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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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  Vitor Hugo Magalhães  
  Category: Assistant Researcher  
  Department: Geosciences  
  Research Group: Oceanography and Marine Geology
  • 14/03/2017

    The University of Aveiro and the Municipality of Mira signed a cooperation protocol that will allow real-time monitoring of coastal erosion and return streams in Praia de Mira. Coordinated by CESAM, the pilot project of video-monitoring of the coastline will allow to recognize dangerous currents and the beach occupation rate and predict the erosion of the dunes.

    Named as Sea Floor Topography Ranging Technique (SeaRangTech), the project includes a prototype of relatively inexpensive coastal video monitoring, when compared to commercial solutions, fully assembled at UA. This system, as explained by Paulo Baptista, coordinator of SeaRangTech and Researcher at CESAM, "aims to obtain data on the beach morphology and hydrodynamics of the wave zone, with high temporal resolution, through the acquisition of information almost continuously in time, in a beach domain with several hundred meters in length."

    More information: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=49732

  • 17/03/2017

    Dr. Jungho NAM, Director of KMI's Sea Policy Division, South Korea, and three Researchers from his team visited the University of Aveiro, under the scope of his collaboration with the DBio & CESAM, in the context of the operationalization of the concept of services provided by marine ecosystems in maritime spatial planning.

    The Marine Policy Division of this Institute conducts research in the areas of integrated coastal zone management, management and conservation of marine ecosystems, adaptation to climate changes, maritime spatial planning, among others, being responsible for the scientific based knowledge of support to the framework of the national marine and maritime policies.

    The purpose of the visit was to strengthen collaboration between the two institutions, in particular in the context of the ongoing research at the UA Research and Technology Transfer Centre dedicated to Sea issues, ECOMARE.

    Mais infiormação: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=49761

  • 10/03/2017

    Sónia Rodrigues, Researcher at DQ/CESAM, published in a Tutorial Review "Nanotechnology for sustainable food production: promising opportunities and scientific challenges" in the journal Environmental Science: Nano (IF 5.896).

    Full paper: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/en/c6en00573j/unauth#!divAbstract

  • 20/02/2017

    Irina Gorodetskaya, Researcher at DFis and CESAM, is aboard the research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov on a mission in the Southern Ocean since 22/01/2017, participating in a project dedicated to the study of the role of precipitation in the Southern Ocean integrated in the team of the Swiss Polar Institute. Irina is working on her own Project (supported by the Portuguese Polar Program) on the atmospheric rivers in Antarctica.

    More details in:
    Expedition website: http://spi-ace-expedition.ch/
    Irina Blog: http://polarua.blogspot.pt/
    Masha Blog: http://circumantarctic.blogspot.pt/

  • Ricardo Calado, Principal Researcher at Departamento de Biologia & CESAM, headed the team of editors responsible for the publication of Marine Ornamental Species Aquaculture (Wiley-Blackwell). This book collects into a single work the most up-to-date information currently available on the aquaculture of marine ornamental species. In its 712 pages is possible to find the contribution of more than 50 leading scientists and experts on different topics relevant for the aquaculture of the most emblematic groups of organisms traded for reef aquariums (including the world famous Nemo and Dory, as well as threatened organisms such as corals and seahorses). Marine Ornamental Species Aquaculture is a key reference for scientists and academics in research institutes and universities, public and private aquaria, as well as for hobbyists. The culture of marine ornamental species is also analysed from a business oriented perspective, highlighting the risks and opportunities of commercial scale aquaculture of marine ornamentals.

    This book positions CESAM among the leading research centres addressing the aquaculture of marine ornamental species, simultaneously contributing to species diversification in marine aquaculture and the preservation and sustainable use of tropical coral reefs.

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

  • 15/02/2017

    Dr. José Alves, CESAM/DBio, is one of the organizers of “1st International Conference on Radar Aeroecology: applications and perspectives”. The organizing team is composed by researchers from five other institutions: University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Swiss Ornithological Institute (Switzerland), University of Haifa (Israel), University of Exeter (UK) and Technosmart (Italy), whom will bring together biologists, meteorologists and aeroecologists from academic, conservation and governmental organisations, to explore how radar tracking can help addressing key questions regarding animal movement on the atmosphere and its implications for conservation and management, for example issues of fly-safety.

    Despite radars being used for decades to detect animal movement, only recently has computational power and technological advances for data analysis, unravelled the potential and opportunities for using radars on a large scale in applied and fundamental issues of aeroecology - see example here: http://enram.github.io/bird-migration-flow-visualization/viz/2/nl-be/index.html

    This conference will bring together experts working with different radar technologies and different species (birds, insects, bats) to present state-of-the-art research on radar aeroecology and to discuss future challenges.

    The Conference is an initiative of ENRAM (European Network for the Radar surveillance of Animal Movement - www.enram.eu ) and will take place in Rome on the 23rd and 24th of February 2017.

    Conference website for more details: https://conferencedetails-enram.rhcloud.com/

  • Sob lema: A Terra é uma ilha – A Educação Ambiental como resposta às fragilidades e como contributo para viver nos seus limites, o IV Congresso de Educação Ambiental dos Países de Comunidades de Língua Portuguesa, visa a partir de uma pequena ilha de 142km de cerca de 10 mil habitantes, encontrar soluções ambientais aplicáveis no contexto planetário.

    Mais informações: http://www.ealusofono.org/index.php

  • 26/1/2016

    Henrique Queiroga, Professor of DBio / CESAM, analise the relationship between marine protected areas on our coast and the way they are working (as a network or as isolated sites). This study, led by Henrique Queiroga, was carried out by UA researchers through the route of mussel larvae.

    The interview was broadcast on January 16, in the Portugal Direct program of Antena 1.

    Watch the interview podcast HERE.

  • 25/1/2017

    Can a sunny day be a health risk?

    Alexandra Monteiro, Researcher at DAO and CESAM, explains how the combination of the current atmospheric conditions and the common habit of lighting the fireplace at home to resist the cold weather can generate risk situations for all of us.

    These cold winter days (full of sun and little wind) are usually associated with weather conditions characterized by high atmospheric stability that favor the low dispersion of pollutants and their accumulation. If we add to these conditions large emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere we will have the ideal recipe for a serious problem of poor air quality with risks to human health.

    Several air quality stations throughout Portugal have measured particle concentrations well above the limit values ​​set by legislation for the protection of human health over the last few days. The peaks of particles recorded during the night-time suggest us that the cause and the emitting source comes from residential combustion, namely from our fireplaces. This high value is explained by the unrealistic and uncertified conditions in which this burning occurs (incomplete combustion, impurities fuel, etc.).

    There are several steps we can take without compromising our comfort. The first can start with the choice of biomass used in the firing, with options in the market, such as pellets, that allow the reduction of the emission of particles. The replacement or adaptation of the conventional fireplace by a certified installation is another. In addition, the choice of the most suitable days to light the fireplace will always be our decision (and the weather forecast).

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

  • 25/01/2017

    Prof. Luis Menezes Pinheiro, from Department of Geosciences and CESAM, was invited by the European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup to be a speaker in the conference “International Ocean Governance. An agenda for the future of our oceans", which will take place on 30th January, from 15:00 to 17:00 at the European Parliament.

    In the context of the European Commission Communication on International Ocean Governance, the European Parliament’s Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup has taken the initiative to organize this conference in presence of Commissioner Karmenu Vella.

    This seminar will bring together representatives of the maritime communities, the European institutions, to reflect the next steps to develop a strong European position on international ocean governance.

  • 13/1/2017

    There are over 3000 deer living wild in the Serra da Lousã and surrounding areas. Descendants of about a hundred animals reintroduced in the mountain in the late 1990s, at a time when the species was extinct in Lousã since the mid-nineteenth century, the balance of reintroduction, coordinated by the Wildlife Unit (WLU) of the Department of Biology and CESAM at UA, makes this one of the greatest national and European successes among programs for the promotion and conservation of biodiversity.

    The biologists involved in this program ensure that "the deer is nowadays definitely an ex-libris of the entire Serra da Lousã, having a strong economic, hunting and tourist potential." Twenty years later, "the results obtained demonstrate that the deer reintroduction in Serra da Lousã was a success, not only for its biological and ecological sustainability, but also for the increase in the population number and distribution area," says Carlos Fonseca.

    More information in:
    http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=49097 />https://www.publico.pt/2017/01/13/ecosfera/noticia/na-serra-da-lousa-ha-mais-de-tres-mil-veados-programa-de-reintroducao-travou-extincao-do-animal-1758207

  • 24/01/2017

    27th, Amphitheater of Building III at University of Aveiro (Building of the former Rectory) 

    On January 27th, will be held the Workshop "Contributions of CESAM for the intelligent valorization of the sea", aimed at all potential stakeholders in the academic and business world. This workshop will consist of 3 thematic sessions, each one with three to four presentations. At the end of the workshop, a Round Table will be organized to discuss the relevance of the covered topics and the funding opportunities and frameworks in the priority areas of the H2020 program, Mar2020 Operational Program and the RIS3 Intelligent Specialization Strategy of Center 2020.

