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Biographical Information

I was born in Mozambique in 1970. I always sought a broad education and I maintain my interest in several areas. The diversity and complexity of agricultural problems has always appealed to me, and I soon decided to embark in ag-related studies. Progressively, I specialized in Horticulture and Plant Sciences, with emphasis on Postharvest Physiology.

I'm currently affiliated with the Agricultural Sciences Section at the University of Porto, Portugal, where I teach Horticulture and Postharvest Physiology for undergraduate students.



My professional objective is to pursue a career in an environment of academic excellence, where I can use and develop my skills and knowledge with appointments in postharvest horticulture research and teaching.


Degrees awarded
  • 1999: PhD, Horticultural Science Department, University of Florida, USA.

  • 1995: Master of Science, Horticulture, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal.

  • 1993: Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Engineering, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal.



My dedication to academic excellence and scholarship has been consistent and recognized throughout my academic life:

  • Muriel Rumsey Foundation Scholarship, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, November 1998.

  • President’s Spring Recognition of Outstanding Students Award, University of Florida, 1998.

  • UF/IFAS Outstanding International Graduate Student Award, College of Agriculture, University of Florida, 1998.

  • Award to International Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement, University of Florida, 1997 and 1998.

  • NATO Science Fellowship, 1996-99.

  • Engineers' Society Award, Portugal, 1994.

  • Engineer António de Almeida Foundation Award, Portugal, 1994.

  • University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Award, Portugal, 1993.

  • Award from the European Association for Potato Research for young researchers to present a paper at the 13th Triennial Conference,  July 1996.


Teaching experience

I consider teaching a privileged area of contribution to society. My personal observations as a student and my teaching experience increased my awareness of the importance of pedagogic skills. I am committed to developing my teaching skills, through practice and by seeking  information  in the literature and workshops. This helps me to become a more efficient facilitator of learning and engage students in Horticulture and Plant Science-related careers.

My teaching and mentoring experience include:

  • Current teaching assignments include Horticulture, Floriculture and Postharvest courses.

  • Teaching Vegetable Crops (undergraduate) at UTAD, 2000/01

  • Developing and teaching a graduate level course in Postharvest Physiology, 2000, UTAD, Portugal.

  • Laboratory instructor for HOS 3013C General Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, Fall Semester 1998. Supervisor: Dr. Bala Rathinasabapathi.

  • Laboratory instructor for General Horticulture, Vegetable Production and Crop Biology classes for Agricultural Engineering majors at UTAD, Portugal, 1993-1996.

  • Lectured Crop Production to Food Engineering majors between 1993 and 1996 at the ESB, Portugal.

  • Thesis advisor to 12 undergraduate students in Horticulture, UTAD, 1995-2001.



My scientific research experience has had two phases. During my MS program, my focus was on the effects of cultural practices on crop yield and quality. In this phase I used techniques in the realm of crop physiology, including data-loggers, statistics, design of field experiments, and modeling. The type of reasoning used was systemic and integrative. As a PhD student at the University of Florida, I developed an interest in the mechanisms of senescence of plant organs. This research required a more analytic reasoning and the development of expertise in plant biochemistry and physiology.

Research in postharvest physiology can contribute to elucidate the basic biological process of aging/senescence and, in a more practical way, help maintaining the abundance and wholesomeness of the food supply. My long term goal is to contribute to the elucidation of the senescence mechanism in plant organs. Currently my research is focused on characterizing the progression of cell wall disassembly during fruit ripening.


Copyright Domingos Almeida 1999-2001.
Last update: 24 Aug 2001.