1. personal data
2. academic degree
3. area of scientific activity
4. research projects
5. membership in scientific societies
6. referee and editor of scientific journals
7. publications
8. supervising theses
9. language skills
10. other information
1. personal data
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name
Filipa Bessa
address
MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
contact data
tel. +351 239 837797
fax. +351 239 823603
email afbessa@uc.pt
Orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6602-3710
 
2. academic degree
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year academic degree scientific area institution
2006 Graduation Biology University of Coimbra
2008 MSc Ecology University of Coimbra
2014 PhD Marine Ecology University of Coimbra and University of Florence
 
3. area of scientific activity
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domain of specialization
Marine and Coastal Ecology
Use of ecological indicators to assess environmental quality of coastal ecosystems (namely sandy beaches)
Behavioural Ecology (orientation and endogenous rhythms of talitrid amphipods)
Throphic network analysis (stable isotopes)
European Directives implementation: Water Framework Directive (WFD) and European Marine Strategy
Framework Directive (MSFD)
 
present investigation interests
Assessment of plastic and microplastic pollution in coastal and marine ecosystems
Development of methodologies for extraction of microplastics from environmental samples (water, sediments and biota)
Marine litter monitoring programmes
European Directives implementation: Water Framework Directive (WFD) and European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
Citizen Science
Policy and Governance
Science communication and environmental education
 
other skills/activities

2018: invited for practical lecture in the subject Biology II entitled "Microplastics in marine ecosystems".
Degree in Biology, Coimbra, Portugal.

2014-2018: theoretical and practical lectures in the subject of Biology and Marine Ecology, Degree in Biology, Coimbra, Portugal.

2017-2018: Referee of the Special Sessions at International Scientific Committee of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL2018) and at IX Simpósio sobre a Margem Ibérica Atlântica (MIA2018).

2018: Coordination of the workshop “Talitraits” funded by LifeWatch-WoRMS and ModelPlastics (Euromarine foresight workshop).

2017/2018: Organization of a public exhibition entitled “The Era of Marine Litter” at Núcleo Museológico do Mar (Buarcos) and a workshop for teacher and educators entitled “ Literacy of Marine litter” accredited by Ordem dos Biólogos.

2016-2018: Member of Organizing Committee of 1º CPLM - Conferência Portuguesa sobre Lixo Marinho and MIA2018.
 
4. coordination/participation of research projects
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With Portuguese national financial support
As coordinator/co-ordinator:

Title: UAS4LITTER - Low-cost Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAs) for marine litter coastal mapping
Duration: 2018-2020
Funding: FCT (PTDC/EAM-REM/30324/2017)
Coordination: Dr. Gil Gonçalves and Dr. Filipa Bessa (Co-IR)

Title: linhomarinho.app - Citizen science platform to collect and map marine litter on sandy beaches.
Duration: 2018-2019
Funding: 14000€ - CentroAdapt – Ignition grant - Centro 2020
Coordinator: Filipa Bessa


As Team Member:

Title: RIVERSEA - Land-based sources of marine litter and microplastics. Evaluation and modelling of the input from rivers and estuaries and implementation of prevention and reduction strategies at the source
Duration: 2018-2020
Funding: FCT (PTDC/EAM-AMB/30726/2017)
Coordination: Dr. Paula Sobral

Title: CENTROADAPT – Centro de Vanguarda em Adaptações às Alterações Climáticas (SAAC 000140).
Duration: 2017-2019
Support: Centro 2020
Funding: 376820€
Coordinator: João Carlos Sousa Marques (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Title: SUSPENSE - Sustainable built environment under natural hazards and extreme events.
Duration: 2017 – 2019
Support: PT2020
Coordinator: Prof. Luís Simões da Silva

Title: 3M_RECITAL - ESTUÁRIOS DO MINHO, MONDEGO E MIRA, observatórios: Variações do estado ecológico a longo prazo originadas por pressões naturais e humanas. implicações na gestão e recuperação
Duration: 2011-2014
Support: FCT, Portugal (Proposal/Contract nº LTER/BIA-BEC/0019/2009).
Funding: 199.932,00 €.
Coordinator: João Carlos Sousa Marques (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Title: RECONNECT (System dynamic response to an ample artificial RE-establishment of the upstream CONNECTion between the two arms of the Mondego estuary (Portugal): Implications for recovery, ecological
quality status, and management)
Duration: 2008-2011
Funding: FCT (contract: PTDC/MAR/64627/2006PTDC/MAR/64627/2006)
Coordinator: João Carlos Marques

