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I was born and still living in Lisbon, Portugal, I am currently a father of a 3 years old girl, and I enjoy sailing and gardening.
I graduated in 2004 on Marine Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), with a training in aquaculture at Florida Institute of Technology (USA). In February 2009, I completed my PhD in Applied Ecology (Wastewater Wetlands) at FCUL in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In February 2009 I started a Post-Doc on ecosystem engineering modeling (in collaborating with Southern Denmark University) and in November 2011 I extended the focus of my Post-Doc topic into Integral Ecology, integrating cultural, socio-economic & policy dimensions. My intention was to find robust strategies that promote local sustainability and climate resilience, and I found CCIAM research group to best support and benefit from this research topic.
I participated in an European project to better understand local adaptation (BASE: www.base-adaptation.eu) and coordinated two Portuguese projects, one that aimed at elaborating Municipal Adaptation Strategies and promote local adaptation (ClimAdaPT.Local: www.climadapt-local.pt), and another one (CATALISE) on mapping and understanding local integral innovation (social, ecological and economical). Currently I am working on “Bio(re)Design of technological, ecological and social-economic systems at local scales to improve human wellbeing”
Since 2013 that I lecture on the Climate Change and Sustainable Developmental Policies Doctoral Program of Lisbon University and have recently founded an European platform of Community-led initiatives towards a Sustainable Europe (ECOLISE: www.ecolise.eu).
Santos, A., P. Godinho, D., Vizinho, A., Alves, F., Pinho, P., Penha-Lopes, G. & Branquinho, C. (2018) Artificial lakes as a climate change adaptation strategy in drylands: evaluating the trade-off on non-target ecosystem services.Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 23(6), 887-906. DOI: (IF2018 2,651; Q2 Environmental Sciences)
Aguiar, F.C., Bentz, J., Silva, J.M.N., Fonseca, A.L., Swart, R., Santos, F.D. & Penha-Lopes, G. (2018) Adaptation to Climate Change at local level in Europe: an overview.Environmental Science and Policy, 86, 38-63. DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2018.04.010 (IF2018 4,816; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Campos, I., Guerra, J., Gomes, J.F., Schmidt, L., Alves, F., Vizinho, A. & Penha-Lopes, G. (2017) Understanding climate change policy and action in Portuguese municipalities: a survey.Land Use Policy, 62, 68-78. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.12.015 (IF2017 3,194; Q1 Environmental Studies)
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