    The purpose of this discussion is to promote the dissemination of knowledge created in CESAM in the area of ​​the Sea, the establishment of possible partnerships, and the dissemination of funding opportunities in this area (Program Here).

  • 6/12/2016

    A paper published in the latest issue of the Scientific Report journal (Nature group), led by José Alves, a researcher at DBio and CESAM, revealed an unexpected strategy in which whimbrels fly for 5 days and 5 nights over 5500 kilometres over the North Atlantic, from Iceland to West Africa, without a single stop and reaching fastest speeds between 65 and 86 kilometres per hour. This feat is even more incredible if we consider that, in addition to not feeding or moisturizing, they do not glide during the whole trip. José Alves reveals the "surprising" and unknown proof of resistance of this bird.

    Original paper: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep38154

    More information in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=48679

    Porto Canal video HERE.

  • 5/12/2016

    Diogo Cardoso, a PhD student of the UA Doctoral Program Biology and Ecology of Global Changes, was nominated ambassador of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). The nomination took place during the XIV Brazilian Congress of Ecotoxicology - ECOTOX 2016, which took place in Curitiba, Brazil.

    Diogo Cardoso has participated in several congresses organized by SETAC, under the scope of his scientific activities led by Susana Loureiro, Professor and Researcher at DBIO and CESAM, and Fred Wrona, Professor at the University of Calgary (Canada), in the research group applEE - Applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology.

    In this context, he was appointed a student ambassador of SETAC in ECOTOX 2016, and together with Blair Paulik, representative of the SETAC North American students, presented to the Brazilian students the importance of the tripartite activities of SETAC (academia-industry-governmental entities).

    Mais informações podem ser consultadas em:
    e no vídeo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TmsZESNG4o

  • 24/11/2016

    Nature’s press release: Animal behaviour: How shorebirds share parental care?

    When it comes to sharing parental responsibilities, birds adapt their behaviour to take shifts to look after their nests, but this behaviour varies widely between different species, finds a study published online in Nature this week. In most cases, this behaviour circumvents natural circadian rhythms governed by the 24-hour light–dark cycles. Instead, it seems that the shift patterns are driven by anti-predation strategies.

    The authors analyse data from 729 nests of 32 different shorebird species, monitored over a period of 20 years, to understand how these birds synchronize their daily schedules to take turns in incubating the eggs. Patterns vary widely between species, even under similar environmental conditions. The length of one parent’s incubation bout ranges from 1 to 19 hours, but similarities are observed in closely related species. The way in which the two parents synchronize their rhythms seems to be linked to how the birds fend off predators, the authors note. Birds that actively mob predators tended to have shorter incubation bouts, whereas those that rely on camouflage incubate for longer, presumably to avoid revealing the location of their nests to predators.

    The variation in synchronized social rhythms observed in these free-living animals is far more diverse than is seen under laboratory conditions and shows that social cues can have a stronger influence on certain behaviours than the circadian clock.

    More details in:

    Link for the original paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature20563

  • 23/11/2016

    Adelaide Almeida, Researcher at CESAM/DBio, co-authored a paper recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a journal with an Impact Factor of 21.372 (5-Year Impact Factor: 19.297)

    The work “Photoantimicrobials—are we afraid of the light?” provide a Personal View about the abusive use of conventional antimicrobial drugs, which have been assumed as miraculous cure-alls for the past 80 years, causing increasing antimicrobial drug resistance. As alternative, the authors raise awareness of novel photoantimicrobial technologies that offer a viable substitute to conventional drugs in many relevant application fields, and could thus slow the pace of resistance development. The authors discussed photoantimicrobials (light-activated molecules that act locally via the in-situ production of highly reactive oxygen species) and their uses and prospects for adoption as mainstream clinical antimicrobials in the fight against conventional drug resistance.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=48566&lg=p
    Full paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30268-7

  • 23/11/2016

    Célia Alves and Ana Vicente, Researchers at CESAM/DAO, co-authored a Review paper listed in the Most Cited Atmospheric Research Articles published since 2011, extracted from Scopus

    The paper “Research on aerosol sources and chemical composition: Past, current and emerging issues” provide a quantitative and predictive understanding of atmospheric aerosols, beginning with a historical perspective on the scientific questions regarding atmospheric aerosols over the past centuries, followed by a description of the distribution, sources, transformation processes, and chemical and physical properties as they are currently understood. This review outlines the major open questions and suggestions for future research priorities to narrow the gap between the present understanding of the contribution of both anthropogenic and biogenic aerosols to radiative forcing resulting from the spatial non-uniformity, intermittency of sources, unresolved composition and reactivity. 

    More details in the full paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169809512003237

  • 22/11/2016

    Workshop “ARGUS & Modelação Ambiental: Desafios e Oportunidades no CESAM"
    14 de dezembro, na sala de Reuniões do CESAM, no Edifício III da UA

    Sessões temáticas & Discussão 

    Simulações climáticas usando o WRF
    Carolina Viceto & Alfredo Rocha (CESAM & DFis)

    A previsão da qualidade do ar com o ARGUS
    Alexandra Monteiro & Carla Rocha (CESAM & DAO)

    Modelação oceanográfica de alta resolução

    Jesús Dubert (CESAM & DFis)

    Análise de dados de sequenciação em massa de comunidades microbianas em ambientes marinhos

    Newton Gomes & Francisco Coelho (CESAM & DBio)

    O Argus ao serviço do projecto CLAIRCITY

    Joana Ferreira (CESAM & DAO)

    Propagação da ondulação e morfodinâmica costeira com o DELFT3D

    Caroline Ferreira & Paulo Silva (CESAM & DFis)

    Sessão “Hands-On ARGUS”
    Luís Carvalheiro (CESAM)

  • 21/11/2016

    A group of 40 international experts met last weekend in Vigo (Spain) and concluded that there is an urgent need to increase knowledge about recreational fishing on the Iberian Atlantic coast by collecting ecological, social and economic data related to this fishery. Experts also recommend the cration of bridges by administrations to strengthen relations between this sector, managers, professional fishing and science.

    The Director for Fisheries of the Government of Galicia, Juan Maneiro, inaugurated the 1st workshop on recreational fishing on the Iberian Atlantic coast, which took place on 11 and 12 November in Bouzas, Vigo, Spain. This workshop was attended by 40 experts, including Dr. Cristina Pita (CESAM / DAO), other scientists, members of different administrations, professional and recreational fishermen, representatives of ONGAs and other collectives.

    As a conclusion, the experts were in favour of promoting the association and training of recreational fishermen to promote initiatives of collaboration with scientists and to reduce conflicts with other users of the coastal ecosystems. They also recommended revising legislation (in Spain), harmonizing the data collection regime and increasing the participation of recreational fishermen in decision-making.

    This workshop was organized by Federación Gallega de Pesca Marítima Responsable y Náutica de Recreo, WWF-Espanha, Federación Gallega de Actividades Subacuáticas, International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities, and Universities of Santiago de Compostela, Minho e Aveiro, being supported by Xunta de Galicia, Confederación Española de Pesca Recreativa Responsable and Federación Galega de Confrarías de Pescadores.

    More information: 
    http://www.taller.verdeprofundo.net />http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 11/11/2016

    Ana Lillebø, CESAM Researcher, was invited by the Korean Maritime Institute to participate in the '4th International Symposium and Workshop on Marine Ecosystem Services and Marine Spatial Planning & Management' held in Seoul.

    Asian countries have been establishing over the past decades legal and institutional mechanisms for sustainable development. Under this scope, for example, KMI (Korea Maritime Institute), in very close collaboration with PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia), has organized international workshop on marine ecosystem services and its application to MSP since 2013.

    In this symposium, occurred between 27-28 October, invited experts from East Asian and western countries shared experiences and knowledge, and discuss issues and future direction to incorporate the ecosystem service-based marine spatial planning with clear benefits to the global society.

  • 08/11/2016

    A group of scientists from UA are trying to use biochar for the first time to combat soil erosion in a vineyard in Amoreira Gandara, Anadia. This unprecedented work intends to identify how this type of biomass-produced coal can improve water infiltration of the soil in vineyards.

    This research has been conducted by the 'Earth Surface Processes (ESP) team' (Earth Surface Process research team), a CESAM researchers team led by Jacob Keizer. This work is part of the project "Mediterranean Agricultural Soils Conservation under Global Change (MASCC)", funded by FCT under the ARIMNET program, with João Pedro Nunes as Main Researcher from the Portuguese team.

