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Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and five departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences; it also includes members from the Faculty of Sciences, of the University of Lisbon.  
CESAM's mission is to develop fundamental research in the Coastal and Marine Environment, understood in an integrated manner involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and anthroposphere.

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  Ana Raquel Agra  
  Category: PhD  
  Department: Biology  
  Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • 30/07/2015

    A COST funded network of European spin-offs, SMEs, agencies, research centres and universities, including UA through IDAD, is working on developing cheaper and energy efficient sensors for air quality control in Europe’s future smart cities.

    Air pollutants in the EU are still estimated to reduce life expectancy by eight months and are directly linked to climate change. EuNetAir network is now trying to develop affordable, low-power sensors to assess indoor and outdoor air quality and eventually reduce greenhouse gases and other toxic pollutants. The COST Action will also look into environmental sustainability and ways of better managing green buildings at low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

    COST Story: http://www.cost.eu/media/cost_stories/EuNetAir

  • 23/7/2015

    The activity performed by some of the many research groups of CESAM and Department of Biology (DBIO), University of Aveiro (UA) illustrates the program "Nature laboratories", to be exhibited soon in SIC in the BBC Wildlife space. Since animal and plant biodiversity, through the deep sea, the nanoparticles to microbial resistance to antiobiotics, starting with examples of rehabilitation work of marine mammals, this program presents five examples of work performed in the Department of Biology, University of Aveiro. Follow the odyssey of these UA biologists, and how their findings contribute to protect the world we live in.

    See a small sample of what will be this program: https://vimeo.com/134003333

  • 22/7/2015

    Cátia Venâncio, a doctoral student in the Department of Biology, was awarded with the prize for best poster at the 10th Iberian and 7th Iberoamerican Conference on Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, held in Vila Real from 14 to 17 July, with a work that intended to evaluate the effects of increased salinity due to sea water intrusion, on the growth of four species of fungi, over several generations: Pleurotus sajor cashew, Phanaerochaete chrysosporium, Rhizopus oryzae, and Trametes versicolor.

    This work was developed under the project SALTFREE - Prediction of salinization effects on coastal freshwater and soil ecosystems due to climate changes.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 14/7/2015

    Milene Matos, researcher of CESAM / Department of Biology at UA, who won last year the international award "Terre de Femmes", decided to reverse this award to the public again through educational opportunities. Through a partnership between the UA and the promotional project of natural values ​​and sustainability " UA – BIO Somos Todos", coordinated by Milene Matos, the prize will ensure a grant corresponding to the fees of a Masters course at UA for two years. The Prize "UA – BIO Somos Todos" aims to contribute to the promotion and development of scientific research in the field of sustainability in its three components: environmental, economic and social. Specifically, it will distinguish a proposal for the master's level research work in the area of ​​sustainability, which stands out "by its innovative character, public utility, environmental benefits and potential for replication."

    More details in: 
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  • 13/7/2015

    At first glance they look like tea bags. And they actually are. But they do not serve to make infusions but to decontaminate water contaminated with potentially toxic metals. Inside the bags, there is no leaves or flowers but graphene oxide. This graphene environmental application, developed by researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and CESAM /Department of Chemistry at UA, promises to help to solve the global problem of water contaminated with toxic metals that is daily released on aquatic systems. In fact the most advanced and expensive decontamination processes cannot achieve removal rates as high as those obtained by this infusion.
    In addition to the ease of synthesis and low production cost, this system can be applied in locations without specific infrastructures for decontaminating waters.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=43179

  • 14/07/2015

    The deep-sea is the largest ecosystem on Earth, it harbours high biodiversity and provides a wealth of resources yet, it is also the least explored and understood. Since their first edition in 1977, the international deep-sea symposia have been invaluable forums for exchange of information on the most recent deep-sea explorations and scientific advances. Moreover, the symposia have also been wellsprings of cooperation and formation of new research groups and projects.

    In 2015 (from 31 August to 4 September) it is the turn of Aveiro to host the International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium. Once again the Symposium will provide the opportunity for members of the international deep-sea science community to discuss and present their latest research results.

    The publication of a special volume in "Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography" is foreseen.

    More information on: http://14dsbs.web.ua.pt/14dsbs/Home.html

  • 13/07/2015

    The CARCACE project research team of CESAM analyzed, for the first time, the Ophryotrocha worms assemblage associated with a mammal-fall in the deep-Atlantic Ocean. Specimens were collected from the bones of degrading cow carcasses deployed in the Setúbal canyon at approximately 1000 m depth. Using morphological characters and phylogenetic analyses based on the nuclear gene H3 performed on 31 Ophryotrocha species, the project research reported the presence of five different species, described three new species and extended the distribution of O. scutella. The results, published in Systematics and Biodiversity journal,substantially increase the number of deep Atlantic species in the genus Ophryotrocha and highlight the remarkable unknown diversity and biogeographic patterns hidden behind unstudied deep-sea habitats.

