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  João Puga  
  Phone: 919011213 / 936754911  
  e-mail: joaopuga@ua.pt  
  Category: PhD Student  
  Department: DAO/DBIO  
  Research group: Coastal Zone Planning and Manag.
  Thesis title: WILDRECO - Immediate and short-term effects of WILDfires on population dynamics of sentinel faunal communities on post-fire RECOvery of pine and eucalypt ecosystems
  Supervisor: Nelson Abrantes
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: SFRH/BD/121406/2016
  Start date: 2017-05-01
  End date: 2021-04-30
Research interests

My main current interest is focused on fire ecology: how animals respond to changes in the ecosystem after a fire event. Some animals are more prone to survive fire events but which part of the community that actually survives is not well known. I want to understand:

a) how specific animal groups promote ecosystem recovery and at what rate;

b) find potential differences in community composition after fire events that can lead to new communities or ecosystems;

c) understand at what extent mitigation measures used to prevent soil erosion are beneficial to ecosystem recovery.

Other interests:

Application of audiovisual tools in the development of new methodologies for collecting field data and communicating science.

The importance of artificial ecosystems in regions with major human disturbance.

Conservation measures in high diversity areas and endangered species due to climate change and human induced alterations.

  1. Puga J.R.L., Abrantes N.J.C., de Oliveira M.J.S., Vieira D.C.S., Faria S.R., Goncalves F., Keizer J.J. (2017) LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF POST-FIRE MULCHING ON GROUND-DWELLING ARTHROPOD COMMUNITIES IN A EUCALYPT PLANTATION. Land Degradation & Development. 28, 3, 1156-1162. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Leal M.C., Vaz M.C.M., Puga J., Rocha R.J.M., Brown C., Rosa R., Calado R. (2016) Marine ornamental fish imports in the European Union: an economic perspective. Fish And Fisheries. 17, 2, 459-468. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Leal M.C., Munro M.H.G., Blunt J.W., Puga J., Jesus B., Calado R., Rosa R., Madeira C. (2013) Biogeography and biodiscovery hotspots of macroalgal marine natural products. Natural Product Reports. 30, 1380-1390. (see details) ISI paper
  4. Leal M.C., Madeira C., Brandão C.A., Puga J., Calado R. (2012) Bioprospecting of Marine Invertebrates for New Natural Products - A Chemical and Zoogeographical Perspective. Molecules. 17, 8, 9842-9854. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/17/8/9842
  5. Leal M.C., Puga J., Serôdio J., Gomes N.C.M., Calado R. (2012) Trends in the discovery of new marine natural products from invertebrates over the last two decades – where and what are we bioprospecting?. Plos One. 7, 1, e30580 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0030580
  6. Morgado, R., Nobre, M., Ribeiro, A., Puga, J., Luís, A. (2009) The Importance of Saltpans for the Management of the Waders Wintering at Ria de Aveiro (Portugal. Journal Of Integrated Coastal Zone Management. 3, 9, 79-93. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Puga, J., Oliveira, M. J., Bastos, A. C., Gonçalves, F., Keizer, J. J., Abrantes, N. Influência da utilização de uma cobertura orgânica no restabelecimento a médio-longo prazo das comunidades de invertebrados do solo em áreas ardidas de eucalipto. Captar. (see details)
  2. Saraiva, M. J., Puga, J., Ré, A., Campos, I., Gonçalves, F., Keizer, J., Abrantes, N. Utilização do gastrópode aquático Physa acuta em ensaios in situ. Captar. (see details)
  1. Saraiva MJ,Ré A, Puga J, Campos I, Pereira JL, Gonçalves F,Keizer JJ, Abrantes N (2016) Using in-situ bioassays with the aquatic snail Physa acuta to assess impacts of wildfires on water quality. Setac 246h Europe Annual Meeting – 22-26 May 2016, Nantes, France. (see details)
  2. Saraiva MJ, Ré A, Puga J, Campos I, Pereira JL, Gonçalves F, Keizer JJ, Abrantes N (2016) Using in situ assays with two freshwater producers to assess effects of wildfires on aquatic systems. Setac 246h Europe Annual Meeting – 22-26 May 2016, Nantes, France. (see details)