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Biodiversity change indicators Plant community ecology Plant taxonomy Sand dunes Wood pastures
I am a biologist with broad interests in Plant community ecology, and in particular with the flora of Mediterranean semiarid environments. I completed my PhD in Ecology in 2016 by the University of Lisbon within the ESFE (Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology) research group of cE3c. During my PhD I studied the spatial and successional dynamics of stabilized dune xerophytic shrubs in SW Portugal.
I am interested in the development of sustainable management strategies in cork (Quercus suber) and holm (Q. rotundifolia) oak wood pastures (Montados/Dehesas), particularly including the conservation of small natural features such as rocky outcrops or shrub patches as a cost-effective solution capable of increasing biodiversity and promoting the ecosystem services of these agroforestry systems.
I am currently secretary of the board of the Botanical Society of Portugal (SPBotânica) and an active Citizen Science energizer and facilitator of the biodiversity research community in Portugal.
Chozas, S., Chefaoui, R.M., Correia, O., Santos, A.M.C. & Hortal, J. (2023) Geographical shifts in the successional dynamics of inland dune shrub communities.Ecology and Evolution, 13, 2. DOI:10.1002/ece3.9828 (IF2021 3,167; Q2 Ecology)
Anjos, A., Jesus, J.G., Marques, C., Borralho, N., Valente, C., Correia, O., Máguas, C. & Chozas, S. (2022) Climate and local factors influence Eucalyptus globulus establishment after off-season fires.New Forests, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s11056-022-09950-w (IF2021 2,697; Q2 Forestry)
Estorninho, M., Chozas, S., Mendes, A., Colwell, F., Abrantes, I., Fonseca, L., Fernandes, P., Costa, C., Máguas, C., Correia, O. & Antunes, C. (2022) Differential impact of the pinewood nematode on Pinus species under drought conditions.Frontiers in Plant Science, 13, 841707. DOI:10.3389/fpls.2022.841707 (IF2021 6,627; Q1 Plant Sciences)
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