Ana Lúcia Gonçalves
Phone: 963963361
e-mail: analuciagoncalves@gmail.com
Category: Post-Doc Researcher
Department: Department of Life Sciences, FCTUC
Research line: ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT
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Academic degree

2006 - Graduation Biology University of Coimbra
2008 - MSc Ecology University of Coimbra
2013 - PhD Biology, speciality Ecology University of Coimbra

Domain of specialization

Leaf litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process in temperate forested headwaters, where fungi and invertebrate detritivores play a critical role in leaves decomposition and energy transfer to higher trophic levels of the heterotrophic food chains.
Therefore, my investigation has been focused on bottom-up and top-down effects of diversity (particularly of submerged organic matter and aquatic fungi) on detritus decomposition and the importance of vertical interactions among different trophic levels.
Considering the crucial role of aquatic fungi in streams, any changes in their diversity, biomass and activity could affect the leaf decomposition process and ecosystems integrity. Then, I am interested in investigating the potential effects of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. increased water temperature in a Global Warming scenario) on aquatic fungi stress and consequent stream ecosystem level processes.

Other skills/activities

Biomonitoring of stream structural integrity using macroinvertebrate communities as water quality indicators.
Application of different molecular techniques on fungal and invertebrate communities.

Participation of research projects - With Portuguese national financial support

2011/2012 - WARMING - "Predicting the effect of global warming on stream ecosystems". (FCT Ref: PTDC/CLI/67180/2006; COMPETE Ref: FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-007112) - team member.

2012/2014 - SIGNAL - "Efeitos da poluição em interacções ecológicas estuarinas zooplâncton -peixes zooplanctívoros em relação a alterações climáticas". (PTDC/AAC-AMB/110331/2009, referência COMPETE FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-013876) - team member.

 

Participation of research projects - With international financial support

2008/2011 - GRICES/DAAD Cooperation: "A comparative study of organic matter cycling in intermittent streams of temperate and Mediterranean areas: a global warming perspective". Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and University of Coimbra - team member.

2010/2012 - PESSOA Cooperation Portugal/França: "Organic matter decomposition in water courses: linking biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in global changes cenarios". INP - University of Toulouse and University of Coimbra. (FCT Ref: PHC 22808TB) - team member.

 

Services rendered

January 2008 / December 2011 - Protocol between SOMINCOR and IMAR-CMA - team member.
Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - Vegetação aquática e testes in situ com Myriophyllum spicatum.
Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - macroinvertebrados aquáticos.

Membership in scientific societies

2011-2014. Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecologia (SPECO)

2006-2013. Asociación Ibérica de Limnologia (AIL)

 

Referee of scientific journals

Aquatic Sciences; Archives für Hydrobiology/Fundamental and Applied Limnology; Fungal Ecology, Ecological Indicators, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

Technical reports

4. Gonçalves, Ana L; Graça, Manuel A. S. Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - macroinvertebrados aquáticos e vegetação aquática, acompanhado dos respectivos relatórios técnicos, 2011.

3. Gonçalves, Ana L; Graça, Manuel A. S. Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - macroinvertebrados aquáticos e vegetação aquática, acompanhado dos respectivos relatórios técnicos, 2010.

2. Gonçalves, Ana L; Graça, Manuel A. S. Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - macroinvertebrados aquáticos e vegetação aquática e testes in situ com Myriophyllum spicatum, acompanhado dos respectivos relatórios técnicos, 2009.

1. Gonçalves, Ana L; Graça, Manuel A. S. Biomonitorização da Ribeira de Oeiras - macroinvertebrados aquáticos e vegetação aquática e testes in situ com Myriophyllum spicatum, 2008.

 

Oral presentations

14. Importance of fungal diversity on litter decomposition under temperature fluctuations in streams. Gonçalves A.L., Lírio, A.V., Canhoto C. XXXIII Congress of the International Society of Limnology, Torino, Italy, 31 July to 5 August 2016.

13. Is diversity important against environmental fluctuations? - A decomposition experiment with aquatic fungi.  Gonçalves, A.L., Graça M.A.S. & Canhoto, C. 9th Symposium of European Freshwater Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland, 5 to 10 July 2015.