    More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/  

  • 25/06/2015

    In the air census campaign for cetaceans held between 18 and 19 June, several species were seen by researchers and PhD students of DBio. Among these species are fin whales, minke whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphin, ziphius, beaked whales, striped dolphin, and common and bottlenose dolphins. The Mission took place between 50 and 200 Nautical miles along the national coast and occurred in the framework of the Cooperation Protocol established by the LIFE + MARPRO between the Portuguese Air Force, UA, and Portuguese Wildlife Society. In the whole researchers saw 698 individuals belonging to those species.

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=42893

  • 19/06/2015

    Ana Lillebø, Assistant Researcher at the CESAM & Department of Biology, published the book Coastal Lagoons in Europe: Integrated Water Resource Strategies and gave an interview to the IWA Water Wiki. The book focuses on integrated management strategies seen in a land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder perspective. This book is one major result of the EU-FP7 LAGOONS research project (http://lagoons.web.ua.pt), coordinated by Ana Lillebø. The recommendations deriving from the project are presented in the book in an overall pan-European perspective. The book also contain key issues that should be considered by scientists, decision makers and managers in management of coastal lagoons. 

  • 9/06/2015

    The book "Handbook of Road Ecology", released this month by Wiley Blackwell, brings together some of the leading researchers, academics and professionals in the field of road infrastructure. The challenge of the book, which has Clara Grilo, a post-doc researcher at CESAM/UA, as co-editor and co-author, is to improve the ecological sustainability of linear infrastructure that have negatively affected many animal populations and landscapes.

    More details in: http://handbookofroadecology.org

  • 11/06/2015

    Monica Amorim, researcher at CESAM and Department of Biology (DBio) at University of Aveiro, celebrates one year as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) to Europe, one of the ecotoxicology societies with more expression worldwide.
    In her message on the online newspaper SETAC–Globe (http://globe.setac.org/2015/may/setac-europe-past-president.html), Monica Amorim refers as one of the fundamental aspects of her mandate the creation of SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors Program (http://www.certification.setac.eu/?contentid=956), which accounts with some courses taught at the University of Aveiro.

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=42768


  • 08/06/2015

    It is the first time that a drone is prepared to monitor the health condition of forests. Developed at the University of Aveiro, this technology coupled with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) allows the evaluation of the impact degree of various stress factors in a forest area, caused by the lack of water or nutrients, or caused by diseases or insects and fungi attack. This project aimed primarily to change the paradigm of the monitoring of forests, which is time consuming when performed by technicians in the field, being already thought to be at the service of agricultural applications.
    The project coordinator, Jan Jacob Keizer, CESAM researcher was in RTP2 Civil Society program explaining the LUNA project.

    More details: 


  • 04/06/2015

    Atmospheric Environment is the international journal for scientists in different disciplines related to atmospheric composition and its impacts. The journal publishes scientific articles with atmospheric relevance of emissions and depositions of gaseous and particulate compounds, chemical processes and physical effects in the atmosphere, as well as impacts of the changing atmospheric composition on human health, air quality, climate change, and ecosystems.

  • 28/05/2015

    Project “Promotion of the Natural, Historical and Cultural heritage of Mata Nacional do Buçaco, a project of the biologist of the University of Aveiro, is the winner of the Terre the Femmes public prize 2015 - the Grand Prix International for Portugal and Public Choice Award Winner.
    Milene has dedicated her energy to the Mata do Bussaco, focusing her PhD on studying this national heritage. In her research that spanned more than six years, she scientifically demonstrated the importance of the Mata's plant and animal heritage for the entire surrounding region. She contributed to developing the strategy to protect and improve biodiversity and works as a volunteer with the Mata do Bussaco Foundation (FMB). After earning her PhD in 2011, she worked on promoting the Mata do Bussaco through environmental awareness programmes that have welcomed more than 200,000 visitors.  

    More details:
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  • Amongst the 30 most cited reseachers in Europe in the Toxicology area, whithin the publications from 2005 to 2011, in the Lab Times journal ranking, build from ISI Web of Knowledge data, we can find Amadeu Soares, Director of Department of Biology and Vice-Director of CESAM in number 29.

    Additional details http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=41638

  • The 2014 Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Awards is awarded to Tiago Abreu for the poster entitled:

    Influence of nonlinear waves on sandbar migrations using Monte Carlo simulations (Abreu, T.; Figueiredo, F.; Silva, P. A.).

    Tiago Abreu is a recent PhD postgraduate student in Civil Engineering in the specialty of Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment obtained at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. At this moment, he works as adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP) – School of Technology (ISEP), Portugal. He is also full member of the Associated Laboratory CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies) and his research focuses on coastal sediment dynamics. The presentation at the EGU 2014 explored the ability of practical sediment transport models, recognized to capture the interaction between non-linear waves and undertow currents, to predict sandbar migrations.

  • CESAM post-doc, Ana Cristina Esteves, appointed as Management Committee substitute of the COST action FA1405 “Using three-way interactions between plants, microbes and arthropods to enhance crop protection and production“.

