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Vanda Acácio

Email: vandacacio(a#t)gmail.com

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My research focuses on the study of resilience, patterns and processes of change of Mediterranean oak ecosystems, in particular cork oak ecosystems, at the landscape and the plant community scales.

At the landscape scale, I model the dynamics of Mediterranean forest landscapes to understand landscape changes and select key human and environmental drivers of change. At the plant community scale, I study Mediterranean oak natural regeneration and early establishment in different habitat and microhabitat conditions. In particular, I am interested in the net effect of interactions (facilitation or competition) between oak seedlings and neighbouring shrub species across gradients of abiotic resources.

I am also interested on the theory of regime shifts and tipping points applied to oak forest ecosystems, looking for early warning indicators to assess the risk of oak woodland loss and to restore degraded woodlands.

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Bugalho, M.N., Moreira, F., 2021, Canopy Cover Loss of Mediterranean Oak Woodlands: Long-term Effects of Management and Climate. Ecosystems (2021)

(doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-021-00617-9)

Acácio, V., Ritsche, J., 2021, Oak landscape dynamics and tree regeneration in Portugal: studies across scales. Online Seminar Series 2021, 25th March, Institute of Forest Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, online (oral presentation by invitation).

Almeida, P., Santos, E.S., Arán, D., Acácio, V., Duarte, I., Lerma, V., Rego, F., 2021, Temporal evolution of C stock in soils from the cork oak forest in a post-fire scenario. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2021, 19-30 April, Vienna, Austria, online (oral presentation).

(doi: 10.5194/egusphere-egu21-16106.)

Ritsche J., Katzensteiner K., Acácio V., 2021, Tree regeneration patterns in cork oak landscapes of Southern Portugal: the importance of land cover type, stand characteristics and site conditions. Forest Ecology and Management 486: 118970

(doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2021.118970)

Acácio, V., Dias, S., Bugalho, M., 2020, CEABN: fostering applied ecological research and environmental education under climate change. National Congress on Climate Change Research (Encontro Nacional sobre Investigação em Alterações Climáticas), 17th-18th February, Lisbon Portugal. (poster presentation)

Ascoli, Davide; Barbati, Anna; Colonico, Mario; Tomao, Antonio; Colaço, Conceição; Acácio, Vanda; Sequeira, Ana Catarina; Serra, Marta; Plana, Eduard., 2020, Soluzioni intelligenti per la prevenzione integrata degli incendi - Esempi operativi raccolti nell'ambito del progetto PREVAIL", Rivista Forestale Sherwood. Dossier Prevenzione degli incendi boschivi, 2020, https://www.compagniadelleforeste.it/pubblicazioni-cdf.html?download=43:sherwood-foreste-ed-alberi-oggi-n-247-tecniko-pratico-n-148. (Magazine article)

Marañón, T., Pérez-Ramos, I.M., Villar, R., Acácio, V., Aranda, I, Camarero, J.J., de la Riva E.G., Domínguez M.T., Fernández-Rebollo P., Quero J.L., Ramírez-Valiente J.A., Rodríguez-Calcerrada J., Valbuena-Carabaña, M., 2020, Iberian oaks coping with global change: ecological processes and mmanagement strategies. In: Steffensen, B.J. (ed.), Quercus: Classification, Ecology and Uses. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (in press)

Plana, Eduard; Serra, Marta; Barbati, Anna; Colonico, Mario; Tomao, Antonio; Colaço, Conceição; Acácio, Vanda; et al., 2020, Soluciones inteligentes para la prevención de incendios forestales", Revista incendios y Riesgos naturales, 2020, http://revistarirn.org/.  (Magazine article)

Sequeira, C., Acácio, V., Rego, F., Colaço, C., 2020, Soluções “inteligentes” na gestão de combustíveis em Portugal. IV International Congress on Education, Environment and Development (Congresso Internacional Educação, Ambiente e Desenvolvimento), 11th-14th November, Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais, Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal, online (poster presentation)

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Bugalho, M., Moreira F., 2019, Long-term dynamics of canopy cover in Mediterranean evergreen oak woodlands reveals a degradation trend determined by management and climate. In Ecology Across Borders: Embedding Ecology in Sustainable Development Goals – Book of Abstracts.  15th EEF - European Ecological Federation Congress. Ecology across borders. Embedding ecology in sustainable development goals, Lisbon, 29th July-2nd August, pp. 493.

Dias, S., Acácio, V., Bifulco, C., Rego, F.C., 2018, Improving drought preparedness in Portugal. In Iglesias, A., Assimacopoulos, D., Van Lanen, H.A.J. (eds.), Drought: Science and Policy, pp 183-199. JohnWiley & Sons Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-119-01707-3.

