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  Rita Carina Saraiva Silva Bicho  
  Phone: 96 8409272  
  e-mail: ritabicho@ua.pt  
  Category: PhD student  
  Department: Biology  
  Research group: Stress Biology
 
ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Bicho RC) AND AD=(Aveiro) Researcher ID: B-5918-2014; ORCID: 0000-0003-3105-5883  
  Direct URL for this page: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/ritabicho  
     
  Thesis title: “longINg_nano: long term and multIgeNerational effects of nanomaterials in terrestrial invertebrates”
  Supervisor: Doutora Mónica Amorim; Doctor Janeck Scott-Fordsmand
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: SFRH/BD/102702/2014
  Start date: 2015-02-01
  End date: 2019-02-01
Academic degrees

2005 - Licenciatura Degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries. Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Algarve, Portugal. (Supervisor: Professor Jousefina Coucelo; Co-Supervisor: Doctor Natércia Joaquim)Thesis: Bicho RC. (2005). Levels of metals, antioxidant enzymes and lipid peroxidation in the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the Sultanate of Oman (Arabian Sea). University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.


2009 - MSc. Degree in Biotechnology. Faculty of Engineering and Natural Resources, University of Algarve, Portugal. (Supervisor: Professor Deborah Power, Co-Supervisor: Professor Adelino Canário) Thesis: Bicho RC (2008). Effects of Sodium Hypochlorite on bone development and thyroid axis on Oreochromis mossambicus. University of Algarve, Portugal.

Scientific Positions



    • Reserach Technician (BI/UI88/4494/2014) (Ecotoxicology). 2014-2015. Centre of Studies for Environment and Marine (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal. European Comission Funded Project: SUN- SUstainable Nanotecnologies (FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7).



    • Research Technician (BI/UI88/4494/2012) (Ecotoxicology). 2012-2013. Centre of Studies for Environment and Marine (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal.  FCT Funded Project: FUBIA: Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship And regional variation (PTDC/AACCLI/103719/2008).

    • Research Technician (BTIC/UI88/4494/2009) (Ecotoxicology). 2009-2011. Centre of Studies for Environment and Marine (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal.  FCT Funded Project: Lacertid Lizards as Bioindicators of Pesticide Exposure and Toxicity in intensive market garden agriculture (PTDC/AMB/64497/2006).

    • Project Leader (Marine Conservation). 2008.Project:ONG SOS Tartarugas / International Project (Protection, Conservation and Ecotourism Project for Sea Turtles in Salt Island, Cape Verde, West Africa). Duties: Team Leader, Liaison with government entities, and Ecotourism tasks.

    • Research Technician (Ecotoxicology). 2007-2008.Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Portugal. FCT funded Project: The establishment of a fish model for the study of potential endocrine disrupting chemicals in vertebrates.

    • Marine Ecology Intern (Ecotoxicology). 2003. Project: Accumulation of heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in mangroves in the Sultanate of Oman. Based at the Marine Pollution & Coastal Zone Management Section of the Directorate General of Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of Environment of Oman, in collaboration with the Directorate General of Nature Conservation of the same Ministry, and the Department of Biology of the College of Sciences of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

    • Field Assistant (Marine Conservation). 2001. University of Las Palmas, Spain.Project: Natura 2000 / EU Funded (Conservation of the biggest population ofloggerhead (Caretta caretta) in the West Coast of Africa, in the Republic of Cape Verde).



Area of Scientific Activity

  • Soil ecotoxicology

  • Nanotoxicology

  • Ecotoxicogenomics: microarrays and PCR

  • Reptile ecotoxicology

  • Marine conservation

Advance Courses

  • Topics on Environmental Mixture Toxicity”. University of Aveiro, Portugal, on the 15-19 June (40hours) 2009.

  • Practical Approach to Ecotoxicogenomics”. University of Aveiro, Portugal, on the 29 June to 3 July (40 hours) 2009.

  • Natural Patterns obtained by Regression Techniques”. Course on Exploratory Statistics, University of Evora, on the 20-25 July (40 hours) 2009.

  • “Marine Conservation and Conservation and Biology of Sea Turtles”. Duke University, North Carolina, USA, on the 1-31 August (40hours per week) 2006.

Scientific Supervision
Projecto final de licenciatura (Main Supervisor): Carla Alexandra Teixeira
(not a CESAM member)



Projects
NM-OREO: using a NM-(bio)molecule cOrona approach to undeRstand the mEchanisms of tOxicity - a systems biology environment impact study [see details]

SUN- SUstainable Nanotecnologies [see details]

FUBIA: Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship And regional variation [see details]

