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CESAM/UA, Universidade de Southampton and CCMAR / Universidade do Algarve biologist takes his research to England Parliament


Rui Vieira, 29, a PhD student at School of Ocean and Earth Sciences (University of Southampton), Departamento de Biologia & CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, and CCMAR/Universidade do Algarve, hailing from Marinha Grande (Portugal), attended Parliament to present his biological research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

Rui’s poster on research about fisheries impact on deep-sea ecosystems will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind. Rui was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

On presenting his research in Parliament, he said, “science and society should, more than ever, be linked. SET for Britain is an excellent opportunity to bring our work to the society and policy-makers. I hope to contribute to change a bit the way we look at marine ecosystems, particularly the deep sea, which we still know very little about, but also to exchange some ideas with MPs about this issue.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society and the Council for Mathematical Sciences, with financial support from Essar, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Bank of England and the Society of Chemical Industry.

Special issue of “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” edited by CESAM member


Mónica Amorim, Researcher of CESAM, was the guest editor of the special Issue "Environmental Fate and Effect of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials" published in the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”

This Special Issue published already 15 papers and focused on the effects of NMs in biological systems and their risk assessment in the environment and complex media.

See the editorial: Amorim, M.J.B. The Daunting Challenge of Ensuring Sustainable Development of Nanomaterials. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 245. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/2/245

Biologist of UA/CESAM is coordinator of the Wildlife Unit


Carlos Fonseca reappointed in the National Commission for Trophy Homologation 

Carlos Fonseca, Researcher of DBio, University of Aveiro (UA), was reappointed by the Secretary of State for Forestry and Rural Development, Amândio Torres, to the National Commission for Trophy Homologation (NCTH). Carlos Fonseca is coordinator of the Wildlife Unit in Aveiro Academy and has devoted much of his work to the monitoring of populations of ungulates (deer, roe deer, wild boar, ibex, deer and mouflon) in Portugal.
This reappointment is also the public recognition of the Researcher and Lecturer at the UA, for his extensive work at national and international level in the management of hunting resources, including populations of species of large game and their habitats.

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CESAM Researchers published feature article in the journal "Mammalian Biology"


Mongoose is the prominent species in the latest number of Mammalian Biology journal. The Photography is from Tania Barros, CESAM Researcher, and refers to one of the studies as part of its doctoral thesis supervised by Prof. Carlos Fonseca, held at the University of Aveiro, which culminated in this publication. ”Mitochondrial demographic history of the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), an expanding carnivore in the Iberian Peninsula” is the featured article in the March Editions of Mammalian Biology journal and had the participation of researchers from the University of Aveiro, University of Montpellier and the University Evora. By mitochondrial DNA analysis, the authors detected that the distribution of genetic diversity in the Iberian population reflects a pattern of historical diversity of subpopulations of southern Iberian Peninsula, as well as the presence of long-distance migrants from several southern source populations that had dispersed to colonize the center and north of the territory. Other tools used in this study also allowed a better understanding of the relationship between the genetic diversity of the Egyptian mongoose standards with its rapid expansion in the Iberian Peninsula in recent years, being mainly influenced by changes in land use and climate variations.

This work was supported by numerous institutions, including the Foundation for Science and Technology, National Museum of Natural History in Paris, INIAV, IP, INIAV, IP., ICNF, FENCAÇA, ANPC and CNCP.

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UA provides technical training in Angola in the planning area and sea management


Fátima Lopes Alves, Professor of Department of Environment and Planning and Researcher of CESAM, was in Luanda (Angola) to enable the technical body of various Angolan ministries in the area of ​​planning and integrated management of ocean and coastal zone. The invitation came from the German institution GIZ and from the Commission of the Benguela Current, responsible for international project MARISMA.

The large marine ecosystems of Benguela Current (BCLME) extend along the coast of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The MARISMA project - Spatial Management and Governance) is a regional initiative funded by Germany (through GIZ) to the Commission of the Benguela Current with a duration of five years (08/2014 - 04/2020). This project is directed to the present Commission Benguela Current, to its member States Angola, Namibia and South Africa and other stakeholders in the governance and management of the marine environment, including marine biodiversity and natural resources of BCLME. The main focus of the project is to develop, at different levels, technical and technological capacity to implement and institutionalize the "Planning of the Marine Area" and to identify the Biological Marine Areas and Ecologically Significant in this region of Africa.

Fatima Lopes Alves belonged to the core of coordination responsible for preparing the Maritime Spatial Planning Plan in Portugal, promoted by the Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning (2008 - 2011) and was responsible at UA for the TPEA project - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic, financed by DG MARE (CE 2012-2014).

Study led by researcher Ana Claudia Dias from the Department of Environment and Planning and CESAM reveals that the cork industry helps mitigate climate change


The use of cork products, in addition to being trendy and serve the national economy, contributes to remove atmospheric gases with greenhouse effect. The results of the study coordinated by the University of Aveiro (UA), the first in the country to quantify the carbon footprint of the cork industry, leaves no doubt as to the ecological powers of the cork oak and the ecosystem that surrounds it: for each cork ton produced, more than 73 tons of carbon dioxide are captured, equivalent to the emissions of that gas released to go about 450,000 kilometers by car.

"This work has given the cork sector information and tools that enable support decision-making with respect to practices that can optimize the carbon footprint of the sector and strengthen the role of industry as an important element in mitigating climate change," says Ana Cláudia Dias.

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Opinion of Frank Verheijen and Ana Catarina Bastos published in Nature - CESAM researchers defend changes of transnational soils policy


As the end of the International Year of Soils approaches, UA researchers argue, in a Nature Correspondence, for transnational soil policies

Soils form the nexus of the rock-water-air-life interface on our planet. The way that soils are managed has important implications for the ecosystems that they literally support. At the same time, soil management plays a crucial role beyond its physical boundaries in regulating the quality of our water and air, including climate change, human health and food security. Nevertheless, the main reason why transnational soil policy lags behind policies for air and water is a persistent idea that soil ‘do not move’ and therefore should be dealt with locally only, as discussed in a recent Nature opinion paper by Luca Montanarella of the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

UA and CESAM researchers Frank Verheijen (DAO) and Ana Catarina Bastos (DBio) co-authored a Nature correspondence where they present a case for the transnational reach of soils. They call for the ‘local only’ argument to be buried and urge policy makers to include soils to effectively deal with global challenges.

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Opinion of Alfredo Rocha, Researcher at the Department of Physics and CESAM - The Science of Climate Change - The Conference of Paris ... and then?


Alfredo Rocha, Climatology expert at the University of Aveiro, explains what is at stake at the Conference on the United Nations Climate Change, taking place in Paris, and leaves a certainty, "the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gas effect will increase during coming decades and climate changes will be felt over a longer period". The damage is done but our immediate action could mitigate the trend.

The Climate Change Conference of the United Nations 2015 (cop21) runs between November 30 and December 11, 2015 in Paris. The main objective of this conference is to reach an international agreement on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to be implemented by 2020 in order to limit to + 2°C the increase in average global temperature at the earth's surface in 2100 relative to its value in the pre-industrial era. This limit is a value above which irreversible changes occur in the environment and a larger and longer dependence on mitigation technologies such as bioenergy and the capture / storage of carbon.

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Research team from dbio-CESAM at UA in the EU HORIZON 2020 project NanoFASE


NanoFASE- Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment is a new EU HORIZON 2020 project coordinated by Dr. Claus Svendsen (NERC-CEH) that started on the 1st of September 2015. NanoFASE has marked the start of a 4-year collaboration in Oct. 2015, with a kick-off meeting, gathering representatives from many of our 42 partners. Over the course of 3 days, NanoFASE scientists from many disciplines got to know each other. The consortium mapped out how the highly diverse contributions will smoothly integrate in order to elucidate the environmental fate and speciation of engineered nanomaterials across the full value chain.

From UA, the research team coordinated by Susana Loureiro, researcher at CESAM-dbio, will be in charge of the bioaccumulation and kinetics in key soil and aquatic organism, with a straight collaboration with the Vriej Universiteit in Amsterdam (Prof. Kees van Gestel). At the applEE- applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group, aquatic and terrestrial mesocosms will be carried out to evaluate the biotic and abiotic fate of nanomaterials within food chains

Researcher at the Department of Environment and Planning and CESAM in Paris for the future of the planet


Fatima Alves participates in World Climate Conference

Fatima Lopes Alves, Professor in the Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) and Researcher of CESAM, participates in World Climate Conference which, in Paris from November 30 to December 11, will try to finish with a new global agreement to limit climate change and global warming. Invited by the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC Atlantic), the UA Researcher participates in events related to Oceans and Coastal Zone Management on 3 and 4 December.

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