Caring about the future

Heliana Teixeira

Heliana Teixeira

Assistant Researcher

  • Author Name : Teixeira H.

Research interests

marine, coastal and estuarine benthic ecology
ecological indicators & modelling
biodiversity & ecosystem services
marine biological invasions dynamics & impacts
anthropogenic disturbance & climate change (e.g. seafloor integrity, eutrophication)
environmental policies & conservation

GitHub HelianaTeixeira

Academic degrees

2010: Ph.D. Biology (specialty Ecology), University of Coimbra, Portugal, with training at:
     University of Murcia (Ecology Dept.), Spain;
     AZTI Tecnalia, San Sebastian, Spain; and
     SCCWRP Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, USA
2005: M.Sc. Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2002: First Degree Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Scientific activities

International networks/working groups (active)
since 2021: InvECO Portuguese Network for the Study and Management of Invasive Species from SPECO
since 2019: Collaboration with LifeWatch ERIC IJI developing Virtual Research Environments for non-indigenous and invasive species
since 2018: COST ACTION CA17122 Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Portuguese Management Committee substitute) @aliencsi on TWITTER
since 2016: Expert in the WFD ECOSTAT Working Group on supporting physico-chemical elements for good ecological status

Employment history
2019 to present: Assistant Researcher (CESAM - UID/AMB/50017/2019) at CESAM, Dept Biology, University of Aveiro
2016-2018: Assistant Researcher at CESAM, Dept Biology, University of Aveiro
2013-2016: Scientific Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy
2012-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow (FCT grant) at the IMAR-CMA - Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Coimbra, Portugal
2009-2012: Postdoctoral Researcher at IMAR-CMA - Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Coimbra, Portugal


Tools freely available
- CIMPAL calculator webservice
- Water Framework Directive Nutrient Tool Kit online Shiny App
- DEVOTool A catalogue of marine biodiversity indicators desktop DEVOTool App
  updated database version @ DOI

Outreach & dissemination

Heliana Teixeira from Departamento Biologia - UAveiro

Collaboration with LifeWatch ERIC
Internal Joint Initiative (IJI) Non-Indigenous Species (NIS)

LTER site Ria de Aveiro teaser

Ciclo de Conferências Invasoras às Quartas (2021-2022) para o público geral - vídeos disponíveis online no site da Rede InvECO



GES4SEAS- Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services, by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures See more

GoBig - GlObal change and BioloGical Invasions: Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a case study See more

PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity See more

FITA - FIghting Towards restoration Actions for Zostera marina (Linnaeus, 1753) See more

CREDIPULA - Understanding the invasion process and current stage of the American slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon See more

SALTFREE II - Salinisation of coastal ecosystems due to climate change: validating safety levels to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services See more

AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): João Correia (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Leticia Brito (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Diana Pinheiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Maria Beatriz Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): interrupted (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Mariana Piauilino Caldeira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Mariana Cafede (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Fernanda Cruz (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa em Biologia (Main Supervisor): Maria Beatriz Santos (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Ana Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Editorial and Reviewer Activity in Scientific International Journals

Associate editor of Frontiers in Marine Science Marine Ecosystems Ecology topics, since February 2018.
Regular reviewer for several journals in ecology and environment research areas (e.g. Ambientalia; Continental Shelf Research;  Coastal and Shelf Science; Ecological Indicators; Estuarine; Frontiers in Marine Science; Journal of Sea Research; Marine Environmental Research; Marine Pollution Bulletin; Ocean & Coastal Management).

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