University of Lisbon | Portugal

The Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), School of Agriculture, is the largest and most qualified school of graduate and post-graduate degrees in the Agricultural and Forest Sciences in Portugal. ISA core mission is higher education, research, development, and technology transfer in the fields of agriculture, forestry and natural resources management, food science, environmental engineering and landscape architecture.

The Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves (CEABN-InBIO) is a ISA Research Unit which mission is to promote scientific research in ecology applied to forest and agricultural management, transfer scientific knowledge to stakeholders and contribute to solve management and policy questions related to the sustainable use of natural resources. CEABN has strong international research on forest wildfires, forest ecology and management, wildlife ecology and management and a strong role in knowledge transfer to stakeholders and the wider society.
CEABN-InBIO has a partnership with the Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the University of Porto (CIBIO-InBIO): the Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Associated Laboratory InBIO). As part of InBIO Associated Laboratory CEABN-InBIO contributes with research lines in forest ecology and wildfires and forest and wildlife ecology and management, contributing to advise the Portuguese State in public policies related to the conservation and management of biodiversity and the environment, addressing societal challenges related to climate and land use changes, environmental degradation and wildfires.

Centre for Applied Ecology “Prof. Baeta Neves” (CEABN)

Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017, Lisboa, Portugal

+351 213 653 333



team members


Francisco Castro Rego

Scientific Coordinator of the Centre for Applied Ecology “Prof. Baeta Neves” (CEABN)

Scientific Coordinator of the Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves (CEABN), School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon and Vice-Director of the Associated Laboratory InBIO (Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology). Head of the Forest Fires Observatory created by the Portuguese Parliament.

Professor at ISA, Chair of Statistics, Landscape Ecology, Fire Ecology and Applied Landscape Ecology. He co-coordinates two PhD programs: LINK (landscape architecture) and SUSFOR (forestry).

Francisco Rego has a Degree in Forestry by the Agronomy Institute, Technical University of Lisbon and PhD in Forestry and Wildlife and Range Management by the Idaho University (EUA).

Main research areas: Fire Ecology and Management, Forest Sector Modeling, Landscape Ecology, Forest Biodiversity

M. Conceição Colaço

Researcher in Forestry

Invited researcher at the Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves (CEABN), School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon and Researcher at the Associated Laboratory InBIO (Research Network on Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology).

Forest Engineer by the ISA, has the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Environmental Education and the PhD in Education from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Since 2000, she coordinates the CEABN / ISA environmental education program. Coordinated the “Forests Environmental Education Manual” edited by the National Forest Authority, co-author the FAO / UN Handbook on “Cape Verde Forests: A Good to Protect”, and other editions for the general public about environment and nature conservation. In 2007/8 she was a FAO / UN consultant in Cape Verde in the area of ​​forest fire prevention. She has participated in several European research projects in the area of ​​risk and forest fires as well as in forest education. In recent years the main themes of research are the social dimension of forest and forest fires. 


Miguel Bugalho

Principal Investigator at the Centre for Applied Ecology Baeta Neves (CEABN)

He has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, UK, an MSc in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and a first degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has had Post-doctoral experience in CSIRO, Australia and the Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University, USA. Miguel Bugalho currently leads a group of 5 PhD students and 5 post-doctoral associates.
Main research interests rely on the field of animal ecology and in particularly on the foraging ecology of large mammalian herbivores. He is interested in knowing how different herbivores, namely wild ruminants, use plant resources and how plants and ecosystems respond to these animals. This may provide opportunities for using herbivores as habitat management tools. Miguel Bugalho also collaborates with the Mediterranean Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a global non-governmental conservation organization, through which he developed research interests on the field of sustainable management of forest ecosystems. He is particularly interested in knowing how forest management affects the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services of Mediterranean evergreen oak woodlands.