Alexandra Rodríguez Pereiras

 

Address: Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE) - Science for People & the Planet

Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal

 

Phone +351239240767 ext.262352

 

E-mail: xandrouva@gmail.comarp@uc.pt

Professional info

 

I am an ecosystem ecologist with more than 15-years experience in biogeochemistry, ecosystem functioning, plant-microbe-soil interactions and global change. My main current research lines are: 1) Effects of Mediterranean forest die-off on soil microbial community and function; 2) Functioning, controls, and response to realistic climate change scenarios of ecosystem processes related to C and N cycling in the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado); 3) Effects of projected changes in climate on the soil:atmosphere greenhouse gasses exchange in drylands.

Languages

 

Spanish
Galician
English
Portuguese

Work experience

 

2016-today    Postdoctoral researcher. CFE, Portugal

2013-2016     Postdoctoral researcher. MNCN-CSIC, Spain

2010-2012     Postdoctoral researcher. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA

2007-2009     Predoctoral researcher. Pablo de Olavide University, Spain

2004-2007     Teaching assistant. University of Vigo, Spain

2002-2007     Predoctoral scholar. University of Vigo, Spain

2001-2002     Research collaboration scholar. University of Vigo, Spain

2010 - present

Education

 

2009    PhD in Biology. Pablo de Olavide University, Spain
2003    DEA. University of Vigo, Spain

2002    Degree in Biology. University of Vigo, Spain

2010 - present

Participation in research projects

 

- As co-PI

 

2018-2021  Unveiling the drivers of greenhouse gasses emissions from drylands and their sensitivity to                           climate change (UNDERCLIME, Ref:030231). FCT-Portugal.

2015-2017  Present and future functioning of carbon- and nitrogen-related processes and dispersal

                   processes in the Brazilian savanna (CONCERN, 446698/2014-8). CNPq.

 

2011-2012  Assessing the Role of Tree Species and Nitrogen Deposition in Stabilizing Carbon

                   in Northern Hardwood Forest Soils. Northeastern States Research Cooperative, USA.

 

- As colaborator

2019-2022   The effect of global warming on the diversity and functioning of alpine ecosystems in Serra da                      Estrela, an endangered mountain range in the temperate-Mediterranean transition zone                                (Ref:030215). FCT-Portugal.

 

2018-2021   Understanding resin production in Pinus pinaster to maximize yield in a more sustainable way                       (ResinPro, Ref:PTDC/ASP-SIL/31231/2017). FCT-Portugal.

2016-2020   Biological feedbacks and ecosystem resilience under global change: a new perspective on                            drylands desertification (BIODESERT). European Research Council (UE).

2016-2019   Biodiversidad, organización tridimensional, funcionamiento e interpelaciones en cubiertas                             criptogámicas de regiones polares y áridas (CRYPTOBIOS).

                    Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

2015-2018   Greenhouse gases exchange between the soil and the atmosphere in drylands of the Iberian                       Peninsula: biotic and abiotic modulation, mechanistic processes, and effects of climate                                 change. FCT-Portugal.

2015-2018   Consecuencias de la deposición atmosférica de nitrógeno y fósforo en las comunidades

                    vegetales y microbiota del suelo en sistemas de alta montaña. Spanish Ministry of Economy

                    and Competitivity.

2015-2018   Efectos de la interacción del cambio climático y los patógenos exóticos sobre las comunidades                     bióticas de bosques mixtos mediterráneos (INTERCAPA). Spanish Ministry of Economy and                         Competitiveness.

 

2014-2017   Restauración y conservación de los ecosistemas mediterráneos: respuesta frente al cambio

                    global (REMEDINAL3-CM). Ministry of Education of Madrid, Spain.

 

2014-2017   Vulnerabilidad de los encinares al cambio climático: mecanismos e influencia del manejo

                    histórico sobre los servicios ecosistémicos (VERONICA). Spanish Ministry of Economy and                         Competitivity.

 

2012-2014   Vulnerabilidad de poblaciones de plantas leñosas mediterráneas al cambio global: efectos

                    interactivos de la marginalidad y la fragmentación sobre su regeneración (VULGLO). Spanish                       Ministry of Science and Innovation.

 

2010-2014   Functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe (FUNDIV). European Union. 7th

                    Framework Program.

 

2010-2013   Restauración y conservación de los ecosistemas madrileños: Respuesta frente al cambio

                    global (REMEDINAL2-CM). Ministry of Education of Madrid, Spain.

 

2010-2012   La red viaria como componente de cambio ecológico global: perturbaciones de la diversidad

                    animal por las carreteras y el tráfico motorizado en ecosistemas mediterráneos. Pablo de

                    Olavide University.

