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Advanced Course
Lichens as a Tool for Interpretation of Environmental Changes and Management
9-13 July 2018

Past events:

Advanced Course
Hands on Functional Diversity: from Ecological Indicators to Ecosystem Services +info
15-19 January 2018

Advanced Course
Urban Ecology: the green within the city
19-23 February 2018

Advanced Course
Lichens as a tool for the interpretation of environmental changes and management
10-14 July 2017

International training school
NecoSchool - Global and long-term effects of nitrogen on ecosystems
15 – 26 May 2017

Advanced Course
Hands on Functional Diversity: from Ecological Indicators to Ecosystem Services | 6-10 February 2017

LTER Open Science Meeting
Long-Term Ecosystem Research for sustainability under global changes

World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016

Ciencia'16 - Portuguese Science Meeting

iLTER International training course in Japan

EGU Session on Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded lands

Nature within the city
Ana Luz will present UrbanL@b a group dedicated to the study of Urban Ecology at the "Summer Solstice Encounter" organized by Associação de Defesa do Património de Torres Novas (ADPTN)
Largo do Paço, Torres Novas | June 21| 21h


eChanges Spring Field Work

We have been using spring for doing field work for project and PhDs.

Joana Marques has been sampling lichens for urban ecology and ecosystem services in Antwerp

Alice Nunes and Melanie Köbel have sampled functional diversity of Mediterranean woodlands in our research station at Herdade da Ribeira Abaixo.

For Patrícia Santos PhD project, she, Helena SerranoInês Santos and Alexandra Oliveira have been traveling around Tenerife island looking for evidences of adaptive radiation in Aeonium species.

Sara Lobo-Dias has been sampling in coastal sand dunes and Alexandra Oliveira and Paula Matos have been taking measures of lichens in the Atlantic coast.


Forum Ambiente
Cristina Branquinho is part of the panel INQUIETAR discussing “The climatic crisis: where are we and the impacts felt in Portugal”

Câmara Municipal da Covilhã | 5 June 2018


Paula Matos & Pedro Pinho
Will be at BioBlitz helping the population discover Parque da Paz biodiversity with their knowledge on lichens.

Parque da Paz, Almada | 27 of May


Cristina Branquinho
diagnosticar, avaliar e antecipar

Instituto Superior de Agronomia|18 May 2018


Encontro Scientia cE3c
"Unraveling links between urban ecosystem services and socioeconomic patterns in Porto, Portugal" by Marisa Graça
FCUL (Building C2)| May 17 2018 +info


1st Workshop in Human Biomonitoring in Portugal
Helena Serrano presents a poster titled "HBM? yes! but where to start? Optimizing biomonitoring by pinpointing areas of high exposure risk"
ISRJ, Lisboa, Portugal|11 May 2018


Cristina Branquinho moderating the round table at the Conference on Environment and Human Rights, spoken in portuguese. Melanie Köbel and Ana Cláudia Oliveira will also present their work.
Aveiro, Portugal | 8-10 May 2018

Quarries Alive
Cristina Branquinho(co-organizer) and Alice Nunes at the conference on "Enhancing Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Quarries - Challenges, Strategies and Practice"
University of Évora, Portugal | 2-4 May 2018
Paula Matos at Cork Talks
eChanges investigator is participating in the 4th session of "Portugal Biodiverso - Is the Quercus suber montado good for the country?"
Nova FCSH | 24 April 2018

Helena Serrano & Pedro Pinho at INMS
eChanges investigators participate in a project that aims the Establishment of an International Nitrogen Management System +info
Edinburgh, Scotland | 16-19 April 2018


Europe at FCUL- NitroPortugal
Strenghtening Portuguese research and innovation capacities in the field of excesso reactive nitrogen - Multi country workshop.

Lisbon | 4-6 April 2018


Telejornal RTP
Cristina Branquinho interviewed as a specialist in a report about the drought situation in Portugal.