Publications
  1. Bicho R.C., Santos F.C.F., Scott-Fordsmand J.J., Amorim M.J.B. (2017) Effects of copper oxide nanomaterials (CuONMs) are life stage dependent - full life cycle in Enchytraeus crypticus. Environmental Pollution. 224, 117-124. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749116323788
  2. Bicho, R.C., Santos, F.C.F, Scott-Fordsmand, J.J. and Amorim, M.J.B. (2017) Multigenerational effects of copper nanomaterials (CuONMs) are different of those of CuCl2: exposure in the soil invertebrate Enchytraeus crypticus. Scientific Reports. 7, (see details) ISI paper
    Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-08911-0
  3. Roelofs D., Bicho R.C., de Boer T.E., Castro-Ferreira M.P., Montagne-Wajer K., van Gestel C.A.M., Soares A.M.V.M., van Straalen N.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2016) MECHANISMS OF PHENANTHRENE TOXICITY IN THE SOIL INVERTEBRATE, ENCHYTRAEUS CRYPTICUS. Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry. 35, 11, 2713-2720. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.3433/abstract;jsessionid=...
  4. Bicho R.C., Ribeiro T., Rodrigues N.P., Scott-Fordsmand J.J., Amorim M.J.B. (2016) Effects of Ag nanomaterials (NM300K) and Ag salt (AgNO3) can be discriminated in a full life cycle long term test with Enchytraeus crypticus. Journal Of Hazardous Materials. 318, 608-614. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.07.040
  5. Bicho R.C., Soares A.M.V.M., Nogueira H.I.S., Amorim M.J.B. (2016) Effects of europium polyoxometalate encapsulated in silica nanoparticles (nanocarriers) in soil invertebrates. Journal Of Nanoparticle Research. 18, 12, (see details) ISI paper
  6. Bicho R.C., Gomes S.I.L., Soares A.M.V.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Non-avoidance behaviour in enchytraeids to boric acid is related to the GABAergic mechanism. Environmental Science And Pollution Research. 22, 9, 6898-6903. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Goncalves M.F.M., Bicho R.C., Rema A., Soares A.M.V.M., Faustino A.M.R., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Development of an embryotoxicity test for Enchytraeus crypticus - The effect of Cd. Chemosphere. 139, 386-392. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.07.021
  8. Bicho R.C., Santos F.C.F., Goncalves M.F.M., Soares A.M.V.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Enchytraeid Reproduction Test(PLUS): hatching, growth and full life cycle test-an optional multi-endpoint test with Enchytraeus crypticus. Ecotoxicology. 24, 5, 1053-1063. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Bicho R.C., Amaral M.J., Faustino A.M.R., Power D.M., Rêma A., Carretero M.A., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2013) Thyroid disruption in the lizard Podarcis bocagei exposed to a mixture of herbicides: A field study. Ecotoxicology. 22, 1, 156-165. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Amaral M.J., Carretero M.A., Bicho R.C., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2012) The use of a lacertid lizard as a model for reptile ecotoxicology studies: Part 1 - Field demographics and morphology. Chemosphere. 87, 7, 757-764. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Amaral M.J., Bicho R.C., Carretero M.A., Sanchez Hernandez J.C. , Faustino A.M.R., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2012) The usefulness of mesocosms for ecotoxicity testing with lacertid lizards. Acta Herpetologica. 7, 2, 263-280. (see details) ISI paper
  12. Amaral M.J., Sanchez-Hernandez J.C., Bicho R.C., Carretero M.A., Valente R., Faustino A.M.R., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2012) Biomarkers of exposure and effect in a lacertid lizard (Podarcis bocagei Seoane) exposed to chlorpyrifos. Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry. 31, 10, 2345-2353. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: DOI: 10.1002/etc.1955
  13. Amaral MJ, Bicho RC, Carretero MA, Sanchez-Hernandez JC, Faustino AMR, Soares AMVM, Mann RM (2012) he use of a lacertid lizard as a model for reptile ecotoxicology studies: part 2--biomarkers of exposure and toxicity among pesticide exposed lizards. Chemosphere. 87, 7, 765-774. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22349063
  14. García-Muñoz E, Guerrero F, Bicho RC, Parra G (2011) Effects of Ammonium Nitrate on Larval Survival and Growth of Four Iberian Amphibians. Bulletin Of Environmental Contamination And Toxicology. 87, 16-20. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Bicho, R. C. (2009) Effects of Sodium Hypochlorite on bone development and thyroid axis on Oreochromis mossambicus. . (see details)
  2. Bicho R. C. (2005) Levels of metals, antioxidant enzymes and lipid peroxidation in the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the Sultanate of Oman (Arabian Sea). (see details)
  1. Rita C. Bicho, Micael F.M. Gonçalves, Mónica J.B. Amorim (2016) Development of novel tools for environmental health assessment – - fast screening for long term effects. (see details)
  2. Rita C. Bicho, Soares, A.M.V.M., Helena I.S. Nogueira, Mónica J.B. Amorim (2016) (No-)Effects of Polyoxometalates Encapsulated in Silica Nanoparticles in the soil invertebrate Enchytraeus crypticus . (see details)
  3. Rita C. Bicho, Fátima C. F. Santos, Micael F. M. Gonçalves, Amadeu M.V. M. Soares, Mónica J.B. Amorim (2015) Novel endpoints for the Enchytraeid Reproduction Test - hatching, growth, full life cycle - to estimate population dynamics. (see details)
  4. Rita C. Bicho, Micael Gonçalves, Fátima Santos, Amadeu M.V. M. Soares, Mónica M. J.B. Amorim (2013) Enchytraeid Reproduction TestPLUS - Upgrade to the standard with Enchytraeus crypticus: hatching and growth parameters and full life cycle test (Poster presentation). (see details)
  5. Pitanga F., Oliveira R., Domingues I., Moura M., Bicho R.C., Soares A.M.V.M. (2011) Effects of sodium hipochlorite in different trophic levels (Poster presentation). (see details)
  6. Amaral M.J., Bicho R.C., Carretero M.A., Sanchez-Hernandez J.C., Valente R., Faustino A.M.R., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2011) Multi-endpoint assessment of the effects of chlorpyrifos ingestion in a lacertid lizard (Podarcis bocagei) (Platform presentation). (see details)
  7. Amaral, M.J., Carretero, M.A., Sanchez-Hernandez, J.C., Bicho, R.C., Soares, A.M.V.M., Mann, R.M. (2010) Respuesta de biomarcadores bioquímicos en el lacértido Podarcis bocagei expuesto a clorpirifós (Poster presentation). (see details)
  8. Amaral, M. J., Carretero, M.A., Guarino, F.M., Bicho, R.C., Soares, A.M.V.M., Mann, R.M (2010) Effects of field-exposure to agricultural pesticides in the lacertid lizard, Podarcis bocagei (Poster presentation). (see details)
  9. Duarte, R.V., Amaral, M.J., Bicho, R.C., Soares, A.M.V.M., Carretero, M.A. (2010) Efeitos dos pesticidas no comportamento predatório de Podarcis bocagei: campo, mesocosmo e laboratório como situações de exposição (Poster presentation). (see details)
  10. Amaral, M.J., Carretero, M.A., Bicho, R.C., Soares, A.M.V.M., Mann, R.M. (2010) Effects of field-exposure to agricultural pesticides in the lacertid lizard Podarcis bocagei (Platform presentation). (see details)
  11. Bicho, R.C., Amaral, M.J., Faustino, A.M.R., Duarte, R.V., Rêma, A., Carretero, M.A., Soares, A.M.V.M., Mann, R.M. (2010) Effects of field-exposure to agricultural pesticides on thyroid and on testis in the lacertid lizard, Podarcis bocagei: A histopathological study (Poster presentation). (see details)
  12. Amaral M.J., Carretero M.A., Guarino F.M., Bicho R.C., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2009) A comprehensive approach to reptile ecotoxicology in Europe using lacertids as sentinel organisms: population dynamics and demography (Poster presentation). (see details)
  13. Amaral M.J., Carretero M.A., Guarino F.M., Bicho R.C., Soares A.M.V.M., Mann R.M. (2009) A comprehensive approach to reptile ecotoxicology in Europe using lacertids as sentinel organisms: population level effects (Poster presentation). (see details)
  14. Mendonça V.M., Bicho R.C., Al Saady S.M. (2008) Where did the loggerhead Caretta caretta nesting female population of Masirah Island (Arabian Sea) go? (Poster presentation). (see details)
  15. Bicho R.C., Joaquim N., Mendonça V.M., Kiyumi A.A., Mahmoud I.Y., Al Kindi A.A . (2006) Levels of metals, antioxidant enzymes and lipid peroxidation in the green turtle, Sultanate of Oman, Arabian Sea (Platform presentation). (see details)
  16. Mendonça .V.M, Bicho R.C., Al Kiyumi A.A., Al Jabri M.M. (2005) Occurrence of mutant hatchlings in a population of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the NW Indian Ocean (Poster presentation). (see details)
  17. Bicho R.C., Mendonça V.M., Al Kiyumi A.A., Al Habsi A., Al Kindi A. (2005) Accumulation in livers and excretion through eggs of heavy metals in a nesting population of green turtles Chelonia mydas in the NW Indian Ocean (Poster presentation). (see details)
  18. Mendonça V.M., Bicho R.C., Al Sariri T. (2004) Distribution and ecology of the giant tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) in the Sultanate of Oman (Poster presentation). (see details)
  19. Bicho R.C., Mendonça V.M., Al Muzaini M. (2004) Levels of petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals in limpets (Celana rota) in the Sultanate of Oman (Poster presentation). (see details)
  20. Bicho R.C., Mendonça V.M., Al Kiyumi (2004) Accumulation of hydrocarbons in the liver of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the Sultanate of Oman (Poster presentation). (see details)
  21. Rita C. Bicho, Susana I. L. Gomes, Amadeu M. V. M. Soares, Mónica J. B. Amorim Non-avoidance behaviour to boric acid can be related with the GABAergic mechanism in soil invertebrates. (see details)
  22. R. C. Bicho, M. J. Amaral, A. M. R. Faustino, R. V. Duarte, A. Rêma, M. A. Carretero, A. M. V. M. Soares, R. M. Mann Effects of field-exposure to agricultural pesticides on thyroid and testis in the lizard, Podarcis bocagei: A histopathological study. (see details)