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:
Rocha, V., Duarte, M.C., Catarino, S., Duarte, I. & Romeiras, M.M. (2021) Cabo Verde’s Poaceae flora: a reservoir of crop wild relatives diversity for crop improvement.Frontiers in Plant Science, 12, 630217. DOI:10.3389/fpls.2021.630217 (IF2020 5,753; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Wendt, C.F., Nunes, A., Köbel, M., Verble, R., Matos, P., Boieiro, M. & Branquinho, C. (2021) Ant functional structure and diversity changes along a post-grazing succession in Mediterranean oak woodlands.Agroforestry Systems, 95, 1217-1228. DOI:10.1007/s10457-021-00648-0 (IF2020 2,549; Q3 Forestry)
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 (IF2020 4,171; Q2 Ecology)