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Luísa Nunes

Email: nunani(a#t)gmail.com

URL: http://lnnunes.com

Education in Science:

PhD in insect ecology - international studies at: ISA/ University of Lisbon and Imperial College of London, UK.

Master of Science in Forest Protection - University of Lisbon/ISA, Lisbon, Portugal.

Degree in forest ecology (5 years) – University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal.

Education in Arts:

Arts Ed of London and University of Arts of London (Documentary presentation and illustration).

Presently: (Prof.) Teaching Entomology, Zoology and Conservation at Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco/School of Agronomy, Castelo Branco, Portugal.

Areas of interest: Natural history, entomology, biodiversity and conservation, illustration, biomimicry, 3D building, creative writing and wildlife documentaries.


Nunes, L., 2019, Diário da Natureza 2019 - Viagens no Mundo Selvagem . Editora Exclamação. ISBN: 9789895420506.

Nunes, L.F., 2016, Science of Outreach: An Expedition to the Artic. VIII Conferência Portuguesa de Ciências Polares. Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, 26-28 October, Lisboa, Portugal. (Oral presentation).

Casanueva, P., Campos, F., Nunes, L., 2015, Selección de sustrato de emergencia por Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) (Odonata: Cordulegastridae) en un río del centro de la Península Ibérica. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 56: 349–350.

Nunes. L., 2015, Arctic - Diário da Natureza, Exclamação Editores, ISBN: 978-898-991163-6-4. 180 pp.

Nunes. L., 2015, Crónicas na Natureza - Parque Naturais de Portugal. MAOTE, Imprensa Nacional, Casa da Moeda. 230 pp.

Nunes, L., 2014, Amazonia - Diário da Natureza, Exclamaçao Editores, Portugal, ISBN-10: 9899916315.

Anjos, O., Gonçalves, O., Nunes, L., 2013, Hymenoptera pollinator effects on the environment. Mineralogical  77(5) 596. Cambridge Press.

Nunes, L., 2013, África - Diário da Natureza, Planeta Vivo Ed, Portugal.

Nunes, L., 2013, Africa - Nature Diary, Planeta Vivo/CIBIO Editores, Portugal, ISBN-10: 9728923627.

Nunes, L., 2013, Lince Ibérico - Diário da natureza, Planeta vivo (Ed), Portugal, ISBN-10: 9728923643.

Nunes, L. & Schooler, L., 2013, Irises and Feathers, A journey in Southeast Alaska, ePhem (Ed).

Nunes, L., & Narog, M., 2013, Resilience Biomimcry model for natural disturbance scenarios. Mineralogical 77(5) 1866. Cambridge Press.

Nunes, L., 2012, Rios, Riachos e Charcos - Diário da Natureza, Planeta Vivo Ed, Portugal, ISBN-10: 9728923619.

Nunes, L., 2011, Biomimicry functional model for sustainability inspired by cork oak forests in Portugal. In: International Conference on Mediterranean Ecosystems - Medecos XII, Abstract book, 6–9 September, Los Angeles, United States, pp: 24.

Nunes, L., 2011, Escolitídeos e o Fogo. In: Moreira, F., Catry, F.X., Silva, J. S., Rego, F. (Eds). Ecologia do Fogo e gestão de áreas queimadas, ISAPress, Lisboa, pp: 211-227.

Moreira, F., Dias, S., Colaço, M.C., Nunes, L., Silva, J.S, 2010, Ano Internacional das florestas 2010 - Agenda dos CTT, Correios de Portugal.

Nunes, L., 2010, Cork Oak sustainable Florests and Biodiversity. United Nations AgroForestry Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

Nunes, L., 2010, Cork Oak Sustainable Forests of Mediterranean Sustainable Forests. International Conference of Art and Science. University of Central Florida, USA.

Nunes, L., 2010, Flora and Fauna of Portugal (illustrations and texts), Europress, Lisbon.

Nunes, L., 2010, Mediterranean Sustainable Forests. International Conference of Art and Science. University of Central Florida, USA.

Nunes, L., 2009, Flora and Fauna of Portugal (illustrations and texts), ICNB, Portugal.

Nunes, L., Silva, I., Pité, M., Rego, F., Leather, S., 2006, Carabid (Coleoptera) Community Changes following Prescribed Burning and the Potencial Use of Carabids as Indicator Species to Evaluate Fire Effects. Silva Lusitana 14: 85-100. [Download]

Nunes L. & Rego, F., 2005, Carabid Community after Prescribed Burning - Potential use as Indicators Species in Fire Management in Mediterranean Region. Ecological Society of America Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Nunes, L., 2003, Carabid Community after Prescribed Burning-Potential use as Indicators Species in Fire Management in Mediterranean Region. 2nd International Conference on Wildland Fire Ecology. Orlando, Florida.

