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Ecology and restoration of riverine, estuarine and coastal habitats

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ECOREACH
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Our research is mainly focused on biological and physical-chemical processes in transitional waters, from freshwater catchments to coastal marine

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The Ecoreach is a research unit of the Marine Sciences Centre (CCMAR). Our research is mainly focused on biological and physical-chemical processes from catchment through transitional water/nearshore areas and on restoration techniques to face global change and major anthropogenic threats, including the degraded upstream areas, directly impacting to the quality of the marine downstream ecosystems.  We aimed to understand the natural variability of aquatic ecosystems (freshwater inflow, tides, upwelling, winds) and the ecologic impacts of human activities (fisheries, pollution, dams, NIS/alien species, jellyfish proliferations, acidification), particularly at plankton and macrobenthos of riverine, estuarine and coastal areas in order to improve their use as bioindicators and develop adequate mitigation/restoration actions. The mitigation/restoration actions are based on Environmental (Bio)technologies mainly based on the use of biota communities, biodegradable substracta and freshwater treatment to remove biofouling, liquid-liquid extraction procedures aiming the (bio)remediation of metals-containing effluents, such industrial effluents and acid mine drainages, a special threat to water bodies all over the World. The group has been coordinating several environmental volunteer monitoring actions in aquatic ecosystems in order to contribute together with the competent authorities APA –ARH to ensure an early detection of aquatic degradation.

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Alexandra Teodósio Senior Researcher
Francisco Leitão Senior Researcher
Maria Clara Semedo da Silva Costa Investigador
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Daniela Nobre's picture
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Eudriano Costa's picture
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Francisco Leitão's picture
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Joana Cruz's picture
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João Encarnação's picture
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José Max's picture
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Juan Bueno Pardo's picture
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Pedro Morais's picture
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Vânia Baptista's picture
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Encarnação J, Seyer T, Teodósio MAlexandra, Leitão F. First Record of the Nudibranch Tenellia adspersa (Nordmann, 1845) in Portugal, Associated with the Invasive Hydrozoan Cordylophora caspia (Pallas, 1771). Diversity. 2020;12(6):214. doi:10.3390/d12060214
Encarnação J, Morais P, Baptista V, Cruz J, Teodósio MAlexandra. New Evidence of Marine Fauna Tropicalization off the Southwestern Iberian Peninsula (Southwest Europe). Diversity. 2019;11(4):48. doi:10.3390/d11040048
Vasconcelos P, Carvalho AN, Piló D, et al. Recent and Consecutive Records of the Atlantic Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896): Rapid Westward Expansion and Confirmed Establishment along the Southern Coast of Portugal. Thalassas: An International Journal of Marine Sciences. 2019;35(2):485 - 494. doi:10.1007/s41208-019-00163-1
Leitão F, Relvas P, Cánovas F, Baptista V, Teodósio A. Northerly wind trends along the Portuguese marine coast since 1950. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 2018. doi:10.1007/s00704-018-2466-9
Piló D, Barbosa AB, Teodósio MA, et al. Are submarine groundwater discharges affecting the structure and physiological status of rocky intertidal communities?. Marine Environmental Research. 2018;136:158 - 173. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.02.013
Leitão F, Baptista V, Chícharo A, Hughes SJane, Vieira V, Chícharo L. The role of environmental and fisheries multi-controls in white seabream (Diplodus sargus) artisanal fisheries in Portuguese coast. Regional Environmental Change. 2016;16(1):163 - 176. doi:10.1007/s10113-014-0726-5
Cruzeiro L, Degrève L. What is the shape of the distribution of protein conformations at equilibrium?. J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2015;33(7):1539-46. doi:10.1080/07391102.2014.966148
Encarnação J, Leitão F, Range P, Piló D, Teodósio MA, Chícharo L. Local and temporal variations in near-shore macrobenthic communities associated with submarine groundwater discharges. Marine Ecology. 2015;36(4):926 - 941. doi:10.1111/maec.12186
