Welcome to CBA

The CBA is a research centre housed at Faculdade de Ciências, with an extension at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, both part of the Universidade de Lisboa. CBA develops activities of research and technology transfer in the areas of Biodiversity, Environmental Biology and Evolutionary Biology. Read more



From January 2015 onwards the Centre of Environmental Biology (CBA), a R&D unit based at the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University (FCUL) since 1994, will change name to Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (Ce3C). This new designation accompanies an internal restructuring which resulted from the integration of two new research groups originating from other R&D units: the "Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Modeling (CCIAM) Group" (previously part of the Laboratory of Systems, Instrumentation and Modeling for Environment and Space Sciences and Technologies at FCUL), and the "Azorean Biodiversity Group (ABG)" (previously integrated at the "Centro de Investigação e Tecnologias Agrárias", Azores University). Ce3C’s main objective is to perform research that addresses societal challenges in ecology, evolution and the environment—the three Es in the new Centre’s name.

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In the frame of the 2nd stage of the evaluation process of national R&D units, last September 26th, took place the site visit to our new centre - CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES (CE3C). The evaluation panel was composed by Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza, Mark Johnson and Francesco Loreto, and had the support of FCT staff Margarida Marcelino.

Public session for presentation of results - Project Biodiversity on oceanic islands: towards a unified theory with Paulo Borges (U. Azores), Luís Borda-de-Água (U. Lisboa), François RIgal (U. Azores) and Robert Whittaker (U. Oxford) - FCUL, 7th November. Find more information here.

The workshop “Insects’s Biodiversity and Conservation” for training ICNF – Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas staff will be held from 21 to 23 October at CISE - Centro de Interpretação da Serra da Estrela in Seia. The CE3C researchers responsible for the initiative are Mário Boieiro, Carla Rego and Patrícia Garcia-Pereira, counting also with the participation of Helena Ceia (ICNF) and José Conde (CISE).

A new edition of the Course "Identificação de peixes dos ecossistemas fluviais de Portugal" (organized by MUHNAC, CE3C e MARE) will be held in Lisbon at de MUHNAC from 24-28 November 2014. Find more information here and here.

CBA/CE3C is organizing a new set of Advanced Courses to be held mostly in 2015! These Courses are of high interest in the formation of students enrolling in the first year of the Doctoral Programmes in Biology (UL), Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (UL and UP) and Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (UL and UA), for whom they are free. The Courses can also be attended by post-graduate students of other Doctoral Programmes or master students in Biology and related areas, and others with basic adequate formation. Read more here.

The executive committee is organizing two CBA Seminars, I (1st semester) and II (2nd semester) that will take place during 2014/2015. Deadline for application in Seminar I: 8 October 2014. Find more information here.

“XV Simpósio Luso-Espanhol de Nutrição Mineral das Plantas” - NutriPLANTA 2014 (http://www.congressos.abreu.pt/Nutriplanta2014/) will take place in Lisbon, at Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (Campo Grande), Portugal, from the 6th to the 8th December, 2014.

National Agreement for the Conservation of Iberian Lynx open to society - CBA, as member of the executive committee of the “Action Plan for the Conservation of Iberian Lynx”, was one of the twelve institutions that subscribed the new agreement approved at 1st of July in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy. For the first time, besides institutions, citizens are also invited to subscribe the new national agreement: more information and how to subscribe here.

The researcher Catarina Mateus was recently awarded with an honorable mention under the Eighth Award for Research in Limnology of the Iberian Association of Limnology. This award distinguished Spanish and Portuguese authors who completed their PhD theses in the field of Limnology during 2012 and 2013. The PhD thesis of Catarina Mateus, entitled "Genetic and morphological diversity of the genus Lampetra (Petromyzontidae) in Europe", was developed in collaboration between the Centro de Oceanografia (FCUL) and the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência/ Centro de Biologia Ambiental (MUHNAC/CBA-FCUL), under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Raposo de Almeida and Dr. Maria Judite Alves. The PhD degree was obtained at the University of Évora in December 2013.

Gabriel Martins, CBA collaborator, won first prize of Nikon Small World in Motion. This 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo – comprised of more than 1,000 separate images – shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen. The winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation.

The recent study entitled "Laboratory selection quickly erases historical differentiation" conducted by CBA members Inês Fragata, Pedro Simões and Prof. Margarida Matos was published in PLOS ONE. More details can be found here (PR) and in the news here.

A study was published in Nature in April that contrasted bat biodiversity with predictions by two different biogeographic theories. The study, which was conducted by an international group of researchers, including Christoph F. J. Meyer of the CBA, concluded that a theory of countryside biogeography is essential to develop efficient conservation strategies in agricultural ecosystems. The latter already represent roughly half of the global land surface and this area is expected to increase further. More details here (PR) and in the news here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

The genetic basis of Drosophila cross-resistance to viruses was elucidated by an international team of researchers that includes Sara Magalhães, a researcher from CBA. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April. More details here (PR) and here.

A newly published study appeared in the online journal PLoS ONE, on the clymene dolphin, a small and sleek marine mammal living in the Atlantic Ocean, which showed that this species arose through natural hybridization between two closely related dolphins species, a process that is common for plants, fishes, and birds, but quite rare in mammals, according to authors from the American Museum of Natural History’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, the University of Lisbon, the Wildlife Conservation Society and other contributing groups. See more here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The project for the renewal of the Lisbon Botanic Garden, with a budget of 500 thousand euros, was the great winner of the City Participatory Budget, with 7553 votes from a total of 35.922 thousand votes. It was an outstanding victory which shows the growing concerns of the citizens on green and public spaces.

Lisbon Botanic Garden wants to recover the pathways, the  water circulation systems, to create a Mediterranean garden, to create recreation areas for the public, grass areas for public use and the reopening of the lower gate connecting it to the Liberty Avenue, in Lisbon downtown.

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