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Clara F. Rodrigues

Clara F. Rodrigues

Assistant Researcher


  • Researcher ID: A-4536-2009
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-3426-8342
  • Department: Biology department (UA)
  • Research Group: Marine & Estuarine Ecology
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: RID=A-4536-2009


Research interests

* Ecology of chemosynthetic habitats
* Microbial symbiosis
* Deep-sea ecology
* Microbial Ecology
* Biodiversity

Academic degrees

* 2009 - PhD in Biology, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
* 2004 - Master in Coastal Zones Sciences, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
* 2001 - Degree in Biology, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Scientific activities

POSITIONS
* December 2018 - Present: Assistant researcher (Contract Researcher under Decree-Law 57/2016 Art.23rd - Transitional Rule), CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro (UAv), Portugal (PT)
* October 2010 – December 2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Biology & CESAM, UAv (PT);
* October 2009 - September 2010: Assistant researcher, UMR 7138, équipe Adaptation aux Milieux Extrêmes, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (FR);
* January - July 2009: Researcher, Department of Biology, UAv (PT);
* November 2004 - July 2009: PhD student, Department of Biology, UAv (PT);
* October 2001- May 2004: MSc student, Department of Biology, UAv (PT);
* February - July 2001: Erasmus student, Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer, Laboratoire Arago - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, France.


FUNDING
• 1 September 2016 – 15 December 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellowship (SFRH/BPD/107805/2015) from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
• 1 October 2010 – 31 August 2016 - Postdoctoral Fellowship (SFRH/BPD/64154/2009) from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
• 1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010 - Postdoctoral Fellowship from HERMIONE project (UPMC)
• 21 January - 31 August 2009 - Research grant (BI/UI67/2976/2009) from CHEMECO project (FCT).
• 1 November 2004 - 31 October 2008 - PhD grant (SFRH/BD/17085/2004) from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
• 13 April 2002 - 12 April 2004 - Master grant (BM/Reitoria/2976/2002) from University of Aveiro


TRAINING ACTIVITY

* 2008 (June) - training in Ophiuroidea identification with Dr. Gordon Paterson from Natural History Museum (London, UK).
* 2007 (February) - training in Bivalvia identification with Dr. Graham Oliver from National Museum of Wales (Cardiff, UK).
* 2007 (February - April) and 2006 (February - April) - training in molecular methods for identification and systematic of prokariotic endosymbionts with Prof. Andrew J. Weightman and Dr. Gordon Webster from Cardiff University (Cardiff, UK).

Others

ADVANCED COURSES & WORKSHOPS

* 2016 (6-7 September) - JPIO-MIDAS workshop., MPI, Bremen, Germany.
* 2016 (10-12 May) - Molecular Data Workshop on the Biogeography and Connectivity of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone - Natural History Museum, London, UK
* 2012 (19 – 22 June) – GIS in ecology – Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)
* 2011 (16 - 18 November) – Integrative workshop WP5, Chemosynthetic ecosystems – Ghent University, Ghent (Belgium).
* 2011 (7 - 11 February) – DNA-barcode and integrative taxonomy – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France).
* 2010 (8 - 10 September): “Challenges in the study of deep-sea ecosystems’ interconnectivity”. HERMIONE and CHEMECO joint workshop – Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal).
* 2010 (1 – 2 March): “Mediterranean brine lakes”. HERMIONE workshop – Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France).
* 2008 (27 - 31 October): “Siboglinidae: a model system for the understanding of evolution, adaptive radiation, microbial symbioses and ecology at extreme environments” – University of Hawaii, Hawaii (USA) - (sponsored by ChEss student travel grant).
* 2008 (21 – 25 January) – International course on Molecular methods to study complex microbial communities – University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal).
* 2007 (10 - 14 September) – Molecular phylogeny: principles, techniques, and problem solving – University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal).
* 2006 (16 – 20 January): “HERMES Graduate training workshop” – International University of Bremen, Bremen (Germany).
* 2005 (14 - 15 July): “HERMES GIS workshop” – University of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain).
* 2004 (April – June) – Course “Pedagogic formation” - Companhia Nacional de Serviços, Aveiro (Portugal).
* 2003 (August – September) – Course « Biodiversité en Mer Megatidale, option Zoologie et Ecologie Marine » - Station Biologique de Roscoff – Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, Roscoff (France).
* 2002 (March) – Course «Geographic Information Systems», University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal).



AWARDS & HONORS
* 2012 - Complimentary sponsor place at the 13th Deep Sea Biology Symposium for Interridge – Free registration, 3 – 7 December, Wellington, New Zealand.
* 2009 - ChEss student travel grant to participation on the “4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems -Hydrothermal Vents, Seeps and Other Reducing Habitats”, 29 June - 3 July, Okinawa, Japan.
* 2008 - ChEss student travel grant to participation on the “Siboglinidae: a model system for the understanding of evolution, adaptive radiation, microbial symbioses and ecology at extreme environments”, 27 - 31 October, University of Hawaii, USA.
* 2006 - Best oral presentation for young scientist, 11th Deep sea biology symposium, 9 - 14 July, NOCS, Southampton, UK.



