She completed her Degree in Biology at the University of Coimbra in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in 2001 at the same institution, focusing on the impact of acacia invasion on the biodiversity of dunal eco-systems”. In 2011 she completed her Doctoral thesis in Biology, specialising in Ecology, at the University of Cape Town,(in collaboration with the University of Coimbra) focusing on the invasion of dunal eco-systems by acacia longifolia, including the assessment of impacts, system resilience and biological control.
She has been a teacher at the Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra (ESAC/IPC) since 1997, where she lectured in the areas of Biology, Vegetable Ecology and Botany, and has also coordinated trainees and has been part of academic management bodies. From February 2010 to May 2012 she was President of the Pedagogical Council of the institution.
Her research areas include her work as Permanent Researcher at the Functional Ecology Centre (CFE) of the University of Coimbra, as well as in the areas of the ecology of biological invasions, control of invasive plants and the rehabilitation of infected areas. She has published in specialist scientific journals and has frequently participated in research projects. Shehas also worked on communicating science to the public, and in the areas of professional training and research consultation.