Cristina Branquinho is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, in the Centre for Ecology and Environmental Changes – cE3c. Her main aim is improving human well-being through the understanding of the effects of anthropogenic factors (e.g. pollution, eutrophication, climate change) on the provision of ecosystem services. She monitors the structure and functioning of natural, semi-natural and urban ecosystems, and the development and implementation of strategies to mitigate, adapt and restore ecosystem to global-change. Her research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) Understand the structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems under environmental change scenarios (eutrophication, climate change and pollution); ii) Develop, test, model and track early warning ecological indicators of environmental change factors at global scale, as well as, ecotechnological solutions for restoring ecosystem structure and functioning; iii) Understand the role of urban green areas and of its biodiversity in ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services provision.