Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Plant Diversity and Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Soraia Martins

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are ecology, evolution, biogeography and conservation of bryophytes from Macaronesia.


Academic Qualifications

- 2007 - M.Sc. in Olive tree culture, Olive oil and Table Olive (Superior Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon)

- 2005 - Post-Graduation studies in Olive tree culture, Olive oil and Table Olive (Superior Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon)

- 2003 - 5-year degree in Agronomical Engineering (Fitotecny – Plant Improvement)(Superior Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon

Recent Publications

Talhinhas P., Mota-Capitão C., Martins S., Ramos P., Neves Martins J., Guerra-Guimarães L., Várzea V., Silva M.C., Sreenivasaprasad S. & Oliveira. 2011 Epidemiology, histopathology and aetiology of olive anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum acutatum and C. gloeosporioides. Plant Pathology 60(3):483–495.

Sim-Sim M., Bergamini A., Luís L., Fontinha S., Martins S., Lobo C., Figueiredo A. C., Barroso J. G., Pedro L. G. & 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.

Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Esquível M.G., Luís L., Fontinha S., Lobo C., Garcia C., Martins S., Vieira C., Barroso J., Pedro L.G. & Figueiredo A.C.S. 2010.  Molecular, phytochemical and morphological characterization 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.


Ongoing Projects

  • 2009 PhD thesis: Origin and adaptive radiation of endemic Macaronesian mosses: A molecular phylogenetic and biogeographic approach on Echinodium (Echinodiaceae) and Andoa (Hypnaceae).


Other Information

Student Member of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and of Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitoquímica e Fitoterapia (SPFito).

Award Syngenta - Innovation in Agriculture - edition Olivicultura, 2008 - member of the research team awarded. Title of the work: "A better understanding of olive anthracnose for a better protection of olive: who are the pathogens (aetiology), where do they overwinter (epidemiology) and how do they infect olive fruits (histopathology)?"