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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.
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 (IF2015 3,520; 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)
Pinho, P., Moretti, M., Luz, A.C., Grilo, F., Vieira, J., Luís, L., Rosalino, L.M., Martins-Loução, M.A., Santos-Reis, M., Correia, O., Garcia-Pereira, P., Gonçalves, P., Matos, P., Cruz de Carvalho, R., Rebelo, R., Dias, T., Mexia, T. & Branquinho, B. (2017). Biodiversity as support for ecosystem services and human wellbeing. The urban forest (ed. by D. Pearlmutter et al.), pp. 67-78. Future City, (7).