Catarina Moura
Phone: +351 239 855 210
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Category: Post-doctoral research fellow
Department: Life Sciences
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Research interests

My research explores the impacts of environmental change on terrestrial vegetation with a particular focus on plant physiology and ecosystem biogeochemistry. I am especially interested in environmental factors associated with anthropogenic activities and global climate change, such as elevated CO2, drought and land-use changes. Recently, I have been focusing on some of these issues taking place in Mediterranean-type ecosystems - areas that are considered global hot spots for biodiversity and are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Research areas: Global Change Biology; Plant Physiological Ecology; Ecological Genomics; Stable Isotopes; Biogeochemistry

Cork oak savannah (Spring)
Cork oak savannah (Summer)
Dawn (after pre-dawn water potentials measurements)
Cryogenic water extraction from cork oak stems
Soil sampling
Field work sights

2008 Ph.D. in Biology (Major: Ecology; Minor: Statistics). Department of Biology, Duke University, USA
        Dissertation: Carbon and Water Relations in Pinus taeda: Bridging the Gap across Plant Physiology, Genomics and Global Climate Change.
2008 Certificate in Ecology, University Program in Ecology, Duke University, USA
2002 Ph.D. candidacy (oral defense). Department of Biology, Duke University, USA
1999 Licenciatura (~B.Sc.) in Biology - Research Path, with High Honors ("Very good with distinction"), University of Coimbra, Portugal

Academic training - advanced courses and workshops

As invited lecturer:

2011 COST ES0806 Training School: Sampling and sample preparation for stable isotope analyses. Local organizer: C. Máguas. Oct 30th - Nov 6th. FCUL, Lisbon.

As participant:

2012 3rd Annual Soil Summer Institute (SSI 2012). July 8-21, 2012. Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO
2010 Isotopics: Environmental reconstruction using stable isotopes. Semester-long graduate seminar course. Lecturers: T. Dawson and S. Mambelli. August-December. Department of Integrative Biology. UC-Berkeley, USA
2010 Workshop Ciência, Política e os Media. 15th April. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa.
2009 A brief introduction to Bayesian statistics and hierarchical Bayesian modeling in ecology. Lecturers: K. Ogle and I. Ibanez. 18 October 2009. IX Congresso AEET. Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
2009 Forest and water stress in a changing environment: from cell to ecosystems. 20-23 May. Orvieto, Italy
2007 Stable Isotope Ecology summer courses. SIRFER lab, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2005 Introduction to RT-PCR and Quantitative RNA-PCR courses. KTBiotechnology. 14-16thMarch.
2005 Aquaporins 2005. Feb 28th-March 1st, Turin, Italy
2005 Graduate course (GS 302) - Introduction to College Teaching
2004 Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics: Modules 11 (Introduction to Bioinformatics) and 16 (Microarray analysis). June 2004, NCSU, Raleigh, NC
2003 5th International Workshop on Field Techniques for Environmental Physiology. 16- 22nd March, Tenerife, Canary Islands; Spain
2000-03 Doctoral program courses (semester-long): Biogeochemistry, Watershed Hydrology, Soil Resources, Applied Regression Analysis, Physiological Ecology and Ecosystem Analysis, Statistical Analysis of Ecological Data, Experimental Cell and Molecular Biology (audit), Genomics (audit), Physiological Plant Ecology
1999 Mediterranean Ecosystems Under Threat: Monitoring and Protecting Strategies. 2-14th October, Porto Conte Ricerche, Tramariglio, Alghero, Sardegna, Italy


Honors and Awards

2011 "Plant, Cell & Environment Postdoctoral Award" Honorable Mention for oral communication. Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (96th annual meeting: Austin, Tx August 7-12th)
2005 Billings Award Honorable Mention (oral presentation), Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (90th annual meeting: Montréal, Canada, August 7-12th)
2004 Best Poster Honorable Mention, Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (89th annual meeting: Portland, OR, August 1-6th)
2003 Duke Biology Departmental Research Grant-in-Aid
2002 Best Poster Honorable Mention, Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (87th annual meeting: Tucson, AZ, August 4-9th)
2002 Lawrence Giles Research Award, Dept. of Biology, Duke University
2001 Catherine Keever & L. Giles Research Awards, Dept. of Biology, Duke University

Research grants/projects

Principal Investigator (PI):
2012-13 Sub-award on "Collaborative Research: Decomposition in Drylands: Soil Erosion and UV interactions" PI (subaward to ISA, U. Lisbon, Portugal): C. Moura; Collaborative Research grant: PI: R. McCulley, University of Kentucky, USA. Funded by NSF.
2010-11 FLAD/NSF -"Portugal - EUA: Partnerships and Research Networks 2010" - Project 91-04/10. Principal Investigator: C. Moura; US project partners: R. McCulley, University of Kentucky and J. H. Kim, Duke University. Funded by Luso-American Foundation (FLAD).

Team member:
2010-13 CARBOWATSHRUB - Shrub encroachment: effects on carbon, nitrogen and water cycling. PI: M. Caldeira, ISA/UTL; Funded by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal
2010-13 CENECOGEN - Insights into the adaptation of Cenococcum geophilum to serpentine soil: ecology and genomics combined. PI: L. Muller, U. Coimbra; Funded by FCT.
2010-13 LTER - Montado - Long-term socio-ecological research and monitoring in a Mediterranean cultural landscape. LTER/BIA-BEC/0048/2009; PI: M. Reis Fonseca, FCUL; Funded by FCT.
2011-12 O Montado: da biodiversidade aos serviços do ecossistema. CV, 16867. PI: A.M. Azul (CFE, U. Coimbra); Funded by Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade (COMPETE).
2010-11 Programa de Cooperação Científica e Tecnológica FCT/CSIC - 2010/2011 - Proc.º 441.00 CSIC. (PI: S. Rodriguez-Echeverria, U. Coimbra)

Teaching experience

2007 Teaching Assistant: Bio117 (Structure-Function Relationships in Biology). Duke University
2006 Teaching Assistant: Bio46 (AIDS and emerging diseases). Duke University.
2004 Teaching Assistant: Bio 103L (Microbiology). Duke University.