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).
Oliva S, Romero X, Perez M, Manent P, Mascaró O, Coelho N,
Serrão EA, Alberto F (2014). Reproductive strategies and
isolation-by-demography in a marine clonal plant along an eutrophication
gradient Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12973
Castilho N, Serrão EA, Alberto F (2014) Characterization of fifteen microsatellite markers for the kelp Laminaria ochroleuca and cross species amplification within the genus. Conservation Genetics Resources. 6: 949-950.
Arnaud-Haond S, Moalic Y, Hernández-García E, Eguiluz VM, Alberto F, Serrão EA, Duarte CM (2014). Disentangling mutation and migration influence in clonal seagrasses through the analysis of Genetic Distance Spectrum at microsatellites. Journal of Heredity. 10, 532-541
Berkovic B, Cabaço S, Barrio JM, Santos R, Serrão E; Alberto F (2014) Extending the life history of a clonal aquatic plant: dispersal potential of sexual and asexual propagules of Zostera noltii. Aquatic Botany. 113: 123–129.
Cavanaugh K, Siegel D, Raimondi P, Alberto F (2014). Patch definition in metapopulation analysis: a graph theory approach to solve the mega-patch problem. Ecology. 95, 316-328.
Johannson, M, Raimondi P, Reed DC, Coelho N, Serrão EA, Alberto F (2013). Looking into the black box: simulating the role of self fertilization and mortality in the genetic structure of Macrocystis pyrifera. Molecular Ecology. 2. 22(19): 4842-4854.
Carney LT, Bohonak AJ, Edwards MS, Alberto F (2013) Genetic and experimental evidence for a mixed age and mixed origin bank of microscopic stages in a southern California kelp forest. Ecology. 94 (9): 1955-1965.
Assis J, Coelho N, Serrão E, Alberto F, Valero M, Raimondi P, Reed D, Serrão EA (2013) High and distinct range-edge genetic diversity despite local bottlenecks. Plos One. 8, 7, e68646.
Cavanaugh KC, Kendall KE, Siegel DA, Reed DC, Alberto F, and Assis J (2013) Synchrony in dynamics of giant kelp forests is driven by both local recruitment and regional environmental controls. Ecology. 99: 499-509.
Ana Barradas, Alberto F, Engelen AH, Serrão EA (2011) 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, 52, 435-439.
Alberto F, Raimondi P, Reed DC, Watson JR, Siegel DA, Mitarai S, Coelho NC, Serrão EA (2011) Isolation by oceanographic distance explains genetic structure for Macrocystis pyrifera in the Santa Barbara Channel. Molecular Ecology, 20, 2543 -2554.