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Amadeu Mortágua Velho da Maia Soares

Amadeu Mortágua Velho da Maia Soares

Full Professor

  • Author Name : Soares, Amadeu MVM

  • Researcher ID: A-8304-2008
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0879-9470
  • Ciencia ID: D512-6DD0-0E6F
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Environmental Changes, Hazards & Conservation (ECHC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AI=(A-8304-2008) OR AU=(Soares AMVM)

Research interests

Ecotoxicologia (solos, dulceaquícola, marinha) / Ecotoxicology (soil, freshwater and marine),
Biodiversidade Funcional / Functional Biodiversity,
Aquacultura / Aquaculture,
Gestão Vida Selvagem / Wildlife Management

Academic degrees

Licenciatura / First degree in Biology,Universidade de Coimbra, 1984
PhD in Zoology, University of Sheffield, UK, 1989
Agregação (habilitation for full professorship) in Zoology, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, 1997

Scientific activities

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ETERNAL - Boosting the reduction of the environmental impact of pharmaceutical products throughout their entire life cycle See more

BIOMAG - Magnetic bionanocomposites for micropollutant removal and water reuse See more

LED - Light pollution as an Endocrine Disruptor in urban aquatic ecosystems under pollution by antineoplastic drugs See more

CHRONIC- Chronic exposure scenarios driving environmental risks of chemicals See more

ECOMARE - SOS Marine Animals See more

NETA- New Strategies for Waste Water Treatment See more

DepurD - Monitoring and decontamination systems for the sustainable exploitation of bivalve molluscs on the Portuguese coast See more

BESIDE - Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards SustaInable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy See more

NutriMo - Development of handmade diets for tilapia nutrition in community based aquaculture in Mozambique See more

PAMP_it_UP - PAMPas grass control in the University of Aveiro campus, in marginal areas of Ria de Aveiro See more

WaderTrack - High precision tracking system of waders See more

SEEBug – Develoment of a sensor for the fast and efficient detection of pathogenic bacteria in Bivalves See more

SENSECOR – Immunosensory integrated system for a fast and efficient detection of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 See more

COOPERMINHO - Valorization of the fishing production of the Minho River - Contribution to the management and valorization of fishing products of the Minho River – Communication and socio-environmental training of the Local community for valorization of the fish resources of the Minho River See more

Estabulação em terra em sistema recirculado fechado (RAS) de juvenis de salmão do Atlântico (Salmo salar) See more

BISPECIAI - BIvalves under Polluted Environment and ClImate chAnge See more

EMPHASIS - Effects of marine pharmaceuticals in Zebrafish and ZFL cell line See more

ECO-R-Pharmplast - Ecotoxicity of realistic combinations of pharmaceutical drugs and microplastics in marine ecosystems See more

GOGOFROG: Alternative methods to animal experimentation for amphibian risk assessment: cell lines and spermatozoa See more

BioDepura - Development of methodologies for depuration of bivalve molluscs suitable to the physiological requirements of each species See more

MolBiPack – Improvement of the packaging, transport and packing of bivalve molluscs: from catch to marketing See more

MAXIAQUA - MAXimization of the strategies of control of a parasite in aquaculture of turbot See more

AquaMMIn - Development and validation of a modular integrated multitrophic aquaculture system for marine and brackish water species See more

COCKLES - Co-Operation for Restoring Cockle Shelfisheries and its Ecosystem Services in the Atlantic Area See more

ASARISAFE - Safety and sustainable management of valuable clam product in Portugal and China See more

ValorMar -Integral Valorization of Marine Resources: Potential, Technological Innovation and New Applications See more

SmartBioR - Smart Valorization of Biological Marine Resources See more

NANOBINDERS - biogenic polymeric NANOparticles functionalized to BIND metals for Eco-friendly applications: bioRemediation and bioSensors See more

WE-NEED - WatEr NEEDs, Availability, Quality and Sustainability See more

ALISSA - Healthy and sustainable food for aquaculture fish See more

NanoFASE- Nanomaterial FAte and Speciation in the Environment See more

LIFE LINES - Linear Infrastructure Networks with Ecological Solutions See more

AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies See more

FENOMENO–Fate and effect of wastewater-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems See more

