Joana Cruz
Research Associate and Teaching Fellow

Profile

Biography

BSc (University of Porto), MSc (University of Coimbra) and PhD (University of York)

Joana Cruz is an interdisciplinary ecologist, specialized in applied wildlife conservation and management and ecosystem functions and ecosystem services.

Joana's current research interests cover evidence review to establish causal links between the state of natural capital assets and the provision of ecosystem services and the identification of metrics to measure their change. She has previously worked on the conservation and habitat restoration for the predator community and their prey on the Mediterranean region; impact of intensive forestry on vertebrates, with special focus on amphibians, bats and carnivores.

Joana Cruz studied Biology at the University of Porto, specializing in Ecology at the University of Coimbra (MSc). Her doctorate study covered the evaluation of the impact of eucalypt plantations on amphibians, bats and carnivore communities in the Mediterranean region. Some of the camera-trap videos from this research can be seen below.

Career

2017 - present

Research Associate (Environment Department, University of York)

2018 - present

Associate Lecturer (Environment Department, University of York)

2016 - 2017

Lecturer Biology (School of Applied Sciences, University of South Wales)

2015 - 2016

Associate Lecturer Quantitative Ecology (Environment Department, University of York)

2015 - 2016

Research Associate (Environment Department, University of York)

2014 – 2015

Research Fellow (Department of Health Sciences, University of York)

1997 - 2009

Freelance Ecological Consultant

Research

Overview

Joana’s interests are broad and range from applied ecology and vertebrate conservation to provision of ecosystem services and the identification of metrics to measure their change, with a keen interest on statistical modelling.

Projects

  • Coastal Ecosystem Recovery Financing for the Future (CERFF): systematic evidence review to evaluate the role of coral reefs in promoting coastal resilience against extreme events in the Caribbean, from an historical perspective
  • “Solar Park Impacts on Ecosystem Services”: doing statistical analysis in the evaluation of SPIES as a decision-support tool and evaluating its implementation by stakeholders;
  • Following Natural England’s Natural Capital Indicators project, doing a systematic evidence review to:
    • Establish causal links between the state of natural capital assets and the provision of ecosystem services and the changes in benefits delivered;
    • Identify metrics to measure change in natural capital.

 

Previous projects

  • Systematic review of the impact of the main stress triggers on wild mammals’ welfare for the Wild Animal Welfare Committee
  • Development of connectivity indicators to evaluate the landscape-scale impact of the Humberhead Levels Nature Improvement Area for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust;
  • Production of vegetation maps from existing data for the Humberhead Levels Character Area for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Development of spatially explicit models to assess the influence of greenspace on prevalence of depression in urban areas in England.
  • Evaluation of the impact of eucalypt plantations on amphibians, bats and carnivore communities in the Mediterranean region;
  • Evaluation of habitat restoration on density, diet, abundance, space occupancy and habitat selection of vertebrate communities (carnivores and lagomorphs);
  • Assessment of the conservation status of the Iberian lynx in Portugal;
  • Design and implementation of carnivore and lagomorphs monitoring survey to assess abundance, time and spatial trends.

Publications

Full publications list

Publications (Peer Reviewed):

Cruz, J., Sarmento, P., Carretero, M. A., & White, P. C. (2015). Exotic Fish in Exotic Plantations: A Multi-Scale Approach to Understand Amphibian Occurrence in the Mediterranean Region. PloS One, 10(6), e0129891.

Cruz, J., Sarmento, P., Rydevik, G., Rebelo, H. and White, P.C.L., 2016. Bats like vintage: managing exotic eucalypt plantations for bat conservation in a Mediterranean landscape. Animal Conservation19(1), pp.53-64.

Cruz, J., Sarmento, P., & White, P. C. (2015). influence of exotic forest plantations on occupancy and co-occurrence patterns in a mediterranean carnivore guild. Journal of Mammalogy, 96(4), 854-865

Porfirio, G., Sarmento, P., Xavier Filho, N. L., Cruz, J. and Fonseca, C. (2014). Medium to large size mammals of southern Serra do Amolar, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazilian Pantanal. Check List, 10(3), 473-482.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2014). A spatially explicit approach for estimating space use and density of common genets. Animal biodiversity and Conservation, 37, 23-33.

Porfirio, G. E. d. O., Sarmento, P., Filho, N. L. X., Leal, S. P. d. S., Moreira, V. F., Rabelo, F. A., Cruz, J. and Fonseca, C. (2012). New records of giant armadillo Priodontes maximus (Cingulata: Dasypodidae) at Serra do Amolar, Pantanal of Brazil. Edentata, 13, 72-75.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Paula, A., Eira, C., Capinha, M., Ambrósio, I., Ferreira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2012). Occupancy, colonization and extinction patterns of rabbit populations: implications for Iberian lynx conservation. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 58(3), 523-533.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2011). Modeling the occupancy of sympatric carnivorans in a Mediterranean ecosystem. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57(1), 119-131.

Negrões, N., Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C., Revilla, E., Fonseca, C., Sollmann, R., Torres, N., M., Furtado, M. M., Jacomo, A. T. A. and Silveira, L. (2010). Use of camera-trapping to estimate puma density and influencing factors in central Brazil. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74(6), 1195-1203.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2010). Habitat selection and abundance of common genets Genetta genetta using camera capture-mark-recapture data. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 56(1), 59-66.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2009a). Evaluation of camera trapping for estimating red fox abundance. Journal of Wildlife Management, 73(7), 1207-1212.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Eira, C. and Fonseca, C. (2009b). Spatial colonization by feral domestic cats Felis catus of former wildcat Felis silvestris silvestris home ranges. Acta Theriologica, 54(1), 31-38.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Monterroso, P., Tarroso, P., Ferreira, C., Negrões, N. and Eira, C. (2009c). Status survey of the critically endangered Iberian lynx Lynx pardinus in Portugal. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 55(3), 247-253.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Tarroso, P. and Fonseca, C. (2006). Space and habitat selection by female European wild cats (Felis silvestris silvestris). Wildl. Biol. Pract., 2(2), 79-89.

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Monterroso, P., Tarroso, P., Ferreira, C., Negrões, N. and Eira, C. (2005). The Iberian lynx conservation in Portugal. Dillemas and solutions. Wildl. Biol. Pract., 1(2), 156-162.

 

Publications (Book chapters):

Sarmento, P., Cruz, J., Ferreira, C., Negrões, N. & Serra, R. (2010). Status and conservation measures for the Iberian lynx in Portugal. In Vargas, A. & Breintenmoser, U. (eds.). The ex-situ conservation for the Iberian lynx. IUCN/CSG.

Sarmento, P.; Cruz, J.; Monterroso, P.; Tarroso, P.; Ferreira, C. & Negrões, N. (2005). The Iberian lynx in Portugal (In Spanish) (pgs 109-112)- In J.N. Guzmán López-Ocón, F.J. García González, G. Garrote Alonso, R. Pérez De Ayala, M.C. Iglesias Llamas (Eds). El lince ibérico (Lynx pardinus) en España y Portugal. Censo-diagnóstico de sus poblaciones. Dirección General para la Biodiversidad. Madrid. 174 pp.

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Contact details

Dr Joana Cruz
Research Associate and Associate lecturer
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
Heslington
York
UK
YO10 5NG

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

 

BSc and BA Undergraduate modules include:

  • Introduction to environment, economics & environment
  • Environmental policy: from global to local
  • Biodiversity and society

 MSc and MA modules include:

  • Current research in environment, economics & environment
  • Environmental governance
  • Research skills and statistical methods