Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



CIMO - Mountain Research Center. See video HERE


Felícia Maria da Silva Fonseca

Auxiliary Professor
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
Phone: 273303253
ORCID: 0000-0001-7727-071X
Scopus Author ID: 36970960500


  • Since 1998: Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1992 - 1998: Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal


  • 2014 - 2015: Head of Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 2007 - 2008: Head of Department of Geosciences, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1997 - 2000: Head of Department of Geosciences, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal


  • 2007 - in Soil and Environmental Sciences, Universidade de Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • 1997 - in Forest Resources Management, Universidade de Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • 1991 - in Forest Engineering, Universidade de Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal


  • Ecosystem services, in particular with regard to carbon storage in terrestrial systems and soil hydrological processes (soil loss, runoff)
  • Effect of human activities on soil physical and chemical properties (forest stands installation, forest fires, soil mobilization)
  • Soil - plant relationships in forest and agroforestry systems
  • Fire - soil relationships


- iCarbono
Funding body: LA CAIXA - Promove - Projetos Piloto 2023
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Martins Azevedo
Start: 2023-10-01
End: 2026-09-30
Sustainolive - Azeite Biológico: implementação de estratégias inovadoras para a produção, valorização e consumo sustentáveis
Funding body: PRR 2020 - Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência
Reference: PRR-C05-i03-I-000187
Principal Investigator:Nuno Miguel de Sousa Rodrigues
Start: 2023-01-01
End: 2025-12-30
LIFE MARONESA - Market Awareness and Opportunity Raising for Needed Extensification and Soil-friendly Agriculture
Funding body: LIFE
Reference: LIFE19 GIC/PT/001285
Principal Investigator:Carlos Francisco Gonçalves Aguiar
Start: 2020-10-01
End: 2025-09-30
BIOma - Soluções integradas de BIOeconomia para a Mobilização cadeia Agroalimentar
Funding body: PORTUGAL 2020 - COMPETE 2020 - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização
Reference: POCI-1-0247-FEDER-046112
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2020-07-01
End: 2023-06-03
- Núcleo de Reflexão
Funding body: PDR 2020 - Programa de desenvolvimento Rural 2014-2020 - 1.0.1 - Grupos operacionais
Reference: PDR2020-2024-055366
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2020-01-01
End: 2023-01-26
INDNATUR - Mejora del entorno urbano en áreas industriales, adaptación al cambio climático y mejora de la calidad del aire a través de Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza (NBS)
Funding body: POCTEP 2014-2020 - Programa de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Portugal – Espanha
Reference: 0599_INDNATUR_2_E
Principal Investigator:Artur Jorge de Jesus Gonçalves
Start: 2018-01-01
End: 2022-09-05
OPEN2PRESERVE - Modelo de Gestión sostenible para la preservación de espacios abiertos de montaña de alto valor ambiental
Funding body: Interreg Sudoe 2014-2020
Reference: SOE1/PS/E0804
Principal Investigator:Marina Maria Pedrosa Meca Ferreira de Castro
Start: 2018-03-01
End: 2021-12-30
Leonardo da Vinci - Comunity Vocational Training Action
Funding body:
Principal Investigator:Tomás D' Aquino Freitas Rosa de Figueiredo
Start: 2006-01-01
End: 2018-12-31
- Projeto de Recuperação das Matas Litorais
Funding body: Fundo Florestal Permanente
Principal Investigator:Maria do Sameiro Ferreira Patrício
Start: 2018-01-22
End: 2018-11-30
SIMWOOD - Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood
Funding body: FP7-KBBE Knowledge Based Bio-Economy
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Martins Azevedo
Start: 2013-11-01
End: 2017-12-01
- Biological control of Chestnut Blight for maintenance of Castanea ecosystem
Funding body: PRODER - Medida 4.1
Principal Investigator:Maria Eugénia Madureira Gouveia
Start: 2012-05-01
End: 2015-04-05
- The use of biological indicators as tools for assessing the impact of agriucultural practices in sustainability of olive grove
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Principal Investigator:Sónia Alexandra Paiva Santos
Start: 2011-04-01
End: 2014-04-30
- Biomassa lenhosa para produção de energia: desenvolvimento de sistemas sustentáveis de fornecimento de bens e serviços de produção, regulação e conservação
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Martins Azevedo
Start: 2007-05-01
End: 2012-01-31

Total results: 24
Royer A.C.,de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Lado M.,Hernández Z.
Short-Term Effects of Olive-Pomace-Based Conditioners on Soil Aggregation Stability
Agronomy, 14, , 2024

Méndez-López M.,Jiménez-Morillo N.T.,Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Parente-Sendín A.,Alonso-Vega F.,Arias-Estévez M.,Nóvoa-Muñoz J.C.
Mercury mobilization in shrubland after a prescribed fire in NE Portugal: Insight on soil organic matter composition and different aggregate size
Science of the Total Environment, 904, , 2023

