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Cátia Carreira

Cátia Carreira

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID: H-8579-2018
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-1520-9320
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: H-8579-2018
  • Title: ECOlogical impacts of biological mortality and environmental factors on hyperSALine microbial maTs – EcoSALT Supervisor: Sónia Cruz Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/117746/2016 Start date: 2017-07-01 End date: 2023-07-31



Scientific Supervision

Research Interests

  • Aquatic microbial and viral ecology

  • Phytoplankton and microphytobenthos ecology

  • Spatial microbial ecology

  • Biological Oceanography

  • Autofluorescence imaging


2015    Ph.D. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

2006    M.Sc. Aquatic Ecosystem Management. Napier University (United Kingdom).

2005    Honours Degree Biology. University of Aveiro (Portugal).

Working Experience

2018/19   Maternity leave

2017-Pres PostDoc. Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

2016        Maternity leave

2015        Visiting scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia.

2009        Research assistant. Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway.

2008        Laboratory technician. Oceanography Department, University of Vigo, Spain.

2007/08   Laboratory technician. Oceanography Department, Instituto de Investigaciones Mariñas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo, Spain.

2007       Culture collection support scientist. Aquapharm Bio-Discovery, Oban, United  Kingdom.

2006       Post graduate research assistant. Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

2004       Laboratory assistant. Department of Biology. University of Aveiro, Portugal. 


  • Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, FEMS Microbial Ecology, Marine and Freshwater Research, Environmental Microbiology Reports, Environmental Microbiology, Frontiers in Marine Science, Journal of Marine Systems, Journal of Sea Research, Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Thalassas.

Research Projects

2017-2022  ECOlogical impacts of biological mortality and environmental factors on hyperSALine microbial maTs (EcoSALT); Obtained

2014-2015  The role of organic nutrients in the Great Barrier Reef (DOM-KEY), Participated

2009-2013  Microscale spatial distribution of microbes in intertidal sediments and photosynthetic microbial mats; FCT (SFRH/BD/43308/2008); Obtained

2009          EPOCA—European Project on Ocean Acidification; FP7-211384; Participated

2008          Effect of inorganic and organic nutrient addition on the structure and function of the planktonic microbial community (AddEx). (PGIDIT06PXIB312222PR); Participated

2007-2008  Impact of the mussel raft culture on the benthic–pelagic coupling in a Galician Ria (RAFTING). (CTM2007-61983/MAR); Participated


2017  Post.Doc. Fellowship – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) - $US 114,428.

2014  ASLO scholarship to participate in the Eco-DAS XI, 2014, Hawai’i, USA – $US 2,698.24

2009  Ph.D. Fellowship - Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) – $US 152,220

2008  Norwegian Government Scholarship – The Research Council of Norway (NRC) – $US 7,000

2005  Tuition fee scholarship for MSc in Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Scotland, United Kingdom – $US 13,800

2004  Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Scheme – $US 3,400

CESAM Funding: