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Luciana Génio

Luciana Génio


  • Author Name : Génio L.

  • Researcher ID: M-4325-2013
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-3120-7875
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  • Department: The International Seabed Authority
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Genio) AND Address=(Aveiro)

Research interests

Ecology of deep-sea ecosystems, particularly processes regulating diversity and connectivity of benthic invertebrate communities;
Invertebrate larvae ecology, including larval dispersal mechanisms and settlement;
Mollusc shell biomineralization and incorporation of elements in shells and other calcified structures;
Evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy of chemosynthesis-based molluscs, in particular gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda) and bathymodiolin mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae: Bathymodiolinae);
Deep-ocean sustainable observations and evidence-based management of deep-sea resources.

Academic degrees

2010: PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, UK.
2005: Degree in Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Scientific activities

2015: Courtesy postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, USA (6 months)
2014– present: Postdoctoral fellow at Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal
2013 – 2014: Research Associate at CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
2012: Visiting researcher at Centre of Geoscience, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany (8 weeks)
2012 – 2013: Postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), University of the Azores, Portugal
2011: Visiting researcher at Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden (4 weeks)
2010 – 2011: Postdoctoral fellow at CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
2007: Visiting researcher at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), California, USA (6 weeks)
2006: Visiting researcher Museum National dʼHistoire Naturelle, Paris, France (2 weeks)
2006 – 2009: PhD Student at School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
2004 – 2005: Research trainee at School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK (6 months)
2002 – 2003: Research assistant at Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal


2003 and 2005: Award for student exceptional academic performance, University of Aveiro, Portugal



MiningImpact2 - Environmental impacts and risks of deep-sea mining See more

EMSO-PT - European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory - Portugal See more

PES - Pockmarks and fluid seepage in the Estremadura Spur: implications for regional geology, biology, and petroleum systems See more

LO3CAted - Larval Occurrences in Open Ocean: Connectivity studies in the East Atlantic and West Mediterranean See more

JPI Oceans - Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining (JPIO-Mining Impact) See more

CARCACE - Colonization of mAmmal caRCasses in the deep Atlantic ocEan See more

SWIMGLO - The Gloria-SWIM plate boundary Faults connection and its importance on the propagation of tectonic deformation and deep See more

HERMIONE - Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man’s Impact on European Seas See more

RedEco - Regional Drivers of Ecosystem Change and its Influence on Deep-Sea Populations in the Mediterranean See more

CHEMECO - Monitoring colonisation processes in chemosynthetic ecosystems See more

HERMES - Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins of European Seas See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

Oceanographic expeditions

2018: R/V Western Flyer | Time-series Station M mooring recovery/deployment and instrumentation maintenance, ROV Doc Ricketts (10 days)
2018: R/V Discovery | Porcupine Abyssal Plain - Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) mooring recovery/deployment and megacoring (3 weeks)
2017: R/V Angeles Alvarinho | Estación Europea de Series Temporales Oceánicas de Canarias (ESTOC) mooring recovery/deployment (3 days)
2017: R/V Yersin | Monaco Explorations – Cape Verde, lander recovery (3 days)
2017: R/V Discovery | PAP-SO mooring recovery/deployment and megacoring (3 weeks)
2017: R/V Maria S. Merian | Cape Verde Ocean Observatory (CVOO) and Senghor seamount, lander and multiple plankton net (10 days)
2016: R/V Angeles Alvarinho | ESTOC mooring deployment (2 days)
2015: R/V F. G. Walton Smith | Florida Escarpment cold seeps, MOCNESS (5 days)
2015: R/V Atlantis | West Atlantic canyons, HOV Alvin (Dive), AUV Sentry, SyPRID testing and MOCNESS (4 weeks)
2015: NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho | Lisbon canyon and Estremadura spur, ROV Luso (7 days)
2014: R/V Atlantis | Gulf of Mexico cold seeps, HOV Alvin (Dive), AUV Sentry and MOCNESS (2 weeks)
2013: NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho | Condor seamount, ROV Luso (3 days)
2011: NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho | Setubal canyon, ROV Luso (1 day)
2011: R/V Meteor | Bay of Biscay canyons, box coring and video transects (4 weeks)
2008: R/V Atlantis | East Pacific Rise hydrothermal vents, HOV Alvin (2 weeks)
2008: R/V Professor Logachev | Alboran Sea and Gulf of Cadiz mud volcanoes, benthic coring, TV grabs, seismic surveys (4 weeks)
2007: R/V Western Flyer | Monterey canyon whale-falls, ROV Tiburon (6 days)
2005: R/V Prince Madog | North-Wales horse mussel banks, side scan sonnar (4 days)

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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