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  Sara Daniela Azevedo Costa  
  Phone: 914228593  
  e-mail: sdcosta@ua.pt  
  Category: PhD student  
  Department: Biology  
  Research group: Functional Biodiversity
  Direct URL for this page: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/sdcosta  
  Thesis title: Resilience of natural populations of amphibians living under a changing world: the role played by its skin microbiome
  Supervisor: Dra. Isabel Maria Cunha Antunes Lopes, Dra. Paula Vasconcelos Morais
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: PD/BD/113605/2015
  Start date: 2015-09-01
  End date: 2019-08-31

2015-Present: PhD Student in Biology and Ecology of Global Alterations, University of Aveiro.

2013: Master in Applied Ecology, University of Aveiro.

2011: Degree in Biology, University of Porto.

Professional Activities /Research experience

2014: Captive amphibian husbandry and captive breeding for Ecotoxicological purpouse;

2014: Reseach fellow on the Project GENEROSI-CONtaminant-driven GENEtic ERosionconsequences on the viability of Amphibia populations (PTDC/BIC/3488/2012);

2011: Internship on the Project "Study of phylogeographic patterns of selected herpetofauna in the Mediterranean Basin" (BII/CIBIO/INTBIO/2009)

2010: PEEC - Program of Extra-Curricular Internship: "Effects of climate change and water acidification on the morphology and behavior of the green crab Carcinus maenas (Crustacea: Portunidae)"

Research field and interests

Amphibian and Microbiol Ecotoxicology; Ecology Environmental Microbiology; Genetic Diversity; Amphibians' Disease Risk Assessment; Husbandry and Amphibian Conservation



2015: Seed Grant for the project: "Ecotoxicological Studies as a Tool on Amphibians' Disease Risck Assessment" from Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) and Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA);

2011: Integration Research Grant (BII) (BII/CIBIO/INTBIO/2009) "Study of phylogeographic patterns of selected herpetofauna in the Mediterranean Basin" from FCT.

GOGOFROG: Alternative methods to animal experimentation for amphibian risk assessment: cell lines and spermatozoa [see details]

  1. Costa S., Lopes I., Proenca D.N., Ribeiro R., Morais P.V. (2016) Diversity of cutaneous microbiome of Pelophylax perezi populations inhabiting different environments. Science Of The Total Environment. 572, 995-1004. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Perera A., Sampaio F., Costa S., Salvi D., Harris D.J. (2012) Genetic variability and relationships within the skinks Eumeces algeriensis and Eumeces schneideri using mitochondrial markers. African Journal Of Herpetology. 61, 1, 69-80. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Costa S., Fasola E., Santos B., Moutinho A., Costa N., Lopes I (2015) Ecotoxicological studies as a tool on amphibians’ disease risk assessment. Froglog. 23, 6-7. (see details)
  1. Costa S., Félix C., da Costa J.P., Rocha-Santos T.A.P., Esteves A.C., Alves A., Lopes I. (2017) Interactions of environmental stressors with the amphibian pathogen Saprolegnia australis. (see details)
  2. Venâncio C, Fasola E, Costa S, Lopes I (2016) Skin bacterial community metabolic activity compared between males, females and juveniles of the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra sub. sp. gallaica). (see details)
  3. Sara Costa Amphibians, microbes & Co. (see details)
  1. Costa S., Lopes I., Proença D.N., Ribeiro R., Morais P.V. (2017) Can environmental factors influence amphibian’s skin bacterial shield? . (see details)
    Link: http://atlasofscience.org/can-environmental-factors-influence-amphibians...