    Crop plants interact with both arthropods and microorganisms, including pests that reduce yields (in Europe up to 20% annually) and mutualists that promote yield. Direct and indirect interactions between microorganisms and arthropods on crops can strongly modify their impacts on yield. For instance, herbivores and pathogens can facilitate each other, causing additional yield loss. On the other hand, beneficial microorganisms can induce defenses that protect plants against herbivores. There is thus potential to enhance crop production and reduce pesticide use if we can better predict and manage Crop-Arthropod-Microorganism (CAMo) interactions to our advantage. Currently, knowledge of CAMo interactions is limited due to historical separation of the involved research fields. This COST Action will therefore combine existing expertise on CAMo interactions in Europe, from basic and strategic research to agri-R&D companies, and form an interdisciplinary platform and incubator for research on mechanisms, impacts and utilization of CAMo interactions on crop yield. The COST Action will also strengthen the careers of both female and young researchers, connect the newest research in the field with its applied use, and develop new monitoring and management support systems and CAMo-based applications.  http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fa/Actions/FA1405

  • 29-01-2015

    Vânia Calisto is one of the three scientists awarded with the L’Oréal Portugal for Women in Science Award, with her work on water decontamination.

  • 28-01-2015

    The Do*Mar is an international doctoral programme offered by a consortium of Portuguese and Galician Universities and Research Institutes: Universities of Aveiro, Minho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and Coruña, the Instituto Español de Oceanografia and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. The School of Biology of the St. Andrews University (Scotland), the Station Biologique de Roscoff of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) and the Instituto de Oceanografia of the University of São Paulo (Brasil) are associated members of the consortium.

     Do*Mar has a duration of 3 years and has 4 curricular branches: i) Ocean Observation and Global Change; ii) Sustainable Use of Marine Resources; iii) Integrated Management of the Sea; and iv) Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management. This doctoral programme requires a compulsory co-supervision by a professor or researcher at a Portuguese partner and at a non-Portuguese partner. Therefore, a mandatory mobility period and placement at a non-Portuguese institution is involved (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months). Candidates that successfully complete the programme will receive a joint diploma issued by the Portuguese and Galician universities. A dual diploma may be issued if the mandatory away stay is in one of the associated partners.

    If you plan to apply to any of the Portuguese universities of Do*Mar:
    Continue in this web site, which provides information on the structure of the doctoral programme and on the application procedures to the Portuguese grant programme.
    If you want to know more about Do*Mar and the Campus do Mar initiative:
    If you want to know more about Do*Mar, the Galician grant programme and the Campus do Mar initiative go to http://campusdomar.es/phd-in-marine-science-technology-and-management-domar/?lang=es.

    Additional Details: http://www.campusdomar-pt-domar.net/

  • Molecular Ecology journal continues to be among the most influential journals in ecology and evolution, and published approximately 450 papers during 2014. The editors of Molecular Ecology write an editorial article in the beginning of each year noting the most relevant contributions that have been published. The present editorial (January 2015) highlights two papers that have been published by members of DBio & CESAM (Miguel Leal and Ricardo Calado). One of these works uses quantitative molecular methods to estimate ingestion and digestion of prey items by photosynthetic corals and anemones. Among the main findings of this investigation, the authors found that corals digest their prey much more slowly than previously believed, as they take up to 10 days to digest their prey, which somehow similar to the digestion time observed in terrestrial insects, particularly spiders. The other publication uses molecular methods to note, for the first time, that photosynthetic corals feed on phytoplankton. As symbiotic corals harbour microalgae (dinoflagellates) in their tissues, scientists thought these corals did not eat phytoplankton. The use of molecular tools has great potential to study trophic interactions, and has been one of the key research topics developed by Miguel Leal and Ricardo Calado in DBio & CESAM.

    Leal, M. C., Ferrier‐Pagès, C., Calado, R., Thompson, M. E., Frischer, M. E., & Nejstgaard, J. C. (2014). Coral feeding on microalgae assessed with molecular trophic markers. Molecular ecology 23:3870-3876
    Leal, M. C., Nejstgaard, J. C., Calado, R., Thompson, M. E., & Frischer, M. E. (2014). Molecular assessment of heterotrophy and prey digestion in zooxanthellate cnidarians. Molecular ecology 23:3838-3848

  • Researchers of CESAM/UA paticipate in national project that will develop Municipal Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation – Project ClimAdaPT.Local

    CESAM researchers and teachers from the Departamento de Ambinte e Ordenamento (DAO) are part of the National Project Local Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change, financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEAFM/EEA grants), and the Carbon Fund during 18 months.

    The project, in which the University of Aveiro is partner through the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), was selected for funding under the Program AdaPT. The project’s national coordinator is Professor Filipe Duarte Santos, PhD, from Fundação Faculdade de Ciências of the University of Lisbon (FCUL/CCIAM).

    The project ClimAdaPT.Local aims at supporting the development and incorporation of climate change adaptation at the municipal level, through the establishment of 23 Municipal Adaptation Strategies and training of technicians from the local authorities.

    The partnership is formed by CCIAM consortium (FCUL), CEDRU, WE CONSULTANTS, ICS (UL), Quercus, FCT-UNL, CESAM (AU), CIBIO, cCHANGE and the municipalities of Cascais, Sintra and Almada. Besides, ClimAdaPT.Local is associated with 26 municipalities covering all Intermunicipal Communities and Metropolitan Areas of Portugal’s mainland and the two Autonomous Regions.