    With the incorporation of biochar in the soil, ESP team expects a reduction in the water flow by 10 to 50 percent and a reduction of 20 to 60 percent in the soil erosion. This percentages, according to the researchers, "mean that more water will be stored in the soil after rainfall, a fact that can benefit both the vineyard and the quality of watercourses".

    The study of the use of biochar in agricultural production in Portugal is now taking the first steps through an interdisciplinary team of researchers from DAO, DBio and CESAM.

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

  • 21/10/2016

    Research of Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Center from Department of Physics

    Built to accommodate waste from the iron mines of the Mariana region, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, the Fundão barrage rupture in 2015 caused one of the biggest environmental disasters in Brazil. The mud released by the disaster struck the Rio Doce and, and through this the Atlantic, with consequences that can only now be quantified. An important help to realize the real impact of the tragedy reached from the University of Aveiro, by satellite images analysis and by the development of a numerical model that simulates the spread of fluvial water in the Atlantic.

    This work, one of the first to be held on the tragedy of Rio Doce, involved researchers Renato Mendes and João Miguel Dias from Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Center from Department of Physics / CESAM in partnership with researchers Martin Marta-Almeida (former UA student and researcher), Fabiola Amorim from Federal University of Espirito Santo (also a former UA student and researcher) and Mauro Cirano from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

    Since its publication in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, the most prestigious magazine on marine pollution, this joint work between Portuguese and Brazilian researchers was several weeks among the most read articles published by UA and was the most widely read from CESAM.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=47997

  • 3/11/2016

    A publication from the UA department of Biology, Physics and CESAM, partnering with the University of Melbourne was selected to be published by the Science for Environment Policy, an information service provided by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Environment. This EU service carefully selects quality environmental research for evidence-based policy to connect researchers and policymakers, offering accessible summaries with the most up-to-date environmental research findings required to design and put into practice effective policies. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/newsalert.htm

    This study used the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis to investigate connectivity between the Berlengas and Arrábida MPAs in Portugal, both of which are part of the Natura 2000 network of protected sites in Europe. The chemistry of mussel shells was used to trace the dispersal routes for larval mussels, demonstrating that the Arrábida MPA is an important source population in the area. Results from this study support the measures in the 2005 management plan for the MPA, which prohibited trawling, dredging and bivalve harvesting to preserve its role as a nursery for many marine species. Direct measures of habitat connectivity can be a powerful tool to inform policymakers on the conservation and management of networks of protected areas in coastal marine ecosystems. 

    Source: Gomes, I., Peteiro, L.G., Albuquerque, R., Nolasco, R., Dubert, J., Swearer, S.E. & Queiroga, H. (2016) Wandering mussels: using natural tags to identify connectivity patterns among Marine Protected Areas. Marine Ecology Progress Series. DOI: 10.3354/meps11753

    More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=48170

  • 2/11/2016

    FUEGORED 2016 International Conference
    23 to 26 November 2016, University of Aveiro

    The FUEGORED 2016 International Conference will be held from 24 to 26 November 2016, at University of Aveiro, and includes two days of technical visits and one day of seminar for scientists to present their works and discuss their ideas on different topics related to post-fire land management and also the effects of post-fire on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

    Please find the Presentations detailed program attached.

    All the information is available at the meeting's website: http://fuegored2016.web.ua.pt/

  • 28/10/2016

    Competition of SME Instrument Program received nearly 2000 applications from 40 countries.

    After being awarded by the seal of excellence of the European Commission, under Horizon 2020 Program, the spin-off DNA TRUSTAG, born at the University of Aveiro (UA), was funded with 50,000 euros in Phase 1 of the SME Instrument Competition within another area of ​​the same program. This spin-off was one of 12 Portuguese funded from almost 2,000 candidates from 40 countries.

    The European Commission's seal of excellence have already certificated the innovative nature and the commercialization potential of this technology developed in the Department of Biology and CESAM, with a registered patent with the support from the Technology Transfer Unit of UA (UATEC), and licensed by the DNA TRUSTAG company. Now it is funded through the same program of the Commission, the SME Instrument, dedicated to supporting SMEs, and after an application of the business plan to the security area of ​​this program.

    The technology that enables the production of unique DNA codes presented by this spin-off was one of the applications with best score in the context of a highly competitive competition. Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho form the hands-on team of this spin-off.

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

  • 14/10/2016

    Since the beginning of the year more than 160 thousand hectares of forest were consumed by fires, and the burned area more than doubled compared to 2015. After fighting the fires, with the temperature drop, it’s time to look at what's left. This was one of the main issues highlighted in the Click emission of 15th of October, the UA radio program transmitted on Saturdays after the 3pm news on Antena 1. In this edition, we hear the opinion of Jacob Keiser and Nelson Abrantes, experts of DAO and CESAM, on the impact of fires on land, water systems, biodiversity and ways to prevent erosion.

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

  • 19/09/2016

    Dolphins in Portuguese coast have the highest levels of mercury in the body when compared to populations in the rest of the European coast. The amount of this highly toxic heavy metal, whose values present ​​in national populations of dolphins were investigated by a team of UA biologists, is only surpassed by the same species that live on the shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. This research gives an alert and says that we may be facing a "potential problem associated with mercury in the marine ecosystem in Portugal."

    Researchers point out that the main mercury and other chemical pollutants inlet by dolphins occurs by swallowing. Sylvia Monteiro, biologist at DBio/CESAM, points out that "some of the main prey of these dolphins are important commercial species, representing food often ingested by humans."

    Silvia Monteiro recalls that "there are already several studies showing that exposure to heavy metals affects the development and growth in neurological processes and reproductive success, and may cause mutagenic changes, immunosuppression and liver and kidney damage. "

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

  • 16/09/2016

    The work "Scientific study on water erosion following forest fires", carried out by the CESAM Laboratory of Eco-Hydrology, was recently published in the Informative Sheet of the Rural Network journal - No. 70 - September 2016 - Special Forest. This is a special edition dedicated to good forest management practices.

    The team of the Eco-HydrologyLaboratory is presently conducting a scientific study, under field conditions, to test the effectiveness of the application of a layer of forest residues from the cutting of eucalyptus on recently burned soil as a protection action against water erosion.

    Newsletter: http://www.rederural.pt/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=archive&task=view&mailid=13&key=cFknVd8k&subid=1440-IwYimpDHim4t2W&tmpl=component&Itemid=224

  • 14/09/2016

    Management of sustainable forest is the aim of the most recent international partnership led by UA biologists

    FOREST-IN: INovative and Educational INformation for the Sustainable FOREST Management by Smallholders is the new European project recently approved for DBIO, UA. The Community funding, which exceeds 320,000 euros, was obtained by the Erasmus + program, the European Commission financial instrument of Education. In this case, the forest education of all actors in the forestry universe, from small forest owners and technicians to large makers, will be the main focus of this mission that will last for three years.

    FOREST-IN project emerged from the need to create an agreement platform to unite the various forestry agents from Portugal, Spain and France, which usually face similar forest problems. In these countries, the predominance of private forest property, of small dimensions and mostly under the non-technical proprietary management, lead to the proliferation of practices that sometimes threaten the integrity and forest productivity and affect the ecosystem services as a whole, being urgent to share good practices and to promote forestry education.

    More information:http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 13/09/2016

    UA researchers present conclusions of the project about sapal evolution in Ria

    What changes have occurred in the marshes of Baixo Vouga Lagunar (including juncal and caniçal) in the last decade? What is the importance of the marshes as a carbon sink? Will the carbon storage in the marshes of Baixo Vouga Lagunar be affected by the rise in sea level? These are the fundamental questions to which the project "MARSH-C-LEVEL - Role of the marshes of Baixo Vouga Lagunar in storing carbon as a service of the ecosystem: Effects of sea level rise" intends to respond. The conclusions will be presented at the final seminar of the project, on September 29, at 2:30 p.m., in the Municipal Library of Estarreja.

    More information about the project at:

  • 6/09/2016

    On 27th September, at 9:30 pm, the documentary "Deriva Litoral" of Sofia Barata with participation of CESAM and Departments of Environment and Planning, Civil Engineering, Physics, and Geosciences will be displayed in Aveirense Theatre.

    Don't lose it!!

  • 5/09/2016

    The project “Imprinting an ecological compensation reasoning on society by means of young citizens - IMPRINT+” was the only Portuguese project selected by the European Commission to integrate a working group on Education for Entrepreneurship. The project, led by the Department of Biology/CESAM, is part of the international strategic partnerships for the School Education, funded by the Erasmus + program.