24 March 2018


XXI ENEB - National Encounter for Biology Students
Cristina Branquinho participating in the Big Debate - “The impact of Biology in our society” at ENEB
Almada| 23-27 March 2018

Cristinha Branquinho@Ovibeja
presenting "AdaptForChange: Improve the success of reforestation in semi-arid areas: adaptation to climate change scenarios"
OVIBEJA | 27 Apr 2018

14º Congresso da Água
Cristina Branquinho participating in the Roundtable "Ecosystem Services in River Basins" in a Congress about "Management of Water Resources: New Challenges" organized by APRH +info
Évora | 8 Mar 2018

presenting: "Predicting climate change effects on Mediterranean drylands through plant functional traits" and "Evaluating past reforestations success in semi-arid Mediterranean areas now and under a climate change scenario" +info
Uni. Barcelona | 29 Jan - 2 Feb 2018


eChanges annual field visit
This year we will be going to a sea-side area, visiting a geology important site with unusual interaction with ecology
Atlantic coast | 25 Jan 2018

Final conference
Final conference of the program AdaPT with the presentation of AdaptForChange results
Lisboa | 29-30 Nov 2017
TV documentary about adaptation to climate change
With the participation of Cristina Branquinho, Alice Nunes, Adriana Príncipe, and Melanie Kobel with results of the project AdaptforChange
RTP2, Biosfera | 11 Nov 2017

Green Roof
The FCUL green roof had its annual maintenance, a voluntary activity lead by eChanges
FCUL, Lisboa | 15 November 2017


eChanges interviews
Alice Nunes, Paula Matos and Pedro Pinho were interviewed for their recently received awards.
Nov 2017

Lecture Urban Ecology
Cristina Ramalho
-Uni. of Western Australia- "On a path to improve the way we think about, understand and intervene in urban green spaces"
2.2.14, FCUL, Lisboa, Portugal | 2 November 2017

ENE- Encontro Nacional de Ecologia
eChanges will join the National Ecology Meeting
Lisboa, Portugal | 9-10 November 2017

Science in 90 seconds
Short audio clip on the project AdaptForChange main conclusions by Cristina Branquinho
26 Abril 2017
Prizes for PhD
Alice Nunes and Helena Serrano won the 2nd and 4th prize in a competition organized by SPECO, Portuguese Ecology Society, for the best PhD in 2016-2017. Congratulations!
Video trailer
Check here a small video produced during the NecoSchool: a Nitro Portugal Training school on the Long-term Effects of Nitrogen on Ecosystems in May 2017
eChanges on the news
Report on the work by Helena Serrano in a rare endemic species, Plantago almogravensis | 8 May 2017
Environmental Ethic Lectures
Cristina Branquinho presents "Razões Éticas para a preservação da Biodiversidade"
Fundação Caloustre Gulbenkian, Lisboa, Portugal | 10 Oct 2017

European Researchers' Night
eChanges members Helena Serrano, Ricardo Carvalho an Zulema Rio presented an activity about green roofs
Lisboa | 29 September 2017

Fact sheets
State of the art knowledge in science, successes and case studies in restoration| COST Action ES1104
with papers by Laura Laura Concostrina, Alice Nunes, Cristina Branquinho, Melanie Köbel and Helena C Serrano
+info & download
Ecology Day
Celebration of the Ecology Day with a lecture on Urban Ecology and field visit to Campo Grande in Lisboa.
co-organized with the Portuguese Ecology Society

eChanges at MedEC
Cristina Branquinho joined the MedEC: Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change workshop
France | 17-19 July 2017


Front Cover
The paper by Paula Matos “Tracking global change using lichen diversity: towards a global-scale ecological indicator” was the front cover photo in Methods in Ecology and Evolution


Mark Sutton in interview
"Nitrogen is like ’The Godfather’ of pollution: you see the results but you don’t see the Godfather"
NecoSchool training school, Lisboa, Portugal | 15-26 May 2017


Alice Nunes PhD
Alice defends her PhD title "Plant functional response to desertification and land degradation – contribution to restoration strategies"
Auditório da Reitoria (25.A.5 ) Universidade de Aveiro | 30 June 9:45 25.A.5


eChanges at the Azores
eChanges attended the 3rd cE3c annual congress with multiple presentations
São Miguel, Açores, Portugal | 5-6 June 2017


