Joana Gouveia Freire

Postdoctoral Fellow


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.15
1749-016 Lisboa

Areas of Scientific activity

Forest Fires, Cellular Automata, Dynamical Systems, Meteorology


Joana Freire has been a Post-Doc researcher at Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL) since 2015, studying nonlinear and complex systems and their applications to forest fire propagation, climatic dynamics, and other models describing geophysical and physical systems. Main research focus is on integration, parametrization and simulation of nonlinear systems, and Cellular Automata.

In 2003 she was awarded a PhD grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) on climatic dynamics investigating a simplified non-linear dynamical models, under the supervision of Dr. Carlos da Camara (FCUL) and Dr. Jason Gallas from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (UFRGS), concluded in 2008.

In 2009 she received a Post-Doc grant from FCT (finished in 2015) on Physics dedicated to studying chaos and periodicity in non-linear dynamical systems, working on several research items (e.g. lasers, chemiical oscillations, eletronic circuits, neuroscience and economics) and on the investigation of Cellular Autotama, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gallas (UFRGS) and Dr. Owen Brison (FCUL).

In 2015, she was awarded a Post-Doc FCT grant for modeling wildfire spread and assessing fire danger in Portugal using Cellular Automata, under the supervision of Dr. Carlos da Camara.

She is also a team member of the project BrFLAS - Brazilian Fire-Land-Atmosphere System (FAPESP/1389/2014).


  • 2002: Graduation in Geophisical Sciences - Meteorology / Oceanography, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University, Portugal
  • 2008: PhD in Physics / Meteorology, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University, Portugal


  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratório Associado IDL of the University of Lisbon.