Ana Cristina Pessoa Tavares holds a PhD in Biology (Plant Physiology) from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra and has taught in the Botany Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra. She was also an invited Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy at the same institution from 2002-2003.
She was responsible for the Botanical Garden Education Service (1997-2012) and holds the International Diploma in “Education in Botanical Gardens” from the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens (London, 2002) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in “Medication and Health Products made from Plants” from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra (2007), having also contributed to the Pharmaceutical Studies and Functional Ecology Centre of the University of Coimbra.
She has also collaborated on research projects in the field of conversations, study and application of Portuguese Apiacea, and is a member of the European project INQUIRE of the Education in Botanical Gardens.
She has had papers published in both Portuguese and international journals on education in botanical gardens and on the biotechnology of aromatic plants, her main area of research.
She has had books published by Coimbra University Press including: A alga que queria ser flor [The algae that wanted to be a flower] (2013), Ritmos do Jardim Botânico [Botanical Garden Rhythms] (2011), and co-authored: Plantas Aromáticas e Medicinais do Jardim Botânico [Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of the Botanical Garden] (2010).