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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.
Cruz de Carvalho, R., dos Santos, P. & Branquinho, C. (2018) Production of moss-dominated biocrusts to enhance the stability and function of the margins of artificial water bodies.Restoration Ecology, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/rec.12688 (IF2016 1,724; Q3 Ecology)
Adessi, A., Cruz de Carvalho, R., De Phillippis, R., Branquinho, C. & Marques da Silva, J. (2018) Microbial extracellular polymeric substances improve water retention in dryland biological soil crusts.Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 116, 67-69. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.10.002 (IF2016 4,857; Q1 Soil Science)
Brandão, C., Cameira, M.D., Valente, F., Cruz de Carvalho, R. & Paco, T.A. (2017) Wet season hydrological performance of green roofs using native species under Mediterranean climate.Ecological Engineering, 102, 596-611. DOI:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.02.025 (IF2016 2,914; Q2 Ecology)