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:
Brilhante, M., Varela, E., P. Essoh, A., Fortes, A., Duarte, M.C., Monteiro, F., Ferreira, V., Correia, A.M., Duarte, M.P. & Romeiras, M.M. (2021) Tackling food insecurity in Cabo Verde Islands: the nutritional, agricultural and environmental values of the legume species.Foods, 10(2), 206. DOI:10.3390/foods10020206 (IF2019 4,092; Q2 Food Science & Tecnology)
Ascensão, F., D’Amico, M. & Barrientos, R. (2021) No planet for apes? Assessing global priority areas and species affected by linear infrastructures.International Journal of Primatology, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10764-021-00207-5 (IF2019 1,858; Q2 Plant & Animal Science)
Wendt, C.F., Ceia-Hasse, A., Nunes, A., Verble, R., Santini, G., Boieiro, M. & Branquinho, C. (2021) Local environmental variables are key drivers of ant taxonomic and functional beta-diversity in a Mediterranean dryland.Scientific Reports, 11, 2292. DOI:10.1038/s41598-021-82059-w (IF2019 3,998; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)