Manuela M Morais

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We analysed the spatial patterns in macroinvertebrate taxon richness and abundance at two scales: sampling unit and basin. We sampled 12 stream sites in three zones of Portugal, differing in climate geomorphology and water chemistry. At a sampling unit scale, substratum organic matter content, depth and the dominant size of substratum particles were(More)
A sampling programme was developed in three stream types, of siliceous geology, from the south of Portugal (small and mid-sized lowland streams and small-sized median altitude streams). The samples were taken according to the AQEM site protocol procedure, keeping transport and depositional habitats samples separated. In each stream type, at least 13 sites(More)
The generalization of ecological results from temporary streams needs the study of those ecosystems across a broad scale of running waters, covering the geographical ecological constraints involved (e.g., precipitation, temperature and geology). For the particular situation of Mediterranean streams in Southern Europe, high changes in water level, with(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate differences in correlations among Biological Elements and environmental parameters for different river types, analysed at two different spatial scales. A total of 82 sites, with at least good ecological status, were sampled across Europe, representing three core river types: Mountain rivers (26 sites); Lowland(More)
Non-perennial rivers and streams (NPRS) cover >50% of the global river network. They are particularly predominant in Mediterranean Europe as a result of dry climate conditions, climate change and land use development. Historically, both scientists and policy makers underestimated the importance of NRPS for nature and humans alike, mainly because they have(More)
Cyanobacteria are prokaryotic, plantlike organisms present in lakes, recreational waters, and reservoirs, and often dominate phytoplankton communities in warm, nutrient-enriched hard waters. A stable water column rich in certain nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus, is associated with favorable environmental conditions that support development of(More)
River floodplains form a complex mosaic of aquatic, semi-aquatic, and terrestrial habitats. While spatially distinct, these habitats are connected through water, carbon and nutrients, and thus ecosystem processes in one habitat type may have ramifications for others. In the laboratory, we studied the effects of inundation duration (12, 36 and 96 h) and(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether biological methods based on epilithic littoral diatoms are a valuable complement to other biological elements for the assessment of the ecological potential of reservoirs in Portugal, in accordance with the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive. The statistical analysis performed (PCA,(More)
Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are common across Europe and dominate some Mediterranean river networks. In all climate zones, IRES support high biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. As dynamic ecosystems that transition between flowing, pool, and dry states, IRES are typically poorly represented in biomonitoring programmes(More)
In tropical climates, the high rainfall and temperature, throughout the annual cycle, allow high leaching rates of metallic elements from the basin upstream, which accumulate in the reservoirs. However, the concentration of these elements in natural waters is usually lower than expected, due to the ease of adsorption and co-precipitation in solid phases. We(More)
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