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Miguel Albuquerque da Costa Leal

Miguel Albuquerque da Costa Leal

Assistant researcher

  • Author Name : Leal M.C.

  • Researcher ID: C-8611-2009
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0672-6251
  • Ciencia ID: 5718-0044-BF32
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture (MBA)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Author=(Leal MC) AND Address=(Portugal)

Research interests

Applied marine ecology
Marine biotechnology
Trophic interactions

Academic degrees

MSc Marine Ecology (Universidade de Lisboa)
PhD Biology (Universidade de Aveiro, in collaboration with the University of Georgia USA)

Scientific activities

2019 - Present: Assistant Researcher, CESAM, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

2017 - 2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

2015 - 2017: EAWAG fellow - Researcger. EAWAG (Switzerland)

2014 - 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Aveiro (Portugal)

2010 - 2014: PhD Student, University of Aveiro (Portugal) / University of Georgia (USA)



PUFApods - Merging blue and green food systems - Using marine gammarid amphipods supplied with plant food processing side streams to produce n-3 LC-PUFA See more

SmartBioR - Smart Valorization of Biological Marine Resources See more

Scientific Supervision

Participation in nacional and international projects

Research Projects

  • 2012-2014 SYnergies through Merging BIOlogical and biogeochemical expertise in COralResearch (SYMBIOCoRe), coordinated by University of Aveiro (Portugal). Marie Curie Actions - People - IRSES (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme), funded by FP7 (European Framework Program; 36 months; ~280k €).

  • 2009 - 2010 SOS Climate "Southern Ocean Studies for Understanding Global Climate Issues", coordinated by FURG (Brasil).

  • 2007 - 2009 Specific studies of the project "Ecosystem Survey Mozambique 2007" of the wider project "Strenghening the knowledge base for implementing an ecosystem approach to marine fisheries in developing countries" (GCP/INT/003/NOR), financed by NORAD, IMR (Norway) and FAO. Team leader of the plankton sampling during the Special Studies onboard the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen. Responsible for the laboratory work on zooplankton. Collaboration on oceanographic and phytoplankton. 

  • 2008 - 2008 PESCPROF - 3, PIC INTERREG III B, related to deep-sea fisheries (Madeira island, Azores and Canary islands). Field campaigns and laboratory work during CHACMAD - 3 mission.

  • 2007 - 2008 European project PUMPSEA (Peri-urban mangrove forests as filters and potential phytoremediators of domestic sewage in East Africa; 6º FE European Union; INCO contract nº 510863). Laboratory work concerning reproduction ecology of decapods.

  • 2005 - 2005 IPIMAR CARECOS/B (02080805), concerning phytoplankton and upwelling processes. Field campaign oboard the R/V Noruega at the Portuguese coast.

Environmental Consultancy Projects


  • Characterization of macroinvertebrate community at Alcântara navigation channel (DHV).

  • Monitoring of Alvito Hydroelectric basin – phytoplankton, bivalves, River Habitat Survey and biological elements of the water framework directive (ATKINS).

  • Monitoring of Trutas Hydroelectric basin – bivalves, freshwater fishes, benthic macroinvertebrate, freshwater vegetation and water mole (AHE Trutas).

  • Freshwater fauna special study on Alvito Hydroelectric basin and appliance of Instream Flow Incremental Methodology method (ATKINS).

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Herdade do Mercador – freshwater ecosystems (Cubo Verde).

  • Ecological risk assessment at Lagoa Palmeira – benthic macroinvertebrate (Golder Associates).

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Redonda dam – biological elements of Water Framework Directive (ATKINS).

  • Environmental Impact Assessment São Jacinto fisherman’s housing and supplies – aquatic ecosystem (CONSULMAR).

  • Monitoring of Olgas, Ferradosa, Pretarouca and Sambade dams – herpetofauna, freshwater fishes, mammals and benthic macroinvertebrate (DHV).


  • Strategic and methodological plan for Water Framework Directive (Bio3).

  • Conservation dog training for bird and bat corpses detection (Bio3).

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Alcântara basin dredging – aquatic ecosystem (DHV).


Awards and Honors

  • 2009 PhD scholarship by Portuguese Technology and Cience Foundation

  • 2009 University of Lisbon Merti Study Scholarship for the academic year 2007/08

  • 2009 Best student poster award "Crustacean Decapod and Stomatopods larvae distribution and vertical migration at Sofala Bank, Mozambique", at the 6th WIOMSA Symposium (Reunion Island)

Professional Expertise, Teaching and Supervision

Professional Expertise

  • 2010-Present PhD student at CESAM and Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro, and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (GA, USA)

  • 2009-2010 Environmental consultant at Bio3 (Portugal)

Teaching and Supervision

  • 2010 Co-supervised the work of 3 students "Impacte ambiental dos derrames petrolíferos nos recifes de coral" (Environmental impact of oil spills in coral reefs). Biology discipline (high-school students). Escola Secundária Fernão Mendes Pinto, Portugal.

  • 2009 Teaching of Marine Ecology, supervised by Prof. José Paula (undergraduate, 60 students enrolled). Biology graduation course, Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon. Participation on field and data analyses classes (20 hours). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 22.0px; font: 13.0px Arial}

Academic Degrees

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  • Dec 2010/Sept 2014 PhD Biology. University of Aveiro.

  • Sept 2007/Jul 2009 Master of Science in Marine Ecology at the Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon with a final grade of 19 (out of 20).

  • Sept 2004/ Jul 2007 Graduate in Environmental Marine Biology at the Faculty of Scineces University of Lison with a final grade of 16 (out of 20).

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


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