    With less than a year, the IMPRINT + project has been positioning itself as a reference project in environmental education and in participatory citizenship in the various countries of the consortium. Now it was the European Commission, which finances the project through the Erasmus+ program, to recognize its relevance in the area of ​​Young Entrepreneurship.

    IMPRINT+ project aims to promote an environmentally responsible behaviour through games and educational competitions. The primary target audience is children and young people, but the messages are aimed at society as a whole, assuming the mobilizing power of the youngest people to behavioural changes. The innovative character of the project is related to its multidisciplinary approach and to the fact of combining the conservation of natural resources and environmental education with the green entrepreneurship.

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

  • 23/08/2016

    Partnership for the recovery, health and ecology of marine animals

    The University of Aveiro and the Lisbon Oceanarium signed a partnership agreement on 19th August, which will be valid for one year with possibility of renewal, consolidating the cooperation that already existed previously. The document provides a framework for cooperation in the field of marine science applied to rehabilitation, health and ecology of marine animals to be develop at the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), an integrated unit of ECOMARE-Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources, under UA responsibility.

    The involvement of the Lisbon Oceanarium in CPRAM activities will broaden the scope of the partnerships that make the ECOMARE possible and that have already involved the Portuguese Society of Wildlife, the Administration of the Port of Aveiro and the Municipality of Ílhavo.

    The EcoMare will enclose, in addition to CPRAM, the Center for Extension and Environmental and Marine Research (CEPAM) and a library of living organisms - Marine Invertebrates and Microbial Simbiontes Library, among other facilities.

    Mais informação em: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=47466

  • 5/07/2016

    CESAM researchers of the Eco-hydrological Lab, published 6 papers in a special issue on fire effects on Land Degradation & Development journal (Impact Factor: 8.145):

    Special Issue: Advances Towards an Integrated Assessment of Fire Effects on Soils, Vegetation and Geomorphological Processes


  • 28/06/2016

    The 5th Plenary meeting of the CASCADE Project took place May 24-28 at the EC’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. The meeting covered research updates from all partners, plans for integration of results, and planning for the final year. In February 2017 there will be a final meeting in Matera, Italy, to share recommendations with stakeholders and policy makers, at both local and EU levels.

    CASCADE Project partners are completing experiments and modelling to obtain a better understanding of discontinuous shifts, or tipping points, in dryland ecosystems around the Mediterranean. The study sites in parts of dryland Portugal, Spain, Italy, Crete and Cyprus have been used to establish more precisely the details of changes to the soil and plant ecosystems due to forest fires, overgrazing and land abandonment.

    Research results are presented on the Information System CASCADiS as they become available: http://www.cascadis-project.eu/

    The Project Deliverables that have been completed may be viewed or downloaded from the project website: http://www.cascade-project.eu/index.php

  • 26/07/2016

    " Deriva Litoral - the impact of coastal erosion in Portugal", a documentary co-produced and conducted by Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva and UA, will be presented in world premiere at the Film International Festival of Avanca, between July 27 and July 31. The premiere of this documentary is scheduled for July 30, at 17:00, in the Auditório Paroquial de Avanca.

    This documentary is based on interviews with researchers from the University of Aveiro, and brings together a wide range of real images, places and facts accompanied by scientific explanations. This is an analysis of the agents that are at the root of the problem and an exercise of reflection on future solutions. The film had the participation of Environment and Planning Department, Civil Engineering Department, Physics Department, Geosciences Department, University of Aveiro and CESAM.

    This production started from the winter 2013-2014, when the Portuguese coast was battered by heavy storms and prolonged sea waves. Coastal areas were reported for the worst reasons and, in recent years, there has been in Portugal a progressive advance of the sea, exposing the safety of people and properties - the Portuguese beaches are losing sand! For several factors. The information available did not seem to be enough for the understanding of all these phenomena. Make it better and accessible to all of us becomes essential now that scientific community debate the erosion problems and their causes.

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

  • 2/06/2016

    By highlighting the importance of nodules for the deep-sea biodiversity, scientists involved in the JPI Oceans pilot action on the ecological aspects of deep-sea mining call for criteria for designating preservation zones to be based on robust scientific knowledge.

    An international group of researchers from Germany (Senckenberg am Meer), Belgium (Ghent University), France (Ifremer), and Portugal (MARE/IMAR-Azores and CESAM/University of Aveiro) has published their results  from a recent research campaign (SO-239, March-April 2015) onboard the new German research vessel SONNE in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ, Central Eastern Pacific) in Nature, demonstrating that polymetallic nodule fields are hotspots of abundance and diversity for a highly vulnerable abyssal fauna.

    The results of this study underlie the need for careful considerations of strategies for biodiversity conservation. Especially the CCZ area is recently of growing interest for industry because of the high concentration of polymetallic nodules present at abyssal depths. However being one of the remotest areas on earth, very little is known on its biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

    The paper shows that the fauna associated with polymetallic nodules is more abundant and diverse than in areas without or only low nodule numbers, a pattern which is consistent across the four areas licensed for nodule exploration which have been visited during SO239. They also provided, for the first time, ecological data from one Area of Particular Environmental Interest (APEI, Number 3) established by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to be safeguarded from mining. Finally, they also report on the high impact and lack of recovery of fauna on 2 trawling tracks and experimental mining simulations up to 37 years old, suggesting that mining impacts may be long-lasting or even permanent. Based on these observations, the researchers argue that preservation zones within mining areas should be established in areas rich in nodules. 

    More information:
    Nature article
    Project website

  • 21/07/2016

    Biologists at the University of Aveiro participate in aerial census of cetaceans

    Biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA), Department of Biology (DBIO) and the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), participated in the cetaceans aerial census campaigns integrated in SCANS III project, held between the 6th and July 14, and attended by the biologists team of LIFE + project MarPro, coordinated by Catarina Eira, a researcher at the DBIO and CESAM, and by biologists of CPRAM-ECOMARE team.

    The study area covers the entire continental shelf of the European Atlantic from the Strait of Gibraltar to Norway. Simultaneously, they are operating three ships dedicated to monitoring offshore areas and seven aircraft that will sample the area of ​​the continental shelf. In this campaign and for the Iberian Peninsula were sampled 75 routes from the Strait of Gibraltar to the border with the South of France.

    During this work 376 sightings of cetaceans groups were made, totalling 3870 individuals, with six individual sightings of common turtles.

    For more information about the SCANS III, visit the official page of SCANS III project.


  • 19/07/2016

    Air quality forecast system is now more complete

    A dispersion forecasting module in the national territory of desert dust, coming from North Africa, was recently integrated in air quality forecasting system developed under a partnership between the Portuguese Environment Agency and the University of Aveiro (UA) – more precisely, the GEMAC research group of the Department of Environment and Planning. Accordingly, it is possible to make and integrate the forecasting of these natural events, so frequent in Portugal, allowing warnings to the population and avoiding health problems: http://previsao-qar.web.ua.pt/.

    In addition, summer and the desired sunny days can have a drawback: the quality of the air these days is not always the best ... Nonetheless, with the help of GEMAC Group of DAO/UA, it is possible to predict the quality of the air.

    The usefulness of this service, with benefits for the general population, could be of particular interest to the most sensitive groups. This is the case of children, the elderly, asthmatics and people with allergies, respiratory diseases or heart problems.

    More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=47280&lg=pt

  • 10/07/2016

    CESAM Day 2016

    CESAM Day was celebrated on 8 July with a shared lunch on the lawn space between the two DAO buildings. This year we had the presence of a Tai Chi instructor from the Confucius Institute of the UA to guide us in a 30 minute 'ZEN' session.

    The event was kindly sponsored by CAVE CENTRAL DA BAIRRADA and CAFÉ DEL ART.

    http://www.cavecentraldabairrada.com/ />http://www.cafedelart.com/

  • 14/07/2016

    HidroRia: an application to not run aground in the Ria de Aveiro

    It is possible to accurately predict the tides of the Ria de Aveiro. Developed at the University of Aveiro to facilitate fishermen navigation, sightseeing agents or any 'sailor' the estuary, the HidroRia application allows for the first time and through a smartphone, an updated forecast of the tides in real time for the main channels of the lagoon. The new app, whose predictions are made independently without access to mobile networks, will allow to avoid the frequent strandings due to increased tidal range and siltation of few channels, including those that access to marinas and fisheries.

    Developed by researchers João Miguel Dias, Ana Picado, Carina Lopes and Renato Mendes, the Center for Estuarine modeling and Coastal Department of Physics (DFIs) and CESAM, the HidroRia want to pay a service to users of the Ria de Aveiro that "face enormous difficulties of navigation through various channels of the lagoon."

    The predictions made by HidroRia application are based on current observations of tide performed in several permanent sampling stations distributed across the main channels of the lagoon and whose data were collected in the Hydrodynamics Monitoring project of Ria de Aveiro running by the Port of Aveiro. 

    More details in:

  • 6/06/2016

    The University of Aveiro was present at the Oceans Business Week exhibition, which took place at the Lisbon Congress Center from 2 to 4 June, reporting on its research and development expertise in the area of ​​the sea and economy of the sea. This is an event organized by the AIP Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of the Sea and highly sponsored by the President of the Republic.

    The UA stand evidenced the UA institutional structures working in this field: Aveiro Institute for Marine Science and Technology (AIMARE), Technological Platform of the Sea, ECOMARE and CESAM – and their valences.

    On exhibition were a few specimens from the UA deep-sea research as examples of the wide range of UA research related to the sea.

    More information: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=46587

  • 13/06/2016

    The kickoff meeting of the ERA NET SIIN NanoFARM project - Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials, was held at the University of Aveiro on 6 and 8 June. Susana Loureiro (UA coordinator, Department of Biology) and Sónia Rodrigues (Department of Chemistry) organized the meeting held at CESAM which was attended by partners from the Universities of Carnegie Mellon (Greg Lowry, NanoFARM coordinator), Kentucky (Jason Unrine) and Vienna (Frank von der Kammer). Researchers from NERC (Steve Lofts and Marianne Matzke) were also present as observers.

    The NanoFARM project aims to study the behavior of nanoagrochemicals in soils, and to relate these characteristics to the potential effects and risks to the environment. The project will last 36 months and intends to provide crucial information that will enable the use of nanotechnology in favor of sustainability of agricultural productivity, which is extremely necessary in the context of exponential growth of the world's population.

    Mais informação em: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 15/05/2016

    As a result from ICFC2015 International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges in chemical mixtures, the book “Food Contaminants and Human Health – challenges in chemical mixtures” is now available including some extended abstracts written by some invited speakers and also the abstracts presented at the conference.

    This Conference was organized by Paula Alvito and Ricardo Assunção, CESAM members from INSA, and Susana Loureiro (department of biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro) was one of the invited speakers, along with the participation of several other CESAM members, whose contributions are also available in this book.

    The book can be assessed through the repository of the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge at http://repositorio.insa.pt//handle/10400.18/3214.

  • 17/06/2016

    Rita Bicho was awarded the Best Poster Award in Sciences for the poster:

    Bicho, RC, Gonçalves, M., Amorim, MJB (2016) Development of novel tools for environmental health assessment - fast screening for long term effects.

    presented at the Research Day 2016, held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, June 15, 2016.

    Rita is a PhD student at CESAM, and has been developing research in the area environmental health assessment in the Stress Biology Group (Ecotoxicogenomics Lab). She has recently published the work presented, e.g. Bicho R.C., Santos F.C.F., Goncalves M.F.M., Soares A.M.V.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Enchytraeid Reproduction Test(PLUS): hatching, growth and full life cycle test-an optional multi-endpoint test with Enchytraeus crypticus. Ecotoxicology. 24, 5, 1053-1063.

  • 27/06/2016

    The UA spin-off DNA TRUSTAG was awarded with the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (SME instrument). The seal certifies the innovative character and commercialization potential of the technology developed by the CESAM researchers Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho, in the Laboratory for Molecular Studies of Marine Environments (LEMAM).

    The technological platform of DNA TRUSTAG enables cost-effective and scalable production of unique DNA tags (impossible to forge), which generate reading signals similar to a barcoded label. The DNA tags are then used to mark and authenticate raw materials and a range of products directly in the production line. DNA TRUSTAG company was founded in January 2016 with the objective to help European and worldwide knowledge-based companies, to protect their intellectual property and fight against the attractiveness of a 'look-alike product' with a cheap price.

    More details in: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=47188&lg=pt

  • 05/05/2016

    The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas is an effort by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to raise awareness about the importance of soil biodiversity. It comprises 180 pages with amazing photos, maps, charts, statistics, and shared information that scientists, educators, policy makers, and non-specialists alike can use as a toolkit for knowing and understanding soil biodiversity globally. Key messages of the Atlas are:

    • Soil biodiversity is extremely diverse in shapes, colours, sizes and functions.
    • Soil biodiversity supports many services essential to human beings: plant growth, water and climate regulation, and disease control, among others.
    • Soil biodiversity is increasingly under threat due to several pressures acting on soils.
    • Interventions to reduce the impact of threats to soil biodiversity are available and should be widely adopted.
    • Policies to protect and value soil biodiversity are still at an early stage and need to be further developed.

    Out of the 94 authors from across the world, four are CESAM researchers at the UA. Ana Catarina Bastos and Susana Loureiro from the applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group (applEE) in the Biology Department, contributed with expertise on environmental biotechnology, including biomonitoring and bioremediation, as provisioning services of soil biodiversity. Frank Verheijen and Jacob Keizer from the Earth Surface Processes (ESP) lab in the Department of Environment & Planning, contributed with expertise about wildfire as a threat to soil biodiversity, and fire management as a way of benefiting soil biodiversity.


  • 05/05/2016

    Ana Hilário, UA Biologist, was in Namibia to participate in the organization of a workshop training and knowledge transfer in the area of ​​Deep Sea Biology, organized by Indeep, the international organization that emerged as a result of the "Census of Marine Life" aiming to share scientific knowledge between countries, particularly developing countries.

    The motivation for this workshop arose from the increasing pressure of mining companies to extract deep sea resources, which will most likely start to happen in the waters of African developing countries and Oceania. "The extraction of minerals from the deep sea is highly attractive to these countries for obvious economic reasons, but it may have excessive environmental costs if done in a not sustainable way," explains Ana Hilário. In many cases, "developing countries do not have the human resources with the necessary training to independently establish commitments between development and sustainability based on economic, social, cultural and ecological realities and priorities of each country."

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=46271

  • 05/05/2016

    Monica Amorim, researcher from CESAM/DBIO was invited to participate in the "Topical Scientific Workshop on New Approach Methodologies in Regulatory Science" held in ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) on 19 and 20 April in Helsinki, with industry, science and regulators participants.

    The researcher develops its work in the field of toxicogenomics, optimizing tools and results for risk assessment that allow the evaluation of chemical effects on the organisms genes, i.e., at the level of the mechanisms that precede apical effects. During this workshop it was discussed, for example, how this information can be integrate to be used use in risk assessment and chemicals legislation.

    ECHA has promoted the discussion of various topics under the (eco)toxicology scope, one of the strong research areas done in the Department of Biology, UA. In October 2015, the Researcher also participated in the "ECHA / EFSA Scientific Topical Workshop on Soil Risk Assessment" that promises to emphasize the "soil" on the European legislation agenda.

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

  • 5/05/2015

    The work “Marine ornamental fish imports in the European Union: an economic perspective" coordinator by the CESAM/DBio Researcher Ricardo Calado, was recently published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries" (IF: 8.258) currently in the 1st position of 52 in the scientific field of JCR "Fisheries".

    This work intended to quantify, for the first time, the role of the import of ornamental marine fish for aquariums in the EU (Nemos, Dorys and company), as well as identify the main exporting and importing countries. This work intended to demonstrate that the EU, as an importer of these organisms, play a key role in maintaining this industry, which allows the livelihoods of many impoverished families in the Indo-Pacific area, having also additional responsibilities in promoting a sustainable industry that does not contribute to reefs destruction through the use of destructive fishing techniques such as fishing with cyanide.

  • 22/04/2016

    Mónica Amorim graduated in Biology (1997, Univ. Coimbra), MsC in Ecology (2000), and a PhD in Biology (2004, Univ. Aveiro, split grant between Portugal and Germany). During 2005-6 she worked partly in Belgium and in Portugal, since then as researcher in CESAM, UA.

    She has established a new international recognised high profile area – ecotoxicogenomics (less than 10 labs in the world) forming her own group, presently comprised by 9 researchers (6 PhD and 3 Post-Docs, all fully funded by FCT or EU, plus MsC and degree students). She already completed the supervision of 4 PhDs, 2 Post-Doc, 5 MsCs and several degree students.

    Major scientific achievements include high throughput tools based on the transcriptome assembly for soil ecotoxicology model species (Enchytraeus crypticus) i.e. microarray platform [such tools are only available for 2 other soil and 3 aquatic ecotox species]. No such genomic tools were available for soil species, hence this represents a major step forward and with results in terms of understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms to stress. Other molecular tools were also developed e.g. cellular energy allocation, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, oxidative stress biomarkers. These are crucial tools to link responses at various levels of organization towards a systems biology approach.

