Research InterestsMy research emphasis is in understanding micro-evolutionary processes at small spatial scales, such as clonal species life history strategies, with focus on dispersal and sexual versus asexual allocation.
I am also curious about the evolution at the biogeographic scale, and the discoveries that can be driven by analyzing genetic diversity found across the distribution range of species.
My current research focuses on the molecular ecology of marine plants and algae. Presently my funded research is related to the following topics:
- California giant kelp seascape genetics
- Landscape genetics in a coastal lagoon using seagrasses as models
- Understanding the drivers of sexual and asexual allocation strategies in marine plants.
I am interested in using and developing innovative quantitative methods to address my research questions using simulations and programming with R.
You can find more information about my research in my web page (link).
Ana Barradas, Alberto F, Engelen AH, Serrão EA (in press) Fast sporophyte replacement after removal suggests banks of latent microscopic stages of Laminaria ochroleuca (Phaeophyceae) in tide pools in northern Portugal. Cahiers de Biologie Marine.
Alberto F, Raimondi P, Reed DC, Watson JR, Siegel DA, Mitarai S, Coelho NC, Serrão E (in press) Isolation by oceanographic distance explains genetic structure for Macrocystis pyrifera in the Santa Barbara Channel. Molecular Ecology.
Alberto F, Raimondi P, Reed DC, Coelho NC, Leblois R, Whitmer A, Serrão E (2010). Habitat continuity and geographic distance predict population genetic differentiation in giant kelp. Ecology, 91: 49-56.
Assis J, Tavares D, Tavares JT, Cunha AH, Alberto FA, Serrão EA (2009). Findkelp, a GIS-based community participation project to assess Portuguese kelp conservation status. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56:1469-1473.
Alberto F, Whitmer A, Coelho A, Zippay M, Varela-Alvarez E, Raimondi PT, Reed D, Serrão EA (2009). Microsatellite markers for the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera. Conservation Genetics. 10: 1915-1917.
Alberto F (2009). MsatAllele_1.0: an R package to visualize the binning of microsatellite alleles Journal of Heredity. 100(3):394–397.
Alberto F, S. Massa, P. Manent E. Diaz-Almela, S. Arnaud-Haond, CM. Duarte, Serrão EA (2008). Genetic differentiation and secondary contact zone in the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa across the Mediterranean-Atlantic transition region. Journal of Biogeography. 35, 1279–1294.
Arnaud-Haond S, Duarte CM, Alberto F, Serrão EA (2007). Standardizing methods to address clonality in population studies. Molecular Ecology, 16: 5115-5139.
Arnaud-Haond S, Elena Diaz-Almela, Teixeira S, Alberto F, Procaccini G, Duarte CM, Serrão EA (2007). Vicariance patterns in the Mediterranean Sea : East-West cleavage and low dispersal in the endemic seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Journal of Biogeography 34: 963–976.
Alberto F, Arnaud-Haond S, Duarte CM, Serrão E. (2006). Genetic diversity of a clonal angiosperm near its range limit: the case of Cymodocea nodosa at the Canary Islands. Marine Ecology Progress Series 309: 117-129.
Alberto F, Gouveia L, Arnaud-Haond S, Pérez-Lloréns JL, Duarte CM, Serrão E (2005). Within-population spatial genetic structure, neighbourhood size and clonal subrange in the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa. Molecular Ecology 14: 2669-2681.
Arnaud-Haond, S., Alberto F, Procaccini G, Serrão E, Duarte CM. (2005). Assessing genetic diversity in clonal organisms: Low diversity or low resolution? Combining power and cost-efficiency in selecting markers. Journal of Heredity 3: 434-440.
Vermaat JE, Rollon RN, Lacap CDA , Billot C, Alberto F , Nacorda HME , Wiegman F, Terrados J, (2004) Meadow fragmentation and reproductive output of the S.E. Asian seagrass Enhalus acoroides. Journal of Sea Research 52:321:328.
Billingham, M, Thorsten, B H R, Alberto, F, Ferreira, J M P, Serrão, E (2003). Is asexual reproduction more important at geographical limits? A genetic test of the seagrass Zostera marina in the Ria Formosa, Portugal. Marine Ecology Progress Series 265: 77-83.
Alberto, F, Correia L, Billot C, Duarte C, Serrão E (2003). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa. Molecular Ecology Notes 3: 397-399.
Alberto, F, Correia L, Arnaud-Haond S, Billot C, Duarte CM, Serrão E (2003). New microsatellites markers for the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Molecular Ecology Notes 3:253-255.
Alberto, F., Mata, L., Santos, R. (2001). Genetic homogeneity in the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa at its northern Atlantic limit revealed through RAPD. Marine Ecology Progress Series 221:299-301.
Alberto F, Santos R, Leitão J (1999). Assessing patterns of geographic dispersal of Gelidium sesquipedale (Rhodophyta) through RAPD differentiation of populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series 191:101-108.