12. Effects of secondary salinization on aquatic fungi and leaf decomposition. Canhoto C., Simões S., Gonçalves A.L., Lírio, A.V., Guilhermino L., Bärlocher F. 9th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Geneva, Switzerland, 5 to 10 July 2015.

11. A influência da composição e diversidade da vegetação ripícola no funcionamento dos cursos de água. Gonçalves, A.L., Canhoto, C. 14th Encontro Nacional de Ecologia SPECO/Encontro da Primavera APEP, Bragança, Portugal, 17 to 19 June 2013.

10. Fungal diversity affects streams recovery after drought. Gonçalves, A.L., Graça, M.A.S. & Canhoto, C. XVI Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia (Limnologia 2012), Guimarães, Portugal, 2 to 6 July 2012.

9. Effects of resource stoichiometry on the functioning of detritus-based stream ecosystems: a control of shredder feeding activity by aquatic fungi. Cornut, J., Ferreira, V., Gonçalves, A. L., Chauvet, E., Graça, M. A. S. & Canhoto, C. 6th International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters, Krakow, Poland, 26 to 29 July 2011.

8. Temperature and leaf species affect the diversity of aquatic hyphomycetes in leaf litter and decomposition rates. Gonçalves, A.L., Graça M.A.S. & Canhoto, C. 6th International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters, Krakow, Poland, 26 to 29 July 2011.

7. Effect of increased atmospheric CO2 on the performance of an aquatic detritivore through changes in water temperature and litter quality. Ferreira, V., Gonçalves, A.L., Godbold, D. L. & Canhoto, C. XV Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia, Ponta Delgada, Azores, 5 to 9 July 2010.

6. Uranium adsorption by Articulospora tetracladia: can aquatic hyphomycetes be natural bioremediators of uranium contaminated streams? Ferreira V., Gonçalves A.L., Pratas J. & Canhoto C. BioMicroWorld2009, Lisboa, Portugal, 2 to 4 December 2009.

5. Decomposition of eucalyptus and alder mixtures: responses to variation in evenness. Gonçalves, A.L., Gama, M. & Canhoto, C. EURECO - 11th European Ecological Congress jointly with the GFOE - 38 th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 15 to 19 September 2008.

4. Decomposition of eucalypt and alder mixtures: responses to variation in evenness. Gonçalves, A.L. & Canhoto, C. 5th International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters, Coimbra, Portugal, 22 to 26 July 2008.

3. Quando um ribeiro só recebe folhas e casca de Eucalipto. Gonçalves, A.L. & Canhoto, C. Encontro de Zonas Húmidas - Desafios e Oportunidades de Gestão Sustentável, Águeda, Portugal, 1 and 2 February 2008.

2. The breakdown of eucalyptus bark in a Portuguese stream. Gonçalves, A.L., Ferreira, V., Graça, M.A.S. & Canhoto, C. II Encontro Nacional de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas, Porto, Portugal, 4 to 6 June 2007.

1. Eucalyptus streams: What about the bark? Gonçalves, A.L., Ferreira, V., Graça, M.A.S. & Canhoto, C. XIII Congresso da Associação Espanhola de Limnologia e V Congresso Ibérico de Limnologia, Barcelona, Spain, 2 to 7 July 2006.

 

Posters presentations

12. Effects of salt (NaCl) on fungal growth and reproductive output. Simões, S., Gonçalves, A.L., Lírio, A.V., Guilhermino. L., Bärlocher, F., Canhoto, C. Community ecology for the 21st century Conference - From genes to ecosystems, Évora, Portugal, 17 to 19 October 2016.

11. Riparian diversity loss promoted by eucalyptus plantations has dissimilar effects on leaf decomposer protagonists in streams. Gonçalves, A.L., Canhoto, C. Community ecology for the 21st century Conference - From genes to ecosystems, Évora, Portugal, 17 to 19 October 2016.

10. DGGE - the useful tool to clarify decomposer-detritivore relationships in streams. Gonçalves, A.L., Canhoto, C. XL Jornadas Portuguesas de Genética, Coimbra, Portugal, 2 to 3 June 2016.