DepurPlus - Optimization of marine bivalve mollusks purification process See more

RemAS - Magnetic nanoparticle- and biowaste-based strategies for remediation of salt water under multi-stressor conditions (inorganic and emerging pollutants): evaluation of ecological and human risk See more

SYNCHRONY - SYNergies between industry and sCientific ResearcH fOr a sustainable development of NanotechnologY See more

Generosi - CONtaminant-driven GENEtic ERosion: consequences on the viability of Amphibia populations See more

TPEA - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic See more

REpulse- Responses of Daphnia magna exposed to chemical pulses and mixtures throughout generations See more

LAGOONS - Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change See more

TEAM-Miño: tools for the evaluation, classification, managment and environmental education in estuaries See more

NanoFATE- Nanoparticle Fate Assessment and Toxicity in the Environment See more

PORTONOVO- Water Quality in Harbours. / 2009-1/119 See more

ARENA - Integrated ecological risk assessment of nanomaterials in temperate and tropical ecosystems See more

CAPTAR-Science and Environment for All See more

The combined use of biomarker and in situ Chironomus riparius bioassays to monitor environmental hazards of contaminants in Iberian rivers See more

Assessing the combined effects of chemical stressors and UV radiation on Daphnia magna See more

DisrupTox - Edaphic Endocrine Disruption Assessment Tool Box See more

AGROMIX- Mixture Toxicity evaluation in agricultural soils See more

TH/Asia-Link/016 - Linking the post-graduate education in aquaculture and aquatic resources management with its industries through internship programme See more

NOMIRACLE- Novel Methods for Integrated Risk Assessment of Cumulative Stressors in the Environment See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Sofia Ramos Tavares (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Sandrina Azevedo Rodrigues (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Joana Bastos Damásio (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Henrique Azevedo Pereira (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Salomé Menezes (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Raquel Agra (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Carla Filipa Calhôa (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Eva Lima Castro Oliveira (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Luísa Felgueiras de Brito Machado (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Maria dos Prazeres Rodrigues de Lima (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Patrícia Alexandra Dias Brito Palma (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Divaldo José da Costa Rezende (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Marco Lemos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ramiro Pastorinho (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Margarida Sardo (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): João Luís Teixeira Pestana (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Joaquim Macedo de Sousa (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Stefano Merlin (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Stefano Merlin (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Raquel Aparecida Mendes Lima (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Harith Farooq (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Milene Matos (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Miguel João Gonçalves dos Santos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Inês Marrazes de Lima (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Tânia Daniela da Silva Vidal (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Fabianne de Araújo Ribeiro (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Joanne Pérez (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Maria Pavlaki (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Nuno Gonçalo de Carvalho Ferreira (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Carolina Musso (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Maria José Amaral (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marta P. Castro-Ferreira (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): João Luís Teixeira Pestana (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marta Sofia Soares Craveiro Alves Monteiro Santos (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Sizenando Nogueira de Abreu (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Paula Inês Borralho Domingues (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Catarina Isabel Costa Simões Eira (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Reinier M. Mann (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): José Manuel Rodrigues (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Kieran Monaghan (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Luc Janssens de Bisthoven (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Almut Gerhardt (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marta Sofia Soares Craveiro Alves Monteiro Santos (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Vanessa Bezerra de Menezes Oliveira (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Carla Filipa Calhôa (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Ana Catarina Bastos (CESAM member)

Patents and Registered Trade Marks

Ciência com Impacto» (; Portuguese trade mark number 637658, registered and published in the «Boletim da Propriedade Industrial» of 2020/06/09. Owners: Amadeu Soares, Joaquim Pedro Ferreira e Paulo Caetano.

