Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology



CBA research group(s):

Biotic - Abiotic Interactions

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Ala Schvaleva

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are: Ecology; Effects of climate change on greenhouse gases emissions; Metabolic response and plant adaptation to stress; Molecular mechanisms of water exchange in plants.


Academic Qualifications

- 2002 - Diploma of Doctor of Science (Scientific Degree of Doctor in Biology, D. Sc.), Ministry of Higher Education of Russian Federation, Higher Certificate Committee. Moscow, Russia.
- 1995 - Certificate of Associate Professor, State Committee of the Higher Education of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia.
- 1989 - Diploma of the Candidate of Science (PhD), Senior Examining Board of the Council of the Ministry, Moscow, Russia.
- 1981 - Diploma with honour (speciality “Genetics”) and Pedagogy, Kazan State University, Russia.


Recent Publications

Shvaleva A., Costa e Silva F., Costa J.M., Anderson M., Lobo-do-Vale R., Fangueiro D., Bicho C., Pereira J.S., Chaves M.M., Skiba U. & Cruz C. 2014. Comparison of methane, nitrous oxide fluxes and CO2 respiration rates from a Mediterranean cork oak ecosystem and improved pasture. Plant and Soil 374:883-898.

Correia A.C., Minunno F., Caldeira M.C., Banza J., Carneiro M., Wingate L., Shvaleva A., Ramos A., Jongen M., Bugalho M.N., Nogueira C., Lecomte X. & Pereira J.S. 2012. Soil water availability strongly modulates soil CO2 efflux in different Mediterranean ecosystems: Model calibration using the Bayesian approach. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 161:88-100.

Shvaleva A., Lobo-do-Vale R., Cruz C., Castaldi S., Rosa A.P., Chaves M.M. & Pereira J.S. 2011. Soil atmosphere greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O) exchange in evergreen oak woodland in southern Portugal. Plant Soil and Environment 57:471-477.

Shvaleva A., Coba de la Peña T., Rincon A., Morcillo C.N., Garcia V.S., Lucas M.M. & Pueyo J.J.  2010. Flavodoxin  overexpression reduces cadmium-induced damage in alfalfa  root nodules (Medicago  sativa). Plant and Soil 326:109-121.

Costa e Silva F., Shvaleva A., Broetto F., Ortuño Gallud M.F., Rodrigues A., Almeida M.H., Rodrigues M.L., Pereira J.S. & Chaves M.M. 2009. Impact of freezing temperature in Eucalyptus globulus L. clones that differ in drought resistance. Tree Physiology 29:77-86.

Shvaleva A., Costa e Silva F., Scotti P., Ramos P., Hausman J.F., Oufir M., Guignard C., Breia E., Almeida M.H., Rodrigues M.L., Pereira J.S. & Chaves M.M. 2008. Physiological and biochemical response to low non-freezing temperature of two Eucalyptus globulus clones differing in drought resistance. Annals of Forest Science 65:119-130.

Costa e Silva F., Shvaleva A., Almeida M.H., Chaves M.M. & Pereira J.S. 2007. Responses to suboptimal temperatures in two E. globulus Labill. clones with contrasting drought resistance. Functional Plant Biology 34:794-802.

Shvaleva A., Costa e Silva F., Breia E., Jouve L., Hausman J.F., Almeida M.H., Chaves M.M. & Pereira J.S. 2006. Metabolic response to water deficit in two Eucalyptus globulus L. clones with contrasting sensitivity to drought. Tree Physiology 26:239-248.

Costa e Silva F., Shvaleva A., Maroca J.P., Almeida M.H., Chaves M.M. & Pereira J.S. 2004. Responses to water deficits in two clones of Eucalyptus globulus differing in drought tolerance. Tree physiology 42:1165-1172.

Ongoing Projects

  • 2013-2010: Spheres of Ecosystem response to Nitrogen (SERN). Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal). (PTDC/BIA-BEC/099323/2008)
  • 2010-2007: The Nitrogen cycle and its influence on the European greenhouse gas balance (NitroEurope Integrated Project). 6th Framework Programme on Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (FP6-2004-Global-3).