9. Leaf decomposition in a fluvio-estuarine system: the imbalanced role of microbes, meio- and macro fauna. Lírio, A.V., Pereira, R., Gonçalves, A.L., Canhoto, C. 4th Iberian Ecological Congress, Coimbra, Portugal, 16 to 19 June 2015.

8. Leaf litter processing at the end of Mondego (Portugal) river continuum. Lírio, A.V., Gonçalves, A.L., Canhoto, C. 9th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Genève, Suisse, 5 to 10 July 2015.

7. Effects of stream salinization on fungal-mediated leaf processing. Canhoto, C., Silva, J., Simões, S., Lírio, A., Gonçalves, A.L., Guilhermino, L., Bärlocher, F. SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 3 to 7 May 2015.

6. Leaf litter processing in the Mondego fluvial-estuarine environment. Lírio, Ana V; Pereira, Ana R; Gonçalves, Ana L; Leite, Nuno; Alves, Ana S; Bärlocher, Felix; Guilhermino, Lúcia; Marques, João C; Canhoto, Cristina. ECSA 54 - Coastal systems under change: tuning assessment and management tools, Sesimbra, 2014.

5. Organic matter cycling in drought affected streams - A European global warming perspective. Schlief, J., Mutz, M., Faustino, A., Moreira, L., Gonçalves, A.L., Meyer, J. & Canhoto, C. AQUASHIFT conference, Kiel, Germany, October 2010.

4. Water contaminated with uranium mine runoff did not affect litter decomposition but decreased feeding by the shredder Sericostoma vittatum. Gonçalves, A.L., Lírio, A.V., Pratas, J. & Canhoto, C. ASLO/NABS 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 6 to 11 June 2010.

3. Influence of Eucalyptus globulus leachates on microbial decomposition in streams. Gonçalves, A.L., Calapez, A.R., Moreira-Santos, M. & Canhoto C. SEFS 6 - The 6th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences, Sinaia, Romania, 17 to 21 August 2009.

2. Leaf microbial decomposition across an exotic eucalypt stream-floodplain system. Maurício, D., Faustino, A., Moreira, L., Gonçalves, A.L. & Canhoto, C. BIOLIEF- World Conference on Biological invasions and ecosystem functioning, Porto, Portugal, 27 to 30 October 2009.

1. Effects of Uranium contamination on leaf litter breakdown and shredders (Sericostoma vittatum) feeding behavior. Canhoto, C., Gonçalves, A.L., Pontinha, D. & Pratas, J. Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia, Huelva, Spain, 8 to 12 September 2008.

 

Advanced courses atended

2016: Soil Microbiology: from science to practice. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2010-2013: Curso Livre de Língua Inglesa. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2010-2010: Formação sobre Analisador automático multiparamétrico San Plus Skalar Anal. Tecnilab Portugal , Portugal.

2010: Leaf Litter Decomposition in Streams. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2009: Multivariate Multivariate Statistical Tools in Ecology and Ecotoxicology. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2009: Recent topics in Stream Ecology. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2008: Introdução ao STATISTICA; ANOVA/Regressão I; Análise Multivariada. StatSoft Ibérica, Portugal.

2007-2007: Isolamento de hifomicetos aquáticos. Universidade do Minho, Portugal.

2007: Forensic entomology: a tool for criminal investigation. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2007: Litter breakdown in Freshwaters. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2007: Ecological Modelling. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2007: Nutrient dynamics. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2007: Multivariate statistics in Ecology and Ecotoxicology. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2007: Biochemistry and molecular biology. Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal.

2002-2002: Curso informática. Centro de Formação às Tecnologias Informáticas, Portugal.

 

Teaching activities

2016. Lecture in the classes "A trilogia dos ribeiros: folhas, fungos e invertebrados" during the conference "III Encontro Internacional da Casa das Ciências - O ensino das ciências para a sociedade do conhecimento" with Prof. Dr. Cristina Canhoto, Inst. Superior de Engenharia do Porto (Portugal).

