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:
Sousa, A., Coelho, R.E., Costa, H., Lourenço, T.C., Azevedo, J.M.N. & Santos, C.F. (2023) Integrated climate, ecological and socioeconomic scenarios for the whale watching sector.Science of the Total Environment, 857(3), 159589. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159589 (IF2021 10,754; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Rocha, B., Matos, P., Giordani, P., Piret, L., Branquinho, C., Casanelles-Abella, J., Aleixo, C., Deguines, N., Hallikma, T., Laanisto, L., Moretti, M., Ortí, M.A., Samson, R.,Tryjanowski, P. & Pinho, P. (2022) Modelling the response of urban lichens to broad-scale changes in air pollution and climate.Environmental Pollution, 315, 120330. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2022.120330 (IF2021 9,988; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Estrada, A., Garber, P., Gouveia, S., Fernández-Llamazares, A. & Ascensão, F. (2022) Global importance of Indigenous Peoples, their lands, and knowledge systems for saving the world’s primates from extinction.Science Advances, 8(32), eabn2927. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abn2927 (IF2021 14,980; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)