    The coordination of CESAM research team will be in charge of Professor Fatima Lopes Alves, PhD., teacher at DAO and integrated member of CESAM. The UA team also includes three national experts in the areas of Energy and Environment - Prof. Dr. Carlos Borrego (DAO); Coastal zones - Prof. Dr. Carlos D. Coelho (DECivil) and Water Resources - João Pedro Nunes (CESAM).

    More information at: http://www.apambiente.pt/index.php?ref=x171

  • Prizes were awarded by International Humic Substances Society (IHSS) and the competition intended to reward young graduate students doing their PhD thesis

    Joana Leal presented her work "Does light-screening by Humic Substances completely explain their retardation effect on contaminants photo-degradation?"; João T.V. Matos presented a comunication entitkled “Natural organic matter in urban atmospheric aerosols: profiling the water soluble components using comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography".

  • 26/09/2014

    The warm ocean currents are not the responsabile for the collapse of floating ice shelves. In fact, the warming of ice surface and its melting are that factor that makes water to infiltrate into the massive ice structure, destabilizing it to the final collapse. This conclusion was obtained by an international team of researchers from the United States, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Canada and the UK, who have brought to the light of day a new view on the dynamics of the Antarctic ice floating platforms. 
    This study, which included the participation of researchers from CESAM, was published this month in Science and gives as an example the catastrophic disintegration in 2002 of the Larsen B ice shelf floating off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, an event that proved the team to be associated with changes in air temperature and consequent melting ice.
    More details:

  • 27/08/2014
    How is the jaguar Panthera onca perceived by local communities along the Paraguai River in the Brazilian Pantanal?

    Rapid habitat conversion, hunting as a retaliatory response to livestock depredation and, potentially, lack of knowledge regarding the species’ ecological role are the main factors influencing conservation of the Near Threatened jaguar Panthera onca in the Pantanal wetland of Brazil. The CESAM study highlights the environmental education programmes and ecotourism as the better strategies to reduce livestock losses and to minimize the perception that jaguars are dangerous in all situations.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 11/07/2014
    A study from the Wildlife Unit (UVS) of the Department of Biology & CESAM of the University of Aveiro has validated, for the first time, the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in the assessment of concentrations of metabolites of stress hormones in fecal matter, using deer feces as a model.
    The study, recently published in “Ecological Indicators” journal opens a new field of application for NIRS technology and has important implications for the monitoring of wildlife as it improves the efficiency and reduces the time and cost of conventional analytical techniques.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=39180&lg=en

  • 22/07/2014
    The levels of cadmium, copper, lead and zinc in urban gardens soils and pastures situated in the Porto area exceed the maximums set by the European Union for the presence in agricultural areas of heavy and potentially toxic metals. The findings, which are extensible to urban gardens of the rest of the national territory, belong to a team of researchers from the University of Aveiro & CESAM that indicate the need for assessment of soil quality and risk to public health from ingestion of the products concerned.
    News published in the various media:

  • 22/07/2014
    The project Bioatlas aims to be a digital platform for decision support, which innovatively combines the technology of geographic information with scientific research. The project brings together a set of information and technical-scientific knowledge about biomass energy, not available in an integrated and organized way, representing an investment with medium and long-term impacts on energy efficiency.
    The project, supported by the COMPETE programme under the Collective Actions, has an eligible investment of 477000 euros and involves as partners the Inteli (promoter), the ENERGYIN - Pole of competitiveness and energy technology, the University of Aveiro (throught the CESAM ) and AREANATejo.

    project web page: http://www.bioatlas.pt/

  • 17/07/2014
    The University of Aveiro received awards for best oral presentation, best poster and 2nd best student poster at the XVII Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology held in Santander, Spain, 6-11 of July. The conference was focused in the theme 'Understanding the resilience of aquatic ecosystems: a basis for a sustainable future'.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • July 22, 2014, from 9.30 to 17:30
    Amphitheater of the Department of Biology, UA 

    Recent projections, published in the 5th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reiterate previous scenarios foreseeing an increase in the mean sea level. As a consequence, intrusion of seawater is expected to occur in several coastal regions, causing a salinity increase in soils and waterbodies from affected regions. 
    The DBio & CESAM are promoting a workshop within project SALTFREE, which will address issues related to the impacts caused by saline intrusion in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. 
    Participation in the workshop is free and does not require registration; however, those who wish a certificate of attendance must send an email to ilopes@ua.pt, until July 20 (with the subject “registration workshop salinisation”).

  • 09/07/2014
    Wastewater reuse is currently considered globally as the most critical element of sustainable water management. Water scarcity, foreseen to aggravate, pushes for maximum utilization of non-conventional water. Although reuse is accompanied by a number of benefits, several potential drawbacks still puzzle scientists. The applied treatments fail to completely remove microcontaminants, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and/or their genes (ARB&Gs). Knowledge on the actual effects of reuse with regard to these aspects is currently not consolidated. This Action will answer critical questions through a European multidisciplinary network, structured in interactive Working Groups (WGs), to achieve: a) identification of the microbiome and mobile antibiotic resistome in treated wastewater, b) assessment of the potential for uptake/transmission of microcontaminants and ARB&Gs in crops, c) determination of effect-based bioassays required for wastewater reuse, d) identification of efficient/economically viable technologies able to meet the current challenges and, e) development of a relevant risk assessment and policy framework. The Action will establish criteria on technologies/assessment methods for wastewater treatment and suggest new effluent quality criteria to overcome current barriers and safeguard the reuse practice. The Action will have a major impact on the enhancement of sustainable wastewater reuse in light of current challenges at technological, economical and societal level.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/essem/Actions/ES1403

  • 09/07/2014
    The management of tree species non-native to European geographical regions has a long tradition within forestry management practice. Their introduction to Europe (initially focussed on growing tree species) dates back to the 18th century when enormous demands were being made on natural resources to sustain the on-going industrialization of Europe. Today issues of biomass production and C sequestration as well as the question of whether these species could increase the adaptive capacity of forests to long-term climate change patterns have fuelled a growing interest in non-native tree species in Europe. In order to determine their fullest potential (and associated management options, but also assess associated risks and challenges) the need for a communication platform - allowing for discussions with stakeholder groups from within and beyond European borders; is argued.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1403

  • 08/07/2014

    The international trade in live plants is a major pathway for the introduction of invasive tree pests and pathogens, resulting in environmental and economic damage. Many recently introduced pests and diseases were not known to be harmful, or unknown to science, and were not regulated before they invaded, indicating that the current system to identify harmful species does not provide sufficient protection from invasions by alien pests and pathogens. A novel way of identifying potentially harmful organisms for regulation is by monitoring European trees planted in regions that export plants to Europe. The Action will 1) establish a global network of scientists and regulators in countries where sentinel nurseries could be established from seed or where there are botanical gardens or arboreta with exotic trees, 2) develop common protocols for the monitoring and identification of pests and 3) explore ways to regulate the establishment of such nurseries and the use of data collected through them. This Action will also bring together detailed information about the international trade in trees and the environmental value of native trees in Europe. The Action will produce written, electronic and workshop outputs, as well as at least five short-term scientific missions per year.
    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/fps/Actions/FP1401

  • 17/06/2014
    The prestigious journal ‘Critical Reviews in Microbiology’ published a revision of the state of the art of bacterial collagenases by Ana Sofia Duarte, António Correia and Ana Cristina Esteves.
    Being involved in the degradation of the extracellular matrices of animal cells, bacterial collagenases are important virulence factors in a variety of pathogenic bacteria. These enzymes are among the most versatile proteases ones and have technological applications in health, food and even in the leather industries.
    Nonetheless, there was until now a lack of scientific consensus for a proper and well-defined classification of these enzymes and a vast controversy regarding their correct cataloging. This review fulfils this gap presenting a new classification guide for bacterial collagenases, thus constituting   a strong contribute for an accurate and straightforward classification of these enzymes.
    See article here.

  • 09/06/2014

    Four videos about the Biodiversity of the Ria de Aveiro and the surrounding area, produced by the University of Aveiro (UA) within the CESAM Project 'do Ar à Água'. 

    Viajantes do Ar: https://vimeo.com/100140108   
    Nascer na Ria: https://vimeo.com/100150805   
    A Cegonha-branca: https://vimeo.com/100150808   
    A Ria por Dentro: https://vimeo.com/100150807
  • 22/05/2014
    Expoforest, held from the 21st to 23rd  May 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil , is a forestry trade fair focused on machinery, equipment, supplies and technology focused on the production of wood from planted forests and, in particular, eucalyptus.
    GeoAtributo, the current coordinator of the LUNA project in which CESAM participates, is present at the Fair,  focusing on the innovative scheme developed within this project.
    The LUNA (ALow-flying UNmanned Aerial forest monitoring system) is an information system, fed by various sources using different types of sensors equipped on unmanned aerial vehicles, which allow obtaining accurate, dynamic and relevant information monitoring plant growth, pests and diseases, emergence of invasive species, as well as the occurrence of early mortality of trees. This system is under development, involving research institutions and private companies, with a strong emphasis on scientific development and innovation .

  • 22/05/2014
    Milene Matos, researcher in CESAM, has just won a European award by EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, entitled "Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships", which aims reward young conservationists proven in the field of nature conservation, particularly in protected areas of Europe. 
    This is the first time that this award is given to a Portuguese conservationist.
    Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 21/05/2014
    Mónica Amorim took over as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) for Europe on May 14, 2014. 
    SETAC is one of the ecotoxicology societies with higher expression in the world, with more than 2,200 members in Europe amongst scientists from academia, industry and government. SETAC-Europe has a leadership composed of 15 elements, derived in equal parts from academia, industry and government agencies in several countries in Europe.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 16/05/2014
    During the Celebration of the European Maritime Day (19 and 20 May), in Bremen, Germany, will be promoted the public presentation of the results of the 'Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA)' project, in which CESAM participates.
    TPEA project, co-funded by DG MARE, is developing a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Atlantic region and examines critical elements of the planning process in the context of legal and policy frameworks, participatory approaches and technical considerationsestablishment of the Maritime Spatial Policy.
    More details: http://www.dgpm.mam.gov.pt/Pag.....

  • Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation
    November 17th to 21st 2014
    Olhão, Portugal

    The first Mares Conference will be held in Olhão, Portugal, from November 17th to 21st, 2014. This international and open conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address main issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation.
    Marine environments are generally considered as highly valuable and their health and conservation status are seen as top priorities. Marine wildlife and habitats are facing multiple anthropogenic threats ranging from eutrophication to overfishing and ocean acidification. There is an urgent need to advance our understanding of the menaces on the marine environment and to provide constructive guidelines for management strategies. The first Mares Conference will take place in this context, aiming to address the main issues dealing with both marine ecosystems health and conservation.
    Six themes will be developed through the conference, and for each one a keynote speaker will be invited:
    1.  Future Oceans : temperature changes - hypoxia – acidification: Sam Dupont (TBC)
    2.   Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine ecosystems : Lisa Levin
    3.   Biological invasions: Gregory M. Ruiz
    4.   Natural Resources : overexploitation, fisheries and aquaculture: Rainer Froese  
    5.   Ocean noise pollution: TBA
    6.   Habitat loss, urban development, coastal infrastructures and Marine Spatial Planning: Michael W. Beck

    The conference will be dynamic, innovative and participative, mixing oral presentations, round table discussions, science café and posters/ digital objects sessions. The small-scale, relax and multigenerational nature of this event will ease knowledge exchanges, networking and building of new collaborations between universities, schools, companies and experts from all around the world.
    More information on the Mares Conference herewww.maresconference.eu 
    Call for abstracts is open, submit your abstract here: www.maresconference.eu/callforabstracts.

    The Mares Conference is an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Programme (www.mares-eu.org)

  • 23/04/2014
    An article in the newspaper 'Público' highlights the importance of trophic cascades associated with temporary organic sources on the ocean, like logs of wood or animal carcasses, to study marine communities.
    The Chemeco (EU) and Carcace projects (FCT), the latter coordinated by the CESAM researcher Ana Hilario, are referred as case studies of ecosystems constituted in the ocean from deposited organic matter.
    Article: http://www.publico.pt/ciencia/...../0 data-mce-mark="1"> 

  • 14/04/2014
    Cocktails of pesticides, used in agriculture to fight pests, are causing harmful effects on organisms that regenerate the terrestrial ecosystem and, therefore, are undermining the health of Portuguese soils. This is the main conclusion drawn by team of CESAM biologists that examined the effects of mixtures of pesticides, used on a large scale throughout Europe, in organisms that are damaged by the chemicals action. Without them, and consequently without the crucial role they have in organic matter decomposition and redistribution of nutrients, agricultural soils can not stay healthy.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 01/04/2014
    UA in the largest European project on soil degradation in Europe

    Nobody knows what  is the health state of Portuguese soils. For certain, the variety and intensity of threats are enormous. Among the culprits, desertification and land impermeabilization  appear to head a long list of phenomena. To assess for the first time the state of the national soil, identifying and studying phenomena that affect them and develop innovative solutions to prevent, in the long term, the country's south region - mainly - to become an arid desert, a team of researchers from the UA have rolled up their sleeves. The mission of Portuguese scientists is part of RECARE project, the EU largest project aiming for the prevention and remediation of soil degradation in Europe, is officially launched on April 1 and has a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 27 European organizations.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=37876

  • 28/03/14
    On March 22, 2014, CESAM researchers participated in the 'Planting Caramulo' initiative, sponsored by the city of Viseu in conjunction with other local and regional entities.
    Agents and local communities joined forces in a voluntary movement to plant 10,000 trees (mountain oak and birch) to restore some of the public lands that were affected by large forest fires that consumed more than 9,000 acres of forest in the Caramulo mountain range during the summer of 2013. These fires triggered not only the loss of human lives but also large environmental and socioeconomic impacts. In the joint area of St. John 's and Mount Mosteirinho' Parishes, one of the areas of study of the RECARE project around 600 trees were planted with great enthusiasm despite adverse weather conditions.
    The initiative was a huge success, with more than 1,000 volunteers and local organizations, schools and citizens associations, thus  demonstrating awareness of the local actors to direct and indirect impacts of forest fires and the need to implement solutions to rehabilitate burned areas and mitigate soil degradation.
    Additional information: http://www.cm-tondela.pt/plantarocaramulo/ ou http://cmtv.sapo.pt/atualidade/detalhe/dez-mil-arvores-plantadas-no-caramulo.html

  • 25/03/2014
    A multidisciplinary team from the University of Aveiro, including CESAM members, has been working on new applications of scientific methods used in other areas in order to seek a solution to the resistance of bacterial strains to various antibiotics. 
    One such method, named photodynamic therapy has been tested in the treatment of hospital sewerage, where multidrug-resistant bacteria are frequently found, and according to studies conducted, so far it has shown to be much more effective than other conventional approaches.
    Additional information; http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....

