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:
Capichoni Massante, J., Köbel, M., Pinho, P., Gerhold, P., Branquinho, C. & Nunes, A. (2021) Phylogenetic structure of understorey annual and perennial plant species reveals opposing responses to aridity in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot.Science of the Total Environment, 761, 144018. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144018 (IF2019 6,551; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Ascensão, F., Yogui, D.R., Alves, M.H., Alves, A.C., Abra, F. & Desbiez, A.L.J. (2021) Preventing wildlife roadkill can offset mitigation investments in short-medium term.Biological Conservation, 253, 108902. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108902 (IF2019 4,711; Q1 Ecology)
Bernardo, F., Rodrigues, A., Branquinho, C. & Garcia, P. (2021) Elemental profile of native lichens displaying the impact by agricultural and artificial land uses in the Atlantic island of São Miguel (Azores).Chemosphere, Online early, . DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128887 (IF2019 5,778; Q1 Environmental Sciences)