Equipment for the chromatic discrimination and counting of organisms», US patent number US20170322139A1, published and granted on 2020/03/17 (valid till 2035/10/27). Co-authors: Miguel Silva, Rui Martins, Amadeu Soares and Sizenando Abreu. The present disclosure relates to a device for chromatic discrimination and counting of organisms in a liquid medium with application to organisms belonging to the genus Daphnia, Ceriodaphnia, Artemia, as well as Collembola; or similar organisms. The device can be applied in the field of ecotoxicology and involves technologies in the areas of analytical instrumentation, electronics, computer science and biology.

Others (exam panels, scientific evaluations, etc):

Member of more than 100 exam panels for viva voice examinations (for MSc, PhD, Habilitation) and several for academic career assessment. Participated in 34 evaluation panels from research projects and grants, 19 international and 15 national. Member of the organising and scientiofic committees of more than 25 national and international congresses

Post-Graduate Research Supervision

research supervisor of 47 M.Sc. students, 31 Ph.D. students and 20 post-doctoral researchers, all concluded. Currently, supervisor several M.Sc, Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers. Five awards given to research students for their quality of work presented in international and national congresses.

Research projects

participation in several research projects funded by the European Commission (8 as coordinator), INTAS (as coordinator), as a consultant in other international projects, and several nationally funded projects (10 as coordinator).


1.Full Professor. Head of Department (October 2001 to 30th September 2019), Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Aveiro, Portugal 2. Deputy Director of CESAM (from 2004 to present) 3.Member of the Scientific Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed -FEEDAP, an advisory scientific committee to the European Food Safety Authority - EFSA (from July 2004 to June 2006) 4.Member of the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE), an advisory scientific committee to the European Commission – DG Health and Consumer Protection (from December 2000 to June 2004) 5.Chairman of the Scientific Council, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Aveiro, Portugal (from 2000 to 2002) 6.Member of the Scientific Committee of ECVAM - European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods, at the Joint Research Center of Ispra, Italy (from 1993 to 2000) 7.Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal (from 1996 to 2000) 8.Chairman of the “Instituto do Ambiente e Vida”, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal (from 1994 to 2000) 9.SETAC-Europe (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry): Council Member: 1993-1997; 2010-present; “Immediate Past-President” in 1996/97; President in 1995/96 and Vice-President in 1994/95

Academic Degrees

Habilitation for Full Professorship, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal, 1997 Ph.D. in Zoology, Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Univ. of Sheffield, UK, 1989 First degree in Biology, Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal, 1984

Research papers

See publication list of papers and citation metrics in or

SUMMARY: five books; more than 650 research papers published in international refereed journals. h index=54. Author/co-author of more than 300 oral and poster presentations, in workshops and national and international congresses (several by invitation). (see publication list of internationally peer reviewed research papers, including some papers from journals that are not included in the SCI, at the end of this cv).

five most cited papers (on december 2019) in ISI Web of Science

• Martin Holmstrup, Anne-Mette Bindesbø, Gertie Janneke Oostingh, Albert Duschl, Volker Schei, Heinz-R. Köhle, Susana Loureiro, Amadeu M.V.M. Soares, Abel L.G. Ferreira, Cornelia Kienle, Almut Gerhardt, Ryszard Laskowski, Paulina Kramarz, Mark Bayley, Claus Svendsen, David J. Spurgeon (2010) Interactions between effects of environmental chemicals and natural stressors: a review. Science of the Total Environment, 408(18): 3746-3762 - 349 citations, annual average: 32

 •  Guilhermino, L., M.C. Lopes, A.P. Carvalho & AMVM Soares (1996) Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity as effect criterion in acute tests with Daphnia magna. Chemosphere, 32: 727-738. - 201 citations, annual average: 8

•  Baird, D.J., I. Barber, M. Bradley, P. Calow & AMVM Soares (1989) The Daphnia bioassay: a critique. in: M. Munawar, G. Dixon, C.I. Mayfield, T. Reynoldson & M.H. Sadar (eds.). Hydrobiologia 188/189: 403-406. - 194 citations, annual average: 6

•  Guilhermino, L., P. Barros, M.C. Silva & AMVM Soares (2009) Acute effects of copper and mercury on the estuarine fish Pomatoschistus microps: Linking biomarkers to behaviour. Chemosphere, 76(10): 1416-1427. - 177 citations, annual average: 15

