CBMA

Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

Isabel Fernandes
Isabel Fernandes
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Post-Doc Researcher
Sustaining Life - Biodiversity and Functional Ecology
Stoichiometry of microbial decomposers: bottom-up effects on detritus food web in streams
Fernanda Cássio (CBMA), Cláudia Pascoal (CBMA), Guy Woodward (Imperial College London)
Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA)
Department of Biology
University of Minho
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga
Portugal

Current Research & Key Publications

  • Effects of litter quality, nutrient enrichment and temperature on the stoichiometry (C:N:P ratios) of stream microbial decomposers
  • Effects of temperature on aquatic fungi activity and diversity (collaborative work with Imperial College London being developed in a geothermal natural system in Iceland)
  • Barcoding new aquatic hyphomycete species
  • Use of molecular tools to assess microbial diversity

Fernandes I, Pereira A, Trabulo J, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. 2015. Microscopy- or DNAbased analyses: which methodology gives a truer picture of stream-dwelling decomposer fungal diversity? Fungal Ecology 18:130-134. DOI:10.1016/j.funeco.2015.08.005 (2015: IF-2.631; Ecology-Q2)

Fernandes I, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Elevated temperature may intensify the positive effects of nutrients on microbial decomposition in streams. Freshwater Biology 59:2390-2399. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12445 (2014: IF-2.738; Marine and Freshwater Biology-Q1)

Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2013. Effects of riparian plant diversity loss on aquatic microbial decomposers become more pronounced at longer times. Microbial Ecology 66:763-772. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-013-0278-0. (2013: IF-3.118; Marine and Freshwater Biology-Q1)

Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Guimarães H, Pinto R, Sousa I, Cássio F. 2012. Temperature reduces effects of litter quality on litter decomposition by aquatic fungi. Freshwater Biology 57:2306–2317. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12004. (2012: IF-3.933; Marine & Freshwater Biology-Q1)

Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2011. Intraspecific traits change biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning under metal stress. Oecologia 166:1019-1028. DOI:10.1007/s00442-011-1930-3. (2011: IF-3.412; Ecology-Q1)

Research Projects

2016-2018: A timely look at effects of agriculture on fluvial dissolved organic matter: the role of hydrology - AGRHYDROM – team member (€ 4500), young researchers collaborative project funded by Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL)

2016-2019: Innovative Green Products and Processes to Promote Agri-Food Bioeconomy – EcoAgriFood (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000009) – team member (€ 1 289 747)

 2012-2015: Biodiversity and functioning of detritus foodwebs in freshwaters - FreshBioFun (PTDC/AAC-AMB/117068/2010) - team member (€ 160 000), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

2011-2014: Development of molecular tools for assessing fungal diversity and activity in freshwaters - FunDiver (PTDC/AAC-AMB/113746/2009) - team member (€ 126 886) (https://sites.google.com/site/fundiverfct/home), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

Publications

12. Pereira A, Trabulo J, Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. 2016. Spring stimulates leaf decomposition in moderately eutrophic streams. Aquatic Sciences. DOI:10.1007/s00027-016-0490-3 (2015: IF-2.398; Limnology-Q1) (in press).

11. Pereira A, Geraldes P, Lima-Fernandes E, Fernandes I, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2016. Structural and functional measures of invertebrate and fungal communities as predictors of eutrophication. Ecological indicators 69:648-656. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.05.017 (2015: IF-3.190; Environmental Sciences-Q1).

10. Fernandes I, Pereira A, Trabulo J, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. 2015. Microscopy- or DNAbased analyses: which methodology gives a truer picture of stream-dwelling decomposer fungal diversity? Fungal Ecology 18:130-134. DOI:10.1016/j.funeco.2015.08.005 (2015: IF-2.631; Ecology-Q2)

9. Lima-Fernandes E*, Fernandes I*, Pereira A, Geraldes P, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Eutrophication modulates diversity effects on leaf-litter decomposition in streams. Freshwater Science 34:31-41. DOI:10.1086/679223. (2015: IF-2.433; Marine and Freshwater Biology-Q1) *equal contribution

8. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Riparian plant diversity affects invertebrate shredder activity and resource quality to higher trophic levels in streams. Marine and Freshwater Research 66:449-458. DOI:10.1071/MF14089. (2015: IF-1.583; Limnology-Q2)

7. Fernandes I, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Elevated temperature may intensify the positive effects of nutrients on microbial decomposition in streams. Freshwater Biology 59:2390-2399. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12445 (2014: IF-2.738; Marine and Freshwater Biology-Q1)

6. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2013. Effects of riparian plant diversity loss on aquatic microbial decomposers become more pronounced at longer times. Microbial Ecology 66:763-772. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-013-0278-0. (2013: IF-3.118; Marine and Freshwater Biology-Q1)

5. Duarte S, Fernandes I, Nogueira MJ, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2013. Temperature alters interspecific relationships among aquatic fungi. Fungal Ecology 6:187-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2013.02.001. (2013: IF-2.992; Mycology-Q1)

4. Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Guimarães H, Pinto R, Sousa I, Cássio F. 2012. Temperature reduces effects of litter quality on litter decomposition by aquatic fungi. Freshwater Biology 57:2306–2317. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12004. (2012: IF-3.933; Marine & Freshwater Biology-Q1)

3. Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2011. Intraspecific traits change biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning under metal stress. Oecologia 166:1019-1028. DOI:10.1007/s00442-011-1930-3. (2011: IF-3.412; Ecology-Q1)

2. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2009. Mixtures of zinc and phosphate affect leaf litter decomposition by aquatic fungi in streams. Science of the Total Environment 407:4283–4288. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.04.007. (2009: IF-2.905; Environmental Sciences-Q1)

1. Fernandes I, Uzun B, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2009. Responses of aquatic fungal communities on leaf litter to temperature change events. International Review of Hydrobiology 94:410–418. DOI:10.1002/iroh.200811163. (2009: IF-1.082; Marine & Freshwater Biology-Q3)

 

 

 

GenBank submissions

Fernandes I., Batista D., Pereira A., Cássio F., Pascoal C., Duarte S. 2013. GenBank Accession numbers: KF952606-KF952741 (136 ITS sequences)

Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Cássio F. 2011. Intraspecific traits change biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning under metal stress. GenBank Accession numbers: GU938614-GU938617 (4 ITS sequences)

Oral communications (invited)

Fernandes I. Efeito da temperatura e da disponibilidade de recursos na decomposição de folhada em rios. III Ciclo de Palestras Científicas organized by Centro de Formação da Associação de Escolas de Vila Nova de Famalicão. Vila Nova de Famalicão, November 2013.

 

Oral communications

13. Fernandes I, Pereira A, Trabulo J, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. Microscopy- or DNA-based analyses: which methodology gives a truer picture of decomposer fungal diversity in streams? Conference Community Ecology for the 21st Century – From Genes to Ecosystems, Évora, Portugal, 17-19 October 2016.

12. Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Cássio F. Inter- and intraspecific variability in aquatic fungal
stoichiometry. XXXIII Congress of the International Society of Limnology, Turin, Italy, 31July-5
August 2016.

11. Pereira A., Trabulo J., Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Cássio F., Duarte S. Seasonal effects of eutrophication on litter decomposition and associated fungal and invertebrate communities. XVIIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Santander, Spain, July 2014.

10. Fernandes I., Duarte S., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Effects of riparian plant diversity loss on detritus food webs become more pronounced at longer times. 8th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Munster, Germany, July 2013.

9. Pereira A., Geraldes P., Lima-Fernandes E., Fernandes I., Cássio F., Pascoal C. Structural and functional measures of invertebrate and fungal communities as predictors of eutrophication. XVIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Guimarães, Portugal, July 2012.

8. Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Sousa I., Seena S., Cássio F. Plant-litter decomposition by microbes increases with temperature and nutrient load in streams. XVIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Guimarães, Portugal, July 2012.

7. Lima-Fernandes E., Fernandes I., Pereira A., Geraldes P., Cássio F., Pascoal C. Effects of riparian plant diversity on leaf-litter decomposition along an eutrophication gradient. XVIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Guimarães, Portugal, July 2012.

6. Fernandes I., Duarte S., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Long-term effects of riparian vegetation diversity on stream-dwelling microbes and litter decomposition. 7th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Girona, Spain, June 2011.

5. Lima-Fernandes E, Fernandes I., Pereira A., Geraldes P., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Eutrophication alters non-additive effects of plant-litter diversity in streams. 7th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Girona, Spain, June 2011.

4. Fernandes I., Seena S., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Predicted climate change and nutrient runoff may alter microbial community structure and accelerate leaf decomposition in streams. XV Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, July 2010.

3. Guimarães H., Pinto R., Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Effects of riparian vegetation diversity on leaf litter decomposition by aquatic microbes in a warming scenario. XV Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, July 2010.

2. Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Effects of fungal diversity on leaf litter decomposition under cadmium stress: species number and traits. SETAC Europe 19th Annual Meeting. Göteborg, Sweden, May 2009.

1. Fernandes I., Uzun B., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Effects of extreme temperature events on leaf-litter decomposition by aquatic fungi. 5th International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters. Coimbra, Portugal, July 2008.

 

Poster communications

8. Fernandes I, Faria J, Cássio F, Pascoal C. Effects of nutrient enrichment and multitrophic species diversity on detrital food webs. 18th Conference of the Iberian Association of Limnology, Tortosa, Spain, 4-8 July 2016.

7. Fernandes I., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Effects of nutrient enrichment and litter quality on leaf-litter associated fungi in streams. Conference on Biological Stoichiometry, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, June 2015.

6. Fernandes I., Pereira A., Trabulo J., Pascoal C., Cássio F., Duarte S. A case of using traditional and molecular approaches to assess the effects of season and eutrophication on fungal communities on plant litter decomposing in streams. XVIIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Santander, Spain, July 2014.

5. Fernandes I., Duarte S., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Long-term effects of riparian-plant diversity loss on a stream invertebrate shredder. XVIth Congress of the Iberian Society of Limnology, Guimarães, Portugal, July 2012.

4. Duarte S., Fernandes I., Nogueira M.J., Pinheiro A., Cássio F., Pascoal C. Temperature changes interspecific relationships among aquatic hyphomycetes. 7th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Girona, Spain, June 2011.

3. Pereira A., Geraldes P., Lima-Fernandes E., Fernandes I., Cássio F., Pascoal C. Effects of nutrient enrichment and riparian vegetation on litter decomposition in streams. 7th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Girona, Spain, June 2011.

2. Fernandes I., Seena S., Pascoal C., Cássio F. Responses of aquatic microbial decomposers to inorganic nutrients in a warming scenario. III International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology (BioMicroWorld2009). Lisboa, Portugal, December 2009.

1. Fernandes I., Duarte S., Cássio F., Pascoal C. Mixtures of zinc and phosphate affect leaf litter decomposition by aquatic fungi. SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting. Porto, Portugal, May 2007.

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