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  Heliana Teixeira  
  Phone: +351234370771 (internal ext. 22730)  
  e-mail: heliana.teixeira@ua.pt  
  Category: Assistant Researcher  
  Department: Biology Department  
  Research group: Ecotoxicology
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Area of scientific activity

My research focuses on the use of ecological indicators to understand trends in Estuarine, Coastal and Marine ecosystems, in relation to anthropogenic disturbance and climate change. I am interested in the potential of modelling approaches coupled with ecological indicators and in developing tools to facilitate environmental assessments. With my research I attempt to gather scientific evidence in support of environmental policies and conservation actions. Currently I am an assistant researcher at the Department of Biology & CESAM – University of Aveiro. I am working on H2020 AQUACROSS Project “Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies”, to understand causal links between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services in aquatic systems.

Research areas: Benthic Ecology, Marine Ecology, Coastal Ecology, Estuarine Dynamics, Biodiversity, Macroinvertebrates, Environmental Assessment, Water Quality, Conservation, Community Ecology, Invasion Ecology, Eutrophication, Ecological Modelling, Ecosystem Services.


Academic degrees

2010: Ph.D. in Biology (Scientific area of Ecology), University of Coimbra, Portugal (training at University of Murcia (Ecology Dept.), Spain; AZTI Tecnalia, San Sebastian, Spain; and SCCWRP Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, USA).
2005: M.Sc. in Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
2002: Degree in Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Employment history

Since 2016: Assistant Researcher at University of Aveiro, Dept. of Biology and CESAM.
2013-2016: Scientific Officer (GH30) at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre - JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra, Italy.
2012-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow (FCT grant) at the IMAR-CMA - Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Coimbra, Portugal.
2009-2012: Postdoctoral Researcher at IMAR-CMA - Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Coimbra, Portugal.

Ongoing projects


AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies
EU Horizon 2010, topic SC5-06-2014: Biodiversity and ecosystem services: drivers of change and causalities, 2015 - 2018

DEVOTool A catalogue of marine biodiversity indicators, download:

- free software application @ http://www.devotes-project.eu/devotool/;
- updated database version 8 @ 

Output from DEVOTES - DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status, EU 7th Framework Programme, “The Ocean of Tomorrow”, 2012 - 2016 http://www.devotes-project.eu/

SALTFREE II - Salinisation of coastal ecosystems due to climate change: validating safety levels to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services [see details]

PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity [see details]

AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies [see details]

