"Temporary Ponds: a natural habitat to be protected!"


> Team

Liga para a Protecção da Natureza [Nature Protection League]

Coordinating beneficiary

Rita Alcazar
Geral surpervision

Holder of a Degree by the Faculty of Sciences in the University of Lisbon, with specialization in Zoology and Conservation Biology, and also has a Master Degree in Physical Planning and Environmental Planning by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University ‘Nova’ in Lisbon. She has performed Scientific Research in the area of Zoology and Conservation Biology between 1998 and 2002. Since 2002 she has been working in the coordination of LPN in Castro Verde, mainly focusing in the conservation of steppe birds and their ecosystem, namely the articulation with agricultural issues, which has involved several research projects for conservation of nature.  Amongst the coordinated conservation projects the most prominent were the project LIFE Penereiro-das-torres (2002 until 2006) and the project LIFE Estepárias (2009 until 2012), both awarded with the ‘Best LIFE Projects' distinction by the European Commission. In 2013 she took on the coordination of the Project LIFE Charcos, thus carrying out the practical side of the theoretical work presented by her Licentiate Degree dissertation from 1997.
Contact: rita.alcazar[at]lpn.pt

Artur Lagartinho
Project coordinator

Degree in engineering of forest resources by the Agrarian School of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra. Began his independent professional activity in 1996 with the provision of consultancy services for agriculture and forestry and later created the company “Hectare Verde – Engineering and Forest Management" which was dedicated to development and implementation of financed project for forestry activities. Since 2009 collaborates with the LPN in various projects, namenly in the areas of sustainable development and threatened extensive farming systems, combating desertification and increasing biodiversity on farms. In the Project LIFE Charcos he is the coordinator and will manage contacts and partnerships with land owners, will be responsable with management and technical monitoring of habitat restoration actions, among others.
Contact: artur.lagartinho[at]lpn.pt

Edgar Gomes

Holder of a Licentiate Degree in Biology by the University of Évora, where he discovered his interest for Nature Conservation and worked in research. Since 2011 that he is a collaborator of the Nature Protection League (LPN) in projects for conservation and monitoring of biodiversity in agricultural areas. His main tasks in LIFE Charcos will be planning and execution of field work and monitoring actions, supporting the elaboration of the cartography related to this project, help to establish cooperation protocols with landowners and farmers, assist and execute conservation actions, support the preparation of environmental awareness activities and of promotion materials, and also to perform technical reports.
Contact: edgar.gomes[at]lpn.pt

Cristina Baião
Environmental Education Technician

Cristina has a degree in Marine Biology from Bangor University, UK and has a Master degree in Conservation Biology at Évora University, Portugal. Her master dissertation was related to "Environmental Perception on Temporary Ponds in the Southwest Coast of Portugal" and is responsible for the communication components, awareness and environmental education in the schools of the intervention area of this project.

Contact: cristina.baiao[at]lpn.pt

Maria Lopes
Management and Accounting

Holder of a Degree in Private and Public Law by the University Hainaut Cambrésis (in Valenciennes, France). She's a collaborator of LPN since April 1999 in the areas of secretariat, management and accounting.

Contact: maria.lopes[at]lpn.pt

University of Évora

Associated beneficiary

Carla Pinto Cruz
Assistant Professor; Flora Specialist; Project Scientific Coordinator

Degree in Applied Vegetable Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and Master's Degree in Biological Resources Management by the University of Évora. Doctorate Degree in Biology, at the Higher Institute of Agronomy of the Technical University of Lisbon, with a dissertation regarding Temporary Ponds Vegetation and Dynamics in Southwest Portugal. She is Professor at the Biology Department - Évora University - since 1997, and member of the Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas (ICAAM). She is curator of the herbarium in the University of Évora (UEVH), since 2002, and is currently vice-president of the Asociación de Herbarios Ibero-Macaronésicos (AHIM).

In the past years her research activity has been focused on the plant species and communities of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds, as well as on this habitat conservation and recuperation. She leads the University of Évora team and is the scientific coordinator of this project.

Contact: ccruz[at]uevora.pt

Anabela Belo
Assistant Professor; Seed Bank Specialist

Holder of a Doctorate Degree in Biology by the University of Évora, where she lectures in the areas of Botany and Conservation of Vegetal Biodiversity. By taking part in this Project LIFE she returns to a dear research subject: the soil seeds bank, which was also the topic of her doctorate. She is also responsible for establishing a germplasm bank of the Mediterranean Temporary Ponds of Portugal. Beyond studies regarding the soil seeds bank, her activities of research and development are focused on the conservation and valuation of the natural vegetation, namely in agricultural ecosystems like the olive grove or the ‘montado’, and in the effects that vegetation management may have on surrounding land, and on the conservation of soil, water and animal biodiversity.
Contact: afb[at]uevora.pt

António Mira
Assistant Professor; Mammals Specialist

Teaches Conservation Biology, Ecology of Linear Structures and Mammalogy in the Biology Department of the University of Évora, and is responsible for the Department’s Laboratory for Conservation Biology since 2003. He is a member of the research group for ‘Applied Ecology of Populations and Communities’ in the Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources – CIBIO Évora. In the last five years he has researched two main subjects: (1) the effects of linear transport infrastructures on wild life, including the description of mortality patterns and the assessment of the main landscape characteristics associated with mortality 'hotspots', and the quantification of the barrier effect for species with different kinds of locomotion; (2) Changes in land use and the effects of habitat fragmentation on the functional connectivity of the landscape, and its implications on the subsistence of long term populations. He has studied different species and communities, focusing mainly on mammals. Most part of his research was dedicated to the study of small mammals, including the Cabrera's vole.

Contact: amira[at]uevora.pt

Paulo Sá Sousa
Assistant Professor; Amphibians and Reptiles Specialist

Coordinator and lecturer of the Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology; Lecturer of Management and Fauna Restoration, Herpetology and Biosystematics in the Biology Department of the University of Évora. Founding member of the Portuguese Society of Herpetology. Member of the Research Group ‘Applied Ecology of Populations and Communities’ of the Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In the last five years he has researched three main subjects: (1) Effects of grazing and agricultural/forestry activities on the composition of reptile communities. In particular, how the geckos change their micro-habitat use in response to the degradation of the shrubby cover; (2) Ecology of amphibians in Mediterranean Temporary Ponds. The aim is to create an ecological index based on the composition and relative abundance of the amphibian species that use the ponds; (3) Effects of roads on amphibian mortality. To study landscape and road characteristics that influence amphibian road-kills.
Contact: psasousa[at]uevora.pt

Nuno Pedroso
Biologist, collaborator

PhD in Biology (Ecology), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Master in Environmental Management and Policies, Faculty of Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Degree in Applied Biology to Terrestrial Animal Resources, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.

It develops activities in the area of ecology and conservation, particularly in mammalogy and aquatic systems, and the influence of anthropic systems on the ecology and adaptation of fauna.

Collaborator on various conservation projects, including LIFE projects.

Contact: nmpedroso[arroba]gmail.com

Ana Paula Neto Canha
Professor and facilitator agent in the project

Degree in Biology from the University of Aveiro and Master in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora, with a thesis on conservation temporary ponds in SW Portugal. She is a professor of biology at the High School of Odemira. Coordinates the Bigeo Club, which carries out projects in various areas of science, with particular focus on biodiversity conservation. The work carried out since 2001 include research and practical intervention and were awarded at national and international level. The Cabrera's Vole, the monarch butterfly, Plantago almogravensis, mediterranean temporary ponds or invasive species were among the targets of these projects. She is the author of textbooks and trainer of teachers in the experimental teaching of science. Participated in several surveys of natural values in the southwest coast, in integrated planning processes of the territory or of environmental impact studies.