Alice Nunes at "Sociedade Civil"
Interviews about the World Environment Day
RTP2 | 6 June 2017


cE3c at the United Nations
Paula Matos and Cristina Branquinho presented "A new global indicator to track the effects of climate change on forests" at the 12nd UN Forum on Forests.
UN, New York, USA | 1-5 May 2017


Paula Matos Merit Award
The cE3c PhD Merit Award of 2017 was delivered to Paula Matos during the centre annual meeting at the Azores.
Ponta Delgada, Açores, Portugal | 5-6 June 2017


Plant performance in geochemical islands
Helena Serrano at 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology
Tirana, Albania | 4-9 June 2017

International training school
NecoSchool - Global and long-term effects of nitrogen on ecosystems
FCUL, Lisboa, Portugal | 15 – 26 May 2017
Advanced Course
Lichens as a tool for the interpretation of environmental changes and management
cE3c Advanced Course
FCUL, Lisboa, Portugal | 10- 14 July 2016

Salvar espécies da extinção: a recuperação e protecção de habitats
Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisboa | 30 March 2017 | 19:30


Ecological indicators of environmental change: diagnose, evaluate and anticipate, within the project "Which Biodiversity Definition for Biodiversity Conservation?"
8.2.02, FCUL, Lisboa | 2 March 2017


Swedish wood pasture management and the importance of trees for bird species richness and functional diversity | Simon Jakobson (PhD student in Landscape Ecology in Stockholm University) | 2.2.22 FCUL Lisboa | 11:30 20


Master thesis defense
Evaluating ecosystem services trade-offs due to land use changes: transition to an irrigated agriculture landscape | Ana Lemos
2.2.24 FCUL Lisboa | 10:00 22 February 2017

Encontro Scientia
Development of ecological indicators of climate change based on lichen functional diversity, by Paula Matos
room 2.2.14, FCUL | 16 February 2017
Paper on the news
"Tracking global change using lichen diversity: towards a global-scale ecological indicator" by Paula Matos in "Methods in Ecology and Evolution" is in the news

FCUL | País ao Minuto | Wilder

Advanced Course
Hands on Functional Diversity: from Ecological Indicators to Ecosystem Services
FCUL, Lisboa | 6-10 February 2017

+info | program


Seminar by Cristina Branquinho
Ecological indicators of Environmental Change
: diagnose, evaluate and anticipate - - Provas de Agregação
6.2.56 FCUL, Lisboa | 24 January 2017


Merry Christmas!

From plant ecology groups to all our friends

see the video here


Blogs from the field

a eLTER blog to bring LTER-based research to life, with a text from Melanie Köbel


Restauro de ecossistemas degradados em zonas semi-áridas: as soluções da natureza
XVIII Encontro REALP- Rede de Estudos Ambientais em países de língua Portuguesa, Uni. Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Moçambique | 14-17 November 2016
+info | abstract (Pt)


Final seminar
AdaptForChange project will present its results to the community. Everyone is invited (Pt)

Cine Teatro Marques Duque, Mértola | 13 December 2016

convite | programa

Noite Europeia dos Investigadores
eChanges participated with a board game challenging the participants to manage a landscape in a sustainable way
Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisboa | 30 September 2016 +info (Pt)

Best posters awards
For the works of Melanie Batista "AdaptForChange: Evaluating the success of reforestations with native species performed during last 50 years along a desertification gradient in Alentejo" and Ana Lemos "Evaluating ecosystem services trade-offs due to land use changes: transition to an irrigated agriculture landscape"

Working at LTER Whim bog
Melanie Koel was in Scotland, working with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for assessing plant community in a gradient of nitrogen dry deposition
Whim bog, Scotland, UK | 18 July to 5 August 2016

Noite Europeia dos Investigadores
A board game on how to manage a landscape in a sustainable way
Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisboa | 30 September 2016
programa (Pt) | +info (Pt)

iLTER Open Science Meeting
Pedro Pinho received an iLTER grant to present his work at the meeting

Kruger National Park, South Africa | 9-13 October 2016


Paper press-release
Grazing or not grazing: implications for ecosystem services provided by biocrusts in Mediterranean cork-oak woodlands, Laura Concostrina
+info (Pt)

