- Researcher ID: G-7033-2011
- ORCID: 0000-0002-1995-2808
- Ciencia ID: 4413-C7F0-8939
- Department: Biology
- Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
- ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Au=(Amaro TPF OR Amaro T) NOT AU=(Araus JL) NOT AD=(Oporto OR USA OR Brazil OR Porto) NOT TS=(carcinomas)
1998- Degree in Biology, Faculdade de Ciências, U. Porto.
2019 (May 2019 - November 2019) - Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), Porto, Portugal. My research focused on the impact of mining in deep-sea ecosystems, using in situ experimentations and on developing a hyperbaric system for Deep-Sea Organisms.
2018 (October 2018 - December 2018) - Invited researcher at IFREMER, Brest, France. My research focused on the impact of mining in deep-sea ecosystems, using in situ experimentations in hydrothermal vents
2017 (March 2017 - March 2018) - Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), Porto, Portugal. My research focused on the impact of mining in deep-sea ecosystems, using in situ experimentations and hyperbaric chambers.
2016 (June 2016 - January 2017) - Researcher at the Stazione Zoologica di Napoli (SZN), Naples, Italy. My research aimed to study the functioning of the Dohrn Canyon.
2015 (September 2013 - September 2015) - Post-Doctoral researcher at the Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR) under a Marie Curie Fellowship. My research focused on the study of the impact of climate-driven changes in megafaunal communities (invertebrates) in the Pacific Ocean. In particular, studies of how food supply influences key megafaunal organisms has been approached to improve understanding of how their presence influences the rates and pathways of OM degradation by the sedimentary community.
2013 (April 2012 - July 2013) - Post-Doctoral researcher at NIVA with the objective to determine a) the biological impacts and risks associated with CO2 leakage by controlled exposure experiments or in situ observations at natural sites, and b) to identify appropriate methods to monitor the marine environment above a storage site.
2011 (January 2006 - December 2011) - Post-Doctoral researcher at Cesam & Biology Department at the University of Aveiro (UA-Portugal). My research included the study of the ecosystem functioning of some European Canyons (Nazaré, Setúbal, Cascais and Whittard canyon), seamounts and basins. The research was carried out within the framework of several national/international projects
•IFREMER fellowship. Impact studies focusing on the consequences of mining plumes on benthic communities. (2018).
•FCT project. “Mining Impact 2”. Leading researcher for CIIMAR and co-leading WP3.
•Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. “Climate effects on the deep-sea ecosystem functioning of the Mediterranean Sea”. (2013-2015).
•FCT project. “Microbial biodiversity and functional role in benthic food webs of the ocean Condor seamount (NE Atlantic)”. Co-leading researcher. (2010-2013).
•Portuguese National Science and Technology Foundation - Postdoctoral fellowship. “The ecological importance of two Portuguese “Grand Canyons” in terms of structure and functioning of benthic communities and of key species” (2006 –2011).
•Best poster presentation, HERMES, 2nd Annual Meeting. 24-30 March 2007, Faro, Portugal.
•Portuguese National Science and Technology Foundation- PhD. “The benthic shift of the Frisian Front (Southern North Sea) ecosystem – Possible mechanisms “(2000 –2004).
•Grant for internship at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) through the European programme “Leonardo da Vinci”. The effect of low winter seawater temperatures on the survival of some of the most abundant benthic invertebrates and demersal fish of the North Sea”. (1998 -1999).
•Co-editor for deep-sea researcher journal
•Carried out external reviews for COST open calls in 2017.
•Internal examiner for a Master thesis entitled ”Isotopic signatures of Frenulata from cold seeps in the Gulf of Cadiz”. Porto University, 2005.
•Carried out external reviews for COST open calls in 2017.
•Carried out external reviews for peer-review journals, namely: Deep-sea research, Progress in oceanography, Marine Ecology, Journal of Sea Research.
•Invited speaker at guest lectures and seminars in high schools.
•Co-organizer of the 11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, NOCS, 9-14 July 2006.
