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CBA research group(s):

Plant Diversity and Conservation

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Leena Luís

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are in Ecology of riparian bryophytes and its use as indicators of environmental conditions, namely water quality and conservation status of riparian ecosystems. I am also interested in Taxonomy, diversity and conservation of bryophytes (Plantae) in Portugal mainland and Macaronesia.

Presently working on paleobotany in coastal paleoenvironments, towards a model to predict impacts of future climatic changes.


Academic Qualifications

- 2010 PhD in Biology - Ecology (University of Lisbon)

- 2002 5-year college graduation in Applied Plant Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Luís L., Hughes S. & Sim-Sim M. 2013. Bryofloristic evaluation of the ecological status of Madeiran streams: towards the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Macaronesia. Nova Hedwigia 96(1-2):181-204.

Ros R.M., Mazimpaka V., Abou-Salama U., Aleffi M., Blockeel T.L., Brugués M., Cros R.M., Dia M.G., Dirkse G.M., Draper I., El Saadawi W., Erdag A., Ganeva A., Gabriel R., González-Mancebo J.M., Granger C., Herrnstadt I., Hugonnot V., Khalil K., Kürschner H., Losada-Lima A., Luís L., Mifsud S., Privitera M., Refai M.S., Sabovljevic M., Sérgio C., Shabbara H., Sim-Sim M., Sotiaux A., Tacchi R., Vanderpoorten A. & Werner O. 2013. Mosses of the Mediterranean, an annotated checklist. Cryptogamie Bryologie 34(2):99-283.

Ellis L.T., Asthana A.K., Vinay S., Bansal P., Nath V., Erzberger P., Hallingbäck T., Infante M., Lazarević P., Luís L., Medina R., Ochyra R., Pande N., Papp B., Plášek V., Sabovljević M., Sawicki J., Sim-Sim M., Stebel A., Suárez G M., van Rooy J. & Phephu N. 2011. New national and regional bryophyte records, 27. Journal of Bryology 33:158-162.

Lobo C., Sim-Sim M., Luís L. & Stech M. 2011. Chorological data and threat status evaluation of Fissidens species (Fissidentaceae, Bryophyta) on Madeira Archipelago. Nova Hedwigia 92(1-2): 121-131.

Sim-Sim M., Bergamini A., Luís L., Fontinha S., Martins S., Lobo C. & Stech M. 2011. Epiphytic bryophyte diversity on Madeira Island: Effects of tree species on bryophyte species richness and composition. The Bryologist 114(1):142-154.

Luís L., Bergamini A., Figueira R. & Sim-Sim M. 2010. Riparian bryophyte communities in Madeira Island: Patterns and determinants of species richness and composition. Journal of Bryology 32:32-45.

Luís L., Sim-Sim M. & Fontinha S. 2010. Tortula pallida (Lindb.) R.H.Zander. In: Ellis LT. et al. New national and regional bryophyte records, 24. Journal of Bryology 32:235.

Sérgio C., Sim-Sim M. &  Luís L. 2010. Atrichum androgynum (Müll.Hal.) A.Jaeger in Portugal, Azores and Madeira, new to the European bryoflora. Cryptogamie Bryologie et Lichénologie 31(3):281-288.

Sim-Sim M., Fontinha S., Luís L., Martins S., Lobo C., Stech M. & Frey  W. 2010. The Selvagens Islands bryoflora and its relation with other islands of the Madeira and Canary Islands Archipelagos. Nova Hedwigia 138:185-197.

Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Esquivel M.G., Luís L., Fontinha S., Lobo C., Garcia C., Martins S., Vieira C., Barroso J.G., Pedro L.G & Figueiredo A.C. 2010. Molecular, phytochemical, and morphological characterisation of the liverwort genus Radula in Portugal (mainland, Madeira, Azores). Systematics and Biodiversity  8:257–268.

Figueiredo A.C., Sim-Sim M., Barroso J., Pedro L., Esquível M.G., Fontinha S., Luís L., Martins S. & Stech M. 2009. Liverwort Radula species from Portugal: chemotaxonomical evaluation of volatiles composition. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 24:316-325.

Sim-Sim M., Luís L. & Stech M. 2009. Hygroamblystegium fluviatile. In: Blockeel T. et al. New national and regional bryophyte records. Journal of Bryology 31(2):135.

Kürschner H., Frey W., Lobo S., Luís L., Fontinha S. & Sim-Sim M. 2008. New data on bryophytes from the Ilhas Desertas (Madeira Archipelago). Nova Hedwigia 87(3-4):529-543.

Luís L., Sim-Sim M., Fontinha S. & Holyoak D. 2008. New data on riparian bryophytes of Madeira. Cryptogamie Bryologie 29(4):393-396.

Sim-Sim M., Luís L., Garcia C., Fontinha S., Lobo C., Martins S. & Stech M. 2008. New data on the status of threatened bryophytes of Madeira. Journal of Bryology 30:226-228.


Ongoing Projects

  • BrioAtlas - Atlas of the threatened bryophytes of Portugal (EDP foundation).


Other Information

  • Professor in Instituto Piaget, campus Universitário de Santo André.

  • Reviewer for Aquatic Botany e Folia Geobotanica.