 

2006-2009   Cambios en la disponibilidad de nitrógeno y fósforo y en la fijación biológica de nitrógeno

                    durante el desarrollo del ecosistema. Spanish Ministry of Science and Education.

 

2006-2009   Estimación del nitrógeno orgánico disuelto en ecosistemas mediterráneos y su relevancia en                       el ciclo del nitrógeno. Pablo de Olavide University.

 

2003-2006   Efecto del fuego sobre la variabilidad espacial de recursos para las plantas y su relación con                       la regeneración natural en comunidades de Pinus canariensis. Spanish Ministry of Science                           and Education.

 

2001-2002   Efecto del fuego, luz y agua sobre la dinámica de Quercus robur y Quercus pyrenaica en

                    Galicia: modelos y aplicaciones. Galician Government, Spain.

Mentoring experience

 

PhD theses:

2015-2019  "Estoques atuais e futuros de carbono, nitrogênio e fósforo do solo no                                                               Cerrado". Student: Fernando da Costa Brito Lacerda. University of Viçosa, Brasil.

2015-today  "Relações planta-solo e processos ecossistêmicos sob redução de chuva em três                                           fitofisionomias do Cerrado". Student: Nayara Mesquita Mota. University of Viçosa, Brasil.

Master theses:

2018-2019  Climate change effects on nutrient cycling and greenhouse gasses in cork-oak forests of                               Southern Spain. Student: India Southern. University of Coimbra, Portugal.

 

 

Final degree project:

2017-2017   Efeito das mudanças de temperatura e da umidade do solo no intercâmbio de gases de efeito                       estufa entre o solo e a atmosfera em um gradiente de aridez. Student: Luciana Mayara                                 Mendonça de Almeida. Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil.

Other mentoring experiences:

2018-2019   Mentoring of a 60 hours Project in Applied Biology of a degree student in Environmental                               protection from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) at CFE, University of Coimbra                               (Portugal). Student: Alicja Kissa.
2018-2018   Mentoring of a 3-months research stay of a PhD student from Pablo de Olavide University                             (Seville, Spain) at CFE, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Student: Laura García Velázquez.      

2018-2018   Mentoring of a Biology degree student from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

                    doing volunteering and practices at CFE, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Student: Emma                           Gómez Peral.

2017-2018   6-months research stay of my two PhD students, Fernando da Costa Brito Lacerda and

                    Nayara Mesquita Mota, from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) at CFE, University of                             Coimbra (Portugal).

2017-2017   3-months research stay of a Biology degree student from Federal University of Alagoas                                 (Brazil) at CFE, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Student: Luciana Mayara Mendonça de                              Almeida.

2016-2017   5-months research stay in foreign institution of a Master student from the University of Sassari                       (Italy) at CFE, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Student: Valentina Arca.

2016-2017   6-months research stay in foreign institution of a PhD student from the Federal University of                           Paraná (Brazil) at CFE, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Student: Everaldo dos Santos.

2013-2016   Mentoring of several students doing volunteering and practices at the MNCN-CSIC (Madrid,                         Spain). 

2013-2013   5-months research stay in foreign institution of an AgroParisTech´s student (France) at the                             MNCN-CSIC (Madrid, Spain). Student: Ioanna Boudoirs.
2012-2012   3-months research stay in foreign institution of a Phd student from Pablo de Olavide University                     (Seville, Spain) at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (NY, USA). Student: Lourdes                                 Morillas.

2010-2012   Mentoring of several students doing volunteering and practices at the Cary Institute of                                    Ecosystem Studies (NY, USA).

Publications

 

- In SCI Journals

García-Velázquez L, Rodríguez A, Gallardo A, Maestre FT, Dos Santos E, Lafuente A, Fernández-Alonso M, Singh B, Wang JT, Durán J. 2020. Climate and soil microorganisms drive soil phosphorus fractions in coastal dune systems. Functional Ecology (accepted). 

 

Rodríguez A, Chiti T, Rey A, Durán J. 2020. Forest die-off reduces soil C and N content and increases C stability in a Mediterranean woodland. Geoderma 359, 113990. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.113990

Durán J, Rodríguez A, Méndez J, Morales G, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2019. Wildfires decrease the local-scale ecosystem spatial variability of Pinus canariensis forests during the first two decades post-fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28, 288 - 294. DOI: 10.1071/WF18145

Varela S, Barbosa AM, Durán J, Martínez-Freiría F, González J, Rodríguez A, Tarroso, P, Velo-Antón G. 2018. BioExtreme workshop, O Rosal (Galicia, España), verano 2018. Ecosistemas 27(3):144. DOI: 10.7818/ECOS.1667

Delgado JD, Durán J, Rodríguez A, Rosal A, Valenzuela MV, Morelli F, Arroyo NL, Rodríguez JDGP. 2019. The spatial distribution of animal casualties within a road corridor: Implications for roadkill monitoring in the southern Iberian rangelands. Transportation Research Part D 67, 119–130. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.11.017.

