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I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology and Biosystematics) from the University of Lisbon in 1995 and I am currently leading the Natural History & Systematics Research Group and the Subgroup Plant, lichen and fungi systematics, biogeography & conservation genetics of cE3c. I am a professor of Plant Biology at the Sciences faculty, University of Lisbon. My research focuses on systematics, biogeography and ecology of bryophytes from Portugal and Macaronesia.
For many years I have been involved in island and mainland biodiversity research using as model system the Madeira and Selvagens archipelagos and mainland.
I currently collaborate with groups of colleagues principally working on systematics, and global phytogeography perspective of early land plants, with particular emphasis on the Africa-Madeiran elements. These collaborations have included various funded projects focused on colonization patterns and diversification processes of non-vascular plants from Portugal and Macaronesia (in collaboration with M. Stech (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands); A. Bergamini (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland); P. Câmara (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil); L. Hedenäs Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden).
My current research is driven by two overarching objectives: i) unravel the origin and diversification of the flora from Portugal, using bryophytes as a model, with an integrative approach that combines phylogenomic methods, geological information, biogeographic dating and niche models; ii) Evaluate the impact of ongoing climate change for the future distribution of this group of plants and its implications for the implementation of an integrated management approach.
Martins, S., Sim-Sim, M. & Stech, M. (2021) The Macaronesian endemic moss Andoa berthelotiana (Myuriaceae, Bryophyta): Phylogenetic relationships and cryptic speciation.Nova Hedwigia, 112(3-4), 335-357. DOI:10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2021/0629 (IF2019 1,065; Q3 Plant Sciences)
Boch, S., Martins, A., Sim-Sim, M. & Bergamini, A (2021) Effects of elevation and disturbances on the associations between the diversities of bryophyte and macrolichen functional-taxonomic groups on Madeira Island.The Bryologist, 124(2), 178-190. DOI:10.1639/0007-2745-124.2.178 (IF2019 1,653; Q3 Plant Sciences)
(2020) An annotated checklist of bryophytes of Europe, Macaronesia and Cyprus.Journal of Bryology, 42(1), 1-116. DOI:10.1080/03736687.2019.1694329 (IF2019 1,152; Q3 Plant Sciences)
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