Catarina Mata

catarina mata

Associate Professor


Office: N-699J

Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 pm and Thursday 10-11am

Phone: +1 (212) 776-6879

Dr. Mata is an Assistant Professor and specializes in plant ecophysiology. She obtained her PhD in Utrecht, (The Netherlands) and completed her postdoctoral training in California (UCSB), Italy (INR) and Australia (UWA).


Plant Ecology and Physiology


  • Lic. University of Lisbon, Biology,1992
  • Ph.D. Utrecht University, Plant Ecophysiology,1999

Courses Taught

BIO 110 (General Biology)

Research and Projects

I work mostly with Mediterranean plants, and am interested in drought and photosynthesis that I studied in Mediterranean plants in three continents, and noticed how many plants in these environments have amazing and different mechanisms of drought resistance. If we can trace some drought resistance strategies in the wild plants and apply them into crops, we would have more drought tolerant crops, expanding the areas where they could grow in our increasingly arid planet, and saving on irrigation water.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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