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CESAM PhD student awarded in the International Congress of Aquaculture

PhD student of CESAM, Miguel Costa Leal, received the prize for the best poster presented by a student in the International Congress of aquaculture, AQUA2012, held in Prague, Czech Republic.
The work entitled "Culture of the tropical sea anemone Aiptasia pallida: biomass production, propagation rates and fatty acid profile" is focused on the production of tropical sea anemones. The addressed issues are related to the most conducive environmental conditions for the cultivation of this anemone and tropical nudibranchs with high interest for ornamental purposes and for the production of bioactive compounds with high pharmaceutical potential.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24802

NanoFATE project highlighted in the journal 'International Innovation'

NanoFATE project, funded by the European Commission (FP7), is a multidisciplinary project with 12 partners from 9 countries, which was designed to improve and implement the knowledge and methodologies for a more accurate and consistent environmental risks related to the presence of nanoparticles (NPs). In this context it will be assessed the fate and distribution of NPs which are produced and used in large scale and whose recycling is not an option, such as those present in fuels, personal care products and antibacterial compounds.

At the two-year mark NanoFATE has delivered some significant information and, for that reason, the project has now highlighted in the 'International Innovation' journal, published on 6 August (http://www.research-europe.com.....index.html). In this edition, the project coordinator, Dr Claus Svendsen, presents the possible environmental problems inherento t NPs, the scientific collaboration established within the consortium, and the results obtained so far.

CESAM project highlighted in Portuguese media

Carcace project (Colonization of mammal carcasses in the deep Atlantic Ocean ) of CESAM's researcher Ana Hilario was highlighted in the journal 'Visão Junior' - September 2012.
The project's main objective is to assess deep-sea community response to intense pulses of organic falls and their importance as sulphide-rich habitat islands at the Atlantic Ocean deep-sea floor. For this purpose, during last year, two mammal carcasses were deployed in two sites where cetaceans naturally occur, the Setubal canyon and the Sao Jorge Channel. Recently, ROV Luso captured the first images of what remains of this organic matter deposit.

News in the 'Publico' neswpaper: http://ecosfera.publico.pt/noticia.aspx?id=1560294

1st edition of the PhD programme DO*Mar starts in September

The PhD programme  in Marine Science, Technology and Management (DO*Mar) was born within the Campus do Mar International Campus of Excellence, as a result of the initiative of the three Galician universities and those from the North of Portugal (Aveiro, Minho and Tras os Montes e Alto Douro), the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), to create an International Postgraduate School of Excellence that offers PhD programmes with a global vision and multiannual planning.
This international and cross-border programme will start in September and intends to attract many overseas students, who consider the institutional grouping created around the Campus do Mar as their preferred destination for a Master’s degree and/or PhD degree.

The Registration period is now opened!

More details: http://campusdomar.es/?page_id=2361

João Serôdio is the Research of the month of the UA

João Serôdio, currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and member of the CESAM, is the the Research of the Month of the University of Aveiro.
João Serôdio received his Ph.D in Biology (Ecology and Biosystematics), in 1999 by the University of Lisbon. Currently he is coordinating a Marie Curie Action IRSES (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme), financed by FP7. The project is entitled SYMBIOCoRe- Synergies through Merging BIOlogical and biogeochemical expertise in COral Research, involving universities and research institutes from 6 countries and foreseeing the mobility of 35 researchers, 9 of them from the Department of Biology.

Interview: http://www.ua.pt/research/PageText.aspx?id=15840

Invertebrates community discovered in the world’s deepest cave

The CESAM researcher Sofia Reboleira integrated the expedition to world’s deepest cave,
Krubera-Voronja in Western Caucasus in 2010. This expedition revealed an interesting subterranean community, living below 2000 meters and represented by more than 12 species of arthropods, including several new species for science. The results were recently published in the International Journal of Speleology.

News: http://ecosfera.publico.pt/noticia.aspx?id=1557255 and http://www.cienciapt.net/pt/in.....Itemid=279

O regresso dos bichos - VISÃO/SIC Report

The report VISÃO Portugal 'O regresso dos bichos', a partnership SIC/Vision, highlighted the work of the researchers of the Wildlife Unit of the Department of Biology and CESAM.
With the desertification, the rural exodus and the abandonment of fields, many animals recouped its territory and slowly reconstruct their colonies, habitats and ecosystems. CESAM researchers described the behavior of some of the studied animals: Egyptian mongooses, otters and bucks.

More details: http://visao.sapo.pt/o-regress.....ia=f677375

Endangered fish and Short-toed Eagle observed in Buçaco by CESAM researchers

A small fish
endangered and endemic (exclusive) of the Iberian Peninsula was observed in the water lines within the National Forest of Bussaco by CESAM researchers, belonging to the Wildlife Unit of the Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro, who are in charge of monitoring Buçaco´s wildlife. This was not the only notable observation in Buçaco during fieldwork last week. The Short-toed Eagle, a species with status 'near threatened' was also observed in the Mata sky.

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CESAM paper featured in Environmental Research Web site

A reseach team of International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis and Portugal's University of Aveiro used Google Insights for Search to analyse corn (maize) planting and harvesting data in the US state-by-state and week-by-week.
The results of this work, published in Environmental Research Letters, highlight the future potential of using Web search data to derive planting dates in countries where the data are sparse or unreliable, once sufficient search volumes are realized, as well as the potential for monitoring in real time the response of farmers to climate change over the coming decades.

News: http://environmentalresearchwe.....news/50121

CESAM Research highlighted in the framework of colaboration with "Campus do Mar"

To know the biodiversity and functioning of sea bed inhabitants, and to find out the impact that activities such trawling, undersea mining, and the abundance of waste have over them, is the purpose of the Professor of the new Campus do Mar PhD Program (DO*MAR) which will be taught from next academic year 2012-2013 and will lead to a qualification endorsed by 6 universities, Marina Ribeiro da Cunha, also researcher and professor of the Department of Biology and CESAM of the University of Aveiro.
Interview: http://campusdomar.es/?post_ty.....amp;p=2499