Nunes, L., 2001, Invertebrate responses to the effects of prescribed fire in a Mediterranean shrub land of Portugal. Ecological Society of America Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, EUA.

Nunes, L., 2000, The effects of prescribed burning on ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in a Mediterranean pine forest. Fire Conference 2000: The first National Congress on Fire Ecology, Prevention and Management, San Diego, California, EUA, November 2000.

Nunes, L., Leather, S., Rego, F., 2000, Effects of fire on insects and other invertebrates. A review with particular reference to fire indicator species. Silva Lusitana 8 (1): 15-32.

Nunes, L., 1990, Monografia Dendrológica do Parque Natural do Alvão. Colecções Estudos, SNPRS. Vila Real. 97 pp.

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Non-funded PROJECTS:

2016. Evolutionary biology of Lepidoptera wing patterns.

Since 2014. “Evaluation of Odonata biometrics along Iberia Peninsula Mountains” - In collaboration with Universidad Miguel Cervantes (Spain).

Talks and Workshops:

Biomimicry and sustainable ideas, Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas, IPCB, July 2013.

Biomimicry exercises  “Biological Lens”. Instituto Superior de Agronomia/Technical University of Lisbon, May 2013.

Biomimicry and species conservation, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, November 2012.

Sustainable production inspired by Nature, Centro de Ciência viva, Proença-a-Nova, July 2012.

The value of Conservation and Biomimicry. Instituto Superior de Agronomia/Technical University of Lisbon, June 2012.

Biomimicry and sustainability. Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon Lisboa, May 2012.

Introduction to Biomimicry. Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa,Technical University of Lisbon, May 2011.

Sustainable cork oak Forests. Imperial College of London, UK, October 2011.

3D building for science education - YDreams, Universidade Nova, Lisboa, 2009.

Insect systematic and biodiversity. Universidade de Aveiro, 2006.

Insect diversity in tropical forests of Madagascar - Natural history Museum, Florence, Italy, June 2005. 

Identifying forest resilience ecological mechanisms after fire. University of California, UCR, 2000.


BBC Wild, A Forest in a bottle, 2009 (Collaborator as scientific adviser and field guide).

A sustainable forest in the land of scents(Science documentary, co-author and presenter) selected for the International Films and visual arts, Rodos, Greece, 2007 and mentioned by the New York Times.


2015/2016 “Imagem útil em Ecologia” (Useful images in Ecology). Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (from Dec. 14th to Jan. 29, 2016).

2014/2015 (12 months) “Expedition to Amazonia and other rainforests” (texts, photography and illustrations). Seaquarium Vasco da Gama, Lisbon, Portugal.

2014 (3 months) “Expedition to Amazonia and other rainforests” (texts, photography and illustrations). Centre for Life Science, Proença a Nova, Portugal.

2012-2013, Biomimicry "Inspired by Marine Life", Aquário Vasco da Gama, with G. Monteiro, M. Prazeres and P. Leandro.

2012-2013, Nature Diary Africa illustrations. Centro de ciência Viva de Proença a Nova, Portugal.

2012, 3D-18th century costumes for computer games. Univ of Liverpool, UK and Casa da Nora, Castelo Branco.

International collaborations/courses and training:

2011 Workshop Backyard Biomimicry. Leiden University, Netherlands, November.

2011 Workshop Biomimicry & Design. Universidad Ibero-americana/Biomimicry Institute. México, July.

2010 Biomimcry Fundamentals for educators, Biomimicry Institute, EUA.

2007 Collaboration in a Field Guide to Santa Rosa Plateau. Oakland Reserve, California, EUA - Nature Conservancy.

2005 and 2006 Collaboration with Natural History Museum of Florence, Italy. Coleoptero-fauna of Magascar (Erasmus -  European Union Scientific Program and Leonardo D Vinci Program).

2003 Royal Botanical Kew Garden, London, UK. Botanical Gardens Management. Erasmus - European Union Scientific Program.

2000-2001 Fire Ecology Management.  Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Fire Lab, Riverside, CA, US and University of California - Riverside, (Funded by The Portuguese-American Foundation for Science  Fundação Luso-Americana).

2001 Forest restoration - Ecological Processes After Fire. Fundación Centro de Estúdios Ambientales del Mediterráneo  CEAM- Valência, Spain. Erasmus Program.

1996 Exchanging researchers program. University of Brno, Checz Republic. TEMPUS Program. Training in urban trees structure and design.

1993 Course in Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems. Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Creta, Greece.