I received a Ph.D. in Plant Biology (Systematics and Ecology) from the University of Lisbon (FC-UL/ Science Faculty of Lisbon University) in 2005 and I’ m currently working in the Natural History and Systematics Research Group (NHS) of cE3c.
Since 2016 I’m the General Director of Direção Regional do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente (DROTA) a governmental body of Madeira Autonomous Region, responsible for the environment and land planning.
Former Director of the Botanic Garden of Madeira (1994-2001) and of the Nature Park of Madeira Service (2002-2008).
Since 1989 I belong to permanent personnel at Madeira governmental bodies linked to biodiversity conservation approaches.
For many years I have been involved in island research using as model system the Macaronesian islands and in particular Madeira.
I currently collaborate with projects related to the flora of Madeira and other Atlantic Islands; developing studies concerning taxonomy, vegetation, ecology, considering biogeographical as well as conservation approaches.