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Patrícia Fernandes is conducting a Ph.D in Plantation Forestry and Invasive Alien trees by the University of Lisbon and in collaboration with the private company grupo Portucel Soporcel starting in 2012 within the Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology (ESFE) of cE3c. She is conducting the project “Comparative study of the major planted forest in Portugal: Eucalyptus globulus and Pinus pinaster. -Their natural regeneration in a changing environment”, under the supervision of Professor Otília Correia and Professor Cristina Máguas. Patrícia Ph.D. project aims are: i) Evaluate the natural establishment of these tree species in the surrounding areas to commercial plantations and study the naturalization process of E. globulus in Portugal; ii) Identify the major factors affecting the natural establishment of these species and modulate considering different global change scenarios; iii) Determine the relative potential for seedlingemergence and survival under different conditions; iv) Quantify the effect of interspecific competition and water stress on physiological development and performance of these species.
Fernandes, P., Máguas, C., Correia, O. & González-Moreno, P. (2018) What drives Eucalyptus globulus natural establishment outside plantations? The relative importance of climate, propagule pressure, and site characteristics.
Antunes, C., Pereira, A.J., Fernandes, P., Ramos, M., Ascensão, L., Correia, O. & Máguas, C. (2018) Understanding plant drought resistance in a Mediterranean coastal sand dune ecosystem: differences between native and exotic invasive species.Journal of Plant Ecology, 11(1), 26-38. DOI:10.1093/jpe/rtx014 (IF2017 1,937; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Fernandes, P., Máguas, C. & Correia, O. (2017) Combined effects of climate, habitat, and disturbance on seedling establishment of Pinus pinaster and Eucalyptus globulus.Plant Ecology, 218(5), 501-515. DOI:10.1007/s11258-017-0706-1 (IF2017 1,759; Q2 Plant Sciences)