  1. Broszeit S., Beaumont N.J., Uyarra M.C., Heiskanen A.S., Frost M., Somerfield P.J., Rossberg A.G., Teixeira H., Austen M.C. (2017) What can indicators of good environmental status tell us about ecosystem services?: Reducing efforts and increasing cost-effectiveness by reapplying biodiversity indicator data. Ecological Indicators. 81, 409-442. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Katsanevakis S., Tempera F., Teixeira H. (2016) Mapping the impact of alien species on marine ecosystems: the Mediterranean Sea case study. Diversity And Distributions. 22, 6, 694-707. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Patrício J, Little S, Krsia Mazik K, Papadopoulou N, Smith C, Teixeira H, Uyarra MC, Solaun O, Zenetos A, Kaboglu G, Kryvenko O, Churilova T, Moncheva S, Bucas M, Borja A, Hoffmann H, Hoepffner N, Elliott M (2016) European Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Networks: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Frontiers In Marine Science. 3, 161 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00161/full
  4. Lynam CP, Uusitalo L, Patrício J, Piroddi C, Queiros AM, Teixeira H, Rossberg AG, Sagarminaga Y, Hyder K, Niquil N, Möllmann C, Wilson C, Chust G, Galparsoro I, Forster R, Verissimo H, Tedesco L, Revilla M, Neville S (2016) Uses of innovative modelling tools within the implementation of the marine strategy framework directive. Frontiers In Marine Science. 3, 182 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00182/full
  5. Heiskanen A-S, Berg T, Uusitalo L, Teixeira H, Bruhn A, Krause-Jensen D, Lynam CP, Rossberg AG, Korpinen S, Uyarra MC, Borja A (2016) Biodiversity in Marine Ecosystems—European Developments toward Robust Assessments. Frontiers In Marine Science. 3, 184 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00184/full
  6. Teixeira H, Berg T, Uusitalo L, Fürhaupter K, Heiskanen A-S, Mazik K, Lynam CP, Neville S, Rodriguez JG, Papadopoulou N, Moncheva S, Churilova T, Kryvenko O, Krause-Jensen D, Zaiko A, Veríssimo H, Pantazi M, Carvalho S, Patrício J, Uyarra MC and Borja À (2016) A Catalogue of Marine Biodiversity Indicators. Frontiers In Marine Science. 3, 207 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00207/abstract
  7. Piroddi C., Teixeira H., Lynam C.P., Smith C., Alvarez M.C., Mazik K., Andonegi E., Churilova T., Tedesco L., Chifflet M., Chust G., Galparsoro I., Garcia A.C., Kamari M., Kryvenko O., Lassalle G., Neville S., Niquil N., Papadopoulou N., Rossberg A.G., Suslin V., Uyarra M.C. (2015) Using ecological models to assess ecosystem status in support of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Ecological Indicators. 58, 175-191. (see details) ISI paper
  8. Berg T., Furhaupter K., Teixeira H., Uusitalo L., Zampoukas N. (2015) The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the ecosystem-based approach - pitfalls and solutions. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 96, 1-2, 18-28. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Gillett D.J., Weisberg S.B., Grayson T., Hamilton A., Hansen V., Leppo E.W., Pelletier M.C., Borja A., Cadien D., Dauer D., Diaz R., Dutch M., Hyland J.L., Kellogg M., Larsen P.F., Levinton J.S., Llanso R., Lovell L.L., Montagna P.A., Pasko D., Phillips C.A., Rakocinski C., Ranasinghe J.A., Sanger D.M., Teixeira H., Van Dolah R.F., Velarde R.G., Welch K.I. (2015) Effect of ecological group classification schemes on performance of the AMBI benthic index in US coastal waters. Ecological Indicators. 50, 99-107. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Teixeira Z., Teixeira H., Marques J.C. (2014) Systematic processes of land use/land cover change to identify relevant driving forces: Implications on water quality. Science Of The Total Environment. 470, 1320-1335. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Neto J.M., Feio M.J., Teixeira H., Patricio J., Serra S.R.Q., Franco J.N., Calapez A.R., Constantino E. (2014) Transitional and freshwater bioassessments: One site, two perspectives?. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 78, 1-2, 153-164. (see details) ISI paper
  12. Borja A, Prins T, Simboura N, Andersen JH, Berg T, Marques JC, Neto JM, Papadopoulou N, Reker J, Teixeira H, Uusitalo L (2014) Tales from a thousand and one ways to integrate marine ecosystem components when assessing the environmental status. Frontiers In Marine Science. 1, 1-22. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2014.00072/full
  13. Borja A., Elliott M., Andersen J.H., Cardoso A.C., Carstensen J., Ferreira J.G., Heiskanen A.S., Marques J.C., Neto J.M., Teixeira H., Uusitalo L., Uyarra M.C., Zampoukas N. (2013) Good Environmental Status of marine ecosystems: What is it and how do we know when we have attained it?. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 76, 1-2, 16-27. (see details) ISI paper
  14. Verissimo H., Patricio J., Teixeira H., Carrico A., Marques J.C. (2013) Testing different ecological scenarios in a temperate estuary: A contribution towards the implementation of the Ecological Potential assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 71, 1-2, 168-178. (see details) ISI paper
  15. Basset A., Barbone E., Borja A., Elliott M., Jona-Lasinio G., Marques J.C., Mazik K., Muxika I., Neto J.M., Reizopoulou S., Rosati I., Teixeira H. (2013) Natural variability and reference conditions: setting type-specific classification boundaries for lagoon macroinvertebrates in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Hydrobiologia. 704, 1, 325-345. (see details) ISI paper
  16. Gamito S., Patricio J., Neto J.M., Marques J.C., Teixeira H. (2012) The importance of habitat-type for defining the reference conditions and the ecological quality status based on benthic invertebrates: The Ria Formosa coastal lagoon (Southern Portugal) case study. Ecological Indicators. 19, 61-72. (see details) ISI paper
  17. Gamito S., Patricio J., Neto J.M., Teixeira H., Marques J.C. (2012) Feeding diversity index as complementary information in the assessment of ecological quality status. Ecological Indicators. 19, 73-78. (see details) ISI paper
  18. Verissimo H., Neto J.M., Teixeira H., Franco J.N., Fath B.D., Marques J.C., Patricio J. (2012) Ability of benthic indicators to assess ecological quality in estuaries following management. Ecological Indicators. 19, 130-143. (see details) ISI paper
  19. Teixeira H., Weisberg S.B., Borja A., Ranasinghe J.A., Cadien D.B., Velarde R.G., Lovell L.L., Pasko D., Phillips C.A., Montagne D.E., Ritter K.J., Salas F., Marques J.C. (2012) Calibration and validation of the AZTI's Marine Biotic Index (AMBI) for Southern California marine bays. Ecological Indicators. 12, 1, 84-95. (see details) ISI paper
  20. Borja A., Barbone E., Basset A., Borgersen G., Brkljacic M., Elliott M., Garmendia J.M., Marques J.C., Mazik K., Muxika I., Neto J.M., Norling K., Rodriguez J.G., Rosati I., Rygg B., Teixeira H., Trayanova A. (2011) Response of single benthic metrics and multi-metric methods to anthropogenic pressure gradients, in five distinct European coastal and transitional ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 62, 3, 499-513. (see details) ISI paper
  21. Magalhaes Neto J., Teixeira H., Patricio J., Baeta A., Verissimo H., Pinto R., Marques J. (2010) The Response of Estuarine Macrobenthic Communities to Natural- and Human-Induced Changes: Dynamics and Ecological Quality. Estuaries And Coasts. 33, 6, 1327-1339. (see details) ISI paper
  22. Teixeira H., Borja A., Weisberg S.B., Ranasinghe J.A., Cadien D.B., Dauer D.M., Dauvin J.C., Degraer S., Diaz R.J., Gremare A., Karakassis I., Llanso R.J., Lovell L.L., Marques J.C., Montagne D.E., Occhipinti-Ambrogi A., Rosenberg R., Sarda R., Schaffner L.C., Velarde R.G. (2010) Assessing coastal benthic macrofauna community condition using best professional judgement - Developing consensus across North America and Europe. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 60, 4, 589-600. (see details) ISI paper
  23. Teixeira H., Neto J.M., Patricio J., Verissimo H., Pinto R., Salas F., Marques J.C. (2009) Quality assessment of benthic macroinvertebrates under the scope of WFD using BAT, the Benthic Assessment Tool. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 58, 10, 1477-1486. (see details) ISI paper
  24. Patricio J., Neto J.M., Teixeira H., Salas F., Marques J.C. (2009) The robustness of ecological indicators to detect long-term changes in the macrobenthos of estuarine systems. Marine Environmental Research. 68, 1, 25-36. (see details) ISI paper
  25. Dolbeth M., Teixeira H., Marques J.C., Pardal M.A. (2009) Feeding guild composition of a macrobenthic subtidal community along a depth gradient. Scientia Marina. 73, 2, 225-237. (see details) ISI paper
  26. Salas F., Teixeira H., Marcos C., Marques J.C., Perez-Ruzafa A. (2008) Applicability of the trophic index TRIX in two transitional ecosystems: the Mar Menor lagoon (Spain) and the Mondego estuary (Portugal). Ices Journal Of Marine Science. 65, 8, 1442-1448. (see details) ISI paper
  27. Teixeira H., Salas F., Neto J.M., Patriicio J., Pinto R., Verissimo H., Garcia-Charton J.A., Marcos C., Perez-Ruzafa A., Marques J.C. (2008) Ecological indices tracking distinct impacts along disturbance-recovery gradients in a temperate NE Atlantic Estuary - Guidance on reference values. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science. 80, 1, 130-140. (see details) ISI paper
  28. Teixeira H., Salas F., Borja A., Neto J.M., Marques J.C. (2008) A benthic perspective in assessing the ecological status of estuaries: The case of the Mondego estuary (Portugal). Ecological Indicators. 8, 4, 404-416. (see details) ISI paper
  29. Patricio I., Neto J.M., Teixeira H., Marques J.C. (2007) Opportunistic macroalgae metrics for transitional waters. Testing tools to assess ecological quality status in Portugal. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 54, 12, 1887-1896. (see details) ISI paper
  30. Dolbeth M., Ferreira O., Teixeira H., Marques J.C., Dias J.A., Pardal M.A. (2007) Beach morphodynamic impact on a macrobenthic community along a subtidal depth gradient. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 352, 113-124. (see details) ISI paper
  31. Lillebo A.I., Teixeira H., Pardal M.A., Marques J.C. (2007) Applying quality status criteria to a temperate estuary before and after the mitigation measures to reduce eutrophication symptoms. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science. 72, 1-2, 177-187. (see details) ISI paper
  32. Teixeira H., Salas F., Pardal M.A., Marques J.C. (2007) Applicability of ecological evaluation tools in estuarine ecosystems: the case of the lower Mondego estuary (Portugal). Hydrobiologia. 587, 101-112. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Marques JC, Salas F, Patrício J, Teixeira H, Neto JM (2009) Ecological indicators for coastal and estuarine environmental assessment: a user guide. Southampton, UK. WIT. 9781845642099. (see details)
  1. Marques J C, Salas F, Patrício J, Neto J, Teixeira H, Pinto R (2010) Application of Ecological Indicators for the Assessment of Ecosystem Health in Estuaries and Coastal Zones . In: edited by Sven E. Jørgensen, Fu-Liu Xu, Robert Costanza.. (EDS.), Handbook of ecological indicators for assessment of ecosystem health. Boca Raton, FL. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. 211-262. 9781439809365. (see details)
  1. Teixeira H (2010) Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Ecological Indicators for Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems: Assessment and Intercalibration. PhD Thesis. (see details)
  2. Teixeira H (2005) Avaliação do comportamento de indicadores de qualidade ecológica em diferentes cenários de impacto ambiental: o caso do estuário do Mondego. MSc Thesis. (see details)