Vânia Proença is a postdoc researcher at MARETEC at Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon. Her research activity focus on biodiversity response to drivers of change from local to global scales. Her PhD research was dedicated to the study of native oak forest communities of Quercus robur and Quercus pyrenaica in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, in particular, the response of forest species to farmland abandonment and to forest plantations, and forest natural regeneration after fire disturbance. She is also interested in the trade-offs posed by farmland abandonment to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services, and in management responses to assist native forest restoration.
She was engaged in the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and is a co-editor of the assessment full report, and participated in international activities of the MA Sub-Global Assessments. She is a Lead Author of a report on biodiversity scenarios for the 21st century for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 (CBD), was a contributor to the GEO BON Terrestrial species working groups, and is a Lead Author of the IPBES report on “Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services based on a fast track assessment and a guide”, and a Lead Author of the IPBES Regional Assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia (2015-2017). She is now a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership (hosted by FAO) and a contributor to the Ecosystem Services working group of GEO-BON. She is an author of more than 30 scientific publications.
She teaches a course on Biodiversity Management (MSc in Studies of Environment and Sustainability. ISCTE-IUL) and has given invited lecturer at several biodiversity related courses, including lectures on biodiversity change (MSc course Environmental Biology, FC-UL), and on biodiversity conservation for human wellbeing (course organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation).