Forging sustainability

Ana I. Sousa

Ana I. Sousa

Assistant Researcher

  • Researcher ID: C-1532-2010
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-0783-5177
  • Ciencia ID: 1A11-42A5-49DD
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture (MBA)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Sousa AI or Sousa A AND Pereira L) AND AD=(Aveiro OR Coimbra OR Lisbon) AND TS=(salt marsh OR seagrass OR seaweed OR decomposition OR coastal)

Research interests

Marine and estuarine ecology
Ecosystem services and human benefits
Blue carbon and nutrient dynamics in coastal wetlands (salt marshes and seagrass meadows)
Wetlands biodiversity, vulnerability and resilience to climate change and other disturbances
Wetlands restoration and recovery
Nature based-solutions to mitigate global changes

Academic degrees

2010 - PhD in Biology (Ecology), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2005 - MSc in Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2003 - First degree ("licenciatura") in Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Scientific activities

2020 - Present: Seagrass Bioregional Leader of the IUCN SSC Seagrass Specialist Group/Red List Authority

04/2019 - Present - Assistant Researcher (CEEC Individual 2017 - FCT | Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus 2017), Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
01/2019 - 03/2019 - Researcher (DL 57-NT), Dpt. Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2016 - 2018 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (FCT), Dpt. Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal.
2012 - 2016 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (FCT), Dpt. Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal & SDU - Southern Denmark University, Denmark.
2011- 2012 - Post-Doc - Science and Technology Transfer Officer; DITS – Technology Transfer Office, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
2010 - Research fellow - Project EEMA- Ecological quality status of coastal and transitional waters. University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2006 - 2009 - PhD fellow (FCT) at Centre of Oceanography, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2004 - 2005 - MSc fellow (FCT) at IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, University of Coimbra, Portugal.



2017 – 2020 - TeaComposition H2O - Global Aquatic Litter Decomposition Initiative Coordinator: Stacey Trevathan-Tackett (Australia). Ria de Aveiro site coordinator. Involving 35 countries, 100 researchers & citizen scientists. TeaCompH2O video

2015 – 2019 – TeaComposition - Global Litter Decomposition Initiative - organized within the ILTER network (International Long Term Ecological Research). Global Coordinator: Ika Djukic (Austria); Ria de Aveiro site coordinator of the experiment: AI Lillebø; Coordination & execution of field/lab work, data analysis and management at Ria de Aveiro: AI Sousa.

2018 - iSBio Consortium (SoilTeaBag) - International Soil Biogeography Consortium for Biodiversity Studies and Conservation of Soil Communities. Coordinator: Simone Cesarz (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), University of Leipzig, Germany). PI from UA. Involving 112 institutions, 35 countries.


2014 – NOVAGRASS – Innovative eelgrass restoration techniques. Danish Council for Strategic Research (Denmark) () (2013-2017). Coordinator: Erik Kristensen (SDU-University of Southern Denmark). Team member/collaborator in 2014.

2010 - 2012 - ECOSAM – Effects of Carbon Dioxide increase on Salt Marshes – PTDC/AAC-CLI/104085/2008 (Portugal). Coordinator: Isabel Caçador, University of Lisbon. Team member.

2010 - EEMA – Assessment of the Ecological State of Coastal and Transitional Water Bodies and of the Ecological Potential of Highly Modified Water Bodies – POVT-03-0133-FCOES-000017. (Portugal). Team member.

2006 - MECTIS - Metal Cycling and Sediment Dynamics in Tagus Estuary; Influence of Salt Marsh Plants and Fishes - PPCDT/MAR/58548/2004. Coordinator: Isabel Caçador, University of Lisbon. Team member.

2005 - RIZOSFERA – Biogeoquímica da rizosfera e sua relevância para índices de toxicidade e fitoremediação - POCTI/CTA/48386/2002. Coordinator: Teresa Vasconcelos, University of Porto. Collaborator.


2016 – 2018 – EduCO2cean - Science-Technology-Society Education models to transmit to society the challenge of global change in the ocean. Programme: Erasmus+ (2016-1-PT01-KA201-022952). EC Grant. Collaborator.



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

RemediGrass - Seagrass beds as green and blue infrastructures for ecosystem restoration See more

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESTORE - Phytoremediation of saline soils using Salicornia ramossisima 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

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

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

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Filipa Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Miguel Angelo Bastos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): João Miguel Martinho da Silva (not a CESAM member)

Post-Doc Research Fellow (Main Supervisor): Valentina Costa (CESAM member)

Research Fellow (Main Supervisor): Valentina Costa (CESAM member)

BSc (Research project) (Main Supervisor): Joana Ferreira de Paiva Morais Soares (not a CESAM member)

Research Project (Co-supervisor): Gonçalo Nuno de Andrade Cravo e Azevedo (not a CESAM member)

BSc (Research project) (Co-supervisor): Vânia Araújo (not a CESAM member)

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Prizes and awards

 2008 - Prize Luiz Saldanha/Ken Tenore (FLAD/IMAR).

CESAM Funding: