C. (2016) Crop management as a driving force of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria physiology.SpringerPlus, 5(1574), 1-16. DOI:10.1186/s40064-016-3232-z (IF2016 1,130; Q2 Multidisciplinary Sciences)