Title: BIOMA - Rede de Competência em Biónica sobre as Ciências do Mar na Região Centro de Portugal.
Duration: 2008
Funding: Program ICENTRO – Programa Regional de Acções Inovadoras da Região do Centro de Portugal 2006/2007 (n.º CCI 2005 PT 16 0 PP 002, European Comission)
Coordinator: CITEVE – Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário de Portugal
With international financial support
As coordinator/co-coordinator:


2018: Coordinator of the workshop Modelling Ocean Plastic Litter in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Mitigations - MODELPlastics (EM/PFB/2017.003).
Funding: EuroMarine funds. Funding: 11475,00€ (9475,00€ + 2000,00€ extra fund).
Coordination: Dr. Ana Marta Gonçalves, Dr. Filipa Bessa, Dr. Irene Martins. Co-coordination: Dr. Simone Libralato, Dr. Jesús Gago.

Title: Impactos antrópicos em praias arenosas fluminenses: uma abordagem ecológica utilizando bioindicadores naturais.
Duration: 2014
Funding: Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - FAPERJ
Coordination: Filipa Bessa; Ricardo Cardoso, UNIRIO, Brazil.


As Team Member:

Title: BASEMAN (Defining the baselines and standards for microplastics analyses in European waters
biodiversity and assessing good environmental status.
Duration: 2016 - 2018
Funding: JPI OCEANS/FCT
Coordinator: Gunnar Gerdts, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Title: SERMARE - Sensibilizar e Educar para uma Sociedade Azul / Raising awareness and educating for a blue society.
Duration: 2016-2017
Funding: Fondation Auchan pour la Jeunesse_France
Coordinator: Zara Teixeira (IMAR; MARE-UC)

Title: DEVOTES (Development of innovative tools for understanding marine
biodiversity and assessing good environmental status.
Duration: 2012 - 2016
Funding: EU (FP7-ENV-308392)
Coordinator: Angel Borja, AZTI Fundation, Spain


In collaboration:

Title: PLASTOX - Direct and indirect ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms.
Duration: 2016 - 2018
Funding: JPI OCEANS/FCT
Coordinator: Andy Booth, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Environmental Technology Department, Trondheim.

Title: RIMMEL (RIverine and Marine floating macro litter Monitoring and Modelling of Environmental Loading). Member of the Riverine Litter Observation Network.
Duration: 2016-2017
Funding: European Commission, Joint Research Centre.
Coordinator: Daniel Gonzalez and Georg Hank.
Services rendered
 
5. membership in scientific societies
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From 2018: Thematic Editor of World Amphipoda Database -
(part of WoRMS - the World Register of Marine Species)
 
6. referee and editor of scientific journals
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Regular Referee of:

Ecological Indicators
Acta Oecologica
Biological Conservation
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Marine Environmental Research
Ocean and Coastal Management
Estuaries and Coasts
Marine Ecology Progress Series
African Journal of Marine Science
Journal of Sea Research
Italian Journal of Zoology
Plos One
Journal of Marine Biology & Oceanography - SciTechnol
Acta Ecologica Sinica
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Ecosphere
Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN)
Scientific Reports
Journal of Ethology
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Environmental Pollution
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Regional Studies in Marine Science
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Publons Profile:
(https://publons.com/author/1291324/filipa-bessa#profile)

 
7. publications
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|books| |book chapters| |book reviews| |proceedings (int)|
|proceedings (nat)| |national journals| |technical reports| |oral presentations| |posters|
papers in international scientific periodicals with referee (ISI)
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- Constantino E, Martins I, Sierra JMS, Bessa F, 2018. Abundance and composition of floating marine macro litter on the eastern sector of the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 138, 260-265. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.11.008.

- Bessa F, Barría P, Neto JN, Frias JPGL, Otero V, Sobral P, Marques JC, 2018. Ocurrence of microplastics in commercial fish from a natural estuarine environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin.128, 575-584. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.044

- Vendel AL, Bessa F, Alves VEN, Amorim ALA Patrício J, Palma ART, 2017. Widespread microplastic ingestion by fish assemblages in tropical estuaries subjected to anthropogenic pressures. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 117, 448-455. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.081.

- Bessa F, Scapini F, Cabrini TMB, Cardoso RS, 2017. Behavioural responses of talitrid amphipods to recreational pressures on oceanic tropical beaches with contrasting extension. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 486, 170-177.

- Bessa F, Marques JC, Scapini F, 2014. Behavioural adaptations of two sympatric sandhoppers living on a mesotidal European Atlantic sandy beach. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 147, 17-24.