XVIII Encontro da Rede de Estudos Ambientais em Países de Língua Portuguesa
Moçambique, Maputo Universidade Eduardo Mondlane | 14-17 November 2016

World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016
We will be joining the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems congress that will be held in Évora, Portugal.
Évora, Portugal | 27-30 September 2016

Island Biology 2016
Helena Serrano is moderating the “Ecology” session and presenting a talk on “Geochemical Islands: Promised land or unintended refuge?”
Açores, Angra do Heroísmo | 18-22 July 2016

Lichens as a tool for the interpretation of environmental changes and management
CE3C Advanced Course
FCUL, Lisboa, Portugal | 11- 15 July 2016

PhD thesis defense
Development of ecological indicators of climate change based on lichen functional diversity | Paula Matos

Aveiro, Reitoria | 11 July 2016


Portuguese Science Meeting
With the presentations by Ana Luz, Paula Matos and Pedro Pinho
Lichens as indicators of climate change
Participatory GIS as a tool for UGI planning
Modelling biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban areas

Centro Congressos Lisboa | 4-6 July 2016

Science dissemination
about the role of urban green areas for human wellbeing "O papel do parque da paz na nossa qualidade de vida através do testemunho dos líquenes". In partnership with SPECO
Almada, Parque da Paz | 4 July 2016
International training course
Long-term trends in nitrogen cycles in ecosystems – Field monitoring and global comparisons
organization: ILTER | Hokkaido University and Uryu Experimental Forest, Japan | 16-24 June 2016
registration (by January 30th, 2016)
video - 2nd circular - contact


Adapting forest to climate-change: the implications of microclimate in drylands by Adriana Silva

Lisboa, IMM | 7 June 2016


Public debate on Sustainable Development Objectives
Terra nos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável | Colégio F3: Food, Farm and Forestry
Lisboa, IGOT | May 2016

TV documentary about legumes in a world under climate change
With the participation of Alice Nunes and Melanie Batista presenting some results of the project AdaptforChange
RTP2, Biosfera | 21 May 2016

Opinion text

by Maria Amélia Martins Loução about the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, with a link to invasive species, published in journal Público (Pt)


eChanges presentation to FCUL
Adriana Silva presents the Echanges group to FCUL students within the NEBULIS open days
10 May 2016 | FCUL


Restoration of Arid Lands and Combat of Desertification: From Science to Practice, COST Action ES1104 final conference
Greenwich, London | 30-31 April 2016
videos: Melanie Köbel, Alice Nunes/ Teresa Mexia and Adriana Príncipe.

Climate Change and Human Health
Science dissemination in the Portuguese National Assembley with the participation of Cristina Branquinho
Assembleia da República, Lisboa | 6 April 2016
+info & videos (Pt)


Climate Change and Biodiversity Life streaming to secondary shools about the effectys of climate on biodiversity by Pedro Pinho within the project ClimaEduMedia
Esc. Carolina Michaelis, Porto | 6 April 2016
+info (Pt)


Restoration of Arid Lands and Combat of Desertification:
From Science to Practice
Adriana Silva, Alice Nunes, Cristina Branquinho and Melanie Batista will join the COST Action ES1104 Final Conference
University of Greenwich, London, UK | 30-31 March 2016

+info | program


PhD in Environmental and Management Policies
At the Universidade de Cabo Verde, with the participation of Cristina Branquinho
Cabo Verde, Cidade da Praia | 29 March 2016


Workshop on ecosystem restoration
"Restoring ecosystem functioning: nature-based innovative solution - biological soil crusts"

programa | convite | +info (Pt)



Forces in flowers: a case study of Montiaceae (Caryophyllales) | Patrícia dos Santos
Vigo, Spain | 4-5 February 2016


2nd eChanges Annual Meeting

"Quest for ores: our natural resources"

Last January 15th we visited the São Domingos Mines, located in Alentejo, Portugal.

There we visited the old mining complex and enjoyed a nice lunch.

See some pictures here (3Mb).

