In eChanges we study ecological and social-ecological patterns of environmental change in a diverse range of (eco)systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Land-use change, pollution, climate change, desertification and land-degradation are increasingly affecting ecosystems and human well-being. We work in semi-natural and urban ecosystems. We aim to monitor and model those ecosystems and their associated processes and responses to pressures. We use methods and tools based on the structure, diversity, and functioning of ecological, geological and socio-economic systems. Our ultimate goal is to develop and provide strategies to mitigate and adapt to ongoing global environmental change and move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Some of our research topics are:
Monteiro, J., Brilhante, M., Domingues, I., Amaro, R., Gonçalves, D., Cavaco, T., Fonseca, G., Serrano, H.C. & Branquinho, B. (2020) A tale of two green walls: a functional trait approach to assess vegetation establishment on restored steep slopes.Restoration Ecology, 28(3), 687-696. DOI:10.1111/rec.13055 (IF2018 2,826; Q3 Ecology)
Oliveira, M.A., Scotto, M.G., Barbosa, S., Andrade, C.F. & Freitas, M.C. (2020) Morphological controls and statistical modelling of boulder transport by extreme storms.Marine Geology, 426, 106216. DOI:10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106216 (IF2018 3,349; Q1 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)
Oliveira, A.C.P., Nunes, A., Pinho, P., Matos, P., Rodrigues, R.G. & Branquinho, C. (2020) From species presences to abundances: Using unevenly collected plant species presences to disclose the structure and functioning of a dryland ecosystem.Ecological Indicators, 113, 1-7. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106221 (IF2018 4,490; Q1 Environmental Sciences)