2016. Lecture in the classes "A trilogia dos ribeiros: folhas, fungos e invertebrados" of the course "Universidade de Verão" with Prof. Dr. Cristina Canhoto and Sara Simões, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2016. Lecture in practical classes of the advanced course "Soil Microbiology: from science to practice" coordinated by Prof. Dr. Cristina Canhoto, José Paulo Sousa & Paula Morais, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2014/2015; 2015/2016. Lecture in theoretical and practical classes of "Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems" coordinated by Prof. Dr. Cristina Canhoto, Degree in Biology, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016. Lecture in theoretical and practical classes of the advanced course "Forests and Foresty Streams: hydrology, ecology and management" coordinated by Prof. Dr. Jorge Canhoto and Cristina Canhoto, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2010/2011; 2011/2012; 2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016; 2016/2017: Lecture in practical classes of the advanced course "Disturbed streams" coordinated by Prof. Dr. Cristina Canhoto, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2008/2009; 2009/2010; 2010/2011: Colaboration on practical classes of "Ecologia das Populações e Comunidades" to Biology degree and "Ecologia Geral" to Environmental Engineering degree coordinated by Profs. Dr. Manuel Graça and Cristina Canhoto, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2008/2009; 2009/2010; 2010/2011: Colaboration on practical classes of "Biologia de Campo" to Biology degree coordinated by Profs. Dr. Manuel Graça and Cristina Canhoto, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

2005/2006; 2006/2007: Colaboration on practical classes of "Ecologia Geral" to Biology and Environmental Engineering degrees coordinated by Profs. Dr. Manuel Graça and Cristina Canhoto, Dept. of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

 

Traineeships

February 2012: Stay at the Laboratoire d'écologie fonctionnelle - EcoLab, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (Toulouse, France), under the Pessoa exchange project between the IMAR, Coimbra, and the EcoLab, Toulouse. Processing of sporulation samples of Aquatic Hyphomycetes.

March-May 2012: Stay at the Mount Allison University (Sackville, Canada), supervised by Professor Felix Bärlocher. Applying of molecular techniques to evaluate and quantify Aquatic Hyphomycetes communities by DGGE.

February 2011: Stay at the Laboratoire d'écologie fonctionnelle - EcoLab, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (Toulouse, France), under the Pessoa exchange project between the IMAR, Coimbra, and the EcoLab, Toulouse. Data analysis.

February and March 2007: Stay at the Biology Department of Minho University (Braga, Portugal), supervised by Professors Fernanda Cássio and Cláudia Pascoal. Isolation of aquatic hyphomycetes species from contaminated and not contaminated streams with uranium.

 

Seminar / Workshops

5. Effects of salinisation in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, 2014. Department of Biology of the University of Aveiro, Aveiro.

4. II Encontro Nacional de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas, 2007, Coimbra.

3. Conservação da Natureza e Ordenamento do Território, 2006. Faculdade de Direito, Coimbra.

2. Toxicidades: Noções do Nocivo, 2003. Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Associação Académica de Coimbra, Coimbra.

1. Horizontes da Genética, 2001. Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Associação Académica de Coimbra, Coimbra.

 

Organization of events

2015. Member of the organization Commitee of the "3º Congresso Ibérico de Ecologia". 16-19 June, 2015. Coimbra (Portugal). URL: http://4iberianecologicalcongr.....

2008. Member of the organization of the "5th Meeting on Plant Litter Procesing in Freshwaters (PLPF5)". 23-26 July, 2008. Coimbra (Portugal). URL: http://www.ci.uc.pt/plpf5

 

Supervising thesis - Master Dissertations

2016-(ongoing). Adriana Carvalho (Master in Ecology student). "Do aquatic hyphomycetes species from salt-contaminated streams differ in functional efficiency from their conspecific "reference strains"?". Supervisor; co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Cristina Cannoto, CFE & University of Coimbra).

2015. Tesfalem Getahun Belihu (European Master in Ecology student). "Does stream secondary salinization affect fungal and detritus palatability to shredders?". Supervisor; co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Cristina Cannoto, CFE & University of Coimbra). Concluded in 16/9/2015.