Leitão F, Encarnação J, Range P, Schmelz RM, Teodósio MA, Chícharo L. Submarine groundwater discharges create unique benthic communities in a coastal sandy marine environment. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2015;163:93 - 98. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.06.007
Gonçalves R, Correia ADulce, Atanasova N, Chícharo A, Ben-Hamadou R, Chícharo L. Environmental factors affecting larval fish community in the salt marsh area of Guadiana estuary (Algarve, Portugal). Scientia Marina. 2015;79(1):25 - 34. doi:10.3989/scimar.2015.79n110.3989/scimar.04081.08A
Cardoso JCR, Félix RC, Bergqvist CA, Larhammar D. New insights into the evolution of vertebrate CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone) and invertebrate DH44 (diuretic hormone 44) receptors in metazoans. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2014;209:162-70. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.09.004
Millot S, Cerqueira M, Castanheira M-F, Overli O, Oliveira RF, Martins CIM. Behavioural stress responses predict environmental perception in European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). PLoS One. 2014;9(9):e108800. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108800
Hardoim CCP, Costa R. Microbial communities and bioactive compounds in marine sponges of the family irciniidae-a review. Mar Drugs. 2014;12(10):5089-122. doi:10.3390/md12105089
Brodie J, Williamson CJ, Smale DA, et al. The future of the northeast Atlantic benthic flora in a high CO2 world. Ecol Evol. 2014;4(13):2787-98. doi:10.1002/ece3.1105
Silva G, Lima FP, Martel P, Castilho R. Thermal adaptation and clinal mitochondrial DNA variation of European anchovy. Proc Biol Sci. 2014;281(1792). doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.1093
Pinto PIS, Estêvão MD, Power DM. Effects of estrogens and estrogenic disrupting compounds on fish mineralized tissues. Mar Drugs. 2014;12(8):4474-94. doi:10.3390/md12084474
Silva TS, da Costa AMR, Conceição LEC, Dias JP, Rodrigues P, Richard N. Metabolic fingerprinting of gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) liver to track interactions between dietary factors and seasonal temperature variations. PeerJ. 2014;2:e527. doi:10.7717/peerj.527
Encarnação J, Leitão F, Range P, Piló D, Chícharo A, Chícharo L. The influence of submarine groundwater discharges on subtidal meiofauna assemblages in south Portugal (Algarve). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2013;130:202 - 208. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2013.04.013
Encarnação J, Leitão T, Morais P, et al. Effects of inter-annual freshwater inflow shifts on the community structure of estuarine decapods. Cahiers de Biologie Marine . 2013;54:181-189. doi:10.21411/CBM.A.782BAAB8
Chícharo A, Amaral A, Faria A, et al. Are tidal lagoons ecologically relevant to larval recruitment of small pelagic fish? An approach using nutritional condition and growth rate. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2012;112:265 - 279. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2012.07.033
Range P, Piló D, Ben-Hamadou R, et al. Seawater acidification by CO2 in a coastal lagoon environment: Effects on life history traits of juvenile mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2012;424-425:89 - 98. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2012.05.010
Meyer S, Caldarone EM, Chícharo A, et al. On the edge of death: Rates of decline and lower thresholds of biochemical condition in food-deprived fish larvae and juveniles. Journal of Marine Systems. 2012;93:11 - 24. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.09.010
Faria AM, Muha T, Morote E, Chícharo A. Influence of starvation on the critical swimming behaviour of the Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) and its relationship with RNA/DNA ratios during ontogeny. Scientia Marina. 2011;75(1):87 - 94. doi:10.3989/scimar.2011.75n110.3989/scimar.2011.75n1087
Range P, Chícharo A, Ben-Hamadou R, et al. Calcification, growth and mortality of juvenile clams Ruditapes decussatus under increased pCO2 and reduced pH: Variable responses to ocean acidification at local scales?. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2011;396(2):177 - 184. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2010.10.020
Morais P, Babaluk J, Correia AT, Chícharo A, Campbell JL, Chícharo L. Diversity of anchovy migration patterns in an European temperate estuary and in its adjacent coastal area: Implications for fishery management. Journal of Sea Research. 2010;64(3):295 - 303. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2010.04.001
