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Ana Rita Moura Polónia

Ana Rita Moura Polónia

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


  • Researcher ID: K-7911-2014
  • ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3381-7677
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine & Estuarine Ecology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Polónia ARM OR Moura Polonia Ana Rita OR Polonia A. R.) AND AD=(Aveiro and CESAM)
  • Title: Sponges Microbes in a Changing World Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Francis Richard Cleary; Dr. Newton C. Marcial Gomes; Dr. Nicole Joy de Voogd Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/117563/2016 Start date: 2017-07-01 End date: 2020-06-30


Research interests

1) Environmental Microbiology;
2) Microbial Ecology;
3) Molecular Biology;
4) Host & Environmental Microbial Communities composition & function;
5) Microbe responses to environmental impacts (Climate Change, Pollution);
6) Bioinformatics Tools for metagenome analysis

Academic degrees

2014 - PhD in Planning and Environmental Management, Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, University of Porto, Portugal;
2004 - Four years degree in Marine Biology and Biotechnology, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology.

Scientific activities

1) PostDoc Researcher, July 2017 to Present: CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal - SFRH/BPD/117563/2016
2) PostDoc Researcher under the project: METAFLUIDICS “Advanced Toolbox for rapid and Cost-Effective Functional Metagenomic Screening – Microbiology Meets Microfluidics (Project ID: 685474)”; EU H2020; September 2016 to June 2017: Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC); Genoinseq - Biocant
3) PostDoc Researcher - under the project: “RASTREMAR – “Use of molecular tools in the traceability of marine food products (PROMAR 31-03-05-FEP-0015)” – PROMAR; July 2014 to December 2014: CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal
4) Research Fellow under the project: “LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes (PTCRIS Grant Number: 115304); January 2013 to July 2014: CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal;
5) PhD student, September 2008 to June 2014: University of Porto (CIIMAR) & University of Aveiro (CESAM) - SFRH/BD/33391/2008
6) Biologist, May 2007 to May 2008 - Planeta Vivo: Environmental Research Center, Lda
7) Biologist Trainee: September 2004 to January 2005 - IPIMAR Lisbon

Publications

Projects

4D-REEF Past, present, and future of coral reefs in the Coral Triangle See more

EcoTech-SPONGE- Assessing the ECOlogical functions and potential bioTECHnological applications of plasmid assemblages from microbial symbionts of marine SPONGEs See more

LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more

RASTREMAR - Use of molecular tools in the traceability of marine food products See more

LESS CORAL: The impact of human settlLEmentS on CORAL reef ecosystems See more

Scientific Supervision

Training Activity

1) 10 September to 5 October 2018 – Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the frame of EcoTech-SPONGE project, under the supervision of Dr. Ulisses Nunes da Rocha, Microbial Systems Bioinformatics of the Department of Environmental Microbiology; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig, Germany).


2) 17-20 July 201 – Participation in Metagenomics Bioinformatics 2018 course, in the frame of EcoTech-SPONGE project, conducted by the European Bioinformatics Institute EMBL-EBI; Cambridge, UK.


3) Sept-Oct 2017 - Field and laboratorial expedition to the Penghu Archipelago (Taiwan) in collaboration with the research team of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the Netherlands) and the research teams of the Departments of Marine Recreation, Food Science and Aquaculture of the National Penghu University of Science and Technology (Penghu, Taiwan) under the project EcoTech-SPONGE.


4) May 31 to June 14 2013 - Participation in the Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Course - Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, in the frame of LESS CORAL project.


5) May to June 2012 - Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the frame of LESS CORAL project, under the supervision of Ana Martins, Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores.


6) 26 July to 10 August 2011 - Field work expedition, in the frame of LESS CORAL project, to Thousand Islands Archipelago, northwest of Jakarta, Indonesia in collaboration with the research team of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the Netherlands).


7) March to June 2011 – Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the frame of LESS CORAL project, under the supervision of Ana Martins, Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores.


8) 1-31 August 2010 - Field work expedition, in the frame of LESS CORAL project, to Spermonde Archipelago, southwest Sulawesi, Makassar, Indonesia in collaboration with the research team of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the Netherlands).


9) May 2010 to July 2010 – Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the frame of LESS CORAL project, under the supervision of Nicole de Voogd, Department of Marine Zoology, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Project Participation

July 2017 to Present – University of Aveiro (CESAM)



  •  PostDoc Fellowship: Sponge Microbes in a Changing World

  •  Microbial communities of marine sponges.


September 2016 to June 2017 – Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC); Genoinseq - Biocant



  •   PostDoc Fellowship under the project: METAFLUIDICS “Advanced Toolbox for rapid and Cost-Effective Functional Metagenomic Screening – Microbiology Meets Microfluidics” - EU H2020;

  •  Microbial communities of extreme environments.


July 2014 to December 2014 – University of Aveiro (CESAM)



  •  PostDoc Fellowship under the project: “RASTREMAR – “Use of molecular tools in the traceability of marine food products” – PROMAR

  •  Estuarine Microbial Ecology (Bacteria);

  •  Molecular Microbiology of fish and shellfish in estuarine environment.


January 2013 to July 2014 – University of Aveiro (CESAM)



  • Research Fellowship under the project: “LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes”;

  •  Estuarine Microbial Ecology (Bacteria and Archaea).


September 2008 to June 2014 – University of Porto (University of Aveiro and Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR)) & University of Aveiro (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM))



  •  Doctoral Programme in Marine and Environmental Sciences;

  •  PhD Thesis: “The impact of urbanisation on coral reef ecosystems”.

  •  Coral Reef Ecology;

  •  Marine Microbial Ecology (Bacteria and Archaea);

  •  Satellite Imagery;

  •  Classification: Approved with Distinction.


September 2004 to January 2005 - IPIMAR Lisbon



  •  Internship at the Department of Aquaculture of the Portuguese Institute for Fisheries and Sea research

  •  “Use of sunflower oil as a lipid alternative for cod liver oil in the diet of turbot - Psetta maxima”

Publications in Conference Proceedings in reverse chronological order

A.R. Polónia, M. Figueiredo, D. F. R. Cleary, N. J. de Voogd and A. Martins, "Sea surface temperature and ocean colour (MODIS/AQUA) space and time variability in Indonesian Sea coral reef systems from 2002 to 2011", Proc. SPIE 8175, 817502 (2011); doi:10.1117/12.901820


CESAM Funding: