Fernando Roberto Martins

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Cargo: Professor Colaborador

Doutorado, Universidade de São Paulo

Dep. BIOLOGIA VEGETAL, IB, Unicamp, Campinas, SP



  • Biodiversity

Research lines

  • Plant ecology

Personal presentation

He has completed the undergraduate course of Biological Sciences in the Universidade de São Paulo (1972) and the PH. D. in Botany (Ecology) in the Universidade de São Paulo (1980). Teacher in the Department of Plant Biology since March/1974, he became Full Professor in 2008. He has developed researches on the ecology of natural plant populations and communities, especially in the Cerrado, Atlantic forest and Caatinga. He retired in December/2018, and has experience in Plant Ecology, acting on the following subjects: community ecology, population ecology, phytogeography.

Research activities

Ecology of natural plant populations and communities, especially in the Caatinga, Cerrado, and Atlantic Forest;

Teaching activities

In the undergraduate course, collaboration in disciplines of plant ecology, and bases of ethics for Biology, and lecturing of an elective discipline on pedology fundaments. In the graduate course, lecturing of disciplines on the methodology of science, fundaments of soil ecology, and plant ecology.

Selected Publications

Torres, R. B.; martins, F. R.; Kinoshita, L. S.; Climate, soil and tree flora relationships in forests in the state of São Paulo, Brasil.. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE BOTÂNICA, v.20, p. 41-49, 1997

Castro, A. A. J. F.; martins, F. R.; Tamashiro, J. Y.; Shepherd, G. J.; How rich is the flora olf Brazilian cerrados?. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, v.86, p. 192-224, 1999

Carvalho, R. M.; martins, F. R.; Santos, F. A. M.; Leaf ecology of pre-reproductive ontogenetic stages of the palm tree Euterpe edulis Mart. (Arecaceae).. Annals of Botany, v.83, p. 225-233, 1999

Oliveira Filho, A. T.; Shepherd, George John; martins, F. R.; Stubblebine, W. H.; Environmental factors affecting physiognomy and floristic variation in an area of cerrado in central Brazil.. Journal of Tropical Ecology, v.5, p. 413-431, 1989

Souza, Alexandre Fadigas De; martins, F. R.; Spatial variation and dynamics of flooding, canopy openness, and structure in a Neotropical swamp forest. Plant Ecology (Dordrecht), v.180, p. 161-173, 2005