Chícharo L, Ben Hamadou R, Amaral A, et al. Application and demonstration of the Ecohydrology approach for the sustainable functioning of the Guadiana estuary (South Portugal). Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology. 2009;9(1):55 - 71. doi:10.2478/v10104-009-0039-3
M. Olivar P, Diaz MV, Chícharo A. Tissue effect on RNA:DNA ratios of marine fish larvae. Scientia Marina. 2009;73(S1):171 - 182. doi:10.3989/scimar.2009.73s110.3989/scimar.2009.73s1171
Morais P, Chícharo A, Chícharo L. Changes in a temperate estuary during the filling of the biggest European dam. Sci Total Environ. 2009;407(7):2245-59. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.11.037
Chícharo A, Chícharo L. RNA:DNA ratio and other nucleic acid derived indices in marine ecology. Int J Mol Sci. 2008;9(8):1453-71. doi:10.3390/ijms9081453
Santos AMP, Chícharo A, Santos ADos, et al. Physical–biological interactions in the life history of small pelagic fish in the Western Iberia Upwelling Ecosystem. Progress in Oceanography. 2007;74(2-3):192 - 209. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2007.04.008
Borges R, Ben-Hamadou R, Chícharo A, Ré P, Gonçalves EJ. Horizontal spatial and temporal distribution patterns of nearshore larval fish assemblages at a temperate rocky shore. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2007;71(3-4):412 - 428. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.08.020
Garrido S, Rosa R, Ben-Hamadou R, Cunha MEmilia, Chícharo A, van der Lingen CD. Effect of maternal fat reserves on the fatty acid composition of sardine (Sardina pilchardus) oocytes. Comp Biochem Physiol B Biochem Mol Biol. 2007;148(4):398-409. doi:10.1016/j.cbpb.2007.07.008
Wolanski E, Chícharo L, Chícharo A, Morais P. An ecohydrology model of the Guadiana Estuary (South Portugal). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):132 - 143. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.029
Chícharo L, Chícharo A. Applying the ecohydrology approach to the Guadiana estuary and coastal areas: Lessons learned from dam impacted ecosystems. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):1 - 2. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.040
Chícharo L, Chícharo A, Ben-Hamadou R. Use of a hydrotechnical infrastructure (Alqueva Dam) to regulate planktonic assemblages in the Guadiana estuary: Basis for sustainable water and ecosystem services management. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):3 - 18. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.039
Chícharo A, Chícharo L, Morais P. Inter-annual differences of ichthyofauna structure of the Guadiana estuary and adjacent coastal area (SE Portugal/SW Spain): Before and after Alqueva dam construction. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):39 - 51. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.036
Faria A, Morais P, Chícharo A. Ichthyoplankton dynamics in the Guadiana estuary and adjacent coastal area, South-East Portugal. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):85 - 97. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.032
Chícharo A, Chı́charo L, Amaral A, Condinho S, Gaspar M. Chronic effects of dredging-induced stress on the clam (Spisula solida): nucleic acid and lipid composition. Fisheries Research. 2003;63(3):447 - 452. doi:10.1016/S0165-7836(03)00077-8
Chícharo A, Esteves E, A Santos MP, Santos Ados, Peliz Á, Ré P. Are sardine larvae caught off northern Portugal in winter starving? An approach examining nutritional conditions. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2003;257:303–309.
Chı́charo L, Chícharo A, Gaspar M, Regala J, Alves F. Reburial time and indirect mortality of Spisula solida clams caused by dredging. Fisheries Research. 2002;59(1-2):247 - 257. doi:10.1016/S0165-7836(02)00012-7
Chı́charo LMZ, Chícharo A, Alves F, Amaral A, Pereira A, Regala J. Diel variation of the RNA/DNA ratios in Crassostrea angulata (Lamarck) and Ruditapes decussatus (Linnaeus 1758) (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2001;259(1):121 - 129. doi:10.1016/S0022-0981(01)00229-5
Chícharo A, Chícharo LM, Galvão H, et al. Status of the Guadiana Estuary (south Portugal) during 1996-1998: An ecohydrological approach. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management. 2001;4(1):73 - 89. doi:10.1080/146349801753569298
Gaspar MB, Dias MD, Campos A, et al. The influence of dredge design on the catch of Callista chione (Linnaeus, 1758). Hydrobiologia. 2001;465(1/3):153 - 167. doi:10.1023/A:1014587212528
Chícharo L, Chícharo A, Esteves E, Andrade JPedro, Morais P. Effects of alterations in fresh water supply on the abundance and distribution of Engraulis encrasicolus in the Guadiana estuary and adjacent coastal areas of south Portugal. International Journal of Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology. 2001;1:341–346.
