Sergio Prats Alegre

Sergio Prats Alegre

Soil, Water, Plant & Farming Technology, Integrated in MED
Soil, Water, Plant & Farming Technology
Integrated in MED


Sergio Prats concluded his European PhD in 2013 under the Marine & Environmental PhD program (PROMAR) in the University of Aveiro, and has a MsC degree in Environmental Sciences in the University of Coimbra. Bachelor in Environmental Sciences (2003) and Pedagogic Specialization Course (2005). He is auxiliary researcher at the University of Évora MED – Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development. He developed an extensive network of collaborations with Portuguese, Spanish and USA research centers, which are a unique international ring trial of leading experts tackling with land degradation from a variety of approaches. The new platform of research project that he is leading (SOLVO, SOLVIT) will allow the urgent assessment of new tools to restore degraded soils in Mediterranean regions, where the EU members have required joint efforts to address the climate emergency. In total, he participate in 13 ongoing + 20 past research projects. From these, 20 were funded by the Portuguese government (FCT-funded, H2020, PRR, Compete), 8 by the European Union, 2 by USA and 3 by the Spanish government. His work has resulted in publications in indexed international journals across different disciplines: environment, earth-surface and soil sciences and nature conservation and environmental engineering. He works in the area of Environmental Engineering and Agrarian Sciences with emphasis on Soil Science, and also in Engineering and Technology. In his cv Ciência Vitae the most frequent terms are: Runoff; Soil erosion; Wildfire; Emergency treatments; land management; Mulching; Polyacrylamide; SOM; carbon stocks; Subsurface flow; Streamflow; Soil moisture; Eucalypt; Pine; Terracing.

Summary of publication indexes (october 2023):

·    52 publications including: 40 WOS papers published in research journals (94% at Q1; 74% at D1 journals on  their category; 14 papers as 1st author), 10 papers published at national open access journals (38% as 1st author), 9 book chapters. More than 150 contributions to national and international (82%) conferences and more than 50 oral presentations and lectures (20 by invitation). Member of organizing and/or scientific committee of 6 International conferences. About 47 disseminations and outreach activities in Radio, TV, news and websites   ·    Reviewer for 19 SCI research journals since 2013   ·    165 citations per year in SCOPUS since 2019.   

Metrics:                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thompson Reuter: 52 documents, 40 WOS papers, 1226 cites, h-index=21, 19 reviews  ·  Scopus: 40 documents, 1374 citations, h-index=23                              Google scholar: 104 document, 1909 citations, h-index=24        Researchgate: 84 documents, 1729 citations, h-index=24, RIS score=752.2              Personal webpages:

Teaching activities at U. Evora:  Co-supervision of 3 Master students (MSc): V. Daimonakos (ongoing), A. van Zinderen (13/04/2023), D. Petratou (20/06/2022) and of 2 Bachelor students  students at U. Evora (BSc): E. Stoutjesdijk (ongoing), C. Shaw (20/06/2023) and supervision of 4 research project fellows. Lecturer for BIP soil, Blended intensive Programme from the EU GREEN University Alliance, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Principal Investigator (PI) of two Scientific projects funded under competitive calls by the Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) (SOLVO-2022.06004.PTDC) and  the PRR (Plano Recuperação e Resiliência) of the Portuguese Government. Researcher in 13 ongoing + 20 past national & international (60%) scientific research projects  

More than 45 Knowledge-transfer activities, organization and facilitation of 5 participatory workshops and Coordination of 3 advanced course for forest and agriculture stakeholders.   

Present Research
  • wildfires
  • soil carbon forms
  • soil restoration
  • soil cover
Research Interests
  • carbon balance
  • soil restoration
  • soil hydrology
  • soil erosion

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Thematic lines to which I contribute:
Olive Groves & Olive Oil
Montado & Forest Systems
Governance & Development
Viticulture & Enology
Biodiversity & Conservation
Sustainable Crop Production
Mediterranean Food & Diet

Publications & Patents



Project Funding Lead Institution Role Start End Scope
Sustainolive - Novel approaches to promote the SUSTAInability of OLIVE cultivation in the Mediterranean European Commission | PRIMA Program Universidad de Jaén Participant 2019-06-01 2023-05-31 Internacional
EROFIRE - Avaliação do risco de erosão pós-incêndio usando marcadores moleculares FCT - Projectos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico no âmbito da Prevenção e Combate de Incêndios Florestais - 2018 Universidade de Évora Participant 2020-04-01 2023-03-31 Nacional
REWET - REstoration of WETlands to minimise emissions and maximise carbon uptake European Commission - H2020 Program IDENER Participant 2022-01-09 2026-01-08 Internacional
SOLO - Soils for Europe European Commission - Horizon Europe Universität Leipzig(Alemanha) Participant 2022-12-01 2027-11-30 Internacional
SOLVO – SOLuções baseadas em cobertura do solo com mulch e biochar procedentes de resíduos do lagar para reverter processos de desertificação nos oliVais do MediterrâneO. FCT - Projetos de IC&DT em todos os Domínios Científicos - 2022 Universidade de Évora MED Representative 2023-01-01 2025-12-31 Nacional
CILIFO: Centro Ibérico de Investigação e Combate aos Incêndios Florestais Programa Interreg V A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 Junta de Andalucía Participant 2018-04-01 2023-06-30 Internacional
FIREPOCTEP: Fortalecimiento de los sistemas transfronterizos de prevención y extinción de incendios forestales y mejora de los recursos para la generación de empleo rural posCovid-19 Programa Interreg V A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 Junta de Andalucía Participant 2021-11-11 2023-10-31 Internacional
BIOMONTADO – O Ecossistema de Montado e a Vinha COMPETE 2020 Universidade de Évora Participant 2022-04-01 2023-12-31 Nacional