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Rosa L. Freitas

Rosa L. Freitas

Assistant Researcher




Research interests

• Application of traditional (physiological and biochemical) and innovative (transcriptomics, metabolomics - RMN and GCxGC ToFMS) methodologies to evaluate the toxic impacts derived from climate change and higher availability of classic to emergent contaminants.
• Ecotoxicity of traditional elements, pharmaceuticals, carbon based nanoparticles, micro and nanoplastics, regulated and emergent toxins in aquatic systems
• Interactions and effects of different climate change scenarios with emergent pollutants
• The impacts of climate change on bivalves infection
• Performance of native vs invasive species: ecological, socio-economic and health concerns

Academic degrees

2005 - PhD Biology (aprovada), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
2005- 4th year Degree in Biology and Geology, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
1999 - MSc Ciências das Zonas Costeiras (aprovada), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
1997 – Degree in Biology (14), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro

Scientific activities

Actually I have a 3 years contract as Researcher in the scope of 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule, funded by FCT. Starting date: 31 january 2019

Nov 2017-jan 2019 -Assistant Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
Funding: Integrated Programme of SR&TD “Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Biological Resources Under a Changing Climate” (reference Centro-01-0145-FEDER-000018), co-funded by Centro 2020 program, Portugal 2020, European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund.

2015 – Oct 2017 - Invited Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro

2014 – Oct 2017 - Post-Doc, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro SFRH/BPD/92258/2013
Funding: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

2012 (Oct) – 2014 (Oct) – Assistant Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
Funding: CESAM- University of Aveiro

2006 (Oct) – 2012 (Oct) – Assistant Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
Funding: Programa Ciência - FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

2006 (Jan–Oct) - Post-Doc, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro SFRH/BPD/20451/2004
Funding: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

2001-2004: PhD grant, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro SFRH/BD/769/2000
Funding: Programa PRAXIS XXI (former FCT)

2000: PhD grant Department of Biology, University of Aveiro
Funding: Centro das Zonas Costeiras e do Mar, UA

1998-1999: MSc Grant, Department of Biology, University of Aveiro SFRH/BM/17723/98
Funding: Programa PRAXIS XXI (former FCT)

Others

- reviewer of more than 20 ISI journals

- member of international panels for projects evaluation (PRIN 2017, funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research; Croatian Science Foundation; French National Research Agency; National Geographic

- AWARD: Bolsista Jovem Talento - 2014
Funded by: CAPES - Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Brasil

Publications

Projects

COACH - COoperative approACH applied to conservation and management of cockles See more

NutriMo - Development of handmade diets for tilapia nutrition in community based aquaculture in Mozambique See more

Trace elements biogeochemistry in marine systems: interplay of climate change and biological influence See more

BISPECIAI - BIvalves under Polluted Environment and ClImate chAnge See more

Rem-Aqua - Photosensitized degradation as a remediation process for the removal of pharmaceuticals from aquaculture effluents See more

ECO-R-Pharmplast - Ecotoxicity of realistic combinations of pharmaceutical drugs and microplastics in marine ecosystems See more

NIPOGES - Current status of the Manila clam populations of the Ria de Aveiro, lagoon of Óbidos and estuaries of Tagus and Sado - scientific bases for a sustainable management of the resource See more

COCKLES - Co-Operation for Restoring Cockle Shelfisheries and its Ecosystem Services in the Atlantic Area See more

SmartBioR - Smart Valorization of Biological Marine Resources. See more

ASARISAFE - Safety and sustainable management of valuable clam product in Portugal and China See more

Toxicity responses of molluscs to nanomaterials: the environmental impact from nanotechnology See more

The microbiota of two bivalve species of economical relevance, Cerastoderma edule (common cockle) and Ruditapes philippinarum (manila clam): mode of association and transmission in sympatry situations See more

Inventory, dynamics and impact of the parasites trematodes and bacteria in bivalves of high economic importance in Portugal See more

LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more

Environmental monitoring of the Guia marine outfall See more

Benthic monitoring of dredging and disposal areas off Ria de Aveiro See more

MeshAtlantic: Mapping Atlantic area seabed habitats for better marine managment See more

EEMA - Ecological quality status of coastal and transitional waters See more

ACOSHELF - Coastal shelf ecosystems studies using acoustics See more

Scientific Supervision

Bolseira projeto ASARISAFE (Main Supervisor): iSilvana Costa (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Angela Augusta Soares de Almeida (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Francesca Coppola (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Adília O. Pires (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Roberto Carlos Domingues Martins (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ângela Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Vanessa Carregosa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Madalena Andrade (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Rui Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): - Francesca Coppola (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Vanessa Carregosa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Vanessa Carregosa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Carla Leite (not a CESAM member)

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

Master (Main Supervisor): Carla Leite (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Renato José Braz Mamede (CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Fernando António Francisco Ricardo (CESAM member)

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

Master (Co-supervisor): Paulo Cardoso (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Márcia Silva (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Joana Nunes (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Patrícia Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Simão Correia (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Guilherme Amaral (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Miguel Bastos (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Miguel Ribeiro (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Riccardo Minichino (not a CESAM member)

Licenciatura em Biologia - pesquisa anual (Main Supervisor): Luís Gaspar (not a CESAM member)

Estágio (Main Supervisor): Simão Correia (not a CESAM member)

Estágio (Main Supervisor): Joana Nunes (not a CESAM member)