PARTICIPATIONS IN SCIENTIFIC NETWORK
INDEEP: International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems
DOSI: Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative
DSBS: Deep-Sea Biology Society
INCISE: International Network for Submarine Canyon Investigation and Scientific Exchange
Certificated diver from CMAS – Instructor (M1) (2017)
Certificated diver from SSI – Instructor (2017)
Certified as a DAN instructor in 9 specialities courses (Basic Life Support, Automatic External Defibrillator, First Aid, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries, On Site Neurological Assessment, Oxygen First Aid, Oxygen First Aid for Aquatic Emergencies, Advanced Oxygen First Aid, Dive Medicine for Divers). From 2014 to current I have been teaching all these courses.
Certificated technical diver from TDI - DECO diver. (2011)
Certificated as Coastal skipper. (2013)
During the emergency period, I have been working at Gaia Hospital to both process and analyse SARS-CoV-2 samples for 3 months.
Amaro, T., Danovaro, R., Matsui, Y., Nomaki, H., Rastelli, E., Wolff, G. A. (2019) Possible links between holothurian lipid compositions and differences in organic matter (OM) supply at the western Pacific abyssal plains . Deep-sea Research, 152, 103085 . See more
Amaro, T., Queiros, A.M., Rastelli, E., Borgersen, G., Brkljacic, M., Nunes, J., Bertocci, I., Sorensen, K. Danovaro, R., Widdicombe, S. (2018) Predicting the effects of sub-seabed acidic inputs: short and medium term responses of benthic macrofauna community to increasing CO2 concentration. Marine Pollution Bulletin , 128, 519-526. . See more
Rastelli, E., Corinaldesi, C, Dell’Anno, A., Amaro, T, Greco S., Queirós, A.M., Widdicombe, S., Danovaro R. (2016) CO2 leakage from carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) systems affects organic matter cycling in surface marine sediments. Marine Environmental Research, 122, 158-168. . See more
Amaro, T., Huvenne, V.A.I., Allcock, A.L., Aslam, T., Davies, J.S., Danovaro, R., De Stigter, H.C., Duineveld, G.C.A., Gambi, C., Gooday, A.J., Gunton, L.M., Hall, R., Howell, K.L., Ingels, J., Kiriakoulakis, K., Kershaw, C.E., Lavaleye, M.S.S., Robert, K., Stewart, H., Van Rooij, D., White, M., Wilson, A.M. (2016) The Whittard Canyon – a key study example on canyon processes. Progress In Oceanography , 146, 38-57. . See more
Rastelli, E., Corinaldesi, C., Dell_Anno, A., Amaro, T., Queiros, A. M., Widdicombe, S. and Danovaro, R. (2015) Impact of CO2 leakage from sub-seabed carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs on benthic virus-prokaryote interactions and functions. Frontiers In Microbiology, 6: 935 . See more
Amaro, T., de Stigter, H., Lavaleye, M. & Duineveld, G. (2015) Organic matter enrichment in the Whittard Channel (northern Bay of Biscay margin, NE Atlantic); its origin and possible effects on benthic megafauna. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 102:90-100 . See more
Pham, C. K., Ramirez-Llodra, E. R., Alt, C., Amaro, T., et al. (2014) Marine litter distribution and density in European seas, from the shelves to deep basins. PLoS ONE, 9(4):e95839. . See more
Bongiorni L., Ravara A., Parretti P., Santos R.S., Rodrigues C.F., Amaro T., Cunha M.R . (2013) Organic matter composition and macrofaunal diversity in sediments of the Condor seamount (Azores, NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research II , 98 75-86. See more
Mora, C., Wei, C.-L., Rollo, A., Amaro, T., et al. (2013) Biotic and Human Vulnerability to Projected Changes in Ocean Biogeochemistry over the 21st Century. . PLoS Biol , 11(10): e1001682. . See more
Amaro T., Luna G.M. , Danovaro R. , Billett D.S.M., Cunha M.R. (2012) High prokaryotic biodiversity associated with gut contents of the holothurian Molpadia musculus from the Nazaré Canyon (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research I, 63 82-90. See more
Cunha M.R., Paterson G.L.J., Amaro T., Blackbird S., de Stigter H.C. , Ferreira C., Glover A., Hilário A., Kiriakoulakis K., Neal L., Ravara A., Rodrigues C.F., Tiago A., Billett D.S.M. (2011) Biodiversity of macrofaunal assemblages from three Portuguese submarine canyons (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research II, 58 2433-2447. See more
Amaro T., Bianchelli S., Billett D.S.M., Cunha M.R., Pusceddu A., Danovaro R. (2010) The trophic biology of the holothurian Molpadia musculus: implications for organic matter cycling and ecosystem functioning in a deep submarine canyon. Biogeosciences, 7 , (8), 2419-2432. See more
Tyler P., Amaro T., Cunha M.R., de Stigter H., Gooday A. , Huvenne V., Ingels J., Kiriakoulakis K., Lastras G., Masson D., Oliveira A., Pattenden A., Vanreusel A., Van Weering T., Vitorino J., Witte U., Wolff G. (2009) Europe’s Grand Canyon: Nazaré submarine canyon. Oceanography, 22 . See more
Amaro T., Witte H., Herndl G.J., Cunha M.R., Billett D.S.M. (2009) Deep-sea bacterial communities in sediments and guts of deposit-feeding holothurians in Portuguese canyons (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research I, 56 1834-1843. See more
van Nes E., Amaro T., Scheffer M., Duineveld G. (2007) Possible mechanisms for a marine benthic regime shift in the North Sea. Mar Ecol - Prog Ser, , (330), 39-47. See more
Amaro, T., Duineveld, G., Bergman, M., Witbaard, R., Scheffer, M. (2007) The consequences of changes in abundance of Callianassa subterranea and Amphiura filiformis on sediment erosion at the Frisian Front (south-eastern North Sea). Hydrobiologia, 589 273–285. See more
Witbaard, R., Duineveld, G., Amaro,T., Bergman, M. (2005) Parallel growth trends in three bivalve species indicate climate forcing on the benthic ecosystem in the southeastern North Sea. Climate Research, , (30), 29-38. See more
Amaro, T., Duineveld, G., Tyler, P. (2005) Does the Mya truncata reproduce at it southern distribution limit? Preliminary information. JSR, 1 , (24), 25-28. See more
Amaro, T., Duineveld, G., Bergman,M., Witbaard, R. (2003) Growth variations in the bivalve Mya truncata : a tool to trace changes in the Frisian Front macrofauna (southern North Sea)?. Helg Mar Res, 2 , (57), 132-138. See more
Rastelli, E., Corinaldesi, C., Dell_Anno, A., Amaro, T., Queiros, A. M., Widdicombe, S. and Danovaro, R. Impact of CO2 leakage from sub-seabed carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs on benthic virus-prokaryote interactions and functions. Frontiers In Microbiology, 6: 935 . See more
Ceramicola S., Amaro T., Amblas D., Çağatay N., Carniel S., Chiocci F.L., Fabri M.C., Gamberi F., Harris P., Lo Iacono C., Jipa D., Kontoyiannis H., Krastel S., Mascle J., Puig P., Vázquez J.T. and F. Briand. Submarine canyon dynamics in the Mediterranean and tributary seas - An integrated geological, oceanographic and biological perspective. In: Submarine canyon dynamics. F. Briand ed. (EDS.), Monaco. CIESM.. CIESM Monograph 47 7-20-232. See more
Amaro, T., Huvenne, V., et al. (2016) The Whittard Canyon – a key study example on canyon processes. (Oral communication). INCISE2016.25-27th July, Victoria, Canada., , . See more
Amaro, T., Huvenne, V., et al. (2015) The Whittard Canyon – a key study example on canyon processes. 14th DSBS. Aveiro, September 2015. (Oral communication)., , . See more
Alves, A., Ramos, S. Nomaki, H., Ravara, A. and Amaro, T. (2015) Feeding preferences of abyssal macrofauna inferred from in situ pulse chase experiments in the West Pacific. (poster communication). . 14th DSBS. Aveiro, September 2015., , . See more
Amaro T. De Stigter H., et al. (2015) Mechanisms of OM transport and deposition within the Whittard Channel and possible effects on the megafaunal communities. 47th CIESM meeting. Sorrento. April 2015. (Invited Speaker)., , . See more
(2014) OM transport and deposition within the Whittard Channel and possible effects on the megafaunal communities. . INCISE2014. 29th-3rd October 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Oral communication)., , . See more
Amaro T., De Stigter H., et al. (2012) The response of deep-sea benthic megafauna to sediment gravity flows in the Whittard channel. . DSMBS, December 2012, Wellington, New Zealand. (Oral communication)., , . See more
