Pacheco, F.A.L.


Dr. Fernando A.L. Pacheco was born in 1967 in Mozambique. He holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Geology (1991) from the Coimbra University (Portugal), with an ERASMUS student specialization in Geochemistry (1991) from the Utrecht University (The Netherlands); a M.Sc. in Geosciences, with a specialization in Environment and Territory Management (1996) from the Coimbra University (Portugal); a Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology (2001) from the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University – UTAD (Portugal); and an Aggregation title in Environmental Geochemistry (2011) from the UTAD. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geochemistry at the UTAD, being the Head of Geology Department since 2013. He joined the Vila Real Chemistry Centre in 2008, where he still develops his research. He published over 55 research papers in International Journals, participated in many scientific conferences and reviewed over 280 manuscripts for almost 50 different International Journals. In 2016, He received from Publons the Sentinel of Science Award as the Top Overall Contributor to the Peer Review of the Field of Earth and Planetary Sciences. In 2017 he was awarded as Top overall Contributor to Peer Review of journal Science of Total Environment. His research interests focus on hydrologic models coupled with weathering algorithms, to assess hydraulic parameters at catchment scale, and relate them with variations in mineral weathering rates over time, in areas with significant anthropogenic pressure. Complementary to weathering studies in rural catchments, Dr. Pacheco has interests on multivariate statistical and environmental analyses of surface and groundwater databases, aiming at the interpretation of pollution patterns and pathways in small watersheds, with parallel focus on the prevention of Lake Eutrophication and groundwater contamination. His current investigation consists of studies on environmental land use conflicts, which refer to uses of the land not conforming to the soils’ natural use, and their negative impacts on soil erosion and fertility, surface and groundwater quality, and ecosystem integrity / biodiversity. He also studies the attenuation of hydrologic extremes (floods, droughts) through implementation of detention basins and decentralized rainwater harvesting systems in catchments. He is currently coordinating the research line BEST of INTERACT project – “Integrated Research in Environment, Agro-Chain and Technology”, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the North Regional Operational Program 2014/2020. He is also actively involved in International cooperation with the Federal Institute of Triângulo Mineiro and the Regional Coordination of Environmental Justice Prosecutors in the Paranaíba and Baixo Rio Grande River Basins (State of Minas Gerais, Brazil), as well as with the San Paulo State University, where he is participating in scientific projects focused on soil degradation, lecturing short courses to post graduate students, and supervising PhD students in sandwich Doctoral Programs on Agronomy. In 2017, Dr. Pacheco joined the Arabian Journal of Geosciences as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry. In that year, he was also invited to integrate the group of experts of Kazakhstan’s National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, for evaluation of project proposals in the field of Geosciences.

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