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Cristina Ramalho

Dr Cristina Ramalho

Research Fellow
Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group

Contact details
Address
Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 4565
Email
cristina.ramalho@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/people/cristina.ramalho
Location
Room G18, Botany Building, Perth campus

Research Fellow
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 4565
Email
cristina.ramalho@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room G18, Botany Building, Perth campus
Qualifications
Hons(Bio) Lisbon, MSc(GIS) LisbonTech, PhD W.Aust.
Biography
I am a postdoctoral research fellow with the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, which is funded by the Australian National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). My research interests range across urban ecology, spatial ecology, and landscape ecology. I have a keen interest in the conceptual development that leads to better approaches to understand and intervene in urban environments to increase their biodiversity conservation capacity and liveability for people. I am also interested in using spatial approaches to gain insight and unpack complex ecological-social research questions.

Before starting this postdoc position in January 2016, I worked for three years at the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. The common denominator to the several projects I worked on was the use of spatial analysis and modelling tools to address specific ecological questions. Projects included spatial conservation prioritization, analysis of habitat fragmentation in the Perth Metropolitan Area, use of species distribution models to understand potential impacts of future climate change and to support phylogeographic inferences, development of topo-climatic spatial surfaces using ibutton technology, population viability analysis, and citizen science.

I finished my PhD in 2012, on the topic of the effects of urbanization on remnant Banksia woodland plant communities. Prior to coming to Australia, I worked in a Portuguese environmental consultancy company as a botanist and GIS ecologist (2004-2007), and at the Technical University of Lisbon as a research fellow in a project using geostatistical modelling to map the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals using lichens and mosses as bio-monitors (2003-2004).
Key research
Development of conceptual approaches and tools that support the description, assessment and enhancement of urban green spaces
Ecological design, spatial planning and ecosystem management strategies that enhance the biodiversity conservation capacity and liveability of urban environments:
Designing interventions, novel and traditional, that support the persistence of threatened species in urban landscapes
Bringing nature back in the city - development of a conceptual tool that supports the reintroduction of species back in the urban landscape, having into consideration ecological viability and social acceptability factors
Development of an ecological functional connectivity plan for the city of Melbourne
Understanding the effects of fragmentation on remnant plant communities
Conservation planning in the SWA global biodiversity hotspot, namely in a climate change adaptation perspective
Citizen science
Publications
Ramalho C.E., Chambers B., Ottewell K., Wilson B., Yates C., Barrett G. Demographic and Genetic Viability of a Medium-Sized Ground-Dwelling Mammal in a Fire Prone, Rapidly Urbanizing Landscape (in review).

Ramalho C.E., Laliberté E., Poot P., Hobbs R. Effects of fragmentation on the plant functional composition and diversity of remnant woodlands in a young and rapidly expanding city. Journal of Vegetation Science (in review).

Ramalho C.E., Byrne M., Yates C. (2017). A spatially explicit approach to support decision-making for seed provenance selection in ecological restoration under the influence of climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5:95.

Dalmaris E.*, Ramalho C.E.*, Poot P., Veneklaas E.J., Byrne M. (2015). A climate change context for the decline of a foundation tree species in south-western Australia – insights from phylogeography and species distribution modelling. Annals of Botany, 116: 941-952. *Equal contribution as first author. Invited article for a special issue on Plants and Climate Change.

Bolleter J., Ramalho C. E. (2014). The potential of ecologically enhanced urban parks to encourage and catalyse densification in greyfield suburbs. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 9(3): 54-65.

Ramalho C.E., Laliberté E., Poot P., Hobbs R.J. (2014). Complex effects of fragmentation on remnant woodland plant communities of a rapidly urbanizing biodiversity hotspot. Ecology, 95: 2466-2478.

Shackelford N., Hobbs R., Burgar J., Fontaine J., Laliberté E., Ramalho C.E., Standish R. (2013). Primed for change: developing ecological restoration for the 21st century. Restoration Ecology, 21(3): 297-304.

Perring M., Manning P., Hobbs R.J., Lugo A.L., Ramalho C.E., Standish R. (2013). Novel urban ecosystems and ecosystem services. In: Novel Ecosystems: intervening in the new ecological world order. R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs and C.M. Hall (eds). Wiley Press.

Ramalho C.E., Hobbs R.J. (2012). Straw man or scaffolding? Building the foundations of urban ecology: a reply to McDonnell et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27(5): 255-256.

Ramalho C.E., Hobbs R.J. (2012). Time for a change: dynamic urban ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27(3): 179-188 (covered by the BBC Science & Environment News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16032471).

Magalhaes M.F., Ramalho C.E. & Collares-Pereira M.J. (2008). Assessing biotic integrity in a Mediterranean watershed: development and evaluation of a fish-based index. Fisheries Management & Ecology, 15: 273-289.

Technical reports:
Kendal D., Lee K., Ramalho C.E., Bowen K., Bush J. (2016). Benefits of Urban Green Space in the Australian Context - A synthesis review for the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub.

Trocini S., Barrett G., Howard K. and Ramalho C.E. (2015). Rakali Community Survey 2014-2015. Report prepared by WWF-Australia and the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia. WWF-Australia, Perth, WA.

Howard K.H., Barrett G., Ramalho C.E., Friend T., Boyland R., Hudson J., Wilson B. (2014). Quenda Community Quenda Survey 2012. Report prepared by WWF-Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia. WWF-Australia, Perth, WA.

Ramalho C.E., Barrett G., Glossop B., Mitchell D., Wilson B., Clarke K. (2013). Spatial conservation prioritization in the Swan Region – a pilot study using Marxan. Department of Parks and Wildlife. Perth, Western Australia.

Ramalho C.E., Glossop B., Barrett G., Wilson B., Willers N., Friend T. (2013). Modelling the potential habitat of the Quenda (Isoodon obesulus fusciventer) in the Swan Region, Western Australia. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth, Western Australia.
Languages
English (proficient), Portuguese (mother language), Spanish (very good), French (some)
Teaching
I am an invited lecturer to the unit LACH 4423 - Ecological Systems (Masters in Landscape Architecture).

I welcome PhD and MSc students that would like to develop a project in topics related with my research and that are able to apply and obtain their own scholarship. I work in a multi-disciplinary team and welcome students from different fields, including ecology, urban design, landscape architecture, and social sciences.
Useful links
National Environmental Science Program – Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (http://www.nespurban.edu.au/)
Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group (http://www.erie-research.org)
Ecology, People, Place Research Group (https://ecopeople-uwa.org/)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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