Marco Caetano
Scholarship Holder for Fauna

(collaborator since feb 2018)

With a degree in Biology from the University of Évora, Marco has worked on several projects for environmental consulting companies, usually with fauna, especially birds, amphibians and reptiles. Also made ecological accompaniment of building works. Its preferential groups are amphibians and reptiles. In the LIFE Charcos project has as main functions the planning and execution of field work, especially with amphibians, as well as the collection and treatment of data resulting from this work.
Contact: mcaetano2905[at]hotmail.com

Erika Almeida

(collaborator since feb 2018)

Erika holds a degree in Environmental Biology and a Master Degree in Conservation Biology from the Lisbon University where developed her master thesis with amphibians, during which she first had contact with some of the ponds in the Southwest Coast of Portugal. Afterwards, worked in different areas within biology, specializing in the study of lichens, and more recently, in the harvesting of autochthonous plant seeds present in various types of habitats, and management of Seed Banks. During her professional career she collaborated in the production of various scientific dissemination outputs, namely interpretative panels and species manuals.

Contact: erikaroldao[at]gmail.com

Catarina Meireles
Post-doctoral Fellow, flora Specialist

Botanist with a PhD in Geobotany. Works in conservation since 1998, especially with rare and protected flora and habitats. During 15 years she worked mainly for ICNF were was responsible for the development of several important projects in species and habitats detection and cartography, as well as in ecosystems management and recovery. In 2007 she led the team responsible for carrying out the habitats section of the national report for EU, on the Implementation of the Habitats Directive in Portugal. In the last 3 years she was part of the Biodiversity chair (CIBIO-Universidade de Évora), were she worked in two international science projects aiming the impact of climate change in European diversity.
Contact: cmeireles[at]uevora.pt

Frederico Mestre
PhD Grant and Wildlife Specialist

(collaborator between March and August 2017)

He has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Évora, a master's degree in conservation biology and a doctorate in biology from the same university. He has been working in space ecology and biogeography, specializing in ecological modeling, impacts of climate change on biodiversity and metapopulation ecology. He has collaborated in several projects to minimize and evaluate environmental impacts (U. Évora and CEAI), rehabilitation of wildlife and, more recently, studies of the impacts of climate and landscape changes on fauna. He has also collaborated in the development of computer applications for ecology. He currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in a project that aims to assess the impacts of climate change on food webs.

Contact: fmestre[at]uevora.pt

J. Tiago Marques
Scholarship Holder for Fauna

(collaborator between april 2014 and dec 2016)

Holder of a  Degree in Applied Biology for Animal Resources by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in 1999, and of a Master's Degree in Applied Ecology and Conservation by the University of East Anglia,  United Kingdom. He has worked in several scientific research projects in the area of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, using techniques such as radio-telemetry and ultrasound detection. Most part of his projects regarded ecology and conservation of bats, however he has also involved in other projects regarding birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Contact: jtiagomarques[at]gmail.com

Eliana Machado

(collaborator between feb and july 2016)

Graduate in Biology and Master in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora. Her thesis entitled "Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds under Agricultural Management: An Assessment Using Flora" was developed using some Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in the Southwest Coast of Portugal, as well as outside the Natura 2000 Network throughout the Alentejo. After finishing her master's degree, she has done some work in environmental consulting and is currently a research fellow at the University of Évora in the ValBioTec Cynara project. Her interests are in the study of ecology and conservation of Flora, namely of the Ponds.
Contact: eliana_dinamene[at]sapo.pt

Luís Guilherme Sousa
Biologist and amateur photographer

(collaborator between july 2013 e dec 2015)

Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Master's Degree in Conservation Biology both at the University of Évora, he has developed research and conservation of Portuguese fauna (mainly amphibians and reptiles). Its main pastime is the identification and photographic documentation of the biological diversity of Portugal. He is currently a fellow at the LIFE LINES Project where he is responsible for amphibian sampling and the development and implementation of mitigation measures to reduce road deaths in this group.
Contact: luis_g_sousa[at]sapo.pt

Ana Lumbreras Corujo
Post-doctoral Fellow, flora Specialist

(Collaborator between July 2013 to May 2016)

Holder of a  Degree in Biology by the Faculty of Biology of the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), with specialization in Botany. Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biodiversity and Health in the Faculty of Pharmacy (UCM). Doctorate Degree in Botany by the Faculty of Pharmacy (UCM). She began her scientific career in the area of ecology of alpine aquatic vegetation in the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB/CSIC), where she collaborated in the study of biodiversity and evolution of macrophyte communities. In the Department of Vegetal Biology II (UCM), she carried out her doctoral dissertation on the relationship between the floristic composition of aquatic Ranunculus communities and ecology.

