Forging sustainability

Bruna R F Oliveira

Bruna R F Oliveira


Research interests

Modeling carbon and water fluxes of recovering ecosystems.
Eddy covariance method.
Ecosystem respiration.
Soil respiration.
Remote sensing of vegetation indices.

Academic degrees

2017 - PhD in Environmental Technology - Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
2009 - MSc in Environmental Engineering - University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Scientific activities

2018 - present: Research Assistant, project LIFE REFOREST @ CESAM - DAO
2016 - 2018: Research Assistant, project FIRE C-BUDs @ CESAM - DAO
2009 - 2011: Research Assistant @ DAO


PI of ModelEco

Co-leader of WG4 of SENSECO Cost Action



SOILCOMBAT - Engineering the sponge function of Portuguese pasture soils to sustainably combat desertification See more

ModelEco - Modeling ecosystem fluxes with time-since-wildfire from remotely sensed vegetation indices and meteorological data See more


FIRE-C-BUDs - Indirect effects of wildfire (severity) on carbon fluxes and budgets See more

Scientific Supervision

Cost Action SENSECO

Co-Proponent of the Action SENSECO - Optical synergies for spatiotemporal sensing of scalable ecophysiological traits.

Vice-leader of WG4: Establishing data quality through traceability and uncertainty.

Scientific path - short CV

Following initial research activities after my Environmental Engineering MSc at UAVR, I decided to seek opportunities to do a PhD abroad to enrich my academic and personal formation. I found an outstanding opportunity, for being at one of the top European universities, WUR, and for being focused on identifying and testing solutions for an environmental engineering problem of greatest relevance for low-lying countries, i.e., land subsidence.  

Returning to Portugal at the end of my PhD, I joined the FIRE-C-BUDs (FCB) project, to become responsible for the coordination of the field team, operation of the field site (including flux tower and soil respiration (SR) network), and analysis of the eddy-covariance (EC) data. Not only has the flux site been producing high-quality data since 2017, but also I learnt to process and analyse post-fire EC data.

After the official end of FCB (but continuing the main tasks), I applied the expertise and skills acquired during my PhD to assess the potential of the LIFE REFOREST geotubes and its mycotechnosoil to foster post-fire soil restoration. To this end, I designed and coordinated a combined lab and field study in a 2019-burnt eucalypt plantation. The study compared the effects of the mycotechnosoil on SR and key soil properties with those of 3 other treatments, i.e., eucalypt logging residue, a commercial soil amendment, and sediments dredged from a lagoon. 

In 2020 I got a FCT-project funded as PI, ModelEco, with the objetive of developing a global model to simulate post-fire Gross Primary Production and evapotranspiration based on RS-VI.

CESAM Funding: