A little about me

I am a terrestrial ecosystem ecologist interested in the effect of different environmental perturbations and global change drivers on atmosphere-plant-microbes-soil interactions and ecosystem functioning, with specific interest on nutrient cycling. My PhD thesis focused on the effect of wildfires and plant species on the spatial distribution of soil nutrients. In 2010, I obtained a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to study the role of N deposition and tree species composition on soil C and N sequestration in soil.

Since 2016, I work at the Centre for Functional Ecology  - Science for People & the Planet (CFE) in Coimbra (Portugal), where I am one of the heads of the research group Biogeochemistry and Global Change. One of my main research lines is trying to understand the effects of climate change and tree mortality on Mediterranean ecosystems.  

I am also co-leading two research projects about 1) the vulnerability of the Brazilian Cerrado functionality to climate change and 2) the effects of projected changes in climate on the soil-atmosphere greenhouse gasses exchange in drylands.

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Drought-affected holm-oak forest in Spain

Taking soil samples in Brazilian Cerrado (Paraopeba National Reserve)

Burned Adenocarpus viscous individual in La Palma (Canary Islands)

Drought-affected holm-oak forest in Spain

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