Contact: acorujo[at]uevora.pt

University of Algarve

Associated beneficiary
Centre of Marine Sciences

Margarida Machado
Researcher; Crustaceans Specialist

Holder of a Degree in Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She began her scientific career in the Marine Laboratory of Guia, as part of the team of Professor Luís Saldanha, and after that as assistant professor in the University of Aveiro, before becoming a researcher of the CCMAR (Centre for Marine Sciences of the University of Algarve). She has performed research in the areas of biodiversity, biology and ecology of benthic macroinvertebrate communities of marine and estuarine/lagoon ecosystems. Since 1996 - when she was ‘presented’ to the fascinating Triops vicentinus by a nature guard – she has also dedicated her work to the study of the diversity, distribution, biology and ecology of the Large Branchiopoda crustaceans living in fresh water temporary ponds. Investigator in LIFE Charcos, in the component of the Great Branchiopods study.
Contacto: mmalo[arroba]ualg.pt

Margarida Cristo
Assistant Professor; Crustaceans Specialist

Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve and researcher at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), did her doctorate in the subject of Community Ecology in the year of 2001. Throughout her academic and scientific career devoted interest to the study of crustaceans: first decapod crustaceans, in Mozambique where she worked as investigator from 1978 to 1984; then as a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Lisbon dedicated to the study of the green crab (Carcinus maenas); and since 1992 in the University of Algarve and CCMAR has maintained her interest in this group of crustaceans, having done her doctorate in the study of the diet of Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus. Since 1996 she devoted much of her time to the study of the biology and ecology of the great branchiopod crustaceans from Mediterranean temporary ponds. This is at the present her main research area, where she has several published works. In the LIFE Charcos is responsible for the component of the Great Branchiopods study.
Contacto: mcristo[arroba]ualg.pt

Centre of Marine Sciences and Technologies

José Paulo Patrício Geraldes Monteiro
Assistant Professor, Hydrology/Hydrogeology component

Holder of Master’s Degree in Applied Economic Geology by the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (1993), with the support of a scholarship from the National Board of Scientific Research. He was Coordinator of the Environment Technologies Centre of UNESUL in Évora between 1993 and 1995. In 1995 and 1996 he was part of the Technological Development Department of CEVALOR (Technological Centre for Usage and Valuation of Ornamental and Industrial Rocks). After 1996 he became a Lecturer at the University of Algarve. He was awarded with the Doctorate Degree (Hydrogeology) by the Hydrogeology Centre of the Neuchatel University (Switzerland), with the support of a scholarship from the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve since 2001, and has been a Researcher since 1996 at CVRM (Geo-systems Centre at the High Technical Institute (Technical University of Lisbon) and at the University of Algarve). He has taken part in several technical and scientific projects, and has regularly mentored postgraduate courses (Master and Doctorate Degrees). He is the author of about a hundred national and international scientific publications in the area of hydrogeology and water management. He has taken part in numerous projects of applied hydrogeology throughout his career – having coordinated several of them -, while developing his scientific and academic activities. His research areas are the mathematical modelling of aquifers, hydraulics of water wells, river-aquifer relations, groundwater dependent ecosystems, and integrated watershed management planning. He is currently involved in the hydrogeological component of this project. His contribution to the current project is seen as a new challenge, since the scale of the hydrological/hydrogeological variables and parameters is very narrow, and all the available information indicates that the former may have a major influence in the control of the biodiversity of the 'hydrological singularities' that are the Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in study.
Contacto: jpmontei[arroba]ual.pt

Núria Salvador
Environmental Engineer, fellow of the hydrology/hydrogeology component

Completed the Environmental Engineering Degree at the University of Algarve (Portugal) in 2007, and the Master’s Degree in Land Reclamation and Restoration at the University of Cranfield (England) in 2008. Her research areas include groundwater-surface water interactions, groundwater dependent ecosystems, and integrated watershed management planning. As a research fellowship holder under the Project LIFE Charcos at the University of Algarve, she is currently addressing the hydrological/hydrogeological component of the project, seeking to understand the influence of groundwater in the water balance of the Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in study and their consequent influence in the control of diversity and maintenance of fauna and flora communities within these local habitats.

