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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.
Varela, Z., Real, C., Branquinho, C., do Paço, T.A. & Cruz de Carvalho, R. (2021) Optimising Artificial moss growth for environmental studies in the mediterranean area.Plants-Basel, 10(11), 2523. DOI:10.3390/plants10112523 (IF2020 3,935; Q2 Plant Sciences)
de Carvalho, R.C., do Paco, T.A., Branquinho, C. & da Silva, J.M. (2020) Using chlorophyll a fluorescence imaging to select desiccation-tolerant native moss species for water-sustainable green roofs.Water, 12(6), 1748. DOI:10.3390/w12061748 (IF2020 3,103; Q2 Water resources)
Duarte, B., Feijao, E., de Carvalho, R.C., Duarte, I.A., Silva, M., Matos, A.R., Cabrita, M.T., Novais, S.C., Lemos, M.F.L., Marques, J.C., Cacador, I., Reis-Santos, P. & Fonseca, V.F. (2020) Effects of propranolol on growth, lipids and energy metabolism and oxidative stress response of Phaeodactylum tricornutum.Biology-Basel, 9(12), 478. DOI:10.3390/biology9120478 (IF2020 5,079; Q1 Biology)
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