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Ana Isabel Lillebø

Ana Isabel Lillebø

Principal Researcher

  • Author Name : Lillebø A.I.

Research interests

Ecology and biodiversity of coastal ecosystems considering: anthropogenic impacts and environmental chemistry; nutrient dynamics and the environmental quality status; ecological process and functional traits supporting coastal ecosystem services, namely wetlands (seagrasses and salt marshes); nature based solutions in applied ecology.

Contributions to the integrated management of coastal zones taking into account Science-based knowledge, environmental policies and stakeholders.

Academic degrees

2001 - PhD in Biology (speciality in Ecology), University of Coimbra, Portugal
1997 - MSc in Ecology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
1994 - First degree in Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra,

Scientific activities

2020 – (present) – Member of the 3rd EKLIPSE Knowledge coordination body (KCB)
2019/12 – (present) –Vice-Chair of ALTER-Net Council (
2019 - 2021/05 – Member of the Forum for Quality at the University of Aveiro
2018 - 2021/05 – Member of the Council of the Doctoral School of the University of Aveiro (CEDUA)
2017 - 2021/05 - Scientific coordinator of CESAM - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies
2017/05 - (present) - Co-chair of CESAM’s Laboratory for Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
2016/09 - 2020/01 - Director of the Master course in Marine Biology
2015 - (present) - Contact point for Ria de Aveiro LTsER platform at the Portuguese Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network infrastructure (LTER-Portugal) and at eLTER Europe.
2015 - (present) - Member of the Council of the Central Hydrographical Region, which is an advisory and supporting body of the Portuguese Environment Agency, IP (APA IP) in terms of water resources
2015 - 2019 - Member of the Council of the Department of Biology of UA
2014 - 2017 - Principal Investigator of CESAM’s Environmental Biology and Health Research Line
2014 - 2017 - Member of the board of CESAM - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies
2014 - 2017 - Chair of CESAMs Laboratory for Biodiversity and Biomonitoring


Prizes and awards
2000, Prémio IMAR - Luiz Saldanha, IMAR - Instituto do Mar



RESTORE4C - Modelling RESTORation of wEtlands for Carbon pathways, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity, Co-benefits See more

A-AAGORA - Blueprint for Atlantic-Arctic Agora on cross-sectoral cooperation for restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems and increased climate resilience through transformative innovation See more

GES4SEAS- Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services, by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures See more

KleptoSlug - Kleptoplasty: The sea slug that got away with stolen chloroplasts See more

BESIDE - Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards SustaInable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy See more

BlueCC - Commercial exploitation of marine collagen and chitin from marine sources See more

FISHAQU - Knowledge Exchange in sustainable Fisheries management and Aquaculture in the Mediterranean region See more

FITA - FIghting Towards restoration Actions for Zostera marina (Linnaeus, 1753) See more

ProBioMar - Modelling processes and functions of lagoon ecosystems: a better management and conservation of marine biological resources See more

NetTag - Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries See more

CtLight - Effects of light on the photobiology and growth of the commercially valuable macroalgae Codium tomentosum See more

Omics4Algae - Lipidomic tools for chemical phenotyping, traceability and valorisation of seaweeds from aquaculture as a sustainable source of high added-value compounds See more

SUShI - SUStainable use of Insect protein in aquaculture feed See more

SALTFREE II - Salinisation of coastal ecosystems due to climate change: validating safety levels to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services See more

TraSeafood - Tracing the Geographic Origin of Seafood as a Pathway Towards the Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Resources See more

GLOW - The Global Wetlands Project - A global index to improve coastal wetland health See more

BioPradaRia - Restoration, management and conservation of biodiversity and biological resources associated with Ria de Aveiro seagrass ecosystems See more

PERICLES - PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS See more

AquaMMIn - Development and validation of a modular integrated multitrophic aquaculture system for marine and brackish water species See more

CephsandChefs - Octopus, squid, cuttlefish, sustainable fisheries and chefs See more

SOILSALT - Benchmark of soil salinization on "Baixo Vouga Lagunar” before the floodbank construction See more

ValorMar -Integral Valorization of Marine Resources: Potential, Technological Innovation and New Applications See more

C-GRASS – Seagrass meadows: Blue carbon spatio-temporal changes at Murtosa region (Ria de Aveiro) See more

PORBIOTA - Portuguese E-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity See more

SmartBioR - Smart Valorization of Biological Marine Resources See more

GENIALG - GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative Macro-ALGal biorefinery See more

RESTORE - Phytoremediation of saline soils using Salicornia ramossisima See more

HALOFOOD - Decoding lipid profile of saltmarsh halophytes for human consumption and livestock nutrition See more

eLTER H2020 project - Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure (LTER Ria de Aveiro is one of the Virtual Access (VA) sites in the H2020 project eLTER) See more

AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies See more

MARSH-C-LEVEL - The role of Baixo Vouga Lagunar salt marshes on carbon storage as an ecosystem service: Effects of sea level rise See more

SunSole - Pilot Project of Sole culture in a Semi-Intensive land-based aquaculture See more

MCES - The Economic Valuation and Governance of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services See more

ADAPT-MED Is current decision making “adapted to internalize adaptation” into policy making? See more

TPEA - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic See more

STEP - Integrated System for Managing Fishfarm Effluents See more

LTER-RAVE - Long term monitoring in the Ria de Aveiro: towards a deeper understanding of ecological, environmental and economic processes See more

LAGOONS - Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change See more

BIOCHANGED: Impact of biodiversity evenness changes in the ecosystem functioning of estuaries See more

TEAM-Miño: tools for the evaluation, classification, managment and environmental education in estuaries See more

MARMER: The role of salt marsh plants on mercury cycle. Identifying plant-bacteria-Hg interactions critical for ecosystem remediation See more

WATERQUAL - Development and validation of analytical advanced methods for water quality assessment: support for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Portugal See more

Conservation and rehabilitation strategies for temporary Mediterranean river corridors: A case study on Pardiela basin, southern of Portugal (Guadiana basin) See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Leticia Brito (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Lamara Silva e Cavalcante (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Bruna Marques (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Mariana Rodrigues Morgado (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Mariana Murteira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Valter Fernandes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sara Isabel Falcão Navarro Leston Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Joana Rita Patrício Rodrigues (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Henriques Bustani (not a CESAM member)

Research fellow MSc (Main Supervisor): Mariana Murteira (not a CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Ana Teresa Reis (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Bruno Manuel Galinho Henriques (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Bruna Marques (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Nuno Filipe Ribeiro Rodrigues (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Ana García-Alegre Garralda (ex-CESAM member)

Contract Researcher, PhD (Main Supervisor): Marina Dolbeth (ex-CESAM member)

Contract Researcher, PhD (Main Supervisor): João D. Lencart e Silva (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): João A. Soares (ex-CESAM member)

Technician, MSc (Main Supervisor): Bruna Marques (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Ana Carriço (ex-CESAM member)

Research Fellow, MSc (Main Supervisor): Luísa Marques (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Bruna Marques (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Marco Custódio (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Luísa Marques (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Diana Carla Salzedas Lopes (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Diógenes Félix da Silva Costa (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Daniel Jerónimo (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Raquel de Azevedo e Costa (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana I. Sousa (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Danielle Barros Santos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Lisa Pinto de Sousa (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marta Filipa Lobão Lopes (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marina Dolbeth (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Olga M. C. C. Ameixa (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Ana Genua Olmedo (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Bruna Marques (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Ana I. Sousa (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Olga M. C. C. Ameixa (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Batuira Filho (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Kayode Taiwo (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Ana I. Sousa (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Maria Elisabete Alves Maciel (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Marina Dolbeth (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Cátia Carreira (ex-CESAM member)

Collaboration in International Projects before 2006

2005 – 2008 PUMPSEA – Peri-urban mangroves forests as filters and potential phytoremediators of domestic sewage in East Africa (FP6 - INCO contract no. 510863) Coordinator: José Guerreiro (FCUL, Portugal) Participant Institutions: Stockholm University (Sweden), Southern Denmark University (Denmark), Helmhottz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany), Vtije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium); IMAR – FCUL (Portugal); Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Portugal); University of Florence (Italy); Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kenya); University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); Nationa Environmental Management Concil (Tanzânia); University of Eduardo Mondlane (Moçambique) Nature of research: This project aims to demonstrate the ecosystem service performed by mangroves when filtering discharged wastewater, and thereby limiting coastal sewage pollution, and to examine its ecological and socio-economical effects.

2002 – 2005 TempQsim (EVK1-CT-2002-00112) - Evaluation and improvment of water quality models for application to temporary waters in Southern European catchments. Coordinator: Jochen Froebrian, University Hannover, Germany Participant Institutions: UHANN-Germany, IRSA-Italy, ULEEDS-United Kingdom, EAWAG-Switzerland, IMAR -Marine Environment and Technology Center –Portugal, CSIC-Spain, MSEM-France, TUCR-Greece, NCMR-Greece, UACEG-Bulgaria, Hydrocontrol-Italy, Ludovica Diliberto Water quality dynamics, CEH-United Kingdom, UESSEN-Soiltech Germany, JRC-Ispra- Italy. Nature of research: The general aim of the project is to improve the tools for increasing the efficiency of the integrated water management in the Mediterranean and in semiarid river catchments. To meet this aim, the special dynamics of ephemeral and temporary waters have to be incorporated into the existing instream water quality models. The improved models will be tested in selected catchments in the Mediterranean region.

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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