    Besides the science activities she has been active in general international promotion of environmental sciences. She was SETAC Europe president (2014-15), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is probably the largest worldwide ecotoxicology society (>6000 members); chaired the SETAC Soil Advisory Group (2005-12); coordinates the Post-Graduation course "Practical approach to ecotoxicogenomics" since 2007-14; has been invited to evaluate grants (e.g. from FCT) and project proposals.

    More details in: http://www.ua.pt/research/page/21170

    Dr. Mónica Amorim
    Department of Biology & CESAM
    Universidade de Aveiro
    Campus Universitário de Santiago
    3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

  • 21/04/2016

    It is called oxytetracycline (OTC) and is one of the antibiotics used in aquaculture to combat a wide variety of infections in fish. If until now the respective removal is made using the diffusion of ozone in the water - an expensive method, inefficient and hazardous compounds generator to health when it comes to saltwater - a team of researchers from UA found that, alternatively, the antibiotic can be effectively destroyed with a simple and free resource: sunlight.

    The use of antibiotics in national aquaculture has been decreasing in recent years (OTC is one of the few antibiotics authorized in the country for use in aquaculture), and producers are increasingly opting for preventive measures such as vaccination. However, throughout the world there are countries where the use of antibiotics is not as upper and controlled, which, according to the researchers, "increases the potential application of the method" proposed by UA.

    The work was conducted by PhD student Joanna Leal, under the supervision of Valdemar Esteves and Eduarda Santos, and published in the latest issue of Environmental Pollution, a publication of Elsevier which is a world reference in the field of chemistry applied.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=46118


  • 19/04/2016

    João Carvalho, PhD student at Wildlife Unit of the Department of Biology and CESAM, in collaboration with a group of researchers from the University of Porto (UP), published in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Nature one article that exposes the inertia of the European Union face with alien species and alert to the need for cross-border cooperation in the control of wasp-Asian.

    "The number of alien species identified in the European territory exceeds currently the thousands," says João Carvalho. One of the most publicized cases is the wasp-Asian (Vespa velutina nigrithorax). "This species currently occupies a significant area of ​​the Mediterranean Basin, a recognized biodiversity hotspot. Its potential ecological impacts are already recognized by the scientific community. In areas where beekeeping is assumed as an important source of income, the economic impacts of the Asian wasp may be especially severe, "says the researcher.

    The authors stress the importance of environmental awareness as a tool for conservation of other pollinating insects. The widespread fear of beekeepers and the consequent indiscriminate use of some selective traps are factors that can determine the decline of many other species of pollinators.

    The article can be found via the link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v532/n7598/full/532177b.html

    More information: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=46087

  • 4/04/2016

    It is not just a new bacterial species discovered by an investigating team from the University of Aveiro (UA). The NL19 is a 'super' bacteria that survive in extreme environments, such as the former uranium mine Quinta do Bispo, in Viseu, where it was identified. Isolated from sludge with high concentrations of radioactive metals, UA scientists have discovered that NL19 produces antibacterial that can be used in medicine, veterinary and food industry. The study concerning how this bacterium can be used by the man in the production of other bioactive compounds is already in progress.

    Baptized by Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory team (LBM) from Department of Biology with the scientific name Pedobacter portucalensis, a new species of the genus Pedobacter, the discovery of NL19 rests like a glove to one of the group's goals: study and discovery of microorganisms able to help Science in the production of new antibacterials.

    In addition to the characterization of antibacterial produced by this new bacterium is also ongoing evaluation of the important biotechnological potential that the microorganism has as a producer of antifungals, antivirals and anticancer, and other bioactive compounds. The work is being developed by PhD student Claudia Covas and with the collaboration of the postdoctoral researcher Tania Caetano and Pedro Domingues, researcher from Department of Chemistry at UA.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

  • 5/04/2016

    Dr. José Alves, CESAM (DBio/UA) member since 2013, is one of the organizers of BOU’s annual conference: “From avian tracking to population processes”. The organizing team is composed by researchers from three other institutions: University of East Anglia (UK), University of Iceland and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK), whom will bring together ornithologists and ecologists from academic and conservation organisations, to explore how tracking individuals can help to address key questions about population processes and their implications for conservation and management.

    Given recent technological breakthroughs in miniaturization, animal tracking has become widespread with incredible new patterns being discovered in recent years. For example, the continuous flight of a migratory wader between Alaska and New Zeeland, traveling 11 000 km without stopping to rest, feed or hydrate. GPS tracking devices can be as light as 5 grams allowing to follow individuals of many species. This conference aims to go beyond patterns and focus on their consequences. Several topics will be covered, including:

    Dispersal and settlement decisions, trade-offs and fitness consequences
    Demography and carry-over effects
    Population dynamics and migratory connectivity
    Evolution and ontogeny of movement and migration strategies
    Conservation and management implications of movement behaviour

    The British Ornithologists’s Union (BOU), founded in 1858 is one of the world's oldest and most respected ornithological organisations with an international membership stretching all continents. Under its motto “Advancing Ornithology”, it organizes themed conferences, provides research grants (particularly for Early Career Researchers) and publishes the highest ranking scientific journal in the field, IBIS.

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  • 29/03/2016

    Dr. Cristina Pita, Researcher of CESAM, will participate in MSEAS Conference 2016 (Understanding marine social- ecological systems: including the human dimension in the ecosystem Ratings Integrated), held in Breste (France) from 30 May to 3 June) and co-chair two Thematic Sessions.

    The conference MSEAS addresses the theme of Integration and Multiple Evaluation OSU THE SEA, including: fishing, Renewable Energy, Coastal Development, Oil and Gas, Transportation and Conservation. A special emphasis will be given to methodological and empirical challenges involved in the inclusion of human dimensions in ecosystem integrated assessment. The conference has a global character, with special focus on regions that have developed Integrated Management Policies for the sea in recent decades.


    Dr. Pita chairs the thematic sessions:

    A: Identifying needs for managing multiple ocean use sectors  – policy, management and industry needs
    This theme session will seek to identify the needs that arise from current and projected policy, management and industry developments in the marine domain. 

    D:  Participatory assessment processes: opportunities and challenges
    Theme session D will investigate how the ways in which integrated (socio-ecological) assessments are/can be included in decision-making processes may determine the use/usefulness of the tools/information provided.

  • 22/03/2016

    It is one of the cause of urinary infections. The bacteria is called Enterobacter cloacae, and until now has been controlled by use of antibiotics. But the prescription can come to change. A team of researchers at the University of Aveiro (UA) managed to eliminate these bacteria with use of phage therapy. Harmless to human beings and cheaper to apply than antibacterials, this therapy uses the action of specific virus that only destroy the bacteria. The work opens the door to a future where the harmful bacteria to human health, many of which resistant to antibiotics, can be disposed of quickly, effectively and without side effects.

    "Our research proves that cloacae Enterobacter, one of the bacteria most frequently responsible for urinary infections, can be inactivated by phages [virus that only destroy bacteria and are harmless to human health]," said Adelaide Almeida, Researcher at the Laboratory Applied and Environmental Microbiology of UA and CESAM and coordinator of the work published in the last issue of Virus Research.

    More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=45818          

  • 22/03/2016

    Fatima Lopes Alves, Professor in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) at UA and CESAM Researcher, was invited to join the team of 'Experts' in the European Commission study on 'Cooperation between North and South - the transatlantic dimension of Protected Marine Areas' (Cooperation with Northern and Southern Transatlantic Dimension - Protected Marine Areas).

    The European Commission has set up a new project to promote cooperation between managers of Protected Marine Areas (PMAs) in the countries of the Atlantic Basin. The study will take place over two years and aims to stimulate the exchange and sharing of good management practices, to improve the effective management of PMAs in coastal areas and offshore Atlantic space. This project aims to promote a broader transatlantic cooperation, centred on a new, comprehensive concept of 'Atlanticism', resulting from the growing importance of Africa and Latin America as key actors in the Atlantic space. The European Union is strongly committed to promoting this broader approach in the transatlantic dialogue, and selected the PMA as a pilot study of this new initiative of the European environmental policy. The project will also contribute to the EU's commitments in the fight against global loss of biodiversity, support for adaptation to climate change, and meet the EU's internal policies on the environment, regional cooperation and maritime dimension. The project will contribute to a strategic approach to EU (Atlantic Basin), in relations between the North-South and South-South.

