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Ana Luísa Patrício Silva

Ana Luísa Patrício Silva

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID: K-1919-2013
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  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Silva ALP or Patricio Silva AL) AND AD=(Aveiro). Researcher ID =K-1919-2013
  • Title: Microplastics in freshwaters: Evaluation of adverse effects on benthic species and communities, and interaction with environmental chemicals Supervisor: Carlos Gravato, João Pestana, Dick Vethaak Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/114870/2016 Start date: 2017-08-01 End date: 2023-07-01

Research interests

Currently focused on the assessment of the eco(toxico)logical effects of emergent contaminants, such as micro(nano)plastics, in freshwater environments.

Research topics: Ecotoxicology, combined stressors, sub-cellular to community endpoints, multigenerational effects.

Academic degrees

2012-2015: PhD in Biology, branch Ecotoxicology and Biology of Stress, by the University of Aveiro, Portugal (Supervisors: Dra. Mónica Amorim and Prof. Martin Holmstrup).
2004-2006: Master in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, by the University of Porto, Portugal (Supervisor: Prof. Paulo Alexandrino).
1998 - 2003: Degree in Biology and Geology, educational area, by the University of Algarve, Portugal.

Scientific activities

08/2017 - 31/07/2020: Postdoc research fellow in the field of Ecotoxicology and Functional ecology, at Biology Department & CESAM from University of Aveiro (FCT grant ref.: SFRH/BPD/114870/2016).

01/09/2018 - Lecturer at the workshop entitled "Avaliação da combinação de estressores químicos e naturais (climáticos): uma abordagem integrava em invertebrados de solo" at XV Brazilian congress in Ecotoxicology (Ecotox 2018, 1-4/09/2018).
01/2017 - 07/2017: Research-fellow in Soil Ecotoxicology, witin the project "SOILTOX - Performance of laboratory tests with soil organisms: Influence of different test soils on the results of ecotoxicological tests", at the Center of Functional Ecology, Univerity of Coimbra (Ref. LUGUS 389384).
05/2016-11/2016: Project technician (PhD) in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, within the project "“Behaviour as a sensitive and integrative approach that predicts the effects of environmental stressors in the aquatic environment: linking different levels of biological organisation” (Ref. IF/011401/2014).
2011-2015: PhD student at the Biology Department & CESAM from University of Aveiro (FCT grant ref: SFRH / BD / 75209 / 2010).
2005-2011: Teacher in several Public Schools, with anual contracts, provided by DGRHE - Portuguese Ministry of Education.
2004-2005: Volunteer researcher in the analysis of genetic variability in natural populations of Salmo trutta in the Peneda Geres National Park (PNPG). This research was conducted in order to establish Priority Areas for Integrated Conservation and Management, included in the PNPG project "Actions for conservation and management of the Peneda Geres National Park" in collaboration with the University of Porto.


Reviewer for International Journals: Chemosphere; Journal of Hazardous Materials; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry; Environmental Pollution; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Scientific Activity Spreading Actions (open lab, school activities/lectures)



ComPET - Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems. See more

Scientific Supervision

Grant Holder (MSc) (Main Supervisor): Ana Luísa Machado (CESAM member)

Pesquisa (Main Supervisor): Sara Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Laís Henrique Cícero (not a CESAM member)

Estágio/projeto (Main Supervisor): Nuno Trindade (not a CESAM member)

Advanced courses


2017: The use of Trait Based approaches in Community Ecology and Stress Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal;

2016: Applications of stable isotope data to ecological research, University of Aveiro, Portugal;

2013: Entrepreneurship and innovation. University of Aveiro, Portugal;

2012:  Hazardous chemicals in the environment: How do they affect terrestrial ecosystems and can we predict the risk? Aarhus University, Denmark; 

2011: Practical Approach to Ecotoxicogenomics, University of Aveiro, Portugal;

          IV Hands-on course “From Proteomics to Proteins”, University of Nova de Lisboa;

          Global change and biodiversity implications for ecosystem services, University of Braga.

2005: "Criação de conteúdos multimédia", FELSIS, Chaves, Portugal.

          Introduction to Conservation Biology, ALDEA Association, Bragança, Portugal.

2004: Evolution and Molecular Ecology, University of Porto, Portugal.

          Workshop "Gestão e Conservação da Fauna Silvestre". University of Évora, Portugal.

          Biodiversity management and conservation, University of Porto, Portugal.

Personal Skills & Competences

- Mother language: Portuguese
- Other (oral/written): English (very good/very good), French (good/fair), Spanish (very good/good).

- Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
- Other programs: Minitab 16, IBM SPSS Statistics, Statistica 12, SigmaPlot 10.0, EndNote X1.0, Papers 3, Prism 7, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3, Prezi.

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