Our Team

Our team is composed by:

Instituto Superior de Agronomia
Coordinator / Principal researcher 
Ph.D. Susete Marques 

PhD in Forestry from Technical University of Lisbon since 2013. Her research interests are: wildfire risk and damage, wildfire behavior, forest management planning, optimization, multicriteria decision analysis, decision support systems

Researcher from July 2019 to April 2020
Ph.D. Adrián Pascual Arranz 

B.A. and M.A., University of Valladolid, 2006-2012; Ph.D., University of Eastern Finland, 2018

He places strong emphasis on the utility of remote sensing information to optimize the use of natural resources when developing spatially-explicit solutions in forest planning

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Co-Principal Researcher 
Professor José G. Borges

PhD in Forest Science, University of Minnesota, 1994.

Research and outreach interests: Development of models, methods and decision support systems to address current challenges (e.g. climate change, multiple demands, collaborative needs, participatory concerns) faced by all actors involved in forest ecosystem management planning and land-use planning (e.g. non-industrial forest owners, the forest industry, the public administration and non-governmental organizations).

PhD Brigite Botequim 

Brigite received the PhD degree in Forestry and Natural Resources in 2015 at School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisboa.

Her research interests are: Fire behaviour modelling, fire simulation analysis, Fire-adapted silviculture, Forest management planning, Trade-offs analysis, ecosystem services assessment as response to climate change and forest management models/dynamics.

Mst. Carlos Caldas 

Master in Forestry and Natural Resources Engineering at University of Lisbon

After a long career as a forestry consultant, he has recently embraced the challenges of research work at CEF/ISA. His main research interests are: forest economics, forest sector modelling and strategic planning

PhD Student Marco Marto 

PhD student in Forestry and Natural Resources Engineering at University of Lisbon

His current research interests are: forest decision support systems, forest optimization, multicriteria analysis and management of forest ecosystem services, forest management, and fire risk analysis. 

Ph.D. Student MarleneMarques 

PhD student in Forestry and Natural Resources Engineering at University of Lisbon

Her main interests are multi-criteria decision analysis, group decision making techniques and forest management planning.

Professor Pedro Ochôa

He graduated (1984) and Doctor (PhD) in Forestry (2000) at UTL-ISA (Lisbon). Assistant Professor at the Agronomy Institute, University of Lisbon (ISA/UL).

Lecturing classes of Forest Policy and Governance, Sustainable Development and Forest Certification and Silvicultural and agroforestry systems (including tropical systems), Forest Operations (Graduation and MSc degrees).

Main research activity has been directed to Collaborative Multifunctional Forest Management and Certification but currently working on research concerning Policy Change with Forests Policies and Governance as object of study.

Professor Marta Mesquita

PhD and Master in Statistics and Operational Research, from Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Research interests are Combinatorial Optimization Problems. In particular, Vehicle and Crew scheduling, Rostering, Traveling salesman Problems, Route planning in forest management.

Researcher from July 2020 - Sept 2021
Ph.D. Felipe Silva

PhD in Chemestry by Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (Brasil) since 2019. 

His main interests are ecosystem services; forest simulators;  multiple-criteria methods;  decision support systems; forest management planning; data acquisition, treatment and validation; PostgreSQL databases.

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
(from March19 to March21)
Responsible Researcher 
Professor Paulo Fernandes
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Responsible Researcher 
Professor Liliana Ferreira

Liliana Ferreira is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Department at the School of Technology and Management of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. She lectures in Statistics, Calculus and Operations Research.

She received a PhD in Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Lisbon in 2011 with the thesis "Development of optimization forest management models under wildfire risk". She has research interests about Optimization, Dynamic programming, Forest management models, Regression models.

Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto
Responsible Researcher 
Professor Miguel Sottomayor
Professor Américo Mendes
Diogo Ferreira
Universidade de Évora
Responsible Researcher 
Professor Vladimir Bushenkov
Master to be hired