  • 12/03/14
    The CESAM article 'Nucleic acid changes during photodynamic inactivation of bacteria by cationic porphyrin' published in 'Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry' journal has selected by Global Medical Discovery as a key scientific article contributing to excellence in biomedical research.
    Link: http://globalmedicaldiscovery......

  • 01/03/2014

    'Biodiversidade no Hipermercado' is a TV show with the label of the Department of Biology of UA. Using science coupled with lots of humor, and driven by 3D animated characters, this TV project aims to raise the awareness of the importance of biodiversity.


  • 28/02/2014
    Biology and genetics, management and conservation of animal populations, study of ecosystems and biodiversity are some of the areas that the Wildlife Unit of UA/CESAM embraced within and outside the country. Coordinated by the biologist Carlos Fonseca, the Unit has fifty researchers, divided between the national territory, several European countries, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde and Mozambique, contributing all to a harmonious relationship between humankind and the environment.
    Interview:  http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=37493

  • 14th Rodens et Spatium – International Conference on Rodents Biology

    28 de Julho a 2 de Agosto de 2014, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

    A Conferência Rodens et Spatium é um encontro bienal reune cientistas de vários países cuja investigação envolve a biologia de roedores, em áreas tão variadas como a ecologia, genética, evolução, parasitologia, gestão de pragas, entre outras. Rodens et Spatium, oferece ainda a oportunidade de participação em workshops selecionados (Tools for analyzing landscape connectivity: methods and applications; Using Landsat imagery to understand landscape ecology; and Geometric Morphometrics).
    Convidamos todos os interessados a visitar a página oficial em http://rslisbon2014.wix.com/conference. Aos estudantes são oferecidos descontos sobre o valor da inscricação, assim como um número limitado de bolsas.
  • 30/01/14
    The theme session on ​The science and tools for the management of networks of Marine Protected Areas, which is part of the ICES Annual Science Conference 2014, is being organized by CESAM members.
    The ASC 2014 will be held at the Palexco Congress and Exhibition Centre in A Coruña, Spain, from the 15th to the 19th of September.

    The topics to be addressed during the session are:
         - Theoretical and modeling approaches to define and implement representative and resilient networks of MPAs:
         - Development and validation of species distributions and habitat models as surrogates for biological and ecological processes;
         - Identification of movement corridors and connectivity among regions, and its implications for management; 
         - Approaches for addressing the effect of environmental change on species distributions and/or community structure through the implementation of MPAs and dynamic ocean management;
         - Application of seascape ecology to ecosystem-based management and assessing the effect of human activities, such as renewable energy and mariculture, on marine habitats and species;
         - Mending the fences: interactions between networks of MPAs and other uses of the marine environment;
         - Design, implementation and management of MPAs at large spatial scales: high seas, deep-sea and transnational MPAs and MPA networks;
         - MPAs in practice: use of Before/After designs, Control/Impact designs and No-take zones to assess the effectiveness of MPAs; 
         - MPAs in practice: social science and culturally appropriate guidance in MPA designation;
         - MPAs in practice: socioeconomic impacts of MPAs and MPA networks.

    Further information on the theme session and on the ASC 2014 is available in the attached document, and following the links www.ices.dk/asc2014/ and www.ices.dk/news-and-events/asc/ASC-2014/Documents/Description TS B.pdf.

  • 24/01/2014
    Biochar in soils: new insights

    This special issue of the European Journal of Soil Science is the fruit of biochar sessions at the EUROSOIL 2012 conference (held at Bari, Italy). The 16 papers of this Special Issue are a snapshot of a dynamic international research community. The wide range of disciplines,methodologies, spatio-temporal scales, fundamental and applied research questions, is entirely appropriate for advancing the scientific understanding and for the urgently needed contribution of science to policy and society on this topic.

    See Special Issue: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.....

  • 26/09/13
    This Action aims to develop a network of European expertise to improve understanding of Grapevine trunk diseases (GTD) by acquiring knowledge on occurrence of pathogens, vine-pathogen interaction, ecology of wood-inhabiting microorganisms, and to develop new management protocols and biocontrol approaches. This knowledge will be promoted in an effort to increase knowledge and awareness of the problem by disseminating information to end-users and authorities in the viticulture sector, and to the general public.

    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....

  • 19/09/13
    The coordinator of the Wildlife Unit (DeBio/CESAM), Carlos Fonseca, was awarded the "Iberian Prize FECIEX 2013," which distinguishes persons and / or institutions that have stood out for their work in favor of hunting, nature, and the strenghtening of the Iberian relations in these fields, in recent years. The prize will be delivered in Badajoz, in the largest fair on hunting, fishing and nature of the peninsula and one of the largest in Europe, on the 19th of September.
    This is also an award that recognizes the University of Aveiro, through the Wildlife Unit, Department of Biology, as an institution of recognized value in the area of natural resources.

