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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. (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 (IF2016 1,615; Q2 Plant Sciences)
Fernandes, P., Antunes, C., Pinho, P., Máguas, C. & Correia, O. (2016) Natural regeneration of Pinus pinaster and Eucalyptus globulus from plantation into adjacent natural habitats.Forest Ecology and Managment , 378, 91–102. DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.07.027 (IF2016 3,064; Q1 Forestry)
Fernandes, P., Antunes, C., Correia, O. & Máguas, C. (2015) Do climatic and habitat conditions affect the reproductive success of an invasive tree species? An assessment of the phenology of Acacia longifolia in Portugal.Plant Ecology, 216(2), 343-355. DOI:10.1007/s11258-014-0441-9 (IF2015 1,490; Q2 Plant Sciences)