Since symbiosis is a difficult concept to understand, although a key component of ecosystem functioning and stability, we focus on disseminating these concepts transversely, covering informal education and scientific communication. We also intend to develop work in tight collaboration with the communication department of the cE3c, in order to attract students and early stage scientists.
SymEduC research is focused on:
• promoting ecology and plant biology to school-age students through a variety of direct formal and informal education spaces.
• following Continued Professional Development and Training to biology teachers
• using web-based channels and social networks for cE3c science communication
Serrano, H.C., Pinto, M.J., Branquinho, C. & Martins-Loução, M.A. (2021) Ecology as a tool to assist conservation of a rare and endemic Mediterranean Plantago species.Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 614700. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2021.614700 (IF2021 4,496; Q2 Ecology)
Dias, T., Crous, C.J., Ochoa-Hueso, R., Manrique, E., Martins-Loução, M.A. & Cruz, C. (2020) Nitrogen inputs may improve soil biocrusts multifunctionality in dryland ecosystems.Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 149, 107947. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107947 (IF2020 7,609; Q1 Soil Science)
Martins-Loução, M.A., Gaio-Oliveira, G., Barata, R. & Carvalho, N. (2020) Inquiry-based science learning in the context of a continuing professional development programme for biology teachers.Journal of Biological Education, 54(5), 497-513. DOI:10.1080/00219266.2019.1609566 (IF2020 1,262; Q4 Education, Scientific Disciplines)