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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



PUFApods - Merging blue and green food systems - Using marine gammarid amphipods supplied with plant food processing side streams to produce n-3 LC-PUFA See more

RESTORE4C - Modelling RESTORation of wEtlands for Carbon pathways, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity, Co-benefits See more

A-AAGORA - Blueprint for Atlantic-Arctic Agora on cross-sectoral cooperation for restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience through transformative innovation See more

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

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

PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity 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)

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

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

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

Master (Main Supervisor): Diana Pinheiro (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): 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 Roles in Scientific International Journals

Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science Marine Ecosystems Ecology section since Jan 2023
Associate Editor FMARS Feb 2018 - Jan 2023
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, etc).

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


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