José Paulo Sousa
Phone: + 351 239 855 774
e-mail: jps@zoo.uc.pt
Category: Assistant professor
Department: Department of Life Sciences
Research line:
TERRESTRIAL AND FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS AND GLOBAL CHANGE
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT
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Academic degrees

1991 - Graduation in Biology (University of Coimbra)
1996 - MSc in Ecology (University of Coimbra)
2003 - PhD in Ecology (University of Coimbra & Free University Berlin)

Area of scientific activity

Domain of specialization
Soil Ecology:
Development and validation of ecological and biodiversity indicators (using soil invertebrates and trait based approaches) to assess changes in soil quality and ecosystem service provision derived from land-use changes in agricultural and forest systems.

Soil Ecotoxicology:
Development and adaptation of bioassays with soil organisms to assess effects of chemical substances and wastes on soil (mainly in Mediterranean and Tropical systems)and to integrate on Ecological Risk Assessment schemes of contaminated soils.

Present research interests
Soil Ecology:
Development of monitoring approaches of soil quality; Study of the spatial resilience of soil invertebrate communities at fragmented landscapes; Effects of extreme climatic events on soil fauna-microbial interactions and ecosystem service provisioning

Soil Ecotoxicology:
Development of new approaches to assess effects of pesticides on soil-water interfaces.
Evaluating interaction between climate change and pesticides on soil communities and service provisioning

Other skills/activities
Member of several European Workgroups responsible for the elaboration of test guidelines with soil invertebrates, published by ISO and OECD.

Full member of the Scientific Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR) from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

President of the Thematic Panel on Plant Protection Products and OGMs from the Portuguese Food Safety Authority (ASAE)

 

Coordination/participation of research projects

With Portuguese financial support (relevant Projects in the last 10 years):
1) 2002-2005 - "Sistemas de uso do solo e a diversidade de fungos micorrízicos em ecossistemas de montado". FCT (POCTI/AGG/42349/2001)

2) 2004-2005 - "Biodiversidade do Concelho de Nisa. Recuperação e monitorização do património natural". Câmara Municipal de Nisa.

3) 2005-2007 - "Estratégias para acelerar a biodegradação de Atrazina em solos, águas e sedimentos e avaliação da ecotoxicidade deste herbicida e dos seus metabolitos". FCT (POCI/AMB/56039/2004)

4) 2005-2007 - "Implementing an operational methodology for biodiversity monitoring in Portuguese forests" IFADAP (Programa Forest Focus)

5) 2006-2007 - " Relationship between functional and structural endpoints when evaluating the effects of pesticides in the soil ecosystem: a contribution to improve pesticide risk assessment (REFUSE)". Instituto de Investigação Interdisciplinar (III) da Universidade de Coimbra.

6) 2007-2010 - "HERBITOXBIOAS - Development of bioassays for herbicide toxicity based on gene expression profiling using yeast cells". FCT (PTDC/AMB/64230/2006)

7) 2008-2009 - "Avaliação agronómica e ambiental da adição de lamas da indústria de curtumes no solo - contribuição para a definição de valores limite" FCT (Convénio FCT/CAPES 2008 - Procº 4.1.3 / CAPES/CPLP)

8) 2010-2012 - "Biodiversidade florestal e serviços do ecossistema - impacte das medidas de prevenção de incêndios florestais e capacidade de recuperação dos sistemas pós-fogo". Ministry of Agriculture.

9) 2011-2013 - "Conflito entre actividades humanas e a conservação de endemismos insulares numa área de elevada biodiversidade à escala Mundial" FCT (PTDC/BIA-BEC/099138/2008)

10)2011-2013 - "TerbAzineBiorem - Estudos sobre a eficácia e aumento de escala de estratégias de bioremediação para solos contaminados com o herbicida terbutilazina" FCT (PTDC/AAC-AMB/111317/2009)

11)2011-2014 - "A utilização de indicadores biológicos como ferramentas para avaliar o impacte de práticas agrícolas na sustentabilidade do olival" FCT (PTDC/AGR-PRO/111123/2009)