EDITORIAL WORK

Editorial Board
* Plos One (since 2018)

Manuscript Review
* African Journal of Biotechnology (2011)
* Antoine van Leeuwenhoek (2010, 2011, 2012, 2017)
* Current Biotechnology (2013)
* Deep-sea research, Part I (2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018)
* International Review of Hydrobiology (2014)
* International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2013, 2015)
* ISME Journal (2011, 2012)
* Journal of Natural History (2011)
* Marine Ecology Progress Series (2017)
* Plos One (2014, 2016, 2017*2, 2018)
* SpringerPlus (2016*2)
* Symbiosis (2014)

Proposal Review
* Joint Call ERAfrica (2013)



OCEANOGRAPHIC CRUISES
Participation in 17 cruises, 11 different R/V, 243 days at sea

- 2017 (31 May – 5 June): cruise PES (R/V Sarmiento de Gamboa – ICS, Spain), NE Atlantic.
- 2017 (13 – 16 April): (R/V Angeles Alvariño – ICS, Spain), Atlantic Ocean.
- 2015 (28 July – 25 August): Cruise DISCOL - SO242_1 (R/V SONNE – GEOMAR, Germany), Pacific Ocean.
- 2013 (1 – 11 October): Cruise MAREANO (R/V G.O. Sars – IMR, Norway), North Sea.
- 2012 (18 – 25 September): Cruise IMPACT (R/V Garcia del Cid – CSIC, Spain), Faro (NE Atlantic).
- 2011 (18 – 28 February): Cruise WACS (R/V Pourquoi’pas? – IFREMER, France), Gulf of Guinea.
- 2009 (21 November – 14 December): Cruise Homer - MSM13_4 (R/V M.S.Merian - MARUM, Germany), Mediterranean Sea.
- 2009 (18 – 27 May): Cruise B09/14 (R/V Belgica - Belgium), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2008 (23 June - 4 July): Cruise TTR 17 (R/V Logachev - Moscow State University, Russia), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2007 (18 - 31 October): Cruise MEDECO (R/V Pourquoi’pas? – IFREMER, France), Mediterranean Sea.
- 2007 (28 April – 17 May): Cruise “Microsystems” (R/V Pelagia – NIOZ, The Netherlands), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2006 (23 September – 19 October): Cruise “Microsystems” (R/V Pelagia – NIOZ, The Netherlands), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2006 (26 May – 5 June): Cruise TTR16 (R/V Logachev - Moscow State University, Russia), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2005 (19 July - 5 August): Cruise TTR15 (R/V Logachev - Moscow State University, Russia), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2005 (19 May – June): Cruise “Moundforce 2005” (R/V Pelagia – NIOZ, The Netherlands), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2004 (27 July – 10 August): Cruise TTR14 (R/V Logachev - Moscow State University, Russia), Gulf of Cadiz.
- 2002 (7 - 18 August): Floating University Cruise (R/V Sibiryakov – St Petersburg University, Russia), Gulf of Finland and Baltic Sea.



PAST & PRESENT COLLABORATIONS
* Prof. Robert Carney (Lousiana State University, EUA)
* Dr. Oleksandr Holovachov (Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden)
* Dr. Graham Oliver (National Museum Wales, UK)
* Dr. Gordon Paterson (Natural History Museum, UK)
* Dr. Gordon Webster (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)
* Prof. Andrew Weightman (Cardiff University, Wales, UK)

Publications

Projects

MiningImpact2 - Environmental impacts and risks of deep-sea mining See more

REDEEM - Resilience of anthozoan corals to deep-sea mining, an holobiontic approach See more

EMSO-PT - European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory - Portugal See more

PES - Pockmarks and fluid seepage in the Estremadura Spur: implications for regional geology, biology, and petroleum systems See more

LO3CAted - Larval Occurrences in Open Ocean: Connectivity studies in the East Atlantic and West Mediterranean See more

JPI Oceans - Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining (JPIO-Mining Impact) See more

DeepForams - Deepsea foraminifera from the Portuguese Margin See more

CARCACE - Colonization of mAmmal caRCasses in the deep Atlantic ocEan See more

SWIMGLO - The Gloria-SWIM plate boundary Faults connection and its importance on the propagation of tectonic deformation and deep See more

HERMIONE - Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man’s Impact on European Seas See more

LusoMarBol -Integrating molecular approaches into marine biodiversity research in Portugal: implementing DNA barcoding and investigating phylogeographic patterns See more

CHEMECO - Monitoring colonisation processes in chemosynthetic ecosystems See more

HERMES - Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Margins of European Seas See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Linda Barreto Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Filipa Monteiro Casais (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Fábio Rui Lima Alves (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Rita Andril Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Guilherme Leite Carramaschi (ex-CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Milene Guerreiro (not a CESAM member)

Estágio profissionalizante (Co-supervisor): José Pedro dos Santos Abreu (not a CESAM member)

Estágio profissionalizante (Co-supervisor): Milene Guerreiro (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Co-supervisor): Joana Filipa Monteiro Casais (not a CESAM member)


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