  • 21/03/2016

    "Physical Geography is the study of the interactions between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. I am a physical geographer (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam, located a few meters below sea level in the large delta that forms most of The Netherlands. My MSc research focused on interactions between plant species and soil water repellency, in the drylands of southeast Spain. For my PhD I moved to soils formed in the glacial sediments of the low hills of southeast England (Cranfield University) to study how soil organic matter may provide on-farm economic benefit. Since then, during the last ten years, I helped to design and test a harmonised EU soil monitoring system in a 38 partner project. I moved to the old floodplains of the river Thames in London (Queen Mary University of London) to study the effects of a wildfire on the recovery of an organic soil in a Scottish peatland. I moved to the southern foothills of the Alps in Italy to work at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, where I led a small team in publishing a major EU report on biochar (2010) that identified positive, negative and unknown effects. Finally, I moved close to a drowned river valley in Portugal (University of Aveiro) to push for more scientific discovery of those unknown effects."

    More details in: http://www.ua.pt/research/page/20986


    Dr. Frank Verheijen
    Departamento de Ambiente e Ordenamento & CESAM
    Universidade de Aveiro
    telefone: 234 370200 (ext. 22608)
    e-mail: verheijen@ua.pt />       
    Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal

  • 17/03/2016

    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 Universidade de 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.

    More details in: http://www.campusdomar-pt-domar.net/

  • 9/03/2016

    Book will presented on March 10, at 5 pm, at the Library of the University of Aveiro

    One of the characteristics of terrestrial mammals is to have the body covered with hair. If we know what to look for and we use the right microscopic techniques we can see something amazing and surprising: the coating hair of each species has unique morphological characteristics. During 16 months biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA) observed and photographed more than 200 microscopic preparations, cross-sections and cuticular impressions of 67 species of land mammals of the Iberian Peninsula. A meticulous and patient work now published in the book "Atlas dos pelos dos mamíferos terrestres ibéricos" whose launch takes place March 10 at 5 pm in the Library of the AU.

    José Vingada , professor at the University of Minho and president of the Portuguese Society of Wildlife, has borne the presentation of the project at a ceremony , in addition to the authors , will be present Amadeu Soares, director of the Department of Biology AU.

    More details in://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=45693

  • 9/03/2016

    II Edition 30 May - 3 June 2016

    This one-week course held at DBio & CESAM (University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal) aims to provide knowledge about using biomarkers and their advantages (and disadvantages) to assess the ecologically relevant impact of stressors in the environment. Moreover, the ecological relevance and ranges of applicability of biochemical tools will be shown for particular classes of pollutants by linking their biochemical effects with alterations at higher levels of biological organization. Furthermore, the practical use of a biomarker approach in distinct taxa will be demonstrated, showing the usefulness of this set of tools independently from the analyzed ecosystem. This new approach has been successfully used by staff members of this course in soil ecotoxicology, freshwater ecotoxicology, marine ecotoxicology, wildlife ecotoxicology, biomonitoring, characterization of drug toxicity and nanotoxicology. The course is composed by theoretical lectures, by the presentation and discussion of several of our own case studies, and by a strong complementary practical component, during which test procedures will be demonstrated and students will have the opportunity to handle real techniques and procedures. The course is targeted to scientists, PhD and MSc students (with a background in Biology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry, or related fields) and other professionals involved in decision-making and environmental management. All lectures and training sessions will be held in English.

    Dr. Bruno Nunes, DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
    Dr. Carlos Gravato, DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

    Teaching staff
    Dr. Carla Quintaneiro, DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro
    Dr. Inês Domingues, DBio & CESAM, University of Aveiro
    Prof. Dr. Alberto Teodorico Correia, CIIMAR, University Fernando Pessoa
    Dr. Miguel Santos, CIIMAR, University of Porto

    Please find the event flyer and Registration Form attached.

  • 8/03/2016

    Rui Vieira, 29, a PhD student at School of Ocean and Earth Sciences (University of Southampton), Departamento de Biologia & CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, and CCMAR/Universidade do Algarve, hailing from Marinha Grande (Portugal), attended Parliament to present his biological research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

    Rui’s poster on research about fisheries impact on deep-sea ecosystems will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Rui was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

    On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “science and society should, more than ever, be linked. SET for Britain is an excellent opportunity to bring our work to the society and policy-makers. I hope to contribute to change a bit the way we look at marine ecosystems, particularly the deep sea, which we still know very little about, but also to exchange some ideas with MPs about this issue.”

    The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society and the Council for Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Essar, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Bank of England and the Society of Chemical Industry.

  • 3/03/2016

    Mongoose is the prominent species in the latest number of Mammalian Biology journal. The Photography is from Tania Barros, CESAM Researcher, and refers to one of the studies as part of its doctoral thesis supervised by Prof. Carlos Fonseca, held at the University of Aveiro, which culminated in this publication. ”Mitochondrial demographic history of the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), an expanding carnivore in the Iberian Peninsula” is the featured article in the March Editions of Mammalian Biology journal and had the participation of researchers from the University of Aveiro, University of Montpellier and the University Evora. By mitochondrial DNA analysis, the authors detected that the distribution of genetic diversity in the Iberian population reflects a pattern of historical diversity of subpopulations of southern Iberian Peninsula, as well as the presence of long-distance migrants from several southern source populations that had dispersed to colonize the center and north of the territory. Other tools used in this study also allowed a better understanding of the relationship between the genetic diversity of the Egyptian mongoose standards with its rapid expansion in the Iberian Peninsula in recent years, being mainly influenced by changes in land use and climate variations.

    This work was supported by numerous institutions, including the Foundation for Science and Technology, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, INIAV, IP, INIAV, IP., ICNF, FENCAÇA, ANPC and CNCP.

    More details:

  • 3/03/2016

    Mónica Amorim, Researcher of CESAM, was the guest editor of the special Issue "Environmental Fate and Effect of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials" published in the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”

    This Special Issue published already 15 papers and focused on the effects of NMs in biological systems and their risk assessment in the environment and complex media.

    See the editorial: Amorim, M.J.B. The Daunting Challenge of Ensuring Sustainable Development of Nanomaterials. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 245. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/245

  • 2/03/2016

    Carlos Fonseca reappointed in the National Commission for Trophy Homologation 

    Carlos Fonseca, Researcher of DBio, University of Aveiro (UA), was reappointed by the Secretary of State for Forestry and Rural Development, Amândio Torres, to the National Commission for Trophy Homologation (NCTH). Carlos Fonseca is coordinator of the Wildlife Unit in Aveiro Academy and has devoted much of his work to the monitoring of populations of ungulates (deer, roe deer, wild boar, ibex, deer and mouflon) in Portugal.
    This reappointment is also the public recognition of the Researcher and Lecturer at the UA, for his extensive work at national and international level in the management of hunting resources, including populations of species of large game and their habitats.

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

  • 8/02/2016

    Fátima Lopes Alves, Professor of Department of Environment and Planning and Researcher of CESAM, was in Luanda (Angola) to enable the technical body of various Angolan ministries in the area of ​​planning and integrated management of ocean and coastal zone. The invitation came from the German institution GIZ and from the Commission of the Benguela Current, responsible for international project MARISMA.

    The large marine ecosystems of Benguela Current (BCLME) extend along the coast of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The MARISMA project - Spatial Management and Governance) is a regional initiative funded by Germany (through GIZ) to the Commission of the Benguela Current with a duration of five years (08/2014 - 04/2020). This project is directed to the present Commission Benguela Current, to its member States Angola, Namibia and South Africa and other stakeholders in the governance and management of the marine environment, including marine biodiversity and natural resources of BCLME. The main focus of the project is to develop, at different levels, technical and technological capacity to implement and institutionalize the "Planning of the Marine Area" and to identify the Biological Marine Areas and Ecologically Significant in this region of Africa.

    Fatima Lopes Alves belonged to the core of coordination responsible for preparing the Maritime Spatial Planning Plan in Portugal, promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning (2008 - 2011) and was responsible at UA for the TPEA project - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic, financed by DG MARE (CE 2012-2014).

  • 1/2/2016

    The use of cork products, in addition to being trendy and serve the national economy, contributes to remove atmospheric gases with greenhouse effect. The results of the study coordinated by the University of Aveiro (UA), the first in the country to quantify the carbon footprint of the cork industry, leaves no doubt as to the ecological powers of the cork oak and the ecosystem that surrounds it: for each cork ton produced, more than 73 tons of carbon dioxide are captured, equivalent to the emissions of that gas released to go about 450,000 kilometers by car.

    "This work has given the cork sector information and tools that enable support decision-making with respect to practices that can optimize the carbon footprint of the sector and strengthen the role of industry as an important element in mitigating climate change," says Ana Cláudia Dias.

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

  • 29/04/2015

    Limestone structures formed by microalgae of coral were discovered

    The discovery of limestone structures formed by unicellular algae, well-known by living in symbiosis with corals, brings an entirely new perspective on the ecology of these organisms. They are dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium .This finding is reported in an article signed by five researchers from the UA and a colleague from Sydney University of Technology published in the journal " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA" (PNAS) .

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

  • 7/01/2016

    As the end of the International Year of Soils approaches, UA researchers argue, in a Nature Correspondence, for transnational soil policies

    Soils form the nexus of the rock-water-air-life interface on our planet. The way that soils are managed has important implications for the ecosystems that they literally support. At the same time, soil management plays a crucial role beyond its physical boundaries in regulating the quality of our water and air, including climate change, human health and food security. Nevertheless, the main reason why transnational soil policy lags behind policies for air and water is a persistent idea that soil ‘do not move’ and therefore should be dealt with locally only, as discussed in a recent Nature opinion paper by Luca Montanarella of the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

    UA and CESAM researchers Frank Verheijen (DAO) and Ana Catarina Bastos (DBio) co-authored a Nature correspondence where they present a case for the transnational reach of soils. They call for the ‘local only’ argument to be buried and urge policy makers to include soils to effectively deal with global challenges.

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

  • 10/12/2015

    Alfredo Rocha, Climatology expert at the University of Aveiro, explains what is at stake at the Conference on the United Nations Climate Change, taking place in Paris, and leaves a certainty, "the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gas effect will increase during coming decades and climate changes will be felt over a longer period". The damage is done but our immediate action could mitigate the trend.

    The Climate Change Conference of the United Nations 2015 (cop21) runs between November 30 and December 11, 2015 in Paris. The main objective of this conference is to reach an international agreement on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to be implemented by 2020 in order to limit to + 2°C the increase in average global temperature at the earth's surface in 2100 relative to its value in the pre-industrial era. This limit is a value above which irreversible changes occur in the environment and a larger and longer dependence on mitigation technologies such as bioenergy and the capture / storage of carbon.

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

  • 10/12/2015

    NanoFASE- Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment is a new EU HORIZON 2020 project coordinated by Dr. Claus Svendsen (NERC-CEH) that started on the 1st of September 2015. NanoFASE has marked the start of a 4-year collaboration in Oct. 2015, with a kick-off meeting, gathering representatives from many of our 42 partners. Over the course of 3 days, NanoFASE scientists from many disciplines got to know each other. The consortium mapped out how the highly diverse contributions will smoothly integrate in order to elucidate the environmental fate and speciation of engineered nanomaterials across the full value chain.

    From UA, the research team coordinated by Susana Loureiro, researcher at CESAM-dbio, will be in charge of the bioaccumulation and kinetics in key soil and aquatic organism, with a straight collaboration with the Vriej Universiteit in Amsterdam (Prof. Kees van Gestel). At the applEE- applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group, aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms will be carried out to evaluate the biotic and abiotic fate of nanomaterials within food chains

  • 3/12/2015

    Fatima Alves participates in World Climate Conference

    Fatima Lopes Alves, Professor in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) and Researcher of CESAM, participates in World Climate Conference which, in Paris from November 30 to December 11, will try to finish with a new global agreement to limit climate change and global warming. Invited by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC Atlantic), the UA Researcher participates in events related to Oceans and Coastal Zone Management on 3 and 4 December.

    More details on:


  • 29/09/2015

    The study "Risk assessment of Portuguese children dietary exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods", developed under the MYCOMIX project, was awarded the best poster by Moniqa Association. The Moniqa Association is an interdisciplinary international network which includes members from various areas of food safety, inter alia, laboratories, public institutes, industry, research centers and universities.

    This award was under the 5th Moniqa International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management", organized by Moniqa Association and held between 16 and 18 September in Porto. These results were recently submitted for publication in international scientific journal and the poster was presented by Ricardo Assunção, PhD student of the Department of Food and Nutrition at the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge & CESAM.

    The collaboration between CESAM researchers belonging to the Biology Department and the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge, under the MYCOMIX project, relates to the preliminary assessment of the risk associated with the presence of food contaminants (single mycotoxins or in mixtures) in milk flour cereal consumed by children.

  • 29/09/2015

    Wildlife Unit - Wildlife Research Unit

    The 8th edition of the census of Deer Population  will be held on 2 and 3 October, under the scope of the monitoring of these species in the National Hunting Zone of Lombada (Montesinho Natural Park). This activity is organized by the Unit of Wildlife, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (UVS, DBIO-UA), in collaboration with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry (ICNF) and the Agrarian School of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (ESA-IPB). On 1st October, Thursday, at 6:30 pm, an information session will be held in the Auditorium Dionysius Gonçalves, in ESA-IPB. The number of places is limited to 32 people. Please confirm your participation in the debriefing session and population census until Wednesday, 30 September to the following contacts: John Santos (joaovalente@ua.pt) or Rita Torres (rita.torres@ua.pt).

  • 28/08/2015

    From August 31 to September 4 at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro

    The 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium will bring together over 400 scientists from around the world around the larger ecosystem of the earth, the sea bottom. Organized by the University of Aveiro (UA) the meeting will address the most emerging issues that relate to the ocean floor . Environmental disruption of deep sea linked to the exploitation of biotic and abiotic resources, such as trawling or exploitation of mineral, oil and ga , and governance issues, marine protected areas management and conservation of ecosystems are among the topics that will be highlighted from August 31 to September 4 at the Cultural Center and Aveiro Congress .

    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.

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

    Under the scope of the symposia, the European Marine Board (EMB) invites you to join the launch event of position paper 22 “Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research”, on 1 September in the Pequeno Auditório at 18:00. The position paper is an output of EMB Working Group (WG) “Deep Sea Research for Societal Challenges and Policy Needs” and delivers eight high-level goals for deep-sea research in the context of expanding commercial activities, increasing human and natural pressures, and the need for effective and practicable governance frameworks to underpin the management of deepsea activities and resources.

    More information about this side event can be found here.

    All information about the 14th Deep -Sea Biology Symposium can be found here.

  • 20/08/2015

    After winning the double international award Terre de Femmes last April, the UA biologist Milene Matos reinforces her intention of returning to the public the premium that resulted from the public vote, in the form of educational opportunities. After the closing of applications for a master's grant, in partnership with UA, the biologist now announces the creation of the School Fund “BIO Somos Todos” to contribute to the promotion of environmental and social awareness in Portuguese children under 14 years. It consists in a return-to-school grant of 200 euros for children in the 1st cycle and 250 euros for children of the 2nd cycle to make it easier for families.

    Until September 13, the children will have to present a project to develop throughout the school year to help the environment or their community, and the grant will be given to the most original proposal(s).

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

  • 10/02/2016

    14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium

    The 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (http://14dsbs.web.ua.pt/) was held in Aveiro from the 30th August to the 4th September 2015. During a week deep-sea biologists and ecologists from all around the world were gathered to present and discuss the latest advances in deep-sea research. In total there were 380 participants from 35 countries, representing universities, private and government institutes, NGOs, industry, and the media. More than 200 oral communications and 250 posters were presented in broad thematic sessions: 1. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (including pelagic and hadal systems, canyons, seamounts, vents, seeps and organic falls, trophic ecology and microbial processes); 2. Advances in taxonomy and phylogeny; 3. Autoecology; 4. Connectivity and biogeography; 5. Evolutionary history and fossil records; 6. Natural and anthropogenic disturbance (including a special session on mining impacts); 7. Stewardship of our deep oceans. Noteworthy was the increase in presentations addressing conservation and stewardship topics. Many deep-sea related initiatives have also contributed to the symposium by organizing open meetings to provide information on their progress and the opportunity for the community to engage in their activities. The discussions promoted in these “side-meetings” will undoubtedly be wellsprings of cooperation and creation of new projects. The 14DSBS was also the official launching platform of two important initiatives: the European Marine Board 22nd position paper (Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research) and the Deep-sea Biology Society.

    Frontiers in Marine Science Award for best student presentations: Franziska Bergmeier and Magdalena Georgieva
    John Gage Award for best student presentations: Jennifer Durden and Rui Vieira
    INDEEP community Award: Professor Lisa Levin, for her inspirational scientific presentations on the deep-sea.
    Sir George Deacon Medal: Professor Myriam Sibuet and Prof. David Billett
    Don McAllister Medal: Professor Lisa Levin

    Cunha MR (Ed) (2015) 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium: abstract book, UA Editora, Aveiro. 367 pp. ISBN 978-972-789-455-0.
    Cunha MR, Hilário A, Santos RS (Eds) (in preparation, expected publication in October 2016) Advances in Deep-Sea Biology, Deep-Sea Research Part II Speciual Issue.

    Marina R. Cunha, Ana Hilário, Ricardo Serrão Santos

    Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)
    Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM)
    International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)
    Direcção Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM)
    Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Iniciativa Gulbenkian Oceanos
    Frontiers in Marine Sciences

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


  • 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”).

  • 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.....

  • 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)

  • 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:


  • 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.

  • 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.

CESAM Funding