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Marine Resources, Conservation and Technology


Miguel Pardal

Filipe Martinho

The Marine Resources, Conservation and Technology promotes interdisciplinary research on the linkage between climate change, anthropogenic induced changes, and the impacts of hazardous substances on marine organisms, as well as on cutting-edge aquaculture nutrition methods. The core objective is to contribute to a healthy and sustainable ocean by leveraging a unique integration between science, industry, and society.

The Coastal and Estuarine Ecology RL addresses the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on benthic, plankton and fish assemblages and key species based on long-term data sets and monitoring programs. Recent research topics include life-stage and population connectivity in marine fishes across various temporal and spatial scales, evaluating the landings of local fisheries and its impacts on coastal stocks, as well as marine species distributions along natural environmental gradients. Understanding how species and ecosystems respond to global change and exploitation, and the rates at which these events occur, is a key challenge in marine science today to achieve a true sustainability.

The Aquaculture RL uses experimental methodologies for studying fish and crustacean nutrition with the aim of developing novel feeds and farming strategies. Due to its relevance for human nutrition, attention has been given to lipid synthesis, regulation, and composition, and on providing reliable, cost-effective and expedite metabolite profile of muscle/fillets. Under the concept of circular economy, aquaculture will rely on the provision of alternative cost-effective feed ingredients that assist on the parsimonious use of wild-caught fishmeal protein. Developing tools to assess its utilization while testing environmental benefits and economic viability, should ultimately improve the sustainability and overall public perception of the industry.

The Environmental and Human Safety RL aims to estimate the potential risk of environmentally relevant hazardous substances such as metals, antibiotics, or pesticides, by measuring environmental levels and setting Environmental Quality Standards values for aquatic ecosystems. Contributing to human risk assessment is also a goal considering the edible products extracted from aquatic systems, which is aligned with the growing recognition that healthy human nutrition requires a fine balance with the protection of the environment, and the inputs and outputs of the industrial food process.

The Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Research Group is now a member of the Portuguese node of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) and is committed to contribute to ocean literacy through increasingly diverse education and outreach activities.

Research Team


Ana Catarina Vaz

Ana Lígia Primo

Ana Marta Gonçalves

André Sucena Afonso

Catarina Cruzeiro

Catarina Soares Silva

Cláudia Mieiro

Cristiano Araújo

Eduardo Bento

Elsa Santos Rodrigues

Filipa Bessa

Filipe Ferreira da Costa

Filipe Martinho

Filipe Pereira

Hugo Arantes de Morais

Ivan Viegas

Joana Baptista

João Cotas

Leonel Pereira

Manuel Rodrigues

Margarida Nunes Cardoso

Mariana Palma

Miguel Pardal

Milene Guerreiro

Pedro Martins Duarte


Raquel Delfim

Sara Borges Lourenço

Sara Leston

Silvia Lomartire