Participation as member of the jury for academic degrees

Participation in National Master Juries: 1

  1. Gonçalves A.L., Lírio A.V., Graça M.A.S., Canhoto C. (2016) Fungal species diversity affects leaf decomposition after drought. International Review Of Hydrobiology. 100, 1-9. (see details)
  2. Gonçalves A.L., Graça M.A.S., Canhoto C. (2015) Is diversity a buffer against environmental temperature fluctuations? - A decomposition experiment with aquatic fungi. Fungal Ecology . 17, 96-102. (see details)
  3. Canhoto C., Gonçalves A.L., Bärlocher F. (2015) Biology and ecological functions of aquatic hyphomycetes in a warming climate. Fungal Ecology. 19, 201-218. (see details)
  4. Cornut J., Ferreira V., Gonçalves A.L., Chauvet E., Canhoto C. (2015) Fungal alteration of leaf litter elemental composition affects shredder feeding activity. Freshwater Biology. 60, 9, 1755-1771. (see details)
  5. Goncalves, AL; Chauvet, E; Barlocher, F; Graca, MAS; Canhoto, C (2014) Top-down and bottom-up control of litter decomposers in streams. Freshwater Biology. 59, 10, 2172-2182. (see details) ISI paper
  6. Canhoto, C; Calapez, R; Goncalves, AL; Moreira-Santos, M (2013) Effects of Eucalyptus leachates and oxygen on leaf-litter processing by fungi and stream invertebrates. Freshwater Science. 32, 2, 411-424. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Barlocher, F; Kebede, YK; Goncalves, AL; Canhoto, C (2013) Incubation Temperature and Substrate Quality Modulate Sporulation by Aquatic Hyphomycetes. Microbial Ecology. 66, 1, 30-39. (see details) ISI paper
  8. Goncalves, AL; Graca, MAS; Canhoto, C (2013) The effect of temperature on leaf decomposition and diversity of associated aquatic hyphomycetes depends on the substrate. Fungal Ecology. 6, 6, 546-553. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Ferreira, V; Goncalves, AL; Canhoto, C (2012) Aquatic hyphomycete strains from metal-contaminated and reference streams might respond differently to future increase in temperature. Mycologia. 104, 3, 613-622. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Goncalves, AL; Lirio, AV; Pratas, J; Canhoto, C (2011) Uranium contaminated water does not affect microbial activity but decreases feeding by the shredder Sericostoma vittatum. Fundamental And Applied Limnology. 179, 1, 17-25. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Ferreira, V; Goncalves, AL; Godbold, DL; Canhoto, C (2010) Effect of increased atmospheric CO2 on the performance of an aquatic detritivore through changes in water temperature and litter quality. Global Change Biology. 16, 12, 3284-3296. (see details) ISI paper
  12. Ferreira, V; Goncalves, AL; Pratas, J; Canhoto, C (2010) Contamination by uranium mine drainages affects fungal growth and interactions between fungal species and strains. Mycologia. 102, 5, 1004-1011. (see details) ISI paper
  13. Goncalves, AL; Canhoto, C (2009) Decomposition of eucalypt and alder mixtures: responses to variation in evenness. Fundamental And Applied Limnology. 173, 4, 293-303. (see details) ISI paper
  14. Goncalves, AL; Gama, AM; Ferreira, V; Graca, MAS; Canhoto, C (2007) The breakdown of Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus Labill.) bark in a Portuguese stream. Fundamental And Applied Limnology. 168, 4, 307-315. (see details) ISI paper
  15. Gama, M; Goncalves, AL; Ferreira, V; Graca, MAS; Canhoto, C (2007) Decomposition of fire exposed eucalyptus leaves in a Portuguese lowland stream. International Review Of Hydrobiology. 92, 3, 229-241. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Ferreira V., Gonçalves A.L., Pratas J. & Canhoto C. (2010) Uranium adsorption by Articulospora tetracladia: can aquatic hyphomycetes be natural bioremediators of uranium contaminated streams?. In: Mendes-Vilas A.. (EDS.), Microorganisms in industry and environment. From scientific and industrial research to consumer products. World Scientific Pub Co.. 265-269. 13: 978-981-4322-10-2. (see details)
  1. Gonçalves A.L. (2013) The importance of fungal diversity on leaf decomposition in streams. PhD Thesis. (see details)
  2. Gonçalves A.L. (2008) Decomposition of eucalyptus and alder mixtures: responses to variation in evenness. MSc Thesis. (see details)