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Department of Forest & Landscape
Head of the Department -
Associate Professor (Ph.D.)
Maria Emília Calvão Moreira da Silva

The Department of Forest and Landscape of Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), belongs to the Agrarian Sciences Scientific Area of UTAD created by the Law n. 60/86 of March 22.
Nowadays the Department of Forest and Landscape is organized in three scientific groups, Silviculture, Planning and Resource Management. It is composed by nine PhD, six master graduate engineers and four graduate engineers in a total of nineteen professional scientists.

 
Teaching
Undergraduate studies.

The Department of Forest and Landscape is responsible, in cooperation with other UTAD departments, for the Forest Engineering course. This is a five year course, including the presentation of a final report of a six month training period.

The Forest Engineering curriculum has been updated in order to adapt it to the new challenges and perspectives that the new forest enginneers are facing.

 
Graduate studies
Since 1993/94 the Department of Forest and Landscape offers, in cooperation with other UTAD departments, two Master courses in Agrarian Sciences, in the fields of Forest Production and Forest Resources Engineering. Since 1995/1996 the Forest Department cooperates with the Economy and Sociology Department, in the Master course in Rural Development Supporting Intruments and Tools, organized in three different thematic areas, Natural Resource Management, Rural Economy and Rural Development.

Research
The Department of Forest and Landscape develops, at the same time, a diversified research activity in the three scientific groups (Silviculture, Planning and Resource Management), driven by the research areas under the responsability of the PhD scientists. This includes the cooperation, as partners and also as coodinators, in national and international research projects. The Department of Forest and Landscape is also member of IUFRO since 1994. All the information available of the department is included in the EFERN (European Forest Ecosystem Research Network).


Research Staff
LOPES, Luís Filipe Gomes
Silviculture of Tropical Forests. Management variants of stand types of tropical and sub-tropical stands. Use of Agro-forestry activities in tropical areas.
Technology of wood and cork and applications on industrial activities. Relationship between tree growth, and the characteristics of springwood and latewood on the saw timber and joinery. Phenotipic variations on wood quality.
SILVA, Maria Emilia C. Moreira da
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Silvicuture of exotic species and field trials of their adaptation to North Portugal. Characterization of Quercus pyrenaica stands and management of these coppice forests. Cultural treatments of forest stands: thinning and delimbing. Nursery management of forest plants. General dendrology.
LUIS, Jaime Fernando Sales
Forest growth and yeld, with emphasis on Pinus pinaster, Pseudotsuga menziesii and Cupressus lusitanica under different cultural conditions. New silvicultural systems on softwood and hardwood species. Management of mixed stands.
Land forest use planning and projects evaluation. Environmental economics. Geographical Information Systems and its application on vegetation survey and on the assessment of changes in woodland pattern (e.g. forest pests and fire). Forest planning and planning fr nature conservation within forestry.
Site Quality Sudies, growth and volume increment .Use of yield models and tables for forest stands. Merchantable volume and scaling assessments. Applications of Geographical Information Systems to woodlands classification and characterization of structure and stability of forest stands Digital Cartography of forest ecosystems. 
FONSECA, Teresa de Jesus Fidalgo
Site Quality Sudies, growth and volume increment .Use of yield models and tables for forest stands. Merchantable volume and scaling assessments. Applications of Geographical Information Systems to woodlands classification and characterization of structure and stability of forest stands Digital Cartography of forest ecosystems.
Dendrometrics and Remote Sensing Estimation of forestry dendrometric parameters (age classes, density, site index, basal area and volume) from satelite imges (Landsat TM and SPOT).
Biotipology and functioning of lotic ecosystems: spatial pattern of benthic invertebrates along the longitudinal profile; autotrophy and heterotrophy of river sections.Litter breakdown in aquatic systems and the role of riparian vegetation: effects of afforestation or forest removal and other types of land use of drainage basins on the aquatic communities; breakdown of exotic and native leaf species; riparian vegetation and biodiversity of macroinvertebrate and fishes communities; analyses of riparian habitats and structure of riverine vegetation; restauration of riparian cover. Ecology of freshwater fishes: habitat and distribution of fish species according to the habitat characteristics; limitations and effects of trout stocking on the indigenous fish populations. Methods of biological assessment: use of macroinvertebrates and fish species as bio-indicators; biological assessment of water quality; application of indeces of biological integrity (IBI); use of techniques of multivariate analyses for detection of disturbance on aquatic communities.River regulation and minimum flow: effects of impoudment on aquatic communities in fast flowing streams; application of minimum flow techniques with special mention to the INFIM procedure.
Wildfire prevention programs and extension to the rural areas. Development of assistance tools for prescribed burning planning and its evaluation. Prescribed burning effects on Pinus pinaster stands and shrubland. Comparison between fuel management techniques Wildfire danger rating. Empirical fire behaviour modelling in shrubland and Pinus pinaster stands.
MONZÓN, Aurora Carmen
Game and wildlife resources evaluation. Silviculture techniques on Pine stands and consequences to the biodiversity on vertebrates. Exploitation, management and conservation of faunal resources. Integration of nature conservation with woodland management. Study of watersheds and typology of aquatic ecosystems.
MANSO, Filipa Conceição S. Furtado T. Meneres
Survey of flora of wood pastures and wood pasture variants. Techniques for improvement of mountain pastures in woodland areas, especially of Pinus pinaster. Ecology and successional dynamics of grasslands.
FERNANDES, Paulo Alexandre Martins
Wildfire prevention programs and extension to the rural areas. Development of assistance tools for prescribed burning planning and its evaluation. Prescribed burning effects on Pinus pinaster stands and shrubland. Comparison between fuel management techniques Wildfire danger rating. Empirical fire behaviour modelling in shrubland and Pinus pinaster stands.


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