Bolseira de Investigação (Main Supervisor): Angela Augusta Soares de Almeida (not a CESAM member)

Projecto (Lic Biotecnologia) (Main Supervisor): Diogo Cruz (not a CESAM member)

Estágio (Main Supervisor): Patrícia Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

Projecto (Lic. Biotecnologia) (Main Supervisor): Miguel Teixeira (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Rita Sousa (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Alexandre Ribeiro (not a CESAM member)

Bolseira projeto ASARISAFE (Main Supervisor): Madalena Andrade (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Andreia Rocha (not a CESAM member)

Licenciatura em Biologia - pesquisa anual (Co-supervisor): Matilde Sanches (not a CESAM member)

Projecto (Lic Bioquímica) (Co-supervisor): Daniel Vidal (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Luísa Virgínia de Sousa Magalhães (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Renato José Braz Mamede (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Anthony Peter Moreira (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Cátia Sofia Velez Silva (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Lucia De Marchi (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Silvia Breda (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): José António da Costa Santos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Roberta Socoowski Britto (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Stefania Chiesa (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Adília O. Pires (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Adília O. Pires (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Roberto Carlos Domingues Martins (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Roberto Carlos Domingues Martins (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Roberto Carlos Domingues Martins (CESAM member)

DOMAIN OF SPECIALIZATION AND INVESTIGATION

Main objective:  study the alterations induced in invertebrate species due to climate change (pH, salinity and temperature), classical and emergent contaminants


Biological models: bivalves (clams, cockles, mussels, oysters) and polychaetes as sentinel and bioindicator species


Responses: Biochemical markers: oxidative stress, metabolic activity, energy reserves, neurotoxicity; Physiological markers: regenerative capacity of polychaetes; larval development of bivalves; Genotoxic markers: genes expression.


 


Other topics of interest:



  • Trematode parasites in bivalves;

  • Native vs invasive bivalves: Ecological, economic and health concerns (PTWI)

  • Population genetics, biogeography, phylogenetics, hybridization of clams

  • Marine benthic communities: Identification, characterization and mapping of marine benthic habitats


 


 


 


 


 


ASSOCIATED PROJECTS:


 


ASARISAFE: Safety and sustainable management of valuable clam product in Portugal and China 


Portugal-China: FCT – NSFC


 


COCKLES: Cooperação para a recuperação das pescarias de berbigão e os seus serviços de ecossistema na AA


INTERREG – Atlantic Area


 


BISPECIAl: BIvalveS under Polluted Environment and ClImate chAnge


COMPETE2020 - Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI) and  FCT/MCTES


 

Academic and Scientific activities

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:


 Conferences


2019- CONTRIBUTED SYMPOSIA: Oxidative stress in aquatic ecosystems: Integrating responses to multiple stressors. 0th International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry Mechanisms and evolutionary processes, Ottawa (Canada), 5-9 August 2019.


2019- SESSION: From genes to behaviour: acclimation mechanisms with potential use as biomarkers in disturbed coastal habitats (cell and animal biology) – Society of Experimental Biology Meeting, Seville (Spain), 2-5 July, 2019.


2013 – MeshAtlantic Final Conference. Aveiro (Portugal), 15th-17th September


2011 - EUROLAG- European Coastal Lagoons Symposium. Aveiro (Portugal), 25th – 30th July.


 


 Workshops


2018 – I Workshop de farmacos no ambiente: cenários e desafios. Universidade de Aveiro, 24th October


2011 – Workshop Geostatistics and habitat modelling - GIS Data Management. Aveiro, 1st – 5th August.


2011 - Workshop Mapping Seabed Habitats - GIS Data Management. Aveiro, 28th February – 2nd March


 


GUEST EDITOR


Guest Editor: Journal of Sea Research - Special Issue MeshAtlantic Final Conference


Guest editor: Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science - Special Issue Eurolag Conference


  


OUTREACHING ACTIVITIES:


 


2017/2018: Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Oliveira do Bairro)


Curso: Ecotoxicologia


Módulo: Stress oxidativo como resposta a exposições a poluentes


 


2016/2017: Os bivalves também têm stresse?


         Academia de Verão, Universidade de Aveiro


 


2016/2017: Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Oliveira do Bairro)


Curso: Ecotoxicologia


Módulo: Stress oxidativo como resposta a exposições a poluentes: o caso do peixe zebra


 


2015/2016: Os bivalves também têm stresse?


         Academia de Verão, Universidade de Aveiro


 


2013/2014: “Um biólogo_UA vem à escola”


Palestra: Preservar e recuperar o meio ambiente - poluição e degradação de recursos


Escola Secundária de Vagos


Escola Secundária da Gafanha da Nazaré


 


2013/2014: Escola Secundária Homem Cristo (Aveiro)


Módulo: Respostas bioquímicas e fisiológicas de amêijoas expostas a metais: espécie nativa vs. espécie invasora


 


2013/2014: Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Oliveira do Bairro)


Curso: Ecotoxicologia


Módulo: Respostas bioquímicas e fisiológicas de amêijoas expostas a metais: espécie nativa vs. espécie invasora


 


2010: Ocupação Científica nas férias- Ciência Viva nos laboratórios: O berbigão também tem stresse?

PERSONAL DATA

Name: Rosa de Fátima Lopes de Freitas Birth date: 6th of March, 1976 Birthplace: Santo Tirso, Porto Marital Status: Married (2 children, Matilde and Vasco)


CESAM Funding: