Caring about the future

Ana Luísa Patrício Silva

Ana Luísa Patrício Silva

Investigador Auxiliar

  • Nome de Autor : Silva A.L.P

  • Researcher ID: K-1919-2013
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-1932-1229
  • Ciencia ID: B612-586C-EC02
  • Departamento: Biologia
  • Grupo de Investigação: Biogeochemical Processes & Pollutants (BPP)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Silva ALP or Patricio Silva AL) AND AD=(Aveiro). Researcher ID =K-1919-2013

Interesses de investigação

Currently focused on the assessment of the biodegradation processes of bio-based and fuel-based plastics and their eco(toxico)logical effects in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Research topics: Analytical methods, Ecotoxicology, combined stressors, sub-cellular to community endpoints.

Graus académicos

2012-2015: PhD in Biology, branch Ecotoxicology and Biology of Stress, by the University of Aveiro, Portugal (Supervisors: Dra. Mónica Amorim and Prof. Martin Holmstrup).
2004-2006: Master in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, by the University of Porto, Portugal (Supervisor: Prof. Paulo Alexandrino).
1998 - 2003: Degree in Biology and Geology, educational area, by the University of Algarve, Portugal.

Atividades científicas

01/09/2020 - ongoing: Junior researcher in the field of Analytical Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Functional Biology, at Biology Department & CESAM from University of Aveiro (FCT contract ref.: CEECIND/01366/2018). Research project entitled: Are bio-based biodegradable plastics a sustainable solution? - An assessment of their biodegradability and ecological risks under environmentally relevant scenarios.

08/2017 - 31/08/2020: Postdoc research fellow in the field of Ecotoxicology and Functional ecology, at Biology Department & CESAM from University of Aveiro (FCT grant ref.: SFRH/BPD/114870/2016).
01/09/2018 - Lecturer at the workshop entitled "Avaliação da combinação de estressores químicos e naturais (climáticos): uma abordagem integrava em invertebrados de solo" at XV Brazilian congress in Ecotoxicology (Ecotox 2018, 1-4/09/2018).
01/2017 - 07/2017: Research-fellow in Soil Ecotoxicology, witin the project "SOILTOX - Performance of laboratory tests with soil organisms: Influence of different test soils on the results of ecotoxicological tests", at the Center of Functional Ecology, Univerity of Coimbra (Ref. LUGUS 389384).
05/2016-11/2016: Project technician (PhD) in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, within the project "“Behaviour as a sensitive and integrative approach that predicts the effects of environmental stressors in the aquatic environment: linking different levels of biological organisation” (Ref. IF/011401/2014).
2011-2015: PhD student at the Biology Department & CESAM from University of Aveiro (FCT grant ref: SFRH / BD / 75209 / 2010).
2005-2011: Teacher in several Public Schools, with anual contracts, provided by DGRHE - Portuguese Ministry of Education.
2004-2005: Volunteer researcher in the analysis of genetic variability in natural populations of Salmo trutta in the Peneda Geres National Park (PNPG). This research was conducted in order to establish Priority Areas for Integrated Conservation and Management, included in the PNPG project "Actions for conservation and management of the Peneda Geres National Park" in collaboration with the University of Porto.


Reviewer for International Journals: Chemosphere; Journal of Hazardous Materials; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry; Environmental Pollution; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Scientific Activity Spreading Actions (open lab, school activities/lectures)



BioPlasMar - Remoção de plástico e valorização dos recursos marinhos gerados através do desenvolvimento de novos produtos Ver mais

DepurD – Sistemas de monitorização e descontaminação para a exploração sustentável de moluscos bivalves na costa portuguesa Ver mais

ComPET- Efeitos ecotoxicológicos de microplásticos em ecossistemas dulçaquícolas Ver mais

Orientações científicas

Master (Orientador Principal): Sara Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Laís Henrique Cícero (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Rafael Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Orientador Principal): Diogo Filipe (not a CESAM member)

Grant Holder (MSc) (Orientador Principal): Ana Luísa Felgueiras de Brito Machado (CESAM member)

Estágio/projeto (Orientador Principal): Nuno Trindade (not a CESAM member)

Bolseiro de Investigação (Orientador Principal): Diogo Ferreira Filipe (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Orientador Principal): Sara Silva (not a CESAM member)

Advanced courses

  • 2017: The use of Trait Based approaches in Community Ecology and Stress Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal;

  • 2016: Applications of stable isotope data to ecological research, University of Aveiro, Portugal;

  • 2013: Entrepreneurship and innovation. University of Aveiro, Portugal;

  • 2012: Hazardous chemicals in the environment: How do they affect terrestrial ecosystems and can we predict the risk? Aarhus University, Denmark;

  • 2011: Practical Approach to Ecotoxicogenomics, University of Aveiro, Portugal;

  • IV Hands-on course “From Proteomics to Proteins”, University of Nova de Lisboa;

  • Global change and biodiversity implications for ecosystem services, University of Braga.

  • 2005: "Criação de conteúdos multimédia", FELSIS, Chaves, Portugal.

  • Introduction to Conservation Biology, ALDEA Association, Bragança, Portugal.

  • 2004: Evolution and Molecular Ecology, University of Porto, Portugal.

  • Workshop "Gestão e Conservação da Fauna Silvestre". University of Évora, Portugal.

  • Biodiversity management and conservation, University of Porto, Portugal.

Competências pessoais

- Mother language: Portuguese
- Other (oral/written): English (very good/very good), French (good/fair), Spanish (very good/good).

- Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
- Other programs: Minitab 16, IBM SPSS Statistics, Statistica 12, SigmaPlot 10.0, EndNote X1.0, Papers 3, Prism 7, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3, Prezi.

Financiamento do CESAM: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020