PhD (2007 - 2011): PhD in Biology, field of Ecology by the Science and Technology Faculty, University of Coimbra (UC). Thesis: "Integrated evaluation of the ecotoxicological risk of using sewage sludges in agriculture and in soil restoration", under supervision of Prof. Dr. José Paulo Sousa and Co-Supervision of Prof. Dr. Cornelis Adrianus Maria van Gestel.
Master of Science (2003 - 2005): Master in Ecology by the Science and Technology Faculty, UC. Thesis: "Avoidance tests with soil organisms as early screening tools for site specific risk assessment of contaminated soils", under supervision of Prof. Dr. José Paulo Sousa and Co-Supervision of Dr. Jörg Römbke. Final grade "Very good".
Degree of licentiateship (1995 - 2001): Biology, Scientific branch by the Science and Technology Faculty, UC, with final grade of 14 (out of 20). Final project: "Avoidance tests as early screening tools for site specific assessment in polluted soils", in the field of Ecotoxicology under supervision of Prof. Dr. Rui Ribeiro and co-supervision of Prof. Dr. José Paulo Sousa. Final grade of 20 (out of 20).
Domain of specialization: Terrestrial ecotoxicology and Ecology
Other skills: Edaphic ecology, Entomology
Present research interests: Ecotoxicological characterization of industrial wastes and contaminated soils; evaluation of the influence of soil communities on the provisioning of ecosystem services.