Dr Fabio Carvalho G Da Silva

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

My main research focuses on plant-soil interactions and the impact of land-use change on ecosystem processes and services (e.g., biomass production, nutrient cycling, soil C storage). I am currently investigating the impact of mounted solar parks in the UK on the hosting ecosystem and how this affects the potential carbon emission savings to be realised by developing solar parks. In the past, I used plant traits to understand the expected trade-offs between exploitative and conservative life strategies among species and examine how they scale-up to changes in ecosystem processes and services. I have applied a functional approach to plant ecology using wetland and grassland ecosystems in the UK and agro-silvo-pastoral ecosystems in the Mediterranean region.

Selected Publications

Changes in functional, phylogenetic and taxonomic diversities of lowland fens under different vegetation and disturbance levels
Carvalho, F., Brown, K.A., Waller, M.P., Razafindratsima, O.H., Boom, A. 17/05/2020 In: Plant Ecology. 221, 6, p. 441–457. 17 p.
Journal article

Methods for prioritizing protected areas using individual and aggregate rankings
Carvalho, F., Brown, K.A., Gordon, A.D., Yesuf, G.U., Raherilalao, M.J., Raselimanana, A.P., Soarimalala, V., Goodman, S.M. 1/06/2020 In: Environmental Conservation. 47, 2, p. 113-122. 10 p.
Journal article

TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access
Kattge, J., Bönisch, G., Díaz, S., Lavorel, S., Prentice, I.C., Leadley, P., Tautenhahn, S., Werner, G.D.A., Aakala, T., Abedi, M., Acosta, A.T.R., Adamidis, G.C., Adamson, K., Aiba, M., Albert, C.H., Alcántara, J.M., Alcázar C, C., Aleixo, I., Ali, H., Amiaud, B., Ammer, C., Amoroso, M.M., Anand, M., Anderson, C., Anten, N., Antos, J., Apgaua, D.M.G., Ashman, T., Asmara, D.H., Asner, G.P., Aspinwall, M., Atkin, O., Aubin, I., Baastrup-Spohr, L., Bahalkeh, K., Bahn, M., Baker, T., Baker, W.J., Bakker, J.P., Baldocchi, D., Baltzer, J., Banerjee, A., Baranger, A., Barlow, J., Barneche, D.R., Baruch, Z., Bastianelli, D., Battles, J., Bauerle, W., Bauters, M., Bazzato, E., Beckmann, M., Beeckman, H., Beierkuhnlein, C., Bekker, R., Belfry, G., Belluau, M., Beloiu, M., Benavides, R., Benomar, L., Berdugo-Lattke, M.L., Berenguer, E., Bergamin, R., Bergmann, J., Bergmann Carlucci, M., Berner, L., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Bigler, C., Bjorkman, A.D., Blackman, C., Blanco, C., Blonder, B., Blumen 3/01/2020 In: Global Change Biology. 26, 1, p. 119-188. 70 p.
Journal article

Leaf traits interact with management and water table to modulate ecosystem properties in fen peatlands
Carvalho, F., Brown, K.A., Waller, M.P., Boom, A. 1/08/2019 In: Plant and Soil. 441, 1-2, p. 331-347. 17 p.
Journal article

A method for reconstructing temporal changes in vegetation functional trait composition using Holocene pollen assemblages
Carvalho, F., Brown, K.A., Waller, M.P., Bunting, M.J., Boom, A., Leng, M.J. 29/05/2019 In: PLoS ONE. 14, 5, 18 p.
Journal article

Edge effects on components of diversity and above-ground biomass in a tropical rainforest
Razafindratsima, O.H., Brown, K.A., Carvalho, F., Johnson, S.E., Wright, P.C., Dunham, A.E., Butt, N. 1/03/2018 In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 2, p. 977-985. 8 p.
Journal article

Disentangling the pollen signal from fen systems: Modern and Holocene studies from southern and eastern England
Waller, M.P., Carvalho, F., Grant, M.J., Bunting, M.J., Brown, K.A. 1/03/2017 In: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 238, p. 15-33. 19 p.
Journal article

Priorisation des aires protégées de Madagascar: Une feuille de route pour la conservation
Brown, K.A., Gordon, A., Carvalho, F., Yesuf, G. 9/04/2019 In: Les aires protégées terrestres de Madagascar. Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra p. 1693-1706. 14 p. ISBN: 9782953892390.
Chapter

Using plant functional traits to assess ecosystem processes and community dynamics in lowland fens: understanding the efficacy and applicability of a trait-based approach to plant ecology
Carvalho, F. 2017 Kingston University. 184 p.
Doctoral Thesis