(doi: 10.1002/9781119017073.ch10)

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Rocha, M., Moreira, F., 2017, Landscape dynamics in Mediterranean oak forests under global change: understanding the role of anthropogenic and environmental drivers across forest types. Global Change Biology 23:1199-1217.

(doi: 10.1111/gcb.13487)

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Rocha, M., Moreira, F., 2016, Landscape dynamics in Mediterranean oak forests under global change: understanding the role of anthropogenic and environmental drivers across forest types. Seminário “Ecologia, Florestas e Conservação” do Centro de Estudos Florestais e CEABN. Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, 16 November, Lisboa, Portugal. (Oral presentation).

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Rocha, M., Moreira, F., 2016, Landscape dynamics in Mediterranean oak forests under global change: understanding the role of anthropogenic and environmental drivers across species. World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016 – Silvo-Pastoral Systems in a Changing World: Functions, Management and People. University of Évora, 27-30 September, Évora, Portugal. (Oral presentation).

Stahl, K., Kohn, I., Blauhut, V., Urquijo, J., De Stefano, L., Acacio, V., Dias, S., Stagge, J. H., Tallaksen, L. M., Kampragou, E., Van Loon, A. F., Barker, L. J., Melsen, L. A., Bifulco, C., Musolino, D., de Carli, A., Massarutto, A., Assimacopoulo, 2016, Impacts of European drought events: insights from an international database of text-based reports, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 16: 801-819. [Download]

(doi: 10.5194/nhess-16-801-2016)

Acácio, V., Dias, F.S., Catry, F.X., Rocha, M., Moreira, F., 2015, Landscape dynamics in Mediterranean oak forests under global change: understanding the role of anthropogenic and environmental drivers across species. TIBE (Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution) Seminar – Global Biodiversity Change: From Genes to Ecosystems, CIBIO/InBIO, 1-2 June, Vairão, Portugal. (Oral presentation).

Sánchez-González, M., Gea-Izquierdo G., Pulido, F., Acácio, V., McCreary, D., Cañellas, I., 2015, Restoration of open oak woodlands in Mediterranean ecosystems of Western Iberia and California. In: Stanturf, J.A. (Eds), Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests, second edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Chapter 19, pp: 377-399.

Acácio, V., Holmgren, M., 2014, Pathways for resilience in Mediterranean cork oak land-use systems. Annals of Forest Science 71:5-13.

Acácio, V., 2013, Pathways for resilience in cork oak land use systems in Portugal: the role of ecological and land use factors. Environment Workshops “Oak forests coping with global change: ecology and management”. 30th September-2nd October, UNIA (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía), Baeza (Jaén), Spain. (Oral presentation).

Acácio, V., Andreu, J., Assimacopoulos, D., Bifulco, C., De Carli, A., Dias, S., Kampragou, E., Monteagudo, D.H., Rego, F., Seidl, I., Vasiliou, E., Wolters, W., 2013, Review of current drought monitoring systems and identification of (further) monitoring requirements. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 6 [Download]

Acácio, V., Andreu, J., De Carli, Athanasios, A., A.,Assimacopoulos, D., Bifulco, C., Dias, S., Gudmundsson, L., Massarutto, A., Monteagudo, D. H., Musolino, D., Paredes, J., Rego, F., Seidl, I., Seneviratne, S., Senn, L., Solera, A., 2013, Evaluation 1st phase case study Dialogue Fora. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 7 [Download]

Massarutto, A., Musolino, D., Pontoni, F., De Carli, A., Senn, L., De Paoli, L., Rego, F.C., Dias, S., Bifulco, C., Acácio, V., Andreu, J., Assimacopoulos, D., Ayala, L.M., Gad, F., Monteagudo, D.H., Kampragkou, E., Kartalides, A., Paredes, J., Soler, 2013, Analysis of historic events in terms of socio-economic and environmental impacts. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 9 [Download]

Van Lanen, H.A.J., Alderlieste, M. A.A. Acácio, V., Andreu, J., Garnier, E., Gudmundsson, L., Monteagudo, D.H., Lekkas, D., Paredes, J., Solera, A., Assimacopoulos, D., Rego, F., Seneviratne, S., Stahl, K., Tallaksen, L.M., 2013, Quantitative analysis of historic droughts in selected European case study areas. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 8 [Download]

Acácio, V. , 2012, Ecological thresholds for seedling establishment and recruitment of Mediterranean oak forest ecosystems in Portugal. In: 1.ºWorkshop do Projecto “ANASINQUE- Análisis comparativo y síntesis de los patrones de regeneración, decaimiento y distribución de las especies de Quercus: capacidad de resiliencia al cambio global”. Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

Acácio, V., Colaço, C., 2012, A educação ambiental e as florestas. Revista Mond-Ego. Património, Educação Ambiental, Museologia 1(1): 38-46.

Acácio, V., Dias S., Rego F., Bifulco C., 2012, Assessing future drought impacts and vulnerability through scenario analysis in Portugal under DROUGHT‐ R&SPI. In: CLIMA 2012 ‐ III Congresso Nacional sobre Alterações Climáticas, (3rd National Congress on Climate Changes), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Livro de resumos (Book of abstracts), 1‐2 Junho/June, Costa da Caparica, pp: 19.

De Stefano, L., Reguera, J.U., Acácio, V., Andreu, J., Assimacopolus D., Bifulco C., De Carli, A., De Paoli, L., Dias, S., Gad, F., Monteagudo, D.H., Kampragou, E., Keller, Lekkas, D., Manoli, E., Massarutto, A., Ayala, L.M., Musolino, D., Arquiola,, 2012, Policy and drought responses – Case study scale. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 4 [Download]

Dias, S., Acácio, V., Rego, F. & Bifulco, C., 2012, Assessing drought impacts on biodiversity of European rivers and reservoirs under DROUGHT‐ R&SPI. In: Limnologia 2012 ‐ XVI Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia, Associação Ibérica de Limnologia (AIL) e Universidade do Minho, Book of Abstracts, 2‐6 July, Guimarães, Portugal, pp: 87.[Download]

Rego, F., Acácio V. & Dias, S., 2012, Drought R & SPI: Assessing Drought Impacts in Portugal under European Framework. In: Workshop Drought in a Changing climate – An overview. APMG, IPMA Auditorium, 16 Novembro, Algés, Portugal. (Oral presentation).

Rego, F., Acácio, V., 2012, As alterações climáticas e os fogos florestais. In: 2.ª reunião do grupo temático “Florestas” no âmbito do grupo de trabalho sectorial “Agricultura, Florestas e Pescas” da Estratégia Nacional de Adaptação às Alterações Climáticas, Secretaria–Geral do MAMAOT, 20 Março, Lisboa. (Oral presentation).

Stahl, K., Blauhut, V., Kohn, I., Acácio, V., Assimacopoulos, D., Bifulco, C., De Stefano, L., Dias, S., Eilertz, D., Freilingsdorf, B., Hegdahl, T.J., Kampragou, E., Kourentzis, E., Melsen, L., Lanen, H.A.J. van, Loon, A.F. van, Massarutto, A., Muso, 2012, A European drought impact report inventory (EDII): Design and test for selected recent droughts in Europe. DROUGHT-R&SPI Technical Report No. 3 [Download]

Acácio, V., 2011, Pathways for resilience in Mediterranean cork oak systems. In: Abstracts Conference Organising Committee. MEDECOS XII: Linking Science to Resource Management: the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, 6-9 September, Los Angeles, USA.

Acácio, V., 2010, Landscape dynamics in the cork oak montado: role of biophysical and social variables. In: Azevedo, J.C., Feliciano, M., Castro, J., Pinto, M.A. (Eds), Abstracts of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Group International Conference. Forest Landscapes and Global Change. New frontiers in Management, Conservation and Restoration, Bragança, Portugal, pp: 71-72.

Acácio, V., Holmgren, M., Moreira, F., Mohren, G., 2010, Oak Persistence in Mediterranean Landscapes: The Combined Role of Management, Topography, and Wildfires. Ecology and Society 15 (4): 40. [URL]

Acácio, V., 2009, The dynamics of cork oak systems in Portugal: the role of ecological and land use factors. PhD Thesis, Wageningen University, Wageningen, NL. 210 pp.

Acácio, V., Holmgren, M., Rego, F., Moreira, F., Mohren, G., 2009, Are drought and wildfires turning Mediterranean cork oak forests into persistent shrublands? Agroforestry Systems 76: 389-400.

Catry, F., Moreira, F., Duarte, I., Acácio, V,., 2009, Factors affecting post-fire crown regeneration in cork oak trees (Quercus suber L). European Journal of Forest Research 128: 231-240.

Moreira, F., Catry, F., Duarte, I., Acácio, V., Silva, J., 2009, A conceptual model of sprouting responses in relation to fire damage: an example with cork oak (Quercus suber L) trees in Southern Portugal. Plant Ecology 201: 77-85.

Acácio, V., Holmgren, M., Jansen, P.A., Moreira, F., Rego, F. e Mohren, F., 2007, Fire, drought and recruitment limitation explain arrested succession in Mediterranean cork oak systems. In: Rokich, D., Wardell-Johnson, G., Yates, C., Stevens, J., Dixon, K., McLellan, R. & Moss, G. (Eds), Proceedings of the MEDECOS XI 2007 Conference, 2-5 September, Perth, Australia. Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Australia, pp: 1-2.

