Research Center
for Natural Resources,
Envioronment and Society

Maria Margarida Chagas Ataíde Ribeiro

Maria Margarida Chagas Ataíde Ribeiro
I completed my PhD in Forest Genetics from the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå (Sweden) in 2001, with the thesis Genetics of Pinus pinaster Aiton with Cytoplasmic and Nuclear Markers. I am a full-time Professor in the Escola Superior Agrária - Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco.
In the past years I have developed several research projects and published papers that studied the Mediterranean species’ biodiversity and the impact of global change in its distribution. Those studies will provide relevant information for sustainable forest ecosystems management and, also, for conservation program design.
My main research fields are population genetics, and the general application of molecular markers to the study of plants’ dynamics, such as gene flow, relatedness, fingerprinting, natural resources conservation and neutral vs. adaptive genetic variation. Recently, I am interested in the field of macroecology, in particular, liking genetic diversity with ecology, using ecological niche modelling approach in global warming scenarios.
I am also de leader of the Macroecology group, which includes several senior and junior scientists:
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