Carmen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre of Marine Sciences and Invited Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve, in Faro (Portugal). She graduated in Marine Sciences in 2005 at the University of Cádiz (Spain), where she completed her PhD with Honours in 2011.
Carmen’s research interests are in the fields of natural and environmental sciences with a focus on the ecology of coastal vegetated ecosystems (seagrasses, macroalgae, and salt marshes). She combines experimental and observational fieldwork, mesocosms experiments, and modelling to conduct research in three main areas: ecosystem services, environmental impacts, and functional ecology.
Among her research activities, Carmen is particularly passionate on fieldwork and scientific diving, having been involved in a variety of expeditions across the globe. She is currently coordinating several fieldwork-based studies in the Ria Formosa, a coastal wetland in south Portugal, to assess the ecosystem services delivered by seagrasses and salt marshes.
Carmen’s purpose and motivation in research is advancing in the ecological knowledge of coastal vegetated ecosystems to support science-based management, promote their conservation, and inform national and international environmental policies. She is also committed to student supervision and teaching in higher education, as well as to engage citizens and stakeholders in the protection and sustainable use of coastal ecosystems.