- Bessa F, Gonçalves SC, Franco JN, André JN, Cunha PP, Marques JC, 2014. Temporal changes in macrofauna as response indicator to potential human pressures on sandy beaches. Ecological indicators 41, 49-57.

- Bessa F, Baeta A, Marques JC, 2014. Niche segregation amongst sympatric species at exposed sandy shores with contrasting wrack availabilities illustrated by stable isotopic analysis. Ecological Indicators 36, 694-702.

- Nourisson D, Bessa F, Scapini F, Marques JC, 2014. Macrofaunal community abundance and diversity and talitrid orientation as potential indicators of ecological long-term effects of a sand-dune recovery intervention. Ecological Indicators 36, 356-366.

- Bessa F, Cunha D, Gonçalves SC, Marques JC, 2013. Sandy beach macrofaunal assemblages as indicators of anthropogenic impacts on coastal dunes. Ecological Indicators 30, 196-204.

- Marques L, Carriço A, Bessa F, Gaspar R, Neto JM, Patrício J, 2013. Response of intertidal macrobenthic communities and primary producers to mitigation measures in a temperate estuary. Ecological Indicators 25, 10-22.

- Bessa F, Rossano C, Nourisson D, Gambineri S, Marques JC, Scapini F, 2013. Behaviour of Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on a rehabilitated sandy beach on the European Atlantic Coast (Portugal). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 117, 168-177.

- Costa S, Bessa F, Pardal MA 2013. The parasite Sacculina carcini Thompson, 1836 (Cirripedia, Rhizocephala) in the crab Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) (Decapoda, Portunidae): influence of environmental conditions, colour morphotype and sex. Crustaceana 86, 34-47.

- Viegas I, Marques S, Bessa F, Primo AL, Martinho F, Azeiteiro UM, Pardal MA, 2011. Life history strategy of a southern European population of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.): evidence for latitudinal changes in growth phenology and population dynamics. Marine Biology 159, 33-43.

- Bessa F, Baeta A, Martinho F, Marques S, Pardal MA, 2010. Seasonal and temporal variations in population dynamics of the Carcinus maenas (L.): the effect of an extreme drought event in a southern European estuary. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 90, 867-876.
 
books
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book chapters
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proceedings of international meetings with referee
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2018: Bessa F, Barría P, Neto J.M., Frias JPGL, Otero V, Sobral P, Marques JC, 2018. Microplastics in juvenile commercial fish from a natural estuarine environment, from the book: Proceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Springer Water, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71279-6.

2016: Bessa, Filipa; Barría, Pablo; Neto, J.M., Marques, J.C., Sobral, P. Occurrence of Potential Microplastics in Commercial Fish From an Estuarine Environment: Preliminary Results, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-812271-6.00080-6 In book: Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems, pp.81-82.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780128122716)

2016: Martins I, Teixeira Z, Gonçalves A, Bessa F, Verissimo H, Vinagre P and Marques JC 2016. Evidence for the long-term contribution of upstream agricultural practices and land use on the biodiversity and function of an estuary and adjacent coastal areas. Front. Mar. Sci. Conference Abstract: IMMR | International Meeting on Marine Research 2016. doi: 10.3389/conf.FMARS.2016.04.00103
 
national journals, from portugal or from abroad, with peer review
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proceedings of portuguese national meetings
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- Cunha PP, Dias J, Veríssimo H, Duarte LV, Dinis PM, Lopes
FC, Bessa F, Antunes JA. 2018. Book of Proceedings of the IX
Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin. ISBN: 978-989-
98914-3-2.
 
editorial and book reviews
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technical reports
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- González-Fernández, D., Hanke, G., and the RiLON network (member Bessa, F), Floating Macro Litter in European Rivers - Top Items. EUR 29383 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2018, ISBN 978-92-79-96373-5, doi:10.2760/316058, JRC108172.

- Frias J, et al. (member Bessa, F), 2018. Standardised protocol for monitoring microplastics in sediments. JPI-Oceans BASEMAN project. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36256.89601.

- Airoldi L, Piarulli S, Wen J, Granberg M, Magnusson K, Van Colen C, Vanhove B, Bessa, F, Sobral P, van Franeker JA. 2017. Deliverable 3.1. Plastox Project - Qualitative and quantitative information on the distribution of MPs in key species at different trophic levels.
 
oral presentations
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- Bessa F, Sobral P, Borja A, Marques JC. Assessing microplastic abundance and distribution on the surface waters of the Mondego river estuary (Portugal). MICRO 2018, Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions, Lanzarote, 19-23 November 2018.