 

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Rey A, Boudouris I, Valladares F, Gallardo A, Curiel-Yuste J. 2018. Interactive effects of forest die-off and drying-rewetting cycles on C and N mineralization. Geoderma 333, 81-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.07.003

 

Delgado JD, Morelli F, Arroyo NL, Durán J, Rodríguez A, Rosal A, Valenzuela MV, Rodríguez JDGP. 2018. Is vertebrate mortality correlated to potential permeability by underpasses along low-traffic roads? Journal of Environmental Management 221, 53-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.043.

Verdú JR, Lobo JM, Sánchez-Piñero F, Gallego B, Numa C, Lumaret J-P, Cortez V, Ortiz AJ, Tonelli M, García-Teba JP, Rey A, Rodríguez A, Durán J. 2018. Ivermectin residues disrupt dung beetle diversity, soil properties and ecosystem functioning. Science of the Total Environment 618, 219-228. https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1W18GB8cccp92

Durán J, Morse JL, Rodríguez A, Campbell JL, Christenson LM, Driscoll CT, Fahey TJ, Fisk MC, Mitchell MJ, Templer PH, Groffman PM. 2017. Differential sensitivity to climate change of C and N cycling processes across soil horizons in a northern hardwood forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 107, 77-84.

Rodríguez A, Curiel Juste J, Rey A, Durán J, García-Camacho R, Gallardo A, Valladares F. 2016. Holm oak decline triggers changes in plant succession and microbial communities, with implications for ecosystem C and N cycling. Plant and Soil 414, 247-263. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-016-3118-4.

 

Morillas L, Durán J, Rodríguez A, Roales J, Gallardo A, Lovett G, Groffman P. 2015. Nitrogen supply modulates the effect of changes in drying-rewetting frequency on soil C and N cycling and greenhouse gas exchange. Global Change Biology 21 (10), 3854 - 3863.

 

Rodríguez A, Lovett GM, Weathers KC, Arthur MA, Templer PH, Goodale CL, Christenson LM. 2014. Lability of C in temperate forest soils: Assessing the role of nitrogen addition and tree species composition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 77, 129 - 140.


Durán J, Rodríguez A, Morse J, Groffman P. 2013. Winter climate change effects on soil C and N cycles in urban grasslands. Global Change Biology 19, 2826 - 2837.

Durán J, Rodríguez A, Covelo F, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2012. Comparing the use of leaf and soil analysis as N and P availability indices in a wildfire chronosequence. European Journal of Forest Research 131, 1327 - 1335.

Durán J, Delgado-Baquerizo M, Rodríguez A, Covelo F, Gallardo A. 2012. Ionic exchange membranes (IEMs): A good indicator of soil inorganic N production. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57, 964 -968.

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Covelo F, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2011. Spatial pattern and variability in soil N and P availability under the influence of two dominant species in a pine forest. Plant and Soil 345, 211 - 221.

Durán J, Rodríguez A, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2010. Changes in leaf nutrient  traits in a wildfire chronosequence. Plant and Soil 331, 69 - 77.

 

Durán J, Rodríguez A, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2010. Long-term decrease of organic and inorganic nitrogen concentrations due to pine forest wildfire. Annals of Forest Science 67, 207.

 

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2009. Short-term wildfire effects on the spatial pattern and scale of labile organic-N and inorganic-N and P pools. Forest Ecology and Management 257, 739 - 746.


Durán J, Rodríguez A, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2009. Changes in net N mineralization rates and soil N and P pools in a pine forest wildfire chronosequence. Biology and Fertility of Soils 45, 781 - 788.

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2009. Spatial pattern and scale of soil N and P fractions under the influence of a leguminous shrub in a Pinus canariensis forest. Geoderma 151, 303 - 310.

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2009. Spatial variability of soil properties under Pinus canariensis canopy in two contrasting soil textures. Plant and Soil 322, 139 - 150.

 

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2009. Wildfire changes the spatial pattern of soil nutrient availability in Pinus canariensis forests. Annals of Forest Science 66, 210.

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2008. Changes in soil N and P availability in a Pinus canariensis fire chronosequence. Forest Ecology and Management 256, 384 - 387.

Covelo F, Rodríguez A, Gallardo A. 2008. Spatial pattern and scale of leaf N and P resorption efficiency and proficiency in a Quercus robur population. Plant and Soil 311, 109 - 119.

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Gallardo A. 2007. Influence of legumes on N cycling in a heathland in northwest Spain. Web Ecology. 7, pp. 87 - 93. ISSN 2193-3081

 

- Other scientific publications and book chapters

Humberto M, Rodríguez A, Durán J, Enrich-Prast A, Pinho L. 2018. Biogeoquímica aplicada: estudios de caso sobre la interacción entre los elementos esenciales para la vida y el Cambio Global. Cambio Global. Una mirada desde Iberoamérica. Pablo A Marquet, Fernando Valladares, Sandra Magro, Aurora Gaxiola, Alex Enrich-Prast (Eds.). ISBN: 978-84-17519-33-9.

Enrich-Prast A, Gaxiola A, Lúcia A, Durán J, Rodríguez A, Humberto M. 2018. Ciclos biogeoquímicos y cambios globales. Cambio Global. Una mirada desde Iberoamérica. Pablo A Marquet, Fernando Valladares, Sandra Magro, Aurora Gaxiola, Alex Enrich-Prast (Eds.). ISBN: 978-84-17519-33-9.

 

Bechtold H, Durán J, Strayer D, Weathers K, Alvarado G, Bettez N, Hersh M, Johnson R, Keeling E, Morse J, Previtali A, Rodríguez A. 2012. Frontiers in ecosystem science. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-088774-3

 

Rodríguez A, Durán J, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2008. El fuego cambia el patrón espacial de nutrientes en ecosistemas de Pinus canariensis. Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales 25, 387 - 393. ISSN 1575-2410

 

Durán J, Rodríguez A, Fernández-Palacios JM, Gallardo A. 2008. Disponibilidad de nutrientes de una cronosecuencia de incendios en bosques de Pinus canariensis. Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales 25, 173 - 178. ISSN 1575-2410

 

Estévez R, Rodríguez A, Gallardo A, Fernández-Palacios JM. 2006. Efecto de laleguminosa Adenocarpus viscosus en el ciclo local del N en un pinar de Pinus canariensis (La Palma, Islas Canarias). 2º Congreso Ibérico de Ecología. Crise da biodiversidade: conhecimento e acção, 65. ISBN 84-608-0500-X
 

Rodríguez A, Gallardo A. 2005. Efecto de las leguminosas en el ciclo del nitrógeno de un matorral atlántico. Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales 20, 203 - 208. ISSN 1575-2410


Rodríguez A, Gallardo A. 2003. Mineralización del nitrógeno bajo especies leguminosas y no leguminosas en suelos de matorral atlántico. VII Congreso Nacional de la Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET). España ante los compromisos del Protocolo de Kyoto: Sistemas Naturales y Cambio Climático, 217 - 232. Barcelona. ISBN 84-688-2620-0

 

- Media

2018 Nuevas pruebas del efecto del antiparasitario Ivermectina en la fauna coprófaga del suelo

2016 Todas as plantas têm nome #8 Todas as plantas são seres vivos? Jardim Botânico da Universidade de CoimbraRádio Universidade de Coimbra.

2016 Todas as plantas têm nome #13 É seguro ter plantas no quarto? Jardim Botânico da Universidade de CoimbraRádio Universidade de Coimbra.

2016 Todas as plantas têm nome #17 Qual é árvore mais alta do mundo? Jardim Botânico da Universidade de CoimbraRádio Universidade de Coimbra.

2016 Todas as plantas têm nome #20 Qual é árvore mais velha do mundo? Jardim Botânico da Universidade de CoimbraRádio Universidade de Coimbra.

2016 Todas as plantas têm nome #23 - Qual é a maior árvore do mundo? Jardim Botânico da Universidade de CoimbraRádio Universidade de Coimbra.

2016 La escuela Iberoamericana de Cambio Global 

2015 Demuestran el papel modulador de la deposición de nitrógeno en las respuestas de los suelos al cambio climático. Diario de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

2015 The effects of climatic change on soil microorganisms are modulated by the depositing of nitrogen in the atmosphere. Spanish. Portuguese. 

2015 An international project will take a closer look at the functioning of the Cerrado in Brazil. DCYT. Spanish version. Portuguese version

2014 Becarios de élite. Faro de Vigo.

2012 Ser científico, a pesar de los pesares, es una profesión apasionante. Faro de Vigo. 

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