Full Professor at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Minho and Director of the Earth Sciences Centre.
Deputy Chair of the Geoheritage Specialist Group of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN), Coordinator of the Working Group Geoheritage Assessment of the IUGS's International Geoheritage Commission, member of the Roster of Evaluators for UNESCO Global Geoparks. President of ProGEO - The European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (2012-2018); Member of the UNESCO’s Advisory Group of the Global Geoparks Network (2013-2016); Member of the National Committee for Geosciences of the IGCP-UNESCO (2012-2014) and of the Portuguese Forum of Geoparks (2012-2014). Editor of the Springer’s international journal Geoheritage (2009-2012). Develops basic and applied research on geoheritage, geoconservation, geoparks, and world heritage.