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:
Godinho, D.P., Branquinho, C. & Magalhães, S. (2023) Intraspecific variability in herbivore response to elemental defences is caused by the metal itself.Journal of Pest Science, 96, 797-806. DOI:10.1007/s10340-022-01525-0 (IF2021 5,742; Q1 Entomology)
Řehounková, K., Ballesteros, M., Alday, J.G., Nunes, A., Tischew, S., Kirmer A. & Prach, K. (2023) A comment on “International Principles and Standards for the Ecological Restoration and Recovery of Mine Sites” – useful but limited.Restoration Ecology, online early, . DOI:10.1111/rec.13872 (IF2021 4,181; Q2 Ecology)
Mensel, A.V., Wuyts, K., Pinho, P., Muyshond, B., Aleixo, C., Alos-Orti, M., Casanelles-Abella, J., Chiron, F., Hallikma, T., Laanisto, L., Moretti, M., Niinemets, U., Tryjanowski, P. & Samson, R. (2023)The magnetic signal from trunk bark of urban trees catches the variation in particulate matter exposure within and across six European cities.Environmental Science & Pollution Research, 30, 50883-50895. DOI:10.1007/s11356-023-25397-8 (IF2021 5,190; Q2 Environmental Sciences)