European Geosciences UnionGeneral Assembly 2016
Session Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded lands in arid, semi-arid and mediterranean environments | Vienna, Austria | 17–22 April 2016

Biological soil crusts in the Negev – small, yet hugely important for the ecosystem
Vincent Felde (Kassel University, Germany) | FCUL 6.2.51| 17 Dec 2015 | 12:00-13:00

We are now taking a short break for Christmas and New Year, and celebrated with a group Christmas lunch.  

TRANSBASIN: Ecosystem Services in Semiarid Transboundary Basins
Final Workshop

FCUL, Lisboa | 21-22 Dec 2015


Joana Vieira master defense
Ecosystem Services in urban areas: evaluating the role of green spaces to improve air quality using ecological indicators
FCUL, 2.2.21 | 9 December 2015 13:00

Ecology of a rare and endemic Plantago species
Helena Serrano | FCUL 6.2.51| 17 Dec 2015 | 12:00-13:00

Workshop on Ecosystem Assessment and Ecosystem Services in Portugal
Clube Naval de Cascais | 11 December 2015

Award by research on urban ecology
Lichens as ecological indicators in urban areas: beyond the effects of pollutants. 2.º Prémio de Investigação Cidade de Almada
+info (Pt)

symposium "The soil within the Portuguese scientific research"
Talk (Pt): Respostas e efeitos das crostas biológicas do solo na funcionalidade dos ecossistemas semi-áridos: o caso de estudo de Portugal | Laura Concostrina | ISA Lisboa | 27 Nov 2015
+info program

Urban climate (Pt)
How can a better knowledge of urban climate help human beings to face upcoming environmental challenges
"Os líquenes como indicadores das actividades humanas no ambiente urbano" | IGOT Lisboa | 25 Nov 215
program +info

Ecology of a rare and endemic Plantago species

Helena Serrano PhD thesis defense

6.2.56 FCUL, Lisboa | 12 November 2015

Environmental impact of early discoveries
Congresso Anual APH "1415 : de Ceuta para o mundo" | Cristina Braquinho | FLUL, Lisboa | 23-25 October 2015

Landlab: Green roofs for sustainability in urban areas GreenFest 2015 | Cristina Branquinho | October 9 2015 | 12:15 - 12h25


How to apply lichen function diversity for tracking global change - poster


Field guide for using epiphitic lichens as indicators of air quality: a tool for the general public (portuguese)
XVII meeting of network for environmental studies in Portuguese speaking countries
XVII Encontro da Rede de Estudos Ambientais dos Países de Língua Portuguesa | Cristina Branquinho | U. Cabo Verde | 9-12 Set 2015
download +info

Functional traits: the interface between the formation of biodiversity and biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning
Francesco de Bello, Uni. Sth. Boemia, Czech Republic | FCUL 6.2.51| 21 Set 2015 | 12:00-13:00


DesertNet International Newsletter: news about paper "Seasonal patterns of Mediterranean evergreen woodlands"
download +info

Noite Europeia dos Investigadores "Biodiversidade pela sua saúde e bem-estar"
Quinta das Conchas, Lisboa, Portugal | 19 September 2015 | 10h00 – 13h00
Participation at the International Workshop "Advances in Plant Biology and Biotechnology"
Valencia, Spain | 28-29 September 2015
poster +info
Participation at the International Workshop "SER's 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration"
Manchester, UK | 23-27 August 2015
Participation at the International congress "4th Iberian ecological congress"
Coimbra, Portugal | 16-19 June 2015
download presentation +info
Participation at the International Workshop "Biodiversidade e Serviços dos Ecossistemas: do semiárido aos trópicos"
FCUL, Lisboa | 8 June 2015

Participation at the International Congress "Global Challenges of Air Pollution and Climate Change to Forests"
Nice, France | 1-5 June 2015

AdaptForChange 2nd workshop "Ecosystem services in semiarid transboundary basins"
FCUL, Lisboa | June 24 2015
AdaptForChange 1st workshop
FCUL, Lisboa | April 10 2015
eChange first workshop
Almada | 10 April 2015
eChanges- Ecology of Environmental Change is a cE3c research group