- Bessa F, Gonçalves C, Sobral P, Marques JC. Levels of microplastic pollution on sandy beaches from the European Atlantic coast (Portugal). IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin (MIA2018), Coimbra, Portugal, 4-7 September 2018.

- Sobral P, Antunes J, Bessa F, Clode JC, Costa MH, Domingos I, Gonçalves AM, Marques JC, Martins M. Microplastics – why are we concerned. Encontro Ciência 2018, Lisbon, Portugal, 2-4 July 2018.

- Bessa F, Gonçalves C, Sobral P, Marques JC. Microplastic pollution on sandy beaches with different human-induced pressures from the European Atlantic coast (Portugal). VIII International Sandy Beach Symposium (ISBS2018) Heraklion, Greece, 25-29 June 2018.

- Bozzeda F, Gambineri S, Bessa F, Scapini F. Sandy beach ecosystem response to different Climate Change and related management scenarios. VIII International Sandy Beach Symposium (ISBS2018) Heraklion, Greece, 25-29 June 2018.

- Bessa F, Baeta A, Marques JC, Arenas F, Rodil IV. Habitat and trophic significance of external subsidies in wrack-associated beach macrofauna assemblages. VIII International Sandy Beach Symposium (ISBS2018) Heraklion, Greece, 25-29 June 2018.

- Scapini F, Bessa F, Gambineri S Bozzeda F. Sandhopper (Amphipoda, Talitridae) orientation as across scales bioindicator of sandy beaches environmental conditions: a meta-analytic approach. VIII International Sandy Beach Symposium (ISBS2018) Heraklion, Greece, 25-29 June 2018.

- Bessa F, Barria P, Neto JM, Frias JPGL, Otero V, Sobral P, Marques JC. Microplastics in juvenile commercial fish from a natural estuarine environment. International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Capri, Italy, 26-29 September 2017.

- Duarte B, Canning-Clode J, Ramalhosa P, Vaz N, Dias JM, Bessa F, Marques JC, Caçador I. Microplásticos como vetores de metais pesados no meio marinho: consequências ecológicas. MICROPLÁSTICOS 2016 – 1º Congresso Português sobre Microplásticos: Contaminação Ambiental por Microplásticos e suas Implicações para a Saúde dos Ecossistemas, Animal e Humana. Porto, Portugal, 19-20 December 2016.

- Bessa F, Barria P, Neto JM, Frias JPGL, Otero V, Sobral P, Marques JC. Extração e identificação de microplásticos em peixes no ambiente estuarino. MICROPLÁSTICOS 2016 – 1º Congresso Português sobre Microplásticos: Contaminação Ambiental por Microplásticos e suas Implicações para a Saúde dos Ecossistemas, Animal e Humana. Porto, Portugal, 19-20 December, 2016.

- Duarte B, Canning-Clode J, Ramalhosa P, Vaz N, Dias JM, Bessa F, Marques JC, Caçador I. O papel dos microplásticos como vectores de metais pesados em ambientes marinhos. ª CPLM - Conferência Portuguesa sobre Lixo Marinho. Lisboa, Portugal, 15 September, 2016.

- Bessa F, Barría P, Neto JM, Marques JC, Sobral P. Occurrence of potential microplastics in commercial fish from an estuarine environment. 1ª CPLM - Conferência Portuguesa sobre Lixo Marinho. Lisboa, Portugal, 15 September 2016.

- Bessa F, Barría P, Neto JM, Marques JC, Sobral P. Occurrence of potential microplastics in commercial fish from an estuarine environment - Preliminary results. MICRO 2016: International Conference. Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, May 25-27th, 2016.

- Martins I, Teixeira Z, Gonçalves AM, Bessa F, Veríssimo H, Vinagre P, Marques JC. 2016. Evidence for the long-term contribution of upstream agricultural practices and land use on the biodiversity and function of an estuary and adjacent coastal areas. Frontiers Marine Science. Conference Abstract: IMMR | International Meeting on Marine Research 2016. Peniche, Portugal, 14-15 July 2016.

- Bessa F, Scapini, Felicita; Cabrini, TM; Cardoso, RS. The combined effects of contrasting beach extension and human use on talitrid orientation. VII INTERNATIONAL SANDY BEACH SYMPOSIUM. Ilhabela-Brazil, 6-10 July 2015.

