I am a plant ecologist and a botanist at the School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

In this webpage, you can find information on on-going and past research, and on my main research interests and outcomes.


I have studied vegetation-environment relationships and humanized landscapes in Portugal, Southwestern Europe. My research interests have recently broadened in temporal and spatial scales, and in interdisciplinarity. I am currently focused on applied vegetation approaches and interconnected sciences such as plant functional ecology, invasion ecology, weed science, geomorphology, eco-hydrology, and environmental sociology.

I am passionate with agricultural and fluvial landscapes and I am focused on understanding the effects of human disturbance (fire, streamflow regulation, climate change and land use) in aquatic and riparian vegetation to provide guidance and decision-making tools for management and conservation. I am also working on integrated plant management on urban and orchard weeds.


Assistant Professor at the Department of Natural resources, Environment and Territory (DRAT), School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Research Unit: Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Forestry Engineering (2005)

MSc. Integrated Pest Management (1996)

Graduation Agronomic Engineering (1992)

Find me at

CIÊNCIA VITAE: https://www.cienciavitae.pt/en/C711-3BF4-57F2

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2207-0264

SCOPUS author: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=6701719011

Web of Science: https://www.webofscience.com/wos/author/rid/F-9981-2010

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Francisca_Aguiar/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=4XOlmsUAAAAJ

Editorial work

Aquatic Botany (Editor-in-Chief) https://www.journals.elsevier.com/aquatic-botany/editorial-board

Frontiers (Associate Editor) https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/environmental-science/sections/freshwater-science#editorial-board

Forests (Editorial Board; 2018-2022) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/editors#editorialboard