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I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Physiology and Biochemistry) from the University of Lisbon in 2013 and I am currently in the Ecology of Environmental Change research group, led by Cristina Branquinho, of cE3c.
I am the project leader of MedMossRoofs, which aims to study the application of moss-dominated biological soil crusts in green roofs with no requirements to irrigation, measuring their services in urban centers.”
For many years I have been involved in plant stress research, focusing in drought/desiccation stress in maize and bryophytes.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics in (i) desiccation tolerance with Lloyd Stark’s research group (University of Las Vegas, USA); (ii) biological soil crusts with Stephan Peth’s research group (University of Kassel, Germany) and Roberto De Philippis’ research group (University of Florence); and (iii) green roofs with Instituto Superior de Agronomia (University of Lisbon) and Benz Kotzen (University of Greenwich).
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) identify ecophysiological processes and patterns affecting desiccation tolerance across poikilohydric organisms (e.g. bryophytes, lichens); ii) study the use of biological soil crusts in ecological restoration under the current climate change; iii) research green roof sustainability and ecological services using biolorchgical soil crusts.
Ochoa-Huesoa, R., Munzi, S., Alonso, R., Arróniz-Crespo, M., Avila, A., Bermejo, V., Bobbink, R., Branquinho, C., Concostrina-Zubiri, L., Cruz, C., Cruz de Carvalho, R., De Marco, A., Dias, T., Elustondo, D., Elvira, S., Estébanez, B., Fusaro, L., Gerosa, G., Izquieta-Rojano, S., Cascio, M., Marzuoli, R., Matos, P., Mereu, S., Merino, J., Morilla, L., Nunes, A., Paoletti, E., Paoli, L., Pinho P., Roger, I.B., Santos, A., Sicard, P., Stevens, C.J. & Theobald, M.R. (2017) Ecological impacts of atmospheric pollution and interactions with climate change in terrestrial ecosystems of the Mediterranean Basin: Current research and future directions.Environmental Pollution, 227, 194-206. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.04.062 (IF2016 5,099; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Carvalho, R.C., Catalá, M., Branquinho, C., Silva, J.M. & Barreno, E. (2017) Dehydration rate determines the degree of membrane damage and desiccation tolerance in bryophytes.Physiologia Plantarum, 159(3), 277-289. DOI:10.1111/ppl.12511 (IF2016 3,330; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Cruz de Carvalho, R., Bernardes da Silva, A., Branquinho, C. & Marques da Silva, J. (2015) Influence of dehydration rate on cell sucrose and water relations parameters in an inducible desiccation tolerant aquatic bryophyte.Environmental and Experimental Botany, 120, 18-22. DOI:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2015.07.002 (IF2015 3,712; Q1 Plant Sciences)