- Bessa F, Rossano C, Nourisson D, Gambineri S, Marques JCM, Scapini F. Behaviour of Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on rehabilitated sandy beach on the European Atlantic Coast (Portugal). Vth INTERNATIONAL SANDY BEACH SYMPOSIUM. South Africa, 23-28 June 2012
 
posters
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- Antunes J, Sobral P, Dhimmer V, Pequeno J, Bessa F. Fish, bivalves and polychaeta: microplastics ingestion in Portuguese coastal waters. MICRO 2018, Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions, Lanzarote, 19-23 November 2018

- Bessa F, Vaz J, Sobral P, Marques, JC. Marine litter trends of beaches with different human-induced pressures on the European Atlantic coast (Portugal). Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (IMDC), San Diego (USA), 12-16 March 2018.

- Frias J, Nash R, Carretero O, Viñas L, Gago J, Lopes C, Raimundo J, Caetano M, Antunes J, Bessa F, Sobral P, Muniategui S, Gueiro G, et al. Sampling methodologies for microplastics in the marine environment (WP4). 2nd JPI Oceans Conference, Lisbon, 26 October 2017.

- Airoldi L, Piarulli S, Bessa F, Comandini P, Doyle T, Fabbri E, van Franeker J, Grannberg M, et al. Plastox WP3: MPs uptake and food web transfer. 2nd JPI Oceans Conference, Lisbon, 26 October 2017.

- Bessa, F, Gonçalves C, Sobral P, Marques JC. Ocorrência de microplásticos em praias arenosas sujeitas a diferentes pressões humanas: Resultados preliminares. MICRO2016 - 1º Congresso Português sobre Microplásticos. Porto, Portugal, 19-20 December 2016.

- Duarte B, Canning-Clode J, Ramalhosa P, Vaz N, Dias JM, Bessa F, Marques JC, Caçador, I. Heavy metal release from plastic debris coated by anti-fouling paints along an estuarine physic-chemical gradient. ECSA56- Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state. Bremen, Germany, 4-7 September 2016.

- Reis MG, Bessa F, Skinner VB, Cabrini TMB, Cardoso RS, Comportamento orientacional de Atlantorchestoidea brasiliensis na praia da Restinga da Marambaia, RJ. V Congresso Brasileiro de Biologia Marinha. Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca - PE, Brazil, 17-21 May 2015.

- Bessa F, Gonçalves SG, Franco JF, André JN, Cunha PP, Marques JC. Temporal changes in macrofauna as response indicator to potential human pressures on sandy beaches. ECSA54 Conference- Coastal systems under change: tuning assessment and management tools. Sesimbra, Portugal, 12-16 May 2014.

- Bessa F, Rossano C, Nourisson D, Gambineri S, Marques JC, Scapini F. Behaviour of Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on rehabilitated sandy beach on the European Atlantic Coast (Portugal). Vth INTERNATIONAL SANDY BEACH SYMPOSIUM. South Africa, 23-28 June 2012.

- Bessa F, Rossano C, Nourisson D, Gambineri S, Marques, JC, Scapini F. Behaviour of Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) on rehabilitated sandy beach on the European Atlantic Coast (Portugal). 73 CONGRESSO NAZIONALE DELL'UNIONE ZOOLOGICA ITALIANA, Florence, Italy, 23-27 September 2012.
 
8. supervising theses
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M.Sc Thesis
Concluded (as co-supervisor):

1. José David Costa Cunha (2012). Title: Efeitos da nutrição de praias na comunidade macrofaunal
de uma praia arenosa da costa ocidental Portuguesa. University of Coimbra.
 
9. language skills
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language reading writing conversation
portuguese first language first language first language
english excelent very good very good
italian excelent very good very good
french very good basic basic
spanish very good regular good
 
10. other information [e.g. patents]
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Communication and Outreach activities (more details in other plaftorms/websites:


Examples:

TV documentaries:

2016:Biosfera: "Os Impactos da Atual Sociedade de Plástico" | 30 Abr, 2016 | Episódio 33.

2012:REPUBLICA DO SABER. "O comportamento da pulga da areia como potencial biondicator de impactos em praias arenosas." "REPÚBLICA DO SABER" #PGM 7 Dez 2012 - RTP 2;

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC EVENTS:

2016: Member of Organizing Committee of 1º CPLM - Conferência Portuguesa sobre Lixo Marinho. Lisboa, Portugal, 15-16 September, 2016.

2010: Member of the Organising Committee of ECSA 47 Symposium - Integrative tools and methods in assessing ecological quality in estuarine and coastal systems worldwide Figueira da Foz, 14 - 19 September