Santos R.,Fonseca F.,Baptista P.,Paz-González A.,de Figueiredo T.
Erosion Control Performance of Improved Soil Management in Olive Groves: A Field Experimental Study in NE Portugal
Land, 12, , 2023

Faria M.,Bertocco T.,Barroso A.,Carvalho M.,Fonseca F.,Delerue Matos C.,Figueiredo T.,Sequeira Braga A.,Valente T.,Jiménez-Ballesta R.
A Comparison of Analytical Methods for the Determination of Soil pH: Case Study on Burned Soils in Northern Portugal
Fire, 6, , 2023

Fonseca F.,Castro M.,Alves L.,Castro J.,de Figueiredo T.
Impacts of Extensive Sheep Grazing on Soil Physical and Chemical Quality in Open Mountain Forests, NE Portugal
Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 13, , 2023

Méndez-López M.,Gómez-Armesto A.,Alonso-Vega F.,Pontevedra-Pombal X.,Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Arias-Estévez M.,Nóvoa-Muñoz J.C.
The role of afforestation species as a driver of Hg accumulation in organic horizons of forest soils from a Mediterranean mountain area in SW Europe
Science of the Total Environment, 827, , 2022

Fonseca F.,Silva D.,Bueno P.,Hernández Z.,Royer A.C.,de Figueiredo T.
Temporal dynamics of carbon storage in a Mediterranean mountain scrubland managed by prescribed fire
Catena, 212, , 2022

Illera-Vives M.,López-Fabal A.,Fonseca F.,López-Mosquera M.E.
Production and evaluation of seaweed-containing plant growth adjuvant formulation
Sustainable Global Resources Of Seaweeds Volume 1: Bioresources , cultivation, trade and multifarious applications, 451-468, 2022

de Figueiredo T.,Poesen J.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Long term erosion rates in Douro Vineyards, Portugal: Effects of rainfall characteristics and plant density
Soil Conservation: Strategies, Management and Challenges, 67-105, 2021

de Figueiredo T.,Royer A.C.,Fonseca F.,Schütz F.C.d.A.,Hernández Z.
Regression models for soil water storage estimation using the ESA CCI satellite soil moisture product: A case study in northeast Portugal
Water (Switzerland), 13, , 2021

De Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Terraced vineyards of the douro wine region, Portugal: A soil and water management perspective
Pirineos, 175, , 2020

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Vilela Â.,Santos R.,de Carvalho A.,Almeida E.,Nunes L.
Impact of tree species replacement on carbon stocks in a Mediterranean mountain area, NE Portugal
Forest Ecology and Management, 439, 181-188, 2019

Fonseca F.,De Figueiredo T.
Carbon and nitrogen in forest floor and mineral soil under four forest species in the Mediterranean region
Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 8, 42-56, 2018

Gutiérrez Montero M.,Fonseca F.,Figueiredo T.,Sánchez Bellón Á.
Assessment and suggestions for improvement of soils with different uses in a sector of Montesinho Natural Park, Portugal
Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 8, 24-41, 2018

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Nogueira C.,Queirós A.
Effect of prescribed fire on soil properties and soil erosion in a Mediterranean mountain area
Geoderma, 307, 172-180, 2017

Sil Â.,Fonseca F.,Gonçalves J.,Honrado J.,Marta-Pedroso C.,Alonso J.,Ramos M.,Azevedo J.C.
Analysing carbon sequestration and storage dynamics in a changing mountain landscape in Portugal: Insights for management and planning
International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management, 13, 82-104, 2017

de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Lima E.,Fleischfresser L.,Hernandez Z.
Assessing performance of post-fire hillslope erosion control measures designed for different implementation scenarios in NE Portugal: Simulations applying USLE
Wildfires: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century, 201-228, 2017

Martins da Silva P.,Oliveira J.,Ferreira A.,Fonseca F.,Pereira J.A.,Aguiar C.A.S.,Serrano A.R.M.,Sousa J.P.,Santos S.A.P.
Habitat structure and neighbor linear features influence more carabid functional diversity in olive groves than the farming system
Ecological Indicators, 79, 128-138, 2017

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Bompastor Ramos M.A.
Carbon storage in the Mediterranean upland shrub communities of Montesinho Natural Park, northeast of Portugal
Agroforestry Systems, 86, 463-475, 2012

de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Martins A.
Soil loss and run-off in young forest stands as affected by site preparation technique: A study in NE Portugal
European Journal of Forest Research, 131, 1747-1760, 2012

Fonseca F.,de Figueiredo T.,Martins A.
Survival and early growth of mixed forest stands installed in a Mediterranean Region: Effects of site preparation intensity
Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1905-1912, 2011

Castro J.,De Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Castro J.P.,Nobre S.,Pires L.C.
Montesinho Natural Park: General description and natural values
Natural Heritage from East to West: Case studies from 6 EU countries, 119-132, 2010

Gouveia E.,Coelho V.,Fonseca F.,Nunes L.,Monteiro L.
Systemic immunity against soil borne Phytophthora and control of ink disease of chestnut by foliar spray of potassium phosphonate
Acta Horticulturae, 866, 449-453, 2010