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Catarina Moura

room: C3.007 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576215
email: cmoura(at)

Professional background | My work at BGI | Research interests | Publications

Professional background

  • Guest Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • Postdoctoral fellow co-hosted by University of Lisbon, University of Coimbra, Portugal and UC-Berkeley, USA
  • Ph.D. in Biology (major in Ecology), Duke University, USA
  • Certificate in Ecology - University Program in Ecology, Duke University, USA
  • Licenciatura (B.Sc.) in Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

My work at BGI

within the Model-Data Integration Group

  • Modeling Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) in Mediterranean Woodland Ecosystems (for MedSpec and with FCT-UNL):
    • integrate remote-sensed data into LUE models
    • improve representation of spatial and seasonal heterogeineity (vegetation phenology, physiological activity)
    • further understand GPP sensitivity to drought in these systems
  • Contributing to Ecosystem Carbon-Use-Efficiency database

Research Interests:

  • Plant carbon and water relations (from molecular controls on metabolism/physiology, to leaf- and organismal-level functional traits)
  • Climate change biology: impacts of elevated CO2, drought and land-use changes on forests ecosystems and tree physiology
  • Stoichiometry (C:N:P) and biogeochemical cycling (C, H2O, N) in Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Integration of data and information across scales (molecular to ecosystem-level) for better understanding of vegetation ccontrols on biogeochemical cycling

Publications at MPI:

Hartmann, H.*, Moura, C.F.*, Anderegg, W. R. L.*, Ruehr, N. K.*, Salmon, Y.*, Allen, C. D., Arndt, S. K., Breshears, D. D., Davi, H., Galbraith, D., Ruthrof, K. X., Wunder, J., Adams, H. D., Bloemen, J., Cailleret, M., Cobb, R., Gessler, A., Grams, T. E. E., Jansen, S., Kautz, M., Lloret, F., O’Brien, M. (2018). Research frontiers for improving our understanding of drought-induced tree and forest mortality. New Phytologist, 218(1), 15-28. doi:10.1111/nph.15048. (*corresponding/first co-authors)

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