12)2011-2014 - "SALTFREE- Previsão de efeitos da salinização em ecossistemas costeiros dulçaquícloas e edáficos devido às alterações climáticas"FCT (PTDC/AAC-CLI/111706/2009)

13) 2012-2015 - "ReaLISE - Determinação de Limites de Risco para a Protecção do Ecossistema Solo de Compostos Emergentes" FCT (PTDC/AAC-AMB/120697/2010)

14) 2012-2015 - "ResOrgRisk - Avaliação do risco ambiental da utilização de resíduos orgânicos como correctivos do solo" FCT (PTDC/AAC-AMB/119273/2010)

With international financial support (relevant Projects in the last 10 years):

1) 2002-2005 - "Vulnerability of Ecosystem services to land use changes in traditional agricultural systems - VISTA". EU FP5(EVK2- 2002-00168)

2) 2005-2006 - "Avaliação do potencial ecotoxicológico de solos contaminados em ambientes Mediterrânicos - Selecção de solos de referência". CRUP - Acções Integradas Luso-Espanholas (Acção Nº E 5/05)

3) 2005-2007 - "Bioaccumulation Ring-Test". ECT (Germany); UBA (Germany); OECD.

4) 2006-2009 - "Rationalising biodiversity conservation in dynamic ecosystems (RUBICODE)". EU FP6 (Contract GOCE-CT-2006-036890)

5) 2006-2008 - "WASTE Ring-test". UBA (Germany).

6) 2007-2009 - "TOXIFENOL - Ecotoxicidad, micotoxinas y degradación de nonilfenoles en lodos de depuradora y suelos tratados". Investigador responsável: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (Espanha).

7) 2009-2011 - "Remediation Processes in Uranium and other Mining Explorations". NATO (Science for Peace Programme - CBP.MD.SFPP 983311)

8) 2009-2012 - "SOCARRAT - Pyrogenic organic matter as a stable carbon source for soils and their relation with ecotoxicity" Ministerio de Ciencia y Inovación (Espanha).

9) 2010-2014 - "ECOFINDERS - Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils" EU FP7

10) 2012-2015 - "TRAINBIODIVERSE - Training for functional soil microorganism biodiversity" EU FP7 - Marie Curie Training Network (PITN-GA-2011-289949)

Services rendered (major entities)

1) 1995 - Enernova. Novas Energias SA. Grupo EDP

2) 1995-1996 - Hidrorrumo, Projectos e Gestão SA. Grupo EDP

3) 1996 - Mota e Companhia SA.

4) 1997-1998 - C.M. Vieira do Minho

5) 2002-2003 - Hidrorrumo, Projectos e Gestão SA. Grupo EDP

6) 2004 - RAIZ - Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e Papel

7) 2005 - PETROGAL

8) 2008-2009 - EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

9) 2011-2014 - RAIZ (Grupo Portucel-Sporcel) e ALTRI FLORESTAL

10) 2012 -ITeCons - Instituto de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico em Ciências da Construção

11) 2014- 2015 - Shell

 

Referee and editor of scientific journals

Member of the Editorial board

Applied Soil Ecology (till 2013)
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (till 2012)


Regular reviewer for:

Applied Soil Ecology (guest editor in 2014);
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry;
European Journal of Soil Biology;
Science of total Environment;
Archives of Environmental Toxicology;
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety;
Chemosphere

Publications (summary)

Books: 2
Book chapters: 6
Papers in international scientific journals with impact factor cited on JCR: 124
Papers in international scientific journals with referee: 14
Papers in national scientific journals with referee: 6
Papers in proceedings of international and national meetings: 12
Working documents (ISO/OECD guidelines and Scientific Opinions): 19

See publications at:
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8045-4296
Researcher ID: H-5407-2011
Scopus Author ID: 55663757300

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  1. Azul, AM; Mendes, SM; Sousa, JP; Freitas, H (2011) Fungal fruitbodies and soil macrofauna as indicators of land use practices on soil biodiversity in Montado. Agroforestry Systems. 82, 2, 121-138. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Gonçalves S.C., Barrico L., Sousa J.P., Gonçalves M.T. (2014) Variables affecting Craterellus lutescens fructification in maritime pine forests on sand dunes of Portugal. pp.81 (see details)