Sabrina de Carvalho
Category: Post-doctoral researcher
Department: Cool-farm
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2014: agriculture and plant sensing specialist @Cool-farm

2012-2014: Post-doc @ NIOO-KNAW under the Be-Basic project in biobased economy and precision agriculture.

2008-2013: PhD Hyperspectral remote sensing of plant biochemicals above-belowground interactions. @NIOO-KNAW and ITC, The Netherlands. FCT grant SFRH/BD/36168/2007

2009: President of ITC PhD students Committee 

2005-2007: MSc in Ecology, University of Amsterdam

Theses: Genetic variation in the Gentianella amarella group using AFLP markers-implications for taxonomy and conservation.

minor project: Relating ecological and morphological traits of invasive and non-invasive plant species, to environmental conditions, in the Netherlands.

                           Netherlands IB-Groep working-student grant

2000-2005: Licenciatura, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Major project: Study of yearly biomass cycle of three saltmarsh species, Aveiro, Portugal.

Internship: Population viability of Gentianella amarella in Dutch dune areas.

SOCRATES-Leonardo da Vinci student.


Research Interests

- After years in research of plant-interactions and their monitoring using remote sensors I now apply that knowledge into new technology together with the Coolfarm team to study the methods for sustainable crop production.

- I also collaborate with the Centre for Functional Ecology in projects related with the monitoring potential of invasive plant species and its control.

Research Interests
I like to study what makes a plant perform better or worse and how we can understand its signals. Studies involving visible and near-infrared spectroscopy and also molecular research for analyses of plant spatial dynamics are my main focus.
My special interest is to combine these tools to study the effects of intensive crop production. What are the impacts of the plants with novel chemistry on soil biodiversity, key soil processes and soil ecosystem services? How can we combine new technology to improve the overview crop production impacts in its surrounding environment?

Another main focus in this subject is the detection of species chemical signals linked to plant propagation processes in order to better understand the invasion practice behind some non-native plants species. How can biologic control be monitored or even how can we use spectral features to understand plants response to pathogens and diseases, symbionts etc. Above all I like to study how plants communicate.

During my PhD project in tracked biochemical components of plants using remote sensing techniques. I studied the possibility to create the linking between the biochemicals concentrations in plants and the remote sensing technology in order to provide a key tool to survey large areas and better understanding the processes involved in these plants complex chemical interactions. My main focus in this subject was the detection of species chemical signals linked to plant propagation processes in order to better understand the invasion practice behind some plants species.

Other Achievements

Course in Identification and control of invasive plant species. Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, Portugal 

Course in Molecular Biology Techniques. University of Leiden, The Netherlands 

 Introduction to GIS course. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  Scientific Illustration Course (Colour). University of Aveiro, Portugal

  Course of Methodology and practice on Wild Carnivores studies. Nissus medium-environmental formation centre, Spain 

Scientific Illustration Course (Black & White Basic). University of Aveiro, Portugal.





ESA- European Space Agency

IBED-Experimental plant systematics, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Grants & Awards

1. Schure Beijerink Popping fond, KNAW, Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (2013) for best ecological fieldwork and research experimental design abroad.
2. Alexander Goetz Instrument support program (2009) promoted by ASD inc. For best creative research within their remote sensing and field spectroscopy studies (worldwide).
3. PhD grant (2007) by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BD/36168/2007, 4years.
4. Leonardo Da Vinci SOCRATES European program for students.(2004)

  • INVADER-B - INVAsive plant species management in Portugal: from early DEtection to Remote sensing and Biocontrol of Acacia longifolia (see details)