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Ana Catarina Bastos

Ana Catarina Bastos

Assistant Researcher


  • Researcher ID: A-6120-2012
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-1185-2172
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Bastos, AC) AND Topic=(soil OR ecotoxicity OR biochar OR Portuguese OR electronic nose OR runoff OR pseudoreplication) NOT Topic=(Brazil)


Research interests

Key words:
functional biodiversity; biochar; soil-biochar-biota interactions; biomonitorization; sustainable management of soil and biological resources; soil (bio)remediation.

Key topics:
- Functional biodiversity and ecosystem function under climatic and anthropogenic pressure;
- Ecotoxicity and fate of contaminants, charred residues and emerging soil/environmental management tools;
- Biochar impact on soil functions and soil-biochar-biota interactions under representative exposure scenarios;
- Soil mycoremediation and biochar-enhanced remediation.

Academic degrees

2008: PhD in Environmental Sciences at Institute of Bioscience and Technology (current Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute), Cranfield University, UK;

2003: ‘Licenciatura’ (5-year degree, incl. 9 months of research internship) in Biotechnology Engineering at Faculty of Engineering of Natural Resources, Algarve University, Portugal.

Scientific activities

Current position

01/01/2019 - present: Contract Researcher under Decree-Law 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule, in the area of Environment and Agriculture, focused on sustainable management of soils and biological resources. DBio/CESAM, University of Aveiro


Previous research positions

01/02/2014 - 31/12/2018: Post-Doctoral researcher (funded by FCT, SFRH/BPD/98231/2013). Biochar in soils: Towards an integrative ecotoxicological assessment using terrestrial ecosystem models (CHARTOX). DBio/CESAM, University of Aveiro

01/11/2010 - 01/11/2013: Post-Doctoral researcher (project fellowship BPD/CESAM/PTDC/AAC-AMB/104666/2008). Chemical Flow in an Aquatic TRophic Chain (FUTRICA, PTDC/AAC-AMB/104666/2008). Coordinator: Dr Susana Loureiro. DBio/CESAM, University of Aveiro

21/01/2008 - 21/01/2009: Postdoctoral researcher (contract C/7128A). Cranfield Health (current Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute), Cranfield University (UK)


Participation in R&D Projects

2018-07-20 – present: Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems (ECOCENE, PTDC/AGR-FOR/4143/2014). Role in project team: Researcher. Funded by FCT-COMPETE, Coordinator: Dr Rui Morgado (DBio/CESAM, UA)

2016-07-01 – present: Indirect effects of wildfires on C fluxes (FIRE-C-BUDS, PTDC/AGR-FOR/4143/2014). Role in project team: Researcher. Funded by FCT-COMPETE. Coordinator: Dr Jan Keizer (DAO/CESAM, UA)

2014-03-01 - 2015-06-30: Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypt seedlings by applying biochar to soils (EXPLOCHAR, EXPL/AGR-FOR/0549/2013). Role in project team: Researcher. Funded by FCT-FEDER, Coordinator: Dr Frank Verheijen (DAO/CESAM, UA)

16-11-2005 – 26-05-2006: Soil and Surface water protection using conservation tillage in Northern and Central Europe (SOWAP, LIFE03 ENV/UK/000617). Role in project team: Field Technician (temp). Coordinator: Syngenta. Environment Partnership - Soil and Water Management, Cranfield University UK

01/08/2005 - 14/09/2006: The soil profile analytical database for Europe (SPADE2, EUR 22127 EN). Role in project team: Laboratory Technician (temp). Environment Partnership - Soil and Water Management, University of Cranfield UK


Research and Occupational Management (internships, advanced training)

2009: Research representative (temp). Cross-Functional Team for implementation of the Environmental Management System and Certification to ISO 14001:2004. Cranfield Health, University of Cranfield, UK

2008: Internal Environmental Auditing. Environmental Management System, ISO 14001:2004. Training by ENVIRON UK Ltd., Environmental Consultants, UK

2008: Safety, Health, Environment (SHE) Induction Training. AXIA Services Ltd & Cranfield University, UK

2003: Research internship (9 months). Electronic Nose Technology for detection and monitorisation of off-odours and off-flavours in potable water. Applied Mycology, Institute of Biosciences and Technology (current Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute), Cranfield University, UK

Others

Jan 2019: Awarded Demonstration Action to stakeholders in the framework of the project Integr@tec 2019 - Transferência de competências integradas e geradoras de inovação empresarial na Região Centro, funded by Centro 2020. DEMO42/45: Enhanced SEED germination, establishment and erosion control through soil amendment with biochar (SEED+);

June 2006: Awarded Second Prize for poster presentation on Potential of microbial volatile fingerprints for monitoring soil microbial activity, 7th Postgraduate Research Conference 19-20 June, Cranfield University UK;

June 2005: Awarded First Prize for poster presentation on Soil microbial activity as a function of soil type and environmental factors, 7th Postgraduate Research Conference 19-20 June, Cranfield University UK.

Publications

Projects

ECOCENE - Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems See more

FIRE-C-BUDs - Indirect effects of wildfire (severity) on carbon fluxes and budgets See more

EXPLOCHAR: Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypt seedlings by applying biochar to soils See more

FUTRICA- Chemical Flow in an Aquatic TRophic Chain See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Antonio Amaro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Marija Prodana (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): João Puga (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Nneka Enwena (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Catarina Malheiro (not a CESAM member)

Aluno de Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Filipa Batista (not a CESAM member)

Aluno de Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): José Afonso Marques (not a CESAM member)

Aluno de Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): José Diogo Gomes (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Marija Prodana (CESAM member)

Selected highlights

A. Orgiazzi, R.D. Bardgett, E. Barrios , V. Behan-Pelletier, M.J.I. Briones, J.-L.Chotte, G.B. De Deyn, P. Eggleton, N. Fierer, T. Fraser, K. Hedlund, S. Jeffery, N.C. Johnson, Arwyn Jones, et al. (Eds.), 2016. Global Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. European Commission. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 180pp.
Susana Loureiro, Rui Morgado and Miguel Santos (applEE|DBio) also contributed to the Atlas.   
https://globalsoilbiodiversity.org




Frank G.A. Verheijen, Ana Catarina Bastos, Hans Peter Schmidt, Miguel Brandão and Simon Jeffery, 2015. Chapter 28 ‘Biochar Sustainability and Certification’, in: Biochar for Environmental management, Science, Technology and Implementation, 2nd Edition, eds. Johannes Lehmann & Stephen Joseph.
http://www.routledge.com/books.....415704151/




Bastos, A.C. and Jeffery, S., 2010. Soil Biodiversity and Biotechnology, in: S. Jeffery, C. Gardi, K. Ritz, G. Peres, W. van der Putten, J. Römbke, L. Marmo, A. Jones and L. Montanarella (Eds.), 2010. European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. European Commission. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 128pp. 
http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.e.....


 


Verheijen, F.G.A., Jeffery, S., Bastos, A.C., van der Velde, M., and Diafas, I., 2010. Biochar Application to Soils - A Critical Scientific Review of Effects on Soil Properties, Processes and Functions. EUR 24099 EN. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 149pp.
http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.e.....

Outreach to Media and Stakeholders


Biochar research at applEE|DBio in collaboration with the Earth Surface Processes Team |DAO and biochar producers Ibero Massa Florestal Lda (Oliveira de Azeméis, Porto) receives coverage on national TV in Seleção Agricultura. https://vimeo.com/156534909 


applEE participated at the Workshop 'Incorporação de resíduos de origem agrícola e vegetal na produção de biocarvão/biochar', hosted by Ibero Massa Florestal Lda (Oliveira de Azeméis) to target biochar producers and users. Attendence of the Minister of Agriculture (May 2015). Synopsis available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsppNaH1oLk  


On-going field experiment involving biochar application in vineyards, receives coverage in the science magazine Biosfera on national TV (Dec 2013). applEE|DBio in collaboration with the ESP Team|DAO and the viticulture experimental station of Bairrada|Regional Ministry of the Agriculture and Fischeries (DRAPC). http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1053/e136275/biosfera-xi (min. 13)


“UAveiro quer melhorar solos agrícolas com biochar”.
A UA está a estudar um tipo de carvão chamado ‘biochar’ - obtido sem combustão - que ao ser adicionado aos solos, poderá vir a melhorar as técnicas de produção agrícolas.” (Boas Notícias, 19/10/2013) http://boasnoticias.sapo.pt/noticias_UAveiro-quer-melhorar-solos-agr%C3%ADcolas-com-biochar_17206.html?page=0