Acácio, V., Holmgren, M., Jansen, P.A., Schrotter, O., 2007, Multiple Recruitment Limitation Causes Arrested Succession in Mediterranean Cork Oak Systems. Ecosystems 10: 1220-1230.

Moreira, F., Duarte, I., Catry, F., Acácio, V., 2007, Cork extraction as a key factor determining post-fire cork oak survival in a mountain region of Southern Portugal. Forest Ecology and Management 253: 30-37.

Moreira, F., Acácio, V., Catry, F., 2006, The effects of fire on cork oak. In: DGRF - FAO – WWF (Eds), Resumos do Seminário The vitality of cork and holm oak stands - Current situation, state of knowledge and actions to take, Évora, Portugal.

Moreira, F., Catry, F., Duarte, I., Duarte, R., Alvarez, R., Morgado, R., Oliveira, A., Acácio, V., 2006, Factores que influenciaram a sobrevivência pós-fogo do sobreiro na Serra do Caldeirão. Relatório Final no âmbito do Projecto RECOFORME, INTERREG III-B, produzido pelo ISA/CEABN para a DGRF.

Moreira, F., Duarte, R., Duarte, F., Catry, F., Acácio, V., 2006, Factores que influenciaram a mortalidade pós-fogo do sobreiro na Serra do Caldeirão. In: ISDA – SCD (Eds), Resumos do Seminário Ibérico  Desertificação: Clima, Perda de Solo e Fogo, Loulé, Portugal.

Acácio, V., 2005, The dynamics of cork oak systems in Portugal: the role of ecological and land use factors. In: Abstracts of the European International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) Conference, Landscape Ecology in the Mediterranean: inside and outside approaches, Faro, Portugal, pp: 59.

Acácio, V., Marques, A., Martins, H. , 2002, Planeamento e gestão integrada de áreas de montado. Aplicação de sistemas de decisão. In: Livro de Resumos do 1.º Colóquio sobre a Flora e a Fauna dos Montados. Grândola, Portugal.

RECIPE: Reinforcing civil protection capabilities into multi-hazard risk assessment under climate change

Financing: EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Period: Janeiro 2020 to November 2021. Reference: RECIPE ID 874402 – UCPM-2019-PP-AG

PREVAIL - Prevention action increases large fire response preparedness

Funding: UNION CIVIL PROTECTION MECHANISM - Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). Period: 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2021. Reference: Grant Agreement No. 826400-PREVAIL-UCPM-2018-PP-AG

REMAS: Managing the risk of emissions of gases with greenhouse effect from wildfires

Funding: Program INTERREG SUDOE, FEDER (EU). Period: October 2019 to September 2022. Reference: REMAS – SOE3/P4/E0954

DROUGHT-R&SPI - Fostering European Drought Research and Science-Policy Interfacing

Funding: UE/FP7-ENV-2011. Period: October 2011 to March 2015. Reference: 282769.

FIRELAND - Wildfire effects on the vegetation dynamics at the landscape scale in Portugal

Funding: Science and Technology Foundation (FCT/MCTES/PIDDAC). Period: January 2010 to September 2013. Reference: PTDC/AGR-CFL/104651/2008.

PHOENIX - Forest conversion in burned areas

Funding: Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), POCI Program. Period: 2005-2008.

2018/-, Supervision of the PhD thesis of Luís Lopes on “Efficiency of public environmental measures in post fire restoration of oak woodlands in Portugal” School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal (ongoing).

2019-2020, Co-supervision of the Master thesis of Edoardo Esposito on “Cork oak decline in Southern Portugal: spatial patterns and factors associated to tree mortality”, supervised by Prof. Milena Holmgren, Wageningen University, The Netherlands (defended in 10th December 2020). Edoardo Esposito was awarded the Willem Barents Award for Best Master thesis fieldwork of 2020 at the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group, Wageningen University.

2017-2018, Co-supervision of the Master thesis of Julia Ritsche on “Regeneration dynamics in Mediterranean mixed oak forests”, with field work in southern Portugal, supervised by Prof. Klaus Katzensteiner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria (defended in 22nd November 2018)


2017/-, Teaching assistant for the MSc course Applied Landscape Ecology, Master Degree in Landscape Architecture (2nd semester), School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal

2018, Teaching assistant for the MSc course Management and Conservation of Vegetation and Agroforestry Systems, included in several Master Degrees (1st semester), School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal



ANASINQUE – Comparative analysis and synthesis of the patterns of regeneration, decline and distribution of Quercus species: resilience and global change. Funding: Junta de Andalucia – Consejería de Innovacion, Ciencia y Empresa; UE-FEDER. Period: March 2011 - March 2014. Reference: ANASINQUE - PGC2010 - RNM – 5782