Contacto: nuria.salvador[arroba]sapo.pt

Luís Nunes

Luis Nunes, PhD, has a MSc in Geostatistics and a PhD in Engineering Sciences (environmental modelling and monitoring) from the Technical University of Lisbon. His main areas of expertise are environmental monitoring optimization; subsurface modelling; soil remediation; risk assessment; environmental impact assessment; water resources management; optimization in engineering processes. He has been the scientific coordinator of several research and development projects in the area of groundwater monitoring, remediation and water resources management. These projects have been financed both by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and by private firms. Is author of several scientific texts published in international journals and books. He has been scientific consultant for the Portuguese State in the matters related with groundwater pollution and collaborates with the Chinese Academy of Science in the development of environmental pollution methods and risk assessment.
Role: Data analysis and environmental modelling.
Contacto: lnunes[arroba]ualg.pt

Marine and Environmental Research Centre

Manuela Moreira da Silva
Assistant Professor; Water Quality specialist

Holder of a Master’s Degree in Applied Ecology and of a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology. She is a member of the CIMA and a Professor at the Higher Institute of Engineering in the University of Algarve. Her collaboration with LIFE Charcos has the purpose of performing a physical and chemical assessment of the water quality in the studied ponds and their seasonal monitoring. The goal of this component is to study how the water quality may affect the different life forms found at the Mediterranean Temporary Ponds.
Contacto: msanti[arroba]ualg.pt

Municipality of Odemira

Associated beneficiary

Maria Filomena da Silva Patrício
Superior technician of the Department of Environment and Environmental Education

Holder of an Engineering Degree in Zootechnics by the University of Évora, she is a coordinating expert of the Environmental Division in the Municipality of Odemira, currently performing her functions in the Sector of Waste Disposal and Environmental Promotion. Since her admission in the Municipality of Odemira in 1993 she has performed several functions in different areas, amongst which the implementation and coordination of Activities in the Environmental Education Centre at the Site of Community Importance of the Southwest Coast, the Coordination of FACECO (Fair for Cultural and Economic Activities of Odemira Municipality), and Support to Farmers. Between 2002 and 2003 she was appointed by the Institute for Nature Conservation to work in the Natural Reserves of the Lagoons Santo André and Sancha, where she collaborated in the activities of the Educational Farm and in establishing the Reception Centre of Monte do Paio. From 1987 until 1993 she worked as a Professor, lecturing the subjects of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Health.
Contact: filomena.patricio[at]cm-odemira.pt

Idalia de Jesus Duarte Benedito
Superior technician of the Department of Environment and Environmental Education

Professional Technical in Environmental Management and Natural Resources by the Odemira Foundation - Professional School of Odemira. She is the assistant technician in the Environment Division of Odemira municipaly, currently with functions in the Reading and Billing sector and Environmental Promotion sector.
Contact: idalia.benedito[at]cm-odemira.pt

Association of Beneficiaries in Mira

Associated beneficiary

Carla Lúcio
Agronomist engineer and superior technician in ABM

Holder of an Engineering Degree in Agronomics by the Higher Institute of Agronomy in the Technical University of Lisbon.  She completed a Post-graduate degree in Agricultural Economy and Rural Sociology by the Higher Institute of Agronomy in the Technical University of Lisbon, and a Master’s Degree in Business Management by the INDEG Business School/ ISCTE-IUL. She has performed scientific research in the area of Agricultural Economy and Rural Sociology since 2003. Between 2006 and 2008 was also a University Professor in the Higher School of Agriculture in Viseu, namely in the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, and works since 2008 as a coordinating expert in the Association of Beneficiaries in Mira.
Contact: c.lucio[at]abm.pt

Frederico Mestre

Scholarship Holder for Fauna

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