ForChange: Forest ecosystem management under global change

Research Team and Contacts:

Researchers current research areas Contact

Brigite Botequim

Forest and fire management planning; Fire-adapted silviculture; Fire behaviour modelling and simulators; DSS for fuel management sensitivity analysis; Forest dynamics disturbance modelling.


Carla S. Pimentel

Population ecology; Adaptive management; Climatic impacts; Forest insects and pathogens impact.


Joana Amaral Paulo

Forest ecology and management; Cork and cork oak modelling; Forest inventory; Forest biometry; New and traditional agroforestry systems; Statistical analysis; Rural development.


José G. Borges

Forest resources management and conservation; Forest resources economics; Forest planning; Analysis of benefit/cost and ecosystem services trade-off; Risk and uncertainty; Operations research; DSS.


Margarida Tomé

Forest resources inventory; Forest models (empirical and process-based).


Paula Soares

Forest inventory; Drones; Empirical Growth models; Process based-models; Biomass; Silvicultural systems.


Pedro Ochôa
de Carvalho

Forest governance and policy


Susana Barreiro

Forest inventory; Empirical and process-based forest models; Forest simulators; Forest management.


Susete Marques

Fire risk and damage models; forest management planning; multiple criteria optimization; trade-off analysis.


Felipe Silva 

Vale do Sousa; ecosystem  services; forest simulators;  multiple-criteria  methods;  decision  support  system; forest management planning; data acquisition, treatment and validation; PostgreSQL databases.

Diana Santos

Value-chain analysis, ecosystem services, non-wood forest products, wild food products.  


Colaborating Researchers current research areas Contact

Joao H. N. Palma

Process-based modelling; Agroforestry systems; Climate change; GIS; Model implementation (programming); High power computing for large datasets     ORCID

Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo

Forest planning and economics; Optimization; Adaptive management; Multi-objective optimization; Decision support systems.


José Sousa Uva


Forest inventory

Juan Guerra-Hernandez

Remote sensing; Forest inventory; Airborne laser scanning; Photogrammetry; GIS.


Manuela Melo Oliveira

Teresa Fonseca

Forest Inventory, Silviculture, Modelling, Simulators, Forest Management, Stand Dynamics (regeneration, growth and mortality)

Marco Marto

Forest decision support systems; Forest statistical modelling and planning; Forest economics and management; Programming     ORCID

Carlos Caldas

Forest economics. Forest management and planning. Forest sector models., Ecosystem services.

Emin Zeki BAŞKENT Forest ecosystem management and conservation; Forest planning; Characterizing ecosystem services; Forest modeling and dynamics; Non-wood forest products management; Operations research; DSS; Spatial Planning; Geographic Information Systems ORCID


Doctoral students current research areas Contact

Alexandra Nunes

Use of new technologies to determine the yield of pine nuts in stone pine.


Diogo Cosenza

Forest modelling; Forest management and planning; Airborne Laser Scanning; Forest optimization; Artificial intelligence applications.


João Rua

Forest modelling; Green barriers; Disturbances; Forest simulators; Landscape Ecology


João E. P. Silva

Forest inventory; Stone pine forest modelling



Agroforestry systems; Modelling ecosystem services; Process-based models; Quantification and economic/sustainable valuation.


Marija Cosovic

Harmonisation of forest management scenarios and biodiversity conservation in Vale de Sousa     ORCID

Marlene Marques

Forest management and planning; Ecosystem Services; Multiple Objectives; Group Decision Making; GIS.


Muha Abdullah Al Pavel

Country level simulations of selected ecosystem services from maritime pine in Portugal under alternative management and climate scenario using the PREBAS model   ORCID

Paulo Firmino

Forest Inventory; Cork; Cork oak modelling; UAVs; Pine wilt disease.



Sonia P. Faias

Forest inventory; Forest modelling; Forest management; Model implementation (programming)



Research Assistants current research areas Contact

Jean Magalhães                  

Sistemas de Informações Geográficas; Cartografia; Inventário Florestal

Olha Nahorna

 Forest Management and Planning, Forest Modelling, Forest Ecosystem Services.


Logan Bigham

Payments for ecosystem services; auction methods; forest resources management and conservation


co-coordinator / secretariat management contact


Erasmus Mundus Master  - MEDfOR