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
- Basic cellular structure, tissue organization, physiological process, reproduction, and genetics are studied. Special attention is given to selected zoological specimens with particular emphasis upon man.
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.