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Maruxa Malvar Cortizo

Maruxa Malvar Cortizo

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


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  • Department: Department of Environment and Planning
  • Research Group: Coastal Zone Planning & Manag.
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Publications

Projects

Impact of Mediterranean forestry practices on soil hydrological properties: measurement and modelling See more

Impacts of wildfires on hydrological processes and soil erosion: an Iberian perspective (IBERfireRFSs) See more

EROSFIRE II - A GIS-tool for slope-to-catchment-scale soil conservation management following forest wildfires See more

EROSFIRE - A model-based, decision-support tool for soil erosion hazard assessment following forest wildfires See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Renata L.C. Marques (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Diana Catarina Simões Vieira (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Silvia Regina Marques Faria Estrela (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Helga Fernandes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Sofia Santos (ex-CESAM member)

Research interests

On-site and off-site effects of forest wildfires on hydrology and soil erosion. In particular, the combined effect of fires and forestry management actions.


Statistical and process-based erosion models on forested areas.


Up-scaling processes (micro-scale to catchment) in hydrology/soil erosion.


Temporal and spatial patterns of soil water.

Professional background

May 2014-present: Pos-doc fellow, CESAM-DAO-Universidade de Aveiro


September 2013- December 2014: Research Fellow, CESAM-DAO-Universidade de Aveiro.


March 2012- March 2013: PhD FellowShip, Universidade de Aveiro;USDA-Moscow Rocky Mountain Research Center and Centro de investigacions forestais-Lourizan-Xunta de Galiza.


September 2011- February 2012: Research Fellow, CESAM-DAO-Universidade de Aveiro.


February 2008- September 2011: PhD FellowShip, Universidade de Aveiro;USDA-Moscow Rocky Mountain Research Center and Centro de investigacions forestais-Lourizan-Xunta de Galiza.


June 2005- January 2008: Research Fellow, CESAM-DAO-Universidade de Aveiro.

Academic degrees

2013, European Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, University of Aveiro- Portugal


2007, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, University of Coimbra-Portugal


2002, B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University of Granada- Spain


1999, B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela- Galiza-Spain

Programa de investigação / Research program

LOGBURNT: The role of post-fire logging and other common forestry operations on landscape disturbance and soil degradation.


Strong increases in runoff and erosion should be a main land management concern following wildfires, as they constitute a serious threat to land-use sustainability and downstream aquatic habitats and human infrastructures (e.g. drinking-water reservoirs). In addition to fire itself, post-fire land management practices have a marked impact on the erosion response of recently burnt areas. Logging activities can greatly increase erosion but this has been poorly quantified for recently burnt areas, in spite: (i) logging is typically the most common practice after fire; (ii) recently burnt soils are more erodible than long-unburnt soils. This lack of knowledge extends to other, less frequent forestry operations, like terracing. This proposal addresses these research gaps and, thereby, will contribute significantly to the EU-funded RECARE (2014-18), which, in the Portuguese study case, envisages the –much needed- overall assessment of wildfire as one of several landscape disturbance and soil degradation agents. 


 


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