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Environmental Stress and Functional Ecology

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Sofia Augusto

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are monitoring atmospheric, soil, and aquatic pollution by toxic organic compounds (such as dioxins, furans, PAHs, etc.), metals, radionuclides, etc., and evaluation of pollutants impact on ecosystems and on human health.


Academic Qualifications

2012 – PhD in Biology, expertise Ecology (University of Lisbon)

2007 – Graduation in Food Technology and Safety (Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon)
2001 – Graduation in Applied Plant Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Augusto S., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2013. Guidelines for biomonitoring persistent organic pollutants (POPs), using lichens and aquatic mosses – a review. Environmental Pollution 180:330-338.

Augusto S., Pereira M.J., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2013. A step towards the use of biomonitors as estimators of atmospheric PAHs for regulatory purposes. Chemosphere 95:626-632.

Augusto S., Pereira M.J., Máguas C., Soares A. & Branquinho C. 2012. Assessing human exposure to PAHs in a petrochemical region based on data from environmental biomonitor. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 75:819–830.

Augusto S., Gonzalez C., Vieira R., Máguas C., & Branquinho C. 2011. Evaluating Sources of PAHs in Urban Streams Based on Land Use and Biomonitors. Environmental Science & Technology 45(8):3731–3738.

Ribeiro M.C., Pereira M.J., Soares A., Branquinho C., Augusto S., et al. 2010. A study protocol to evaluate the relationship between outdoor air pollution and pregnancy outcomes. BMC Public Health 10:613.

Augusto S., Máguas C., Matos J., Pereira M.J. & Branquinho C. 2010. Lichens as an integrating tool for monitoring PAH atmospheric deposition: a comparison with soil, air and vegetation. Environmental Pollution 158(2):483-489.

Augusto S., Máguas C., Matos J., Pereira M.J., Soares A. & Branquinho C. 2009. Spatial Modeling of PAHs in Lichens for Fingerprinting of Multisource Atmospheric Pollution. Environmental Science & Technology 43 (20):7762-7769.

Augusto S., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2009. Understanding the performance of different lichen species as biomonitors of atmospheric dioxins and furans: potential for intercalibration. Ecotoxicology 18 (8):2036-1042.

Augusto S., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2008. PCDD/Fs in biomonitors: comparison between two lichen species. Organohalogen Compounds 70:2196-2199.

Branquinho C., Gaio-Oliveira G., Augusto S., Pinho P., Maguas C. & Correia O. 2008. Biomonitoring spatial and temporal impact of atmospheric dust from a cement industry. Environmental Pollution 151:292-299.

Augusto S., Pereira M.P., Soares A. & Branquinho C. 2008. Contribuição da biomonitorização ambiental com líquenes para a avaliação da exposição humana às dioxinas. Sociedade Iberoamericana de Informacíon Científica. Revista Salud(i)Ciencia 16(2):204-206.

Pinho P., Augusto S., Martins-Loução M.A., João-Pereira M., Soares A., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2008. Causes for change in nitrophytic and oligotrophic lichen species in Mediterranean climate: impact of land-cover and atmospheric pollutants. Environmental Pollution 154:380-389.

Pinho P., Augusto S., Máguas C., Pereira M., Soares A. & Branquinho C. 2008. Impact of neighbourhood land-cover in epiphytic lichen diversity: analysis of multiple factors working at different spatial scales. Environmental Pollution 151:414-422.

Augusto S., Branquinho C., et al. 2007. Interpreting the dioxin and furan profiles in the lichen Ramalina canariensis Steiner for monitoring air pollution. Science of the Total Environment 377:114-123.

Augusto S., Pereira M.P., Soares A. & Branquinho C. 2007. The contribution of environmental biomonitoring with lichens to assess human exposure to dioxins. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 210:433-438.

Ongoing Projects

  • 2008-2013: Evaluation of atmospheric deposition of heavy metals and PCDD/Fs in the surroundings of a cement mill with co-incineration of hazards industrial wastes using biomonitors (private funding - financed by the cement industry).


Other Information

-Review for Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Atmospheric Environment, Ecological Indicators.