Chı́charo LMZ, Chícharo A. Estimation of the life history parameters of Mytilus galloprovincialis (Lamarck) larvae in a coastal lagoon (Ria Formosa — south Portugal). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2000;243(1):81 - 94. doi:10.1016/S0022-0981(99)00112-4
Esteves E, Chícharo A, Pina T, Coelho ML, Andrade JP. Comparison of RNA/DNA ratios obtained with two methods for nucleic acid quantification in gobiid larvae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2000;245(1):43 - 55. doi:10.1016/S0022-0981(99)00150-1
Esteves E, Pina T, Chícharo A, Andrade JP. The distribution of estuarine fish larvae: Nutritional condition andco-occurrence with predators and prey. Acta Oecologica. 2000;21(3):161 - 173. doi:10.1016/S1146-609X(00)01078-X
Chícharo A, Chı́charo L, Valdés L, López-Jamar E, Ré P. Does the nutritional condition limit survival potential of sardine Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum, 1792) larvae off the north coast of Spain? RNA/DNA ratios and their variability. Fisheries Research. 1998;39(1):43 - 54. doi:10.1016/S0165-7836(98)00167-2
Chícharo A. Nutritional condition and starvation in Sardina pilchardus (L.) larvae off southern Portugal compared with some environmental factors. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 1998;225(1):123 - 137. doi:10.1016/S0022-0981(97)00212-8
Projects
Title Coordinator Time frame Funding CCMAR All
CLIMFISH CLIMFISH - fisheries vulnerability to climate change Francisco Leitão 05/01/2018 to 12/27/2021 COMPETE2020 151,442.00k€ 151.442,00k€
BIOFISH-QoL Integrative approach to enhance the quality of live in fishing communities of the ‘Bons Sinais’ estuary (Mozambique) Francisco Leitão 11/01/2018 to 10/30/2020 FCT 202,663.00k€ 449.279,00k€
BIOFISH-QoL Integrative approach to enhance the quality of live in fishing communities of the ‘Bons Sinais’ estuary (Mozambique) Francisco Leitão 11/01/2018 to 10/30/2020 AKDN foundation (AGA KHAN) 202,663.00k€ 449.279,00k€
Events
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Next Wednesday, our PhD candidate Vânia Baptista will defend her thesis about “Influence of oceanography and larvae behavior on recruitment of temperate fishes."
October 30, 2019
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Auditório Verde l Edifício 8 l Gambelas Campus
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Room 2.31 I Building 7 I Gambelas Campus
April 3, 2019
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Room 2.31 I Building 7 I Gambelas Campus
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Next year our seminars will return in January 3rd, at 1:30 pm with an invited speaker.
January 3, 2018
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Amph. B (CP)
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December 06th, at 1:30 pm on Amph.C (CP).
December 6, 2017
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Anf.C (CP) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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Alexandra Teodósio will join us on 21 st of June to talk about "Estuarine invasions and riverine habitat changes due to altered flow regime". Don't miss this seminar!
June 21, 2017
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Anf. B (CP) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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O projeto SOWAMO (Sowing Water in Monchique Mountain) é um projeto de demonstração de carácter inovador que alia a gestão da recarga induzida de aquíferos ao combate aos efeitos das alterações...
April 28, 2017
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Auditório C8 3.24, Campus de Gambelas, Universidade do Algarve
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Next wednesday, we will receive Jorge Gonçalves, at CCMAR Seminars by Izasa Scientific. Don't miss this seminar and the opportunity to get to know about fisheries research at CCMAR and interactions...
February 8, 2017
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Anf. 1.8 (edf. 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
News
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Nos últimos anos, os investigadores do Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR) reportaram o aparecimento de mais de uma dezena de espécies invasoras no estuário do Guadiana. A nova espécie detetada é um hidróide, que ao incrustar-se em...
A corvina americana, ou corvinata, não é natural de águas nacionais, mas mesmo tratando-se de uma espécie invasora já está instalada nos estuários dos nossos rios. Por isso, os investigadores do CCMAR vão dar a conhecer numa...
Os investigadores do Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR) descobriram no estuário do Guadiana um valioso recurso pesqueiro: o caranguejo-azul, uma espécie característica da América do Norte, que agora vive a mais de sete mil...
Investigadores do Centro juntaram-se a outros peritos da UAlg para participar num exercício de simulação de um derrame de petróleo. A equipa do Centro ficou encarregue de simular a recolha e análise de amostras de água com...
A saída de campo foi acompanhada por dois investigadores do grupo ECOREACH do CCMAR, que ajudaram meia centena de alunos a ter uma aula diferente, na praia e na Ria Formosa.
Ana Grenha receives her Tech2Market honorable mention (photo credits: UAlg Communication Department)
Ana Grenha, Maria Clara Costa and Luisa Custódio have received honorable mentions at the Tech2Market contest promoted by the University of the Algarve. We talked with the researchers to find out more about their technologies and...