I received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Coimbra in 2012 and I am currently working in the Entomology: biodiversity and conservation subgroup (Conservation Ecology) of cE3c. My research focuses on Influence of litter traits on soil faunal traits and their interaction on soil organic matter properties and associated ecosystem services in agro-forest ecosystems.
I have been involved in biodiversity studies using soil fauna as model system and focusing on the effects of land-use and landscape fragmentation on community structure and functional diversity of epigeous and edaphic arthropods, particularly carabid beetles and springtails.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: 1) investigate what are the main environmental processes at the landscape and local scales governing community patterns of soil fauna; 2) understand how different land-use and farming systems (organic vs. conventional) influence soil fauna response traits and functional diversity via indirect effects on plant litter traits; 3) study how soil fauna functional diversity influence decomposition process and organic matter properties in managed ecosystems.
Martins da Silva, P., Oliveira, J., Ferreira, A., Fonseca, F., Pereira, J.A., Aguiar, C.A.S., Serrano, A.R.M., Sousa, J.P. & Santos, S.A.P. (2017) Habitat structure and neighbor linear features influence more carabid functional diversity in olive groves than the farming system.
Ecological Indicators, 79, 128-138. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.022 (IF2017 3,983; Q1 Environmental Sciences)