Prof. Dr. Ana Bastos

Group Leader
Research project ForEXD

Main Focus

My overarching goal is to better understand inter-annual to long-term variability in the global carbon-cycle. To do this, my research bridges the disciplines of atmospheric science, ecology and biogeochemistry, from both observation-based and modelling perspectives. Specific topics include land-atmosphere interactions, the role of internal climate variability and ocean-atmosphere-land teleconnections in controlling carbon-cycle dynamics, the impacts of climate extremes on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem disturbance regimes.

Curriculum Vitae


2015 PhD in Geophysical and Geoinformation Science, U. Lisbon, Portugal. “Impacts of climate variability and extremes on carbon uptake by land ecosystems". Highest honours.

2011 BSc+MSc in Environment and Energy Engineering, U. Lisbon, Portugal.

Research Experience

2020 – Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC), Germany.

2018 – 2020 Scientific Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany.

2015 – 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE-IPSL / CEA-Saclay), France.


Proposal developer and PI for projects funded by:

2022 – European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC-Stg) 2021, Forest vulnerability to compound extremes and disturbances in a changing climate 

2020 – European Space Agency (ESA), Exploitation of CCI products in the second Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes (RECCAP-2): phase 2 

2018 Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU), Insect outbreak impacts on forests 

Fellowships and Awards

2022   Beutenberg Campus Award - Life Science and Physics 2021

2022   Outstanding Early Career Scientist BG Division Award, European Geosciences Union (EGU)

2012   Individual PhD fellowship competitively awarded, Portuguese Science Foundation.

2012   Fulbright Fellowship for research stay at University of Montana, USA, Fulbright Portugal.

2011   “Young scientists in Geosciences” award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.

Professional Activities

International leadership

2022 – Member of the World Climate Research Programmes' (WCRP) Lighthouse Activity Safe Landing Climates, Perturbed Carbon Cycle theme.

2018 – Activity Lead of the second Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes (RECCAP2) initiative of the Global Carbon Budget (since 2019).

2018 Co-lead of the “Drought task force” initiative of the ICOS-RI (2019-2020).

Talks and lectures

Over 40 oral communications in international conferences and workshops.

Meeting organization

Scientific program Committee member, 4th ICOS Science Conference (2020).

Session convener atAGU, EGU meetings since 2018.

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