    More details:


  • 19/09/13
    This COST Action aims to establish Europe as a world-leader in the emerging area of complex chemical systems, by bringing together these research fields. Main objectives are to develop far-from-equilibrium self-assembly and self-replicating systems, self-assembling and reproducing compartments, and the use of information-rich molecules in these contexts. The approach to these subjects is inherently multidisciplinary and will only be possible by combining the expertise of different theoretical and experimental research groups around Europe

    More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/cmst/Actions/CM1304

  • 10/09/13
    Jan Keizer has mainly been working on hydrology and soil erosion (sensu latu), with a special focus on post-fire erosion. His research team, recently coined as “earth surface processes team” (www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite), currently comprises 24 people.

    Read more: http://www.ua.pt/research/PageText.aspx?id=17417

  • 12/09/13
    Ana Marçalo, from CESAM and DBio participated in the tv programme Sociedade Civil, on September 11, under the theme 'sustainable fishing'. In this show the Biologist presented the Good Practice Handbooks for the several Portuguese fishing methods, published under the scope of the project Life+ MARPRO - Protected Marine Species Conservation in Portugal.
    Watch the show: http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1043/e.....

  • 09/09/13 
    Research in CESAM, conducted in cooperation with the Bairrada wine Station shows that the biological carbon (biochar) can be an important ally to help the agricultural sector to address the adverse effects of climate change. This work was highlighted in the RTP program 'Bom Dia Portugal' of August 30, 2013.


  • 09/09/13
    The smoke from forest fires is highly dangerous to public health. The alert from CESAM refers the dangers arising from the mix of gases and particles emitted by fires. The latter, ultrathin in their nature, have a enormous capacity to penetrate into the alveoli carrying out carcinogenic compounds, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The study, led by researcher Célia Alves, also concludes that, in addition to the human health damage, forest fires smoke contributes significantly to climate change.

  • 09/09/13
    Mónica Amorim, researcher at the Department of Biology and CESAM, in the area of ​​ nanomaterials toxicology, is the principal investigator of the Portuguese team of an European Project recently approved under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
    The project "Sustainable SUN-Nanotechnologies," will begin later this year, in the area of nanotechnology, and has an overall budget of about eleven million. Coordinated by the University ca 'Foscari Venice, Italy, it is a "Large-scale Integrating Collaborative Project" and involves 35 partners from 16 European countries.
    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=35370


  • 02/08/13
    The Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium is joining a new effort to end a poisonous and destructive form of fishing called cyanide fishing. Any new fish headed to 49 Sea Life Aquariums across the world will now be tested for cyanide poisoning at Portugal's University of Aveiro.

    More details: http://www.kctv5.com/story/229.....

  • 10/05/13
    Borrego, professor and director of the Department
    of Environment and Planning of the University of Aveiro and former Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, was awarded the Medal for Scientific Merit of the Aveiro Municipality.
    This award has a special meaning, in the current year that marks  40th anniversary of the University of Aveiro, 35 years of the Department of Environment and Planning, and 20 years of the Institute for Environment and Development (IDAD) which is also directed by the professor.

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=34116

  • 01/02/13
    A team of researchers from CESAM / UA discovered the presence of levels of organic tin compounds in dust collected in Portuguese homes that are unsafe for human health. Traditionally used in paints to cover the hulls of ships and used on wallpaper, foams, silicones, PVC, and in various products of daily use, such as clothes or toys, organic tin compounds interfere with the hormonal functioning, are carcinogenic, diminish the effectiveness of the immune system and promote obesity.

    Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=33116 and http://www.cienciahoje.pt/index.php?oid=56864&op=all

  • 27/09/12
    The partners
    of the European project APPRAISAL (Air Pollution Policies foR Integrated Assessment of Regional and Local Strategies At scales), which includes experts from 15 European universities and research institutes, meet at the University of Aveiro, on 27 and 28 September, to analyze the tools available and commonly used in the air quality assessment.

    More details:http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=24918

  • The international multidisciplinary journal 'Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science' dedicated a special issue to the themes of the '5th European Coastal Lagoons Symposium' hosted by the University of Aveiro, from the 25th to 29th July 2011.
    This special issue on 'Coastal Lagoons in a Changing Environment: Understanding, Evaluating and Responding' was edited by Victor Quintino, Ana Maria Rodrigues, Rosa Freitas and Donald McLusky and presents 21 peer-review papers.

  • 22/11/11
    kickoff meeting of the European project "Lagoons - Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change" under the Seventh Framework Programme (theme Environment, including Climate Change), was held between November 22nd to 24th, in UA.
    The environmental issue of concern of the LAGOONS project is the anthropogenic deterioration and climate change impacts - especially the effects of extreme weather events- on surface water and lagoons ecosystems.
    The main objective of the LAGOONS project is to contribute to a science-based seamless strategy - in an integrated and coordinated fashion - of the management of lagoons seen under the land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder interface; i.e., the project seeks to underpin the integration of the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, the EU’s ICZM Recommendation, and the EU Marine Strategy Directive.

  • Associated Laboratory since 2005, CESAM includes around 500 researchers, 190 of whom with a PhD degree, and five departments of the University of Aveiro: Environment and Planning, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences; it also includes members from the Faculty of Sciences, of the University of Lisbon.  
    CESAM's mission is to develop fundamental research in the Coastal and Marine Environment, understood in an integrated manner involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and anthroposphere.

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