Caring about the future

Cátia Carreira

Cátia Carreira

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Research interests

-Aquatic microbial and viral ecology
-Phytoplankton and microphytobenthos ecology
-Biological Oceanography
-Spatial microbial ecology

Academic degrees

2015 Ph.D. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. University of Amsterdam (NL) in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen (DK)
2006 M.Sc. Aquatic Ecosystem Management. Napier University (UK)
2005 Honours Degree Biology. University of Aveiro (PT)

Scientific activities

2018/19 Maternity leave
2017-Pres PostDoc. Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
2016 Maternity leave
2015 Visiting scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
2009 Research assistant. Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway
2008 Laboratory technician. Oceanography Department, University of Vigo, Spain
2007/08 Laboratory technician. Oceanography Department, Instituto de Investigaciones Mariñas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo, Spain
2007 Culture collection support scientist. Aquapharm Bio-Discovery, Oban, United Kingdom.



Scientific Supervision


  • Review Editor in Frontiers in Marine Science and Frontiers in Microbiology

  • Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, FEMS Microbial Ecology, Marine and Freshwater Research, Environmental Microbiology Reports, Environmental Microbiology, Frontiers in Marine Science, Journal of Marine Systems, Journal of Sea Research, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Thalassas

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

Research Projects

  • 2017-2022  ECOlogical impacts of biological mortality and environmental factors on hyperSALine microbial maTs (EcoSALT); Obtained

  • 2014-2015  The role of organic nutrients in the Great Barrier Reef (DOM-KEY), Participated

  • 2009-2013  Microscale spatial distribution of microbes in intertidal sediments and photosynthetic microbial mats; FCT (SFRH/BD/43308/2008); Obtained

  • 2009          EPOCA—European Project on Ocean Acidification; FP7-211384; Participated

  • 2008          Effect of inorganic and organic nutrient addition on the structure and function of the planktonic microbial community (AddEx). (PGIDIT06PXIB312222PR); Participated

  • 2007-2008  Impact of the mussel raft culture on the benthic–pelagic coupling in a Galician Ria (RAFTING). (CTM2007-61983/MAR); Participated


  • 2017      Post.Doc. Fellowship – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); SFRH/BPD/117746/2016 - € 100 000

  • 2014      ASLO scholarship to participate in the Eco-DAS XI, 2014, Hawai’i, USA – € 2343

  • 2009      Ph.D. Fellowship - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); SFRH/BD/43308/2008 – € 132 222

  • 2008      Norwegian Government Scholarship – The Research Council of Norway (NRC) – € 6080

  • 2005      Tuition fee scholarship for MSc in Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Scotland, United Kingdom – € 12 000

  • 2004      Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Scheme – € 3 000 

Science Communication

1. Fungi and viruses in microbial mats:

2. DOC and Global Change:

3. The experiment: 

4. Christian Lønborg & The Science Behind:


CESAM Funding: