Main Research Interests
I am graduated in Biology, MSc in Geographical Information Systems and PhD on Biology- Ecology. I have worked in lichen biodiversity, ecology and ecophysiology focusing in the response of lichens to environmental changes, with both natural and human origin, and used lichens as biomonitors of environmental changes in several scenarios of global change. I am also interested in considering the spatial characteristics of ecological data, namely the distribution pattern of biological and environmental variables and the influence of the landscape on the biological patterns.
- 2010 PhD in Biology, Ecology (University of Lisbon)
- 2005 MSc in Geographic Information Systems (Technical University of Lisbon)
- 2000 -5 year college graduation in Plant Biology (University of Lisbon)
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.
Munzi S., Cruz C., Branquinho C., Pinho P., Leith I.D. & Sheppard L.J. 2014. Can ammonia tolerance amongst lichen functional groups be explained by physiological responses? Environmental Pollution 187:206-209.
Pinho P., Llop E., Ribeiro M.C., Cruz C., Soares A., Pereira M.J., Branquinho C. 2014. Tools for determining critical levels of atmospheric ammonia under the influence of multiple disturbances. Environmental Pollution 188:88-93.
Ribeiro M.C., Pinho P., Llop E., Branquinho C., Soares A. & Pereira M.J. 2014. Associations between outdoor air quality and birth weight: a geostatistical sequential simulation approach in Coastal Alentejo, Portugal. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 28(3):527-540.
Ribeiro M.C., Pinho P., Llop E., Branquinho C., Sousa A.J. & Pereira M.J. 2013. Multivariate geostatistical methods for analysis of biodiversity and environmental factors at multiple spatial scales. Ecological Indicators 29:339-347.
Llop E., Pinho P., Matos P., Pereira M.J. & Branquinho C. 2012. The se of lichen functional groups as indicators of air quality in a Mediterranean urban environment. Ecological Indicators 13:215-221.
Pinho P., Bergamini A., Carvalho P., Branquinho C., Stofer S., Scheidegger C. & Máguas C. 2012. Lichen functional groups as ecological indicators of the effects of land-use in Mediterranean ecosystems. Ecological Indicators 15:36-42.
Pinho P., Theobald M.R., Dias T., Tang Y.S., Cruz C., Martins-Loução M.A., Máguas C., Sutton M. & Branquinho C. 2012. Critical loads of nitrogen deposition and critical levels of atmospheric ammonia for Mediterranean evergreen woodlands. Biogeosciences 9:1205-1215.
Pinho P., Dias T., Cruz C., Tang Y.S., Sutton M., Martins-Loução M.A., Máguas C & Branquinho C. 2011. Using lichen functional-diversity to assess the effects of atmospheric ammonia in Mediterranean woodlands. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:1107–1116.
Pinho P., Máguas C., Cruz C., Martins-Loução M.A. & Branquinho C. 2011. Selecting critical areas for monitoring the impact of ammonia on biodiversity. In Hicks WK, Whitfield CP, Bealey WJ, Sutton MA (eds.) Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000- Science & practice in determining environmental impacts (Book of Proceedings of the COST729 Mid-term workshop), pp. 165-171.
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.
Martins-Loução M.A., Cruz C., Pinho P., Dias T. & Branquinho C. 2011. Nitrogen deposition and Natura 2000 sites in Portugal. In Hicks WK, Whitfield CP, Bealey WJ, Sutton MA (eds.) Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000- Science & practice in determining environmental impacts (Book of Proceedings of the COST729 Mid-term workshop), pp. 260-267.
Branquinho C., Pinho P., Dias T., Cruz C., Martins-Loução M.A. 2010. Lichen transplants at our service for atmospheric NH3 deposition assessments. In Bibliotheca Lichenologica Nash III T, Geiser L, McCune B, Triebel D, Tomescu AM, Sanders W (eds.) Biology of Lichens - Symbiosis, Ecology, Environmental Monitoring, Systematics and Cyber Applications 105:103-112.
Cruz C., Dias T., Pinho P., Branquinho C., Máguas C., Pinto M.J. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2010. Policies for plant diversity conservation on a global scale: a Nitrogen driver analysis. Kew Bulletin 65:525–528.
Pinho P., Máguas C. & Branquinho C. 2010. Modeling ecology of lichens communities based on photobiont type in relation to potential solar radiation and neighborhood land-use. In Bibliotheca Lichenologica Nash III T, Geiser L, McCune B, Triebel D, Tomescu AM, Sanders W (eds.) Biology of Lichens - Symbiosis, Ecology, Environmental Monitoring, Systematics and Cyber Applications 105:149-160.
Pinho P., Branquinho C., Cruz C., Tang S., Dias T., Rosa, A.P., Máguas C., Martins-Loução M.A., Sutton M. 2009. Assessment of critical levels of atmospherically ammonia for lichen diversity in cork-oak woodland, Portugal. Chapter: Critical Loads. In Atmospheric Ammonia - Detecting emission changes and environmental impacts - Results of an Expert Workshop under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. Sutton M., Reis S. and Baker S. (Eds), Springer, 464p.
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.
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: 292-299.
Stofer S., Bergamini A., Aragon G., Carvalho P., Coppins B.J., Davey S., Dietrich M., Farkas E., Karkkainen K., Keller C., Lokos L., Lommi S., Maguas C., Mitchell R., Pinho P., Rico V.J., Truscott A.M., Wolseley P.A., Watt A., Scheidegger C. 2006. Species richness of lichen functional groups in relation to land use intensity. Lichenologist. 38:331-353.
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).
GISA: Integrated Management of Health and Environment of the Alentejo Litoral (private funding).
Evaluation of the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals and of PCDD/Fs in the surroundings of a cement mill with co-incineration of hazards industrial wastes using biomonitors (private funding).
Spheres of Ecosystem Response to Nitrogen (SERN): A case study in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem in southern Portugal (PTDC/BIA-BEC/099323/2008).
Pursuing Green Coffe Geographic Origin Discrimination Through Relations Between Isotopes and Environmental Factors- IsoGeoCoffee (PTDC/AGR-AAM/104357/2008).
Evaluation of environmental quality in the vicinity of a copper mine (private funding).
Ongoing Projects (as team member)