•  Guilhermino, L., P. Barros, M.C. Silva & AMVM Soares (1998) Should the use of inhibition of cholinesterases as a specific biomarker for organophosphate and carbamate pesticides be questioned? Biomarkers, 3(2): 157-163. - 174 citations, annual average: 8

five representative / relevant papers

•  Negrões N, Revilla E, Fonseca C, Soares AMVM, Jácomo ATA & Silveira L (2011) Private forest reserves can aid in preserving the community of medium and large-sized vertebrates in the Amazon arc of deforestation. Biodiversity and Conservation, 20 (3): 505-518 - [case study that demonstrates how the management of ecosystems might be beneficial for conservation actions - one of the first papers that resulted from the portuiguese-brasilian collaboration around the field station "ecotropical"-a 2500 ha cerrado field station located near Palmas, Tocantins, Brasil, with an accommodation capacity for up tp 30 students/reserachers] with no ISI web of science citations (in 31/12/2011).

•  Ferreira, ALG, S Loureiro & AMVM Soares (2008) Toxicity prediction of binary combinations of cadmium, carbendazim and low dissolved oxygen on Daphnia magna. Aquatic Toxicology, 89: 28-39. [appeared on the news, "The true toxicity of combined pollutants in freshwater",published in 25/09/2008 published by the European Commission at "Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service (see] - 16 citations in ISI web of science (in 31/12/2011).

•  Loureiro, S, Soares, AMVM & Nogueira, AJA (2007) Terrestrial avoidance behaviour tests as screening tool to assess soil contamination. Environmental Pollution, 138 (1): 121-131. [presents a new ecotoxicity assay, using avoidance behaviour as endpoint] - 46 citations in ISI web of science (in 31/12/2011).

•  Guilhermino, L., P. Barros, M.C. Silva & AMVM Soares (1998) Should the use of inhibition of cholinesterases as a specific biomarker for organophosphate and carbamate pesticides be questioned? Biomarkers, 3(2): 157-163. [Cited as an  example of applicability of acetilcholinesterase as a biomarker in ecotoxicological studies in the text book "Principles of Ecotoxicology", 2nd ed, CH Walker and colaborators, published in 2001 (ISBN 0-7484-0940-8)] - 100 citations in ISI web of science (in 31/12/2011).

•  Soares, AMVM, D.J. Baird & P. Calow (1992) Interclonal variation in the performance of Daphnia magna Straus in chronic bioassays. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 11(10):1477-1483. [Work described here illustrates the section "Using Population Dynamics to Assess the Impact of Pollutants" of the text book «Ecology: Concepts and Applications», 4th Edition, by M.C.Molles Jr., ISBN: 039075157X, págs. 250 e 251] - 65 citations in ISI web of science (in 31/12/2011).

Scientific Awards

Received the following individual awards:

2004: One of the 73 Portuguese scientists awarded with the “Estímulo à Excelência” Award, given by the Portuguese Minister of Science, in November 2004, as a recognition for the merit of the scientific career (the only Portuguese scientist from the Ecology field to receive this award, in 2004)

2007: SETAC Special Award, for the outstanding contribution for the environmental society.

2010: Galardão Gulbenkian/Oceanário de Lisboa: Sustainable Governance of the Oceans.

2013: SETAC-Europe Environmental Education Award, for his contribution to the dissemination and education, in particular at the post-graduate level, in the area of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Biology.

2015: top-30 in the Toxicology ranking LabTimes: in the top-30 of european reserachers most cited in the broad area of Toxicology, for the works published between 2005 and 2011; the Lasb Times ranking uses as source the data of ISI Web of Knowledge.


Main Research Interests

Ecotoxicology – Terrestrial and Aquatic; Wildlife Management; Ecology. Tropical and Wetlands Management. Estuarine and Coastal Zones.
Descriptors: Laboratory and in situ ecotoxicology methods; bioavailability; biomarkers; genetics and environmental stress; alternative methods in toxicology; habitat fragmentation.

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


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