Caring about the future

Cátia Sofia Santos

Cátia Sofia Santos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Author Name : Santos C.S.A

  • Researcher ID: F-9296-2012
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-8350-7573
  • Ciencia ID: B815-577F-DDAD
  • Department: Department of Biology
  • Research Group: Environmental Changes, Hazards & Conservation (ECHC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Santos CSA) AND Address=(Aveiro)

Research interests

Key-words: Ecotoxicology | Wildlife Toxicology and Ecology | Birds | Biomarkers | Mercury | Functional Biodiversity | Science Communication

Aquatic toxicology.

Bioaccumulative chemicals and toxins.

The use of wildlife species as indicators of environmental contamination.

Behavioural, developmental and physiological responses to environmental stressors.

The use of markers of neurological, genotoxic and oxidative stress.

Perception, dissemination and effective communication of Scientific information to media and general public.

Academic degrees

September 2018: PhD in Biology, by the University of Gent (Belgium). Dissertation title: Parental foraging strategies, mercury load and offspring development in a coastal breeding gull species.

July 2012: Master in Applied Biology- Field of Ecology, Biodiversity and Ecossystems Management, by the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Dissertation title: Biomonitorization of birds under recovery: a long term study. Degree classification: 18 /20

July 2010: Degree in Biology, by the University of Aveiro (Portugal).
Degree classification: 16 /20.



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Scientific Supervision

Awards and Scholarships

2018: Research grant (BI) nº BI/CESAM/0027/NMP-28-2014-6B, attributed from 1 September 2018 and with the duration of 6 months.

2013: BOF PhD grant, attributted from 1st december 2013 by the Special Research fund of Gent University, Belgium.

2012: Leonardo da Vinci grant, attributed from 12th november 2012 until 20th of may 2013, to the participation of a professional internship at TEREC- Gent University, Belgium.

2012:Technician research grant (BTI) nº BTI/UI88/5980/2012, attributed from 1 january 2012 and with the duration of 6 months.

2009: Research integration grant (BII) nº BII/CESAM-UA/Biologia, attributed from 1 january 2009 and with the duration of 1 year.

Research Experience

May 2019 – Aug. 2019 | Research Fellow at Biology Depart. & CESAM, Aveiro University  under the FCT project "NanoFARM - Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials”.

Sept. 2018 - Feb. 2019 | Research Fellow at Biology Depart. & CESAM, Aveiro Universityunder the European project "NanoFASE- Nanomaterial FAte and Speciation in the Environment”.

Nov.  2012 - May 2013 | Trainee at Terrestrial Ecology Unit (TEREC), Ghent University  internship under a leonardo da Vinci grant  at the Department of Biology of Ghent University (UG).

Jan. 2012 - June 2012 |  Scientific technical researcher at Biology Depart. & CESAM, Aveiro University  under the project "CLIMAFUN-CLImate Changes and Potencial Impact on Soil FUNctional Ecology".

Oct. 2009 - June 2010 | Professional internship at CERVAS (Centro de Ecologia, Recuperação e Vigilância de Animais Selvagens) in Gouveia, under the Bachelor programme of Biology, at Aveiro University.

Science Communication & Dissemination


Teacher of the class  “Ciências a Brincar”, Sep. 2019 – current , AEC (extracurricular activity) class taught to 1st and 2nd grade children, organized by Câmara Municipal de Ílhavo (CMI). This activity has been contributing to enhance my pedagogic and science communication skills with children.

Coordinator of "Pint of Science Aveiro", Jan. 2019 – current, International Science Communication festival. For further information on 2019 festival, visit the website Pint of Science Portugal.

Lecturer at the National Geographic Exhibition "Photo Ark Porto", Jan. 2018 Talk on role of bees for plant pollination and threats of biodiversity loss to ecosystem services.

Lecturer in the course "Ciências Experimentais", Sep. 2017 – Jun. 2018. Course taught to 4th grade children, organized by IEC Mamarrosa. This activity allowed to improve my communication skills.

Organisation of the Conference “IV Encontro Nacional de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas” (IV ENPGCB), between 2014-2015
Event held at Aveiro University, between 30th March and 2nd April 2015.


Participation on Biosfera Magazine, March 2017  TV programme broadcasted at RTP 2, at 27th March 2017 about Mercury contamination. Link for episode : Episode 11, 15th Season

Advanced Courses and Workshops

Toxikinetics course. Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.13-14 of august, 2012.

Management and Conservation of Habitats and Associated Flora. Portuguese Society of Botany & ALPHA (Association of Phytosociology Lusitana), Agrarian School of Coimbra, Portugal. March 25, 2011

Topics on environmental mixture toxicity. Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal. 6-10 september 2010

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