On-going field experiment involving biochar application in vineyards receives coverage on national News programs TelejornalPortugal em Direto e no Bom Dia Portugal (Aug. 2013). applEE|DBio in collaboration with the ESP Team|DAO and the viticulture experimental station of Bairrada - Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Fischeries(DRAPC). http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=677053&tm=8&layout=122&visual=61


"In collaboration with FUTRICA, CLIMAFUN and VITAQUA projects (financed by FCT and FEDER-COMPETE), a CESAM team started the first practical work involving biochar incorporation in Portuguese vinyards"(CESAM Notícias, 27/06/2013). News item in EXPRESSO newspaper (edição de 22/06/13 available at: http://la.cesam.ua.pt/Documentos/Expresso.pdf 

Organization of scientific events

28-30 Sep 2015: Session Co-convener (S3 ‘The Janus face of Biochar: Risk of pollution versus remediation tool’), EU COST Action Biochar Symposium ‘Understanding biochar mechanisms for beneficial implementation’, Geisenheim, Germany. More info at http://cost.european-biochar.org/en/ct/170

2-4 June 2014: Co-organizer of the joined meeting 'Biochar: on the path to the required level of scientific understanding' of Working Groups (WGs) 2 & 4 of Biochar COST Action. The meeting was hosted by applEE|DBio in collaboration with the ESP Team|DAO and BINP, with the support of CESAM. Meeting’s outcome available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/16486897.2016.1239582

5 June 2014: Co-organizer and Chair of the Workshop ‘Biochar in soils: Reward vs. Risk’, University of Aveiro. The workshop was hosted by applEE|DBio in collaboration with ESP Team|DAO and BINP, with the support of CESAM.

EU COST Action & Biochar Collaboration Networks

2012 - 2016: National co-representative in the Food and Agriculture COST Action TD1107 ‘Biochar as option for sustainable resource management’ and European Biochar Research Network - eBRN.
The Action aims at "coordinating European Biochar research, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and potential users from EU and candidate countries".

2012 - present: Co-founder and member of executive board of the Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal - BINP.
BINP's mission is to bring together biochar researchers, producers and users in Portugal, facilitating collaborations by providing a network platform, as well as disseminating national and international biochar news, funding opportunities, conferences and workshops.

Editorial Role (peer-reviewed scientific journals)

Guest Editor (2013-2014) 
Special Issue, European Journal of Soil Science (IF 2.387)Wiley, which includes scientific communications delivered at EUROSOIL 2012 (Session 5.3 'Effects of Biochar on Soil Properties, Processes and Functions'), Bari, Italy.

Editor Reviewer & Administrative Assistant, temporary (2006-2007) 
Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (IF 2014 6.409) - Elsevier, Bedfordshire, UK. 

Lecturing experience in Advanced Courses

European training schools - COST Action TD1107 e European Biochar Research Network (eBRN) 

01/03/2015 a 06/03/2015. Participation as invited lecturer/trainer in a total of 10 h of training of PhD students, junior researchers and post-docs. 
3rd European Biochar Summer School, 1-6 Março 2015, Seville (Spain), “Chemical and physical characterization of bio- and hydrochars and their application in the field”.
http://cost.european-biochar.o.....bsp; 


Initiatives of the applEE|DBio in collaboration with Schools

11/10/2013 a 06/12/2013. Participation as lecturer/trainer in a total of 3 h to secundary school students (Escola Secundária Homem Cristo), Aveiro.
Advanced Course in Ecotoxicology. Module 'Terrestrial ecotoxicological tests in risk evaluation- how do earthworms and isopods respond to stress?'
Module co-lecturers: Carla Filipa Calhôa, Jacinta Oliveira, Susana Loureiro

06/04/2013 a 08/06/2013. Participation as lecturer/trainer in a total of 3 h to secundary school students Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (IEC), Mamarrosa, Oliveira do Bairro, Aveiro.
Advanced Course in Ecotoxicology. Module 'Terrestrial ecotoxicological tests in risk evaluation- how do earthworms and isopods respond to stress?'
Module co-lecturers: Carla Filipa Calhôa, Jacinta OliveiraSusana Loureiro


CESAM Funding: