Riparian ecology; remote sensing and GIS applications; optical traits; landscape metrics; remote detection of alien species.


Project RIVEAL releases new fact sheet - River regulation effects in riparian carbon stock
Project RIVEAL releases new fact sheet – River regulation effects in riparian carbon stock
This factsheet ‚Äď River regulation effects in riparian carbon stock ‚Äď features the latest scientific … Read More
CEF paper published in Forests highlights the role of riparian forests as carbon sinks
CEF paper published in Forests highlights the role of riparian forests as carbon sinks
The riparian forests (trees and shrubs located in the river banks) of the Tagus basin … Read More
CEF paper on the morphological diversity of the Portuguese Tagus River in the last 150 years
CEF paper on the morphological diversity of the Portuguese Tagus River in the last 150 years
CEF paper on the morphological diversity of the Portuguese Tagus River in the last 150 … Read More


Scientific Articles (ISI)

Franco J.C., Branco M., Conde S., Garcia A., Fernandes M.R., Santos J.L., Messina T., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Zina V., Ferreira M.T. (2022)

Ecological Infrastructures May Enhance Lepidopterans Predation in Irrigated Mediterranean Farmland, Depending on Their Typology and the Predator Guild

Sustainability, 14(7): 3874. DOI:

Froidevaux J.S.P., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Zina V., Conde S., Ferreira M.T., Fernandes M.R. (2022)

The location and vegetation physiognomy of ecological infrastructures determine bat activity in Mediterranean floodplain landscapes

Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 332: 107929. DOI: https://doi.or/10.1016/j.agee.2022.107929

Bouzar-Essaidi K., Branco M., Battisti A., Garcia A., Fernandes M.R., Chabane Y., Bouzemarene M., Benfekih L. (2021)

Response of the egg parasitoids of the pine processionary moth to host density and forest cover at the southern edge of the range

Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 23(2): 212-221. DOI:

Fonseca A., Ugille J-P., Michez A., Rodríguez-González P., Duarte G., Ferreira M.T., Fernandes M.R. (2021)

Assessing the connectivity of riparian forests across a gradient of human disturbance: the potential of Copernicus ‚ÄúRiparian Zones‚ÄĚ in two hydroregions

Forests, 12(6): 674. DOI:

Fonseca A., Zina V., Duarte G., Aguiar F., Rodríguez-González P.M., Ferreira M.T., Fernandes M.R. (2021)

Riparian ecological infrastructures: potential for biodiversity-related ecosystem services in mediterranean human-dominated landscapes

Sustainability, 13(19): 10508. DOI:

Zina V., Fonseca A., Duarte G., Conde S., Fernandes M.R., Ferreira M.T., Franco J.C. (2021)

Ant diversity is enhanced by ecological infrastructures in agroecosystems: a case study in irrigated Mediterranean farmland.

Agronomy, 12(11): 2690. DOI:

Zina V., Ordeix M., Franco J.C., Ferreira M.T., Fernandes M.R. (2021)

Ants as bioindicators of riparian ecological health in catalonian rivers

Forests, 12(52021): 625. DOI:

Alves-Ferreira J., Miranda I., Duarte L., Roseiro L., Lourenço A., Quilhó T., Cardoso S., Fernandes M.C., Carvalheiro F., Pereira H. (2020)

Cistus ladanifer as a source of chemicals: structural and chemical characterization

Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 10: 325‚Äď337. DOI:

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Martins M.J., Rico N., Ferreira M.T., Correia A.C. (2020)

Carbon stock estimations in a mediterranean riparian forest: a case study combining field data and UAV imagery

Forests, 11(4): 376. DOI:

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.L.C., Martins M.J., Rivaes R., Ferreira M.F. (2020)

Long-term human-generated alterations of Tagus River: effects of hydrological regulation and land-use changes in distinct river zones

Catena, 188: 104466. DOI:

Riis T., Kelly-Quinn M., Aguiar F.C., Manolaki P., Bruno D., Bejarano M.D., Clerici N., Fernandes M.R., Franco J.C., Pettit N., Portela A.P., Tammeorg O., Tammeorg P., Rodríguez-González P.M., Dufour S. (2020)

Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation

BioScience, 70(6): 501‚Äď514. DOI:¬†

Zina V., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Conde S., Ferreira M.T., Franco J.C., Fernandes M.R. (2020)

Land use system, invasive species and shrub diversity of the riparian ecological infrastructure determine the specific and functional richness of ant communities in Mediterranean river valleys

Ecological Indicators, 145: 109613. DOI:

Aguiar F.C., Fernandes M.R., Martins M.J., Ferreira M.T. (2019)

Effects of a large irrigation reservoir on aquatic and riparian plants: a history of survival and loss.

