Forging sustainability

Ascensão A. Ravara

Ascensão A. Ravara

Assistant Researcher

Research interests

polychaete taxonomy
curation and management of biological collections
science communication
marine ecology

Academic degrees

First degree in Biology (UA, 1994)
MSc in Coastal Zones Sciences (UA, 1997)
PhD in Biology (UA, 2010)


Ecological Risk Assessment
Birds Observation
Specimen Preparation for SEM: Handling Biological Scientific Ilustration
Material for Scanning Microscopical Observation
Cladistics and Polychaetes
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to ArcGis I & II
Basics of Taxonomy: Describing, Illustrating and Writing Biodiversity
Conservation and Care of Natural History Collections
Specify 6 (software for museum research data processing)
Zoologic Nomenclature


1999 - Tecniques on curation of marine invertebrates; managment and register of museum colections. Natural History Museum of London, with Dr. Paul Clark and Dr. Gordon Paterson;
1999 – Taxonomy of polychaetes – Paraonidae, ‘scale worms’. Natural History Museum of London, with Dr. Gordon Paterson and Dr. Alex Muir;
2000 – Taxonomy of polychaetes – Syllidae, Sabellidae, Nephtyidae. Universidade Autónoma de Madrid, with Dr. Guillermo San Martín, Dr. Eduardo López, and Dr. António Laborda;
2000 - Taxonomy of polychaetes - Sponidae. Universidade de Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Supervisor: José Manuel Viéitez;
2000 - Taxonomy of polychaetes – Terebellomorpha, Oweniidae. Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade da Coruña, with Dr. Júlio Parapar;
2000 - Taxonomy of polychaetes - Phyllodocidae. Museum National de Histoire Naturel de Paris, with Dr. Fredrik Pleijel.
2000 – Marine invertebrate collections and databases; biologic material sampling. Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal.
2006 – Molecular analysis. Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg, with Dr. Helena Wiklund and Dr. Per Sundberg.
2008 – Phylogenetic analysis. Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences (University of Gothenburg), withDr. Fredrik Pleijel and Dr. Helena Wiklund.

Scientific activities


UA, 1997 – 1998 – Participation in several environmental impact studies (financial support: UA).
UA, 1/12/1998 - 1/12/2000 – Research technician (FCT PRAXIS XXI/BTI/16724/98). Project: Marine Invertebrate Curation: Starting a Reference Collection.
UA, 1/2/2001 - 1/2/2003 – Research assistant (UA). Project: Curation of a Marine Invertebrate Reference Collection.
UA, 1/6/2003 - 1/6/2004 – Research assistant (UA). Project: SIMRIA (environmental monitoring of the S. Jacinto outfall).
UA, 1/1/2005 - 1/9/2009 – PhD research work (FCT SFRH/BD/16563/2004).
UA, 1/1/2010 - 1/4/2012 - Research assistant (FCT SFRH/BI/33984/2009). Project: REDECO (Regional Drivers of Ecosystem Change and its Influence on Deep-Sea Populations in the Mediterranean).
UA, 1/5/2012 - 1/6/2013 – Postdoctoral researcher (UA BPD/UI88/2911/2012). Project: DEEPFORAMS (Deep-sea Foraminifera from the Portuguese Margin, PTDC/MAR/110082/2009).
UA, 1/3/2013 – 1/7/2015 - Postdoctoral researcher (UA BPD/UI88/2911/2013). Project: CENTRO – 07/ST24/002033 MARES “Sustainable Use of Marine Resources”. Theme: Managing of the invertebrate collections involving specimens from Ria de Aveiro, deep sea and resulting from MARES activities.
UA, 1/12/2015 – 30/1/2019 - Postdoctoral researcher (FCT SFRH/BPD/112408/2015). Project: Ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea polychaete fauna, implications to habitat conservation.
UA, 31/1/2019 - ongoing - Contract Researcher under Decree-Law 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule.
UA, 2000 – ongoing – Curation and management of the Biological Research Collection of Marine Invertebrates of the Biology Department.


- Scientific monitor within the programme “Academia de Verão” (summer academy) (2010, 2012, 2014 – 2019);
- Organization of a small biological collection of deep-sea invertebrates along with a guide with taxonomic keys for lecture purposes and school activities (A Ravara, A Hilário);
- Promotion of public visits to the Biological Research Collection of Marine Invertebrates;
- Organization of Exhibitions.


Amphitrite fauveli Jirkov, Ravara & Cunha, 2018
Australaugeneria iberica Ravara & Cunha, 2016
Bipalponephtys Ravara, Wiklund, Cunha & Pleijel, 2010
Craseoschema Ravara & Aguado, 2019
Craseoschema thyasiricola Ravara & Aguado, 2019
Eumida mackiei Teixeira, Vieira, Pleijel, Sampieri, Ravara, Costa & Nygren, 2019
Inermonephtys foretmontardoi Ravara, Cunha & Pleijel, 2010
Inermonephtys aramco Ravara & Carvalho, 2017
Ophryotrocha lusa Ravara, Marçal, Wiklund & Hilário, 2015
Ophryotrocha mammillata Ravara, Marçal, Wiklund & Hilário, 2015
Ophryotrocha sadina Ravara, Marçal, Wiklund & Hilário, 2015
Ophryotrocha chemecoli Ravara, Wiklund & Cunha, 2021
Ophryotrocha geoffreadi Ravara, Wiklund & Cunha, 2021
Ophryotrocha nunezi Ravara, Wiklund & Cunha, 2021
Paramytha ossicola Queirós, Ravara, Eilersten, Kongsrud and Hilário, 2016
Parougia ougi Ravara, Wiklund & Cunha, 2021
Pholoe petersenae Ravara & Cunha, 2016
Tainokia logatchevia Ravara & Cunha, 2017
Syllis licheri Ravara, San Martin & Moreira, 2004



Scientia Marina (2008)
Organisms, diversity and evolution (2009)
Zootaxa (2014- 2x; 2015 – 2x; 2018)
Deep-Sea Research II (2016)
Fauna Ibérica (2016)
Zookeys (2017; 2019)
Biodiversity Data Journal (2017)
Cahiers de Biologie Marine (2018)
Zoosystematica Rossica (2018)
Invertebrate Biology (2019)
Peer J (2019)
Diversity (2020; 2021)
Deep-Sea Research I (2020)
Frontiers (2020)



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

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

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

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

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Co-supervisor): Marcos Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Inês Ferreira Guedes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Diana Gouveia Ramos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Marcos Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

Projecto de fim de curso (Co-supervisor): Andreia Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Projecto de fim de curso (Co-supervisor): Diana Gouveia Ramos (not a CESAM member)

Licenciatura (Pesquisa) (Co-supervisor): Hugo Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

Projeto de Licenciatura (Co-supervisor): José Abreu (not a CESAM member)

Area of Scientific Activity

Marine benthic ecology and biodiversity; Polychaete taxonomy and phylogeny; Cryptic species; Curatorial techniques and register of marine fauna; Management of museum collections of marine invertebrates.

CESAM Funding: