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CESAM researcher awarded with Luiz Saldanha / Ken Tenore 2012 grant

Maria da Luz Fernandes, researcher at DAO and CESAM, was awarded with a grant Luiz Saldanha / Ken Tenore 2012, in the area of Sea Strategy and Policies. For three months, she will integrate the team of specialists of the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, under the scientific supervision of Robbin Peach, from that institution, and Fatima Lopes Alves, researcher of DAO.


Interview with CESAM PhD student Roberto Martins

Martins is a biologist and researcher at CESAM. He is currently completing his PhD on Marine Biology namely on the identification and characterisation of organisms that inhabit the depths of the Portuguese continental shelf.
Read the interview.

Ana Sofia Reboleira, CESAM researcher, discovers another species

The new pseudoscorpion genus Lusoblothrus of the family Syarinidae was described from a cave in the Algarve region, southern Portugal, to accommodate L. aenigmaticus.
This discovery emphasizes the relevance of the Algarve region as a hotspot for relictual hypogean fauna within the Iberian Peninsula.

Susana Loureiro is the Research of the month of the UA

Susana Loureiro is a researcher at the department of Biology and CESAM. She has received her Ph.D in Biology, in 2004 by the University of Aveiro and her research activity focuses on Ecotoxicology, Environmental Contamination and Risks.
Nowadays she is the coordinator of three projects financed by FCT (through national funding and FEDER/COMPETE) and she is the WP leader for Ecotoxicology of the FP7 EU project NanoFATE.

Interview: http://www.ua.pt/research/PageText.aspx?id=16268

'Biosfera' highlights CESAM research

CESAM research on
 soil erosion (then, 'land degradation') risk assessment following wildfires was highlighted in the RTP2 programme 'Biosfera', edition of November 20, 2012.

Link: http://www.rtp.pt/programa/tv/p24778/c99663

ECOSAL ATLANTIS project in the Ria de Aveiro

In the framework of the
ECOSAL ATLANTIS project, under the activity 'Biodiversity and Eco-Tourism',  were implemented islands in the Santiago da Fonte salt pan, in order to support the breeding birds of the Ria de Aveiro ecosystem.

Site: http://ecosal-atlantis.ua.pt/

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance Using Crystallography and Computation by CESAM researchers

Scientists at the University of Bristol, together with collaborators at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, have solved the structure of an enzyme that breaks down carbapenems, antibiotics 'of last resort' which, until recently, were kept in reserve for serious infections that failed to respond to other treatments. This study was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

More details: http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....biology%29

Prof. Carlos Fonseca renamed by the National Commission on Trophies Certification

The National Commission on
Trophies Certification (Hunting), which operates under the responsibility of the National Forestry Authority, includes in its composition ten personalities of recognized scientific and technical merit, including Carlos Fonseca. This member of CESAM and professor of DBio is author of several scientific papers in the areas of Wildlife Ecology and Management and Conservation and Management of Animal Populations and Ecosystems.

More details: https://www.ua.pt/uaonline/detail.asp?c=25161

CESAM paper is one of the most downloaded in the "Atmospheric Environment"

CESAM paper "Indoor and outdoor characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds in city centre and suburban elementary schools of Aveiro, Portugal" figures on the list of most downloaded articles of the journal "Atmospheric Environment".
This study investigated pollutant concentrations in and outside school buildings at different locations (city centre and suburban) in Aveiro, Portugal, between April and June 2010. This article
is of the utmost importance as pollutants inside school buildings may affect children's health and influence learning performance and attendance.

Paper published by CESAM's researchers is Editors' Choice in Biomedcentral

Published on  October 15th it has already been accessed by 1100 people, and originated several press releases, including a german newspaper and the scientific blog, science 20.

The study, which will be published on «BMC Evolutionary Biology» is focused on guppies (Poecilia reticulata), those small fishes that are usually present in home aquariums. 
The sexual behaviour of this species is the main question under study, and the results presented have already given raise to some controversy, originating several comments as soon as it was published online.

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