Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, Academics

CBA research group(s):

Environmental Stress
and Functional Ecology

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Otília Correia

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are: i) Plant physiological ecology of Mediterranean and sand dune species and plant functional traits that allow plant persistence in stressful habitats; ii) Regeneration Ecology and Vegetation Dynamics in Mediterranean ecosystems; iii) Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded areas. My particularly focus is understanding the impacts of abiotic and biotic drivers in ecosystems structure and functioning, mainly the effects of fire, water stress and invasive species and on understanding the role that restoration might play in reducing human impacts on biotic communities and developing techniques to increase and accelerate successional processes to restored sites.


Academic Qualifications

- 2006 - Application in Biology - Ecology and Biosystematics (University of Lisbon)
- 1988 - PhD in Biology - Ecology and Systematic (University of Lisbon)
- 1976 - 5-year college graduation in Biology (University of Lisbon)


Recent Publications

Badalamenti E., Gristina L., La Mantia T., Novara A., Pasta S., Lauteri M., Fernandes P., Correia O. & Máguas C. 2014. Relationship between recruitment and mother plant vitality in the alien species Acacia cyclops A. Cunn. ex G. Don. Forest Ecology and Management 331:237-244.

Nunes A., Oliveira G., Cabral M.S., Branquinho C. & Correia O. 2014. Beneficial effect of pine thinning in mixed plantations through changes in the understory functional composition. Ecological Engineering 70:387-396.

Porto M., Correia O. & Beja P. 2014. Optimization of Landscape Services under Uncoordinated Management by Multiple Landowners. Plos One 9(1):e86001.

Príncipe A.S., Nunes A., Pinho P., Rosário L., Correia O. & Branquinho C. 2014. Modeling the long-term natural regeneration potential of woodlands in semi-arid regions to guide restoration efforts. European Journal of Forest Research 133(4):757-767.

Álvarez-Cansino L., Díaz-Barradas M.C., Zunzunegui M., Correia O. & Esquivias M.P. 2013. Effects of temperature and rainfall variation on population structure and sexual dimorphism across the geographical range of a dioecious species. Population Ecology 55(1):135-146.

Oliveira G., Clemente A., Nunes A. & Correia O. 2013. Limitations to recruitment of native species in hydroseeding mixtures. Ecological Engineering 57:18-26.

Porto M., Correia O. & Beja P. 2013. Modelling fuel succession in Mediterranean cork oak forests along a 70-year chronosequence. Forest Ecology and Management 302:221-230.

Antunes C., Correia O., Marques da Silva J., Cruces A., Freitas C. & Branquinho C. 2012. Factors involved in spatiotemporal dynamics of submerged macrophytes in a Portuguese coastal lagoon under Mediterranean climate. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 110:93-100.

Oliveira G., Nunes A., Clemente A. & Correia O. 2012. Testing Germination of Species for Hydroseeding Degraded Mediterranean Areas. Restoration Ecology 20:623–630.

Hellmann C., Sutter R., Rascher K., Máguas C., Correia O. & Werner C. 2011. Impact of an exotic N2-fixing Acacia on composition and N status of a native Mediterranean community. Acta Oecologica 37(1):43-50 .

Máguas C., Rascher K.G., Martins-Loução M.A., Carvalho P., Pinho P., Ramos M., Correia O. & Werner C. 2011. Responses of woody species to spatial and temporal ground water changes in coastal sand dune systems. Biogeosciences 8:3823-3832.

Meira J., Clemente A., Oliveira O., Nunes A. & Correia O. 2011. Post-fire and post-quarry rehabilitation succession in mediterranean ecosystems: implications for ecological restoration. Ecological Engineering 37(8):1132-1139.

Oliveira G., Nunes A., Clemente A. & Correia O. 2011. Effect of substrate treatments on survival and growth of Mediterranean shrubs in a revegetated quarry: An eight-year study. Ecological Engineering 37(2):255-259.

Porto M., Correia O. & Beja P. 2011. Long-term consequences of mechanical fuel management for the conservation of Mediterranean forest herb communities. Biodiversity and Conservation 20(12):2669-2691.

Branquinho C., Gaio-Oliveira G., Augusto S., Pinho P., Máguas C. & Correia O. 2008. Biomonitoring spatial and temporal impact of atmospheric dust from a cement industry. Environmental Pollution 151(2):292-299.

Clemente A., Rego F. & Correia O. 2007. Seed bank dynamics of two obligate seeders, Cistus monspeliensis and Rosmarinus officinalis, in relation to time since fire. Plant Ecology 190:175-188.

Clemente A.S., Rego F.C. & Correia O. 2005. Growth, water relations and photosynthesis of seedlings and resprouts after fire. Acta Oecologica 27:233-243.

Clemente A.S., Werner C., Máguas C., Cabral M.S., Martins-Loução M.A. & Correia O. 2004. Restoration of a limestone quarry: effect of soil amendments on the establishment of native Mediterranean sclerophyllous shrubs. Restoration Ecology 12:20-28.

Oliveira G., Martins-Loução M.A. & Correia O. 2002. The relative importance of cork harvesting and climate for stem radial growth of Quercus suber L. Annals of Forest Science 59:439-443.

Werner C., Correia O. & Beyschlag W. 2002. Characteristic patterns of chronic and dynamic photoinhibition of different functional groups in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Funcitonal Plant Biology 29:999-1011.

Werner C., Correia O., Ryel J.R. & Beyschlag W. 2001. Effects of photoinhibition on whole-plant carbon gain assessed with a photosynthesis model. Plant Cell Environment 24:27-40.

Werner C., Ryel R.J., Correia O. & Beyschlag W. 2001. Structural and functional variability within the canopy and its relevance for carbon gain and stress avoidance. Acta Oecologica 22:129-138.


Ongoing Projects

  • Modeling ecosystem structure and functional diversity as early- warning indicators of desertification and land - degradation - from regional to local level (PTDC/AAC-CLI/104913/2008).
  • Developing an adaptive management system for predicting and mitigating damage caused the pine wilt nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) in Portugal (PTDC/AGR-CFL/098869/2008).
  • WUSSIAAME – Water use survival strategies and impact of agrochemicals on water resources in agricultural Mediterranean ecosystems (PTDC/AAC-AMB/100635/2008).
  • Long-term socio-ecological research and monitoring in a Mediterranean cultural landscape (LTER Montado). (LTER/BIA-BEC/0048/2009).
  • Ecological management of revegetated areas. A case study in mediterranena calcareous quarries. Scientific Assessory to SECIL (Ciment Factory). 2002-2011.
  • Plant and vegetation characterization of Almada municipality. Scientific Assessory to Municipality of Almada.


Other Information

Review for Acta Oecologica; Arid Land Research and Management; Ecological Engineering and Ecological Research; Environmental and Experimental Botany; Land Degradation & Development; New Zealand Journal of Botany; Plant Ecology;  Restoration Ecology; Revista de Biologia; Tree Physiology and Annals of Botany.