Water, 11: 2379. DOI:

Branco M., Nunes P., Roques A., Fernandes M.R., Orazio C., Jactel H. (2019)

Urban trees facilitate the establishment of non-native forest insects.

NeoBiota, 52: 25-46. DOI:

Feld C.K., Fernandes M.R., Ferreira M.T., Hering D., Ormerod S.J., Venohr M., Gutiérrez-Cánovas C. (2018)

Evaluating riparian solutions to multiple stressor problems in river ecosystems – a conceptual study.

Water Research, 139: 381-391.

Santos A., Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Branco M., Ferreira M.T. (2018)

Effects of riverine landscape changes on pollination services: a case study on the River Minho, Portugal.

Ecological Indicators, 89: 656-666.

Aguiar F.C., Martins M.J., Silva P.C., Fernandes M.R. (2016)

Riverscapes downstream of hydropower dams: effects of altered flows and historical land-use change.

Landscape and Urban Planning, 153: 83-89.

Fernandes M.R., Segurado P., Jauch E., Ferreira M.T. (2016)

Riparian responses to extreme climate and land-use change scenarios.

Science of the Total Environment, 569-570: 145-158.

Sim√Ķes M.P., Belo A.F., Fernandes M., Madeira M. (2016)

Regeneration patterns of Quercus suber according to Montado management systems

Agroforestry Systems, 90(1): 107-115.

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Silva J.M.N., Ferreira M.T, Pereira J.M.C. (2014)

Optimal attributes for the object based detection of giant reed in riparian habitats: a comparative study between Airborne High Spatial Resolution and WorldView-2 imagery

International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 32: 79-91.

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Ferreira M.T., Pereira J.M.C. (2013)

Spectral separability of riparian forests from small and medium-sized rivers across a latitudinal gradient using multispectral imagery.

International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(7): 2375-2401.

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Silva J.M.N., Ferreira M.T., Pereira J.M.C. (2013)

Spectral discrimination of giant reed (Arundo donax L.): a seasonal study in riparian areas

ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 80: 80-90.

Aguiar F.C., Fernandes M.R., Ferreira M.T. (2011)

Riparian vegetation metrics as tools for guiding ecological restoration in riverscapes.

Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 402: 21. DOI:

Fernandes M.R., Aguiar F.C., Ferreira M.T. (2011)

Assessing riparian vegetation structure and the influence of land-use using landscape metrics and geostatistical tools.

Landscape and Urban Planning, 99(2): 166-177.

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Book Chapters

Zina V., Franco J.C., Branco M., Fernandes M.R., Duarte G., Fonseca A., Ferreira M.T. (2022)

Ecological Infrastructures May Enhance Lepidopterans Predation

In: Scholarly Community Encyclopedia .



Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation

Duration: 2021-2025

CEF Budget: 314¬†437,50 ‚ā¨


Something in the way they move: how global patterns of wildlife trade influence global invasion success

Duration: 2018-2021

CEF Budget: 35.807 ‚ā¨


RIVEAL: Valores e serviços dos ecossistemas fluviais e das florestas ripárias em paisagens fluviais alteradas e futuros climáticos incertos

Duration: 2018-2022

CEF Budget: 180979,88 ‚ā¨


Optimal Greening of Irrigated farmland to achieve a prime environment

Duration: 2016-2021

CEF Budget: 191.226 ‚ā¨


Duero (Douro) River basin: Water resources, Water accounts and Target sustainability

Duration: 2014-2015

CEF Budget: 39.134 ‚ā¨