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João Luís Teixeira Pestana

João Luís Teixeira Pestana

Assistant Researcher

  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Functional Biodiversity
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : ResearcherID: A-9279-2008

Research interests

Academic degrees

Scientific activities




In progress (3)
ComPET - Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics on freshwater ecosystems. See more

INSIDER - Impact of an invasive species under global climate change and anthropogenic contamination scenarios in coastal food webs See more

Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems See more

Concluded (5)
IDEAL - Insecticides, DEtritivores and ALiens: Combined effects of invasive species and insecticides along detritus based stream food webs See more

MIDGE - MIcroevolutionary Dynamics and Genetic Erosion in pollution-affected Chironomus populations See more

TBTRESENSE: Tributiyltin (TBT) bioremediation and development of a biosensor to detect TBT from contaminated sites. See more

FUBIA: Soil Function-Biodiversity relationship And regional variation See more

AGROMIX- Mixture Toxicity evaluation in agricultural soils See more

Scientific Supervision

In progress (0)
Concluded (7)
Master (Main Supervisor): Diana Marina Gomes de Campos (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Sílvia Camila Vasconcelos dos Santos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Diana Marina Gomes de Campos (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Fátima Cristina Paulino Simão (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Andreia do Carmo Martins Rodrigues (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): João André da Mota Pedrosa (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Maria Benedicta Agostinho Donas-Bôtto Bordalo e Sá (CESAM member)

Participation in research projects (grant holder)

2008-2009 The combined use of biomarker and in situ Chironomus riparius bioassays to monitor environmental hazards of contaminants in Iberian riversDepartamento de Biologia, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.

2000-2003: TARGET – Integrated Assessment Tools to Gauge Local Functional Status Within Freshwater Ecosystems", (European funded project) - Department of Biologia, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; - Instituto do Ambiente e Vida, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; - Department for Ecological Risk Studies, TNO Institute of Environmental Sciences, Energy Research and Process Innovation (TNO-MEP), The Netherlands; - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (APS), The University of Sheffield, UK; - Institute of Aquaculture (IOA), University of Stirling, Scotland, UK;

Academic degrees and Scholarships

Pós-doc - University of Aveiro, 2009-2015 (Title: Direct and Indirect effects of contaminants on detritus processing within freshwater food webs (2009-2015)                                         FCT grant : SFRH/BPD/45342/2008

PhD in Biology Biologia - University of Aveiro, June 2008 (Title: Predation risk versus pesticide exposure: effects of fear and loathing on aquatic invertebrates)                            FCT grant : SFRH/BD/9005/2002) 

Degree in Biology - University of Aveiro, January 2000

Research interests

Ecotoxicology (Evolutionary ecotoxicology, Ecotoxicology of chemical mixtures, Effects of pesticides, metals and pharmaceuticals in aquatic invertebrates) - Ecology and biomonitoring of freshwater ecosystems. Environmental risk assessment.  

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