Madalena Vaz Monteiro MSc, PhD

Urban Forest Scientist

Madalena Vaz Monteiro


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5773
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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Madalena received a licentiate's degree in landscape architecture at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Portugal) in 2006. After working for Lisbon city council as a landscape architect, Madalena moved to the UK in 2008 to undertake an MSc in horticulture, followed by a PhD at the University of Reading. In 2015, she was awarded her PhD, which investigated the impact of leaf and plant structure and function on temperature regulation and surface energy balance. Madalena joined Forest Research in November 2014 as an Urban Forest Scientist.

Current role

Urban Forest Scientist

As part of the Urban Forest Research Group (UFoRG), Madalena is conducting research related to the growth of urban trees and the ecosystem services provided by urban greenspaces and forests.

Current programmes

The role of trees and greenspaces in urban climate regulation

  • Following the latest publication on the impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London, the group is now creating a model  to assess the cumulative cooling impact of greenspaces across the whole city.

Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain

  • Using data collected by several i-Tree Eco assessments, defining the relationships between key biometric variables of urban trees (DBH, crown width and height) and investigating how those relationships change with different locations and tree species. Future work will compare the growth of urban trees to those growing in rural environments.

Investigation into the variance in growth rates of urban trees across Great Britain using dendrochronological and stable isotope analysis

  • Assessing the growth rates of four deciduous urban tree species and evaluating the differences in growth rates across different cities. Additionally, studying the relationship between the variance of growth rates across different cities and environmental conditions such as climate and air pollution.

Research Areas

  • Ecosystem services delivery
  • Temperature regulation by urban trees and greenspaces
  • Urban tree allometry and growth rates
  • Tree water relations

Main recent publications

Doick, K.J., Davies, H.J., Moss, J., Coventry, R., Handley, P., Vaz Monteiro, M., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2017). The Canopy Cover of England’s Towns and Cities: baselining and setting targets to improve human health and well-being. Conference Proceedings of TPBEIII. Urban Trees Research Conference. 5-6th April 2017. Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh. (In Press).

Vaz Monteiro, M., Blanuša, T., Verhoef, A., Richardson, M., Hadley, P., Cameron, R.W.F., (2017). Functional green roofs: Importance of plant choice in maximising summertime environmental cooling and substrate insulation potential. Energy and Buildings. 141, 56–68.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Levanič, T., Doick, K.J., (2017). Growth rates of common urban trees in five cities in Great Britain: a dendrochronological evaluation with an emphasis on the impact of climate. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 22, 11–23.

Blanusa, T., Vaz Monteiro, M., Kemp, S. and Cameron, R. (2016) Planting Choices for Retrofitted Green Roofs, in Green Roof Retrofit: Building Urban Resilience (eds S. Wilkinson and T. Dixon), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P. (2016). Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 19, 223–236.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P., Peace, A. (2016). The impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 16, 160–169.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Blanuša, T., Verhoef, A., Hadley, P., Cameron, R.W.F. (2016). Relative importance of transpiration rate and leaf morphological traits for the regulation of leaf temperature. Australian Journal of Botany. 64, 32–44.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Hadley, P., Blanusa, T., Cameron, R.W.F. (2016). Implication of plant selection for building insulation. Acta Horticulturae. 1108, 339–344.

Blanusa, T., Vaz Monteiro, M.M., Fantozzi, F., Vysini, E., Li, Y., Cameron, R.W.F. (2013). Alternatives to Sedum on green roofs: Can broad leaf perennial plants offer better “cooling service”? Building and Environment. 59, 99–106.