Amaro, T., Danovaro, R., Billett, D.S.M., Cunha, M.R. (2010) Ecosystem functioning in the deep sea: What do deep-sea holothurians eat at 3400m in the Nazaré Canyon?. Deep-sea Marine Biology Symposium, June 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland. See more
Amaro T., Danovaro R., Billett D.S.M., Cunha M.R. (2009) Biodiversity and functioning of the deep sea: How do deep-sea holothurians live at 3400m in the Nazaré Canyon?. Hermes Final meeting, 2nd-6th March 2009, Carvoeiro, Portugal. See more
Amaro T., H.e.i.n.z., H.u.n.t.e.r. (2009) In situ experiments as an approach to understand ecosystem functioning. , 6-9th April, Sorrento, Italy. See more
Amaro, T , , Danovaro, R. , Cunha, M.R. , Billett, D. (2008) Are there any trophic interactions between deep-sea holothurians and bacteria at 3400 m in the Nazaré Canyon?. HERMES 3rd Annual Meeting, 31 March – 4 April 2008, Carvoeiro, Portugal. See more
Amaro, T., Witte, H., Billett, D., Cunha, M. (2007) Feeding strategies of deep-sea holothurians in the Portuguese Canyons based on bacterial community comparisons. HERMES, 2nd Annual Meeting, 24-30 March 2007, Faro, Portugal. See more
Amaro, T., Billett, D.S.M, Gooday, A.J., Pattenden, A., de Stigter, H., Weaver, P.P.E. (2006) Deep-sea canyon fauna on the Portuguese margin. EGU, 2-7 April, Vienna, Austria. See more
Amaro,T., Schulting, S., Bergman, M., Witbaard, R:, Duineveld, G. (2005) Possible cause of the shifts in the Frisian Front macrofauna. ASLO, , Santiago de Compustela, Spain. See more
Amaro, T. (2005) Benthic organisms. NEBROC, , Texel, The Netherlands . See more
Amaro, T., Schulting, S., Bergman, M., Witbaard, R., Duineveld, G. (2004) What is happening to the Frisian Front macrofauna?. BEM2004,, , Mobile,, USA . See more
Amaro, T., Duineveld, G., Tyler, P. (2003) Is Mya truncata reproducing at the Frisian Front, Southern North Sea?. EMBS 2003, , Aveiro, Portugal . See more
Amaro, T., Duineveld, G., Bergman, M., Witbaard, R. (2003) Growth variations in the bivalve Mya truncata: a tool to trace changes in the Frisian Front macrofauna (southern North Sea)?. BEM 2003 symposium, , Connecticut University, USA . See more
Bekkby, T., Gerovasileiou, V., Papadopoulou, K-N., Sevastou, K., Dailianis, T., Fiorentino, D., McOwen, C., Smith, C., Amaro, T., et al., (2017) State of the knowledge on European marine habitat mapping and degraded habitats. . See more
Queiros, A., Norling, K., Amaro, T., et al. (2014) Potential impact of CCS leakage on marine communities. . See more
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Present investigation interests
Long-term change in deep-sea communities, continental slope megafauna, bentho-pelagic coupling, seasonality in the deep-sea, trophic ecology of key megafaunal species, abundance and biomass of deep-sea megabenthos, , abyssal plains, continental slopes, canyons, seamounts, deep-sea in situ experimentation. Understanding contemporary processes to evaluate any anthropogenic impacts in the deep-ocean. I have a huge interest on examine questions focussing on abyssal ecology:
What factors are affecting the quantity and quality of sinking organic carbon to abyssal depths from climatic variation to benthic processes?
How does variation in the sinking organic carbon food supply affect behaviour, population, and community dynamics?
How is the organic carbon food supply utilized and transformed by abyssal fauna? Morever, I am involved in collaborative projects where I specifically aim to understand the effects of suspended and resettled sediment plumes on organic matter remineralization by benthic communities, including microorganisms, meio-, macro- and megafauna (in situ experiments, moored instrumentation, sediment cores, and seafloor imagery). In addition, I am very interested in deepening my knowledge on contributing to efficient management recommendations for mitigating the effects of global ecological changes, in line with the needs of stakeholders and local public.
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