Forging sustainability

Heliana Teixeira

Heliana Teixeira

Assistant Researcher

Research interests

Marine, coastal and estuarine benthic ecology
Ecological indicators & modelling
Biodiversity & ecosystem services
Marine biological invasions dynamics & impacts
Anthropogenic disturbance & climate change (e.g. seafloor integrity, eutrophication)
Environmental policies (e.g. WFD, MSFD, IAS Regulation, Nature Directives)

Heliana Teixeira on 1 min DBIO @UA

Academic degrees

2010: Ph.D. Biology (specialty Ecology), University of Coimbra, Portugal, with 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. Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2002: First Degree Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Scientific activities

Since 2019: Expert in the WFD ECOSTAT working group on physico-chemical criteria in support of Good Ecological Status
Since 2018: COST ACTION CA17122 Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science (Portuguese Management Committee substitute) @aliencsi on TWITTER
Since 2018: Collaboration for the EEA on the Assessment of the Cumulative Impact of Alien Species in European Seas, to be included in the EEA State of the European Seas assessment report, with Dr. Argyro Zenetos (HCMR), Dr. Samuli Korpinen (SYKE), Dr. Stelios Katsanevakis (University of the Aegean), and Dr. Zara Teixeira (MARE)

Employment history
since Apr 2019: Assistant Researcher (CESAM - UID/AMB/50017/2019) at University of Aveiro, Biology Dept & CESAM
2016-2018: 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


Tools freely available:
- WFD Nutrient Tool Kit online Shiny App
- DEVOTool A catalogue of marine biodiversity indicators free desktop DEVOTool App
  updated database version @ DOI



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

CREDIPULA - Understanding the invasion process and current stage of the American slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon See more

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

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

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

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Mariana Piauilino Caldeira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Mariana Cafede (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Letícia Brito (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Diana Pinheiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Nuno Azevedo (not a CESAM member)

Pesquisa em Biologia (Main Supervisor): Maria Beatriz Santos (not a CESAM member)

Editorial and Reviewer Activity in Scientific International Journals

Associate editor of Frontiers in Marine Science Marine Ecosystems Ecology topics, since February 2018.
Regular reviewer for several journals in ecology and environment research areas (e.g. Ambientalia; Continental Shelf Research;  Coastal and Shelf Science; Ecological Indicators; Estuarine; Frontiers in Marine Science; Journal of Sea Research; Marine Environmental Research; Marine Pollution Bulletin; Ocean & Coastal Management).

CESAM Funding: