Cristina Ramalho

Cristina Ramalho 2018-05-31T14:10:37+00:00

Cristina Ramalho

Hons(Bio) Lisbon, MSc(GIS) LisbonTech, PhD W.Aust.

I am a postdoctoral research fellow with the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, which is funded by the Australian National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). My research interests range across urban ecology, spatial ecology, and landscape ecology. I have a keen interest in the conceptual development that leads to better approaches to understand and intervene in urban environments to increase their biodiversity conservation capacity and liveability for people. I am also interested in using spatial approaches to gain insight and unpack complex ecological-social research questions.

Before starting this postdoc position in January 2016, I worked for three years at the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. The common denominator to the several projects I worked on was the use of spatial analysis and modelling tools to address specific ecological questions. Projects included spatial conservation prioritization, analysis of habitat fragmentation in the Perth Metropolitan Area, use of species distribution models to understand potential impacts of future climate change and to support phylogeographic inferences, development of topo-climatic spatial surfaces using ibutton technology, population viability analysis, and citizen science.

I finished my PhD in 2012, on the topic of the effects of urbanization on remnant Banksia woodland plant communities. Prior to coming to Australia, I worked in a Portuguese environmental consultancy company as a botanist and GIS ecologist (2004-2007), and at the Technical University of Lisbon as a research fellow in a project using geostatistical modelling to map the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals using lichens and mosses as bio-monitors (2003-2004).


National Environmental Science Program – Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub

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UWA Website

Top Publications

Ramalho C.E., Ottewell K., Chambers B., Yates C., Wilson B., Bencini, R., Barrett G. Demographic and Genetic Viability of a Medium-Sized Ground-Dwelling Mammal in a Fire Prone, Rapidly Urbanizing Landscape (in review). PlosOne 13 (2), e0191190 (

Ramalho C.E., Laliberté E., Poot P., Hobbs R. (2018). Effects of fragmentation on the plant functional composition and diversity of remnant woodlands in a young and rapidly expanding city. Journal of Vegetation Science, 1-12 (

Ramalho C.E., Byrne M., Yates C. (2017). A spatially explicit approach to support decision-making for seed provenance selection in ecological restoration under the influence of climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5:95 (

Dalmaris E., Ramalho C.E., Poot P., Veneklaas E.J., Byrne M. (2015). A climate change context for the decline of a foundation tree species in south-western Australia – insights from phylogeography and species distribution modelling. Annals of Botany, 116: 941-952 (

Bolleter J., Ramalho C. E. (2014). The potential of ecologically enhanced urban parks to encourage and catalyse densification in greyfield suburbs. Journal of Landscape Architecture, 9(3): 54-65. (

Perring M., Manning P., Hobbs R.J., Lugo A.L., Ramalho C.E., Standish R. (2013). Novel urban ecosystems and ecosystem services. In: Novel Ecosystems: intervening in the new ecological world order. R.J. Hobbs, E.S. Higgs and C.M. Hall (eds). Wiley Press.