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Resources, Restoration, Connectivity and Climate

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R2C2
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R2C2 studies the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation as threats to biodiversity enhanced by climate change and bridging the gap between genetics and sustainable fisheries management with studies of population genetic structure or stock delineation of commercially and/or recreationally important fisheries.

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Resources, Restoration, Connectivity and Climate (R2C2) is a research group of the Centre for Marine Sciences and the University of Algarve. The R2C2 group emerges from the Fisheries Biology and Hydroecology research group, which dates back to the primordia of the Center of Marine Sciences. 
 
R2C2 is a dedicated group of scientists and students with research and training spanning the fields of biology, ecology, evolution, and conservation of marine organisms. The acquired expertise in population genetics and genomics adds to the retained competence in the biological basis for the management of living resources, the impacts of climate change and human-based activities on biodiversity and the biological basis for the artificial rearing of Cephalopod and Syngnathid species. 

Our aim is to study the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation as threats to biodiversity enhanced by climate change and bridging the gap between genetics and sustainable fisheries management with studies of population genetic structure or stock delineation of commercially and/or recreationally important fisheries.
 
The group is involved in the assessment of habitat loss and fragmentation as threats to biodiversity, taking into consideration how climate change might amplify these effects and also bridging the gap between genetics and sustainable fisheries management with studies of population genetic structure or stock delineation of commercially and/or recreationally important fisheries. The group is also developing a number of research programs focused on the impacts of global change on diversity below the species level as well on understanding how small-scale local interactions among distinct components of ecosystems influence the effects of such change.
 
The R2C2 group maintains a high level of targeted research, extension and outreach; undergraduate, graduate teaching and mentoring while interacting with regional, national and international institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
 

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José Pedro Andrade
Rita Castilho Senior Researcher
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Jorge Palma's picture
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Katy Nicastro's picture
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Correia M, Koldewey H, Andrade JP, Palma J. A novel underwater visual census: seahorse population survey as a case study. Regional Studies in Marine Science. 2016;8(3). doi:10.1016/j.rsma.2015.10.003
Palma J, Andrade JP, Bureau DP. The impact of dietary supplementation with astaxanthin on egg quality and growth of long snout seahorse ( Hippocampus guttulatus ) juveniles. Aquaculture Nutrition. 2016:n/a - n/a. doi:10.1111/anu.12394
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, Ng TPT, Lathlean J, Seuront L. Enemies with benefits: parasitic endoliths protect mussels against heat stress. Sci Rep. 2016;6:31413. doi:10.1038/srep31413
Lathlean JA, Seuront L, McQuaid CD, Ng TPT, Zardi GI, Nicastro KR. Cheating the Locals: Invasive Mussels Steal and Benefit from the Cooling Effect of Indigenous Mussels. PLoS One. 2016;11(3):e0152556. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152556
Correia M, Palma J, Andrade JP. Growth performance of the early life stages of broad-nosed pipefish, Syngnathus typhle (L.) fed different live or frozen diets. Aquaculture Research. 2016;47(5):1652 - 1660. doi:10.1111/are.12635
Alves M, Esteves E, Quintas C. Effect of preservatives and acidifying agents on the shelf life of packed cracked green table olives from Maçanilha cultivar. Food Packaging and Shelf Life. 2015;5:32 - 40. doi:10.1016/j.fpsl.2015.05.001
Assis J, Zupan M, Nicastro KR, Zardi GI, McQuaid CD, Serrão EA. Oceanographic Conditions Limit the Spread of a Marine Invader along Southern African Shores. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0128124. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128124
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, et al. Intraspecific genetic lineages of a marine mussel show behavioural divergence and spatial segregation over a tropical/subtropical biogeographic transition. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2015;15(1). doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0366-5
Correia M, Koldewey H, Andrade JP, Palma J. Effects of artificial holdfast units on seahorse density in the Ria Formosa lagoon, Portugal. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2015;471:1 - 7. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2015.05.012
Genç İYüksel, Esteves E, Aníbal J, Diller A. Effects of different thawing methods on the quality of meagre fillets. Ankara Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Dergisi. 2015;62(2):153 - 159. doi:10.1501/Vetfak_0000002673
Correia M, Caldwell IR, Koldewey HJ, Andrade JP, Palma J. Seahorse (Hippocampinae) population fluctuations in the Ria Formosa Lagoon, south Portugal. Journal of Fish Biology. 2015;87(3):679 - 690. doi:10.1111/jfb.12748
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, et al. Intraspecific genetic lineages of a marine mussel show behavioural divergence and spatial segregation over a tropical/subtropical biogeographic transition. BMC Evol Biol. 2015;15:100. doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0366-5
Palma J, Bureau DP, Andrade JP. The effect of diet on ontogenic development of the digestive tract in juvenile reared long snout seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Fish Physiol Biochem. 2014;40(3):739-50. doi:10.1007/s10695-013-9881-8
Cunha RL, Nicastro KR, Costa J, McQuaid CD, Serrão EA, Zardi GI. Wider sampling reveals a non-sister relationship for geographically contiguous lineages of a marine mussel. Ecol Evol. 2014;4(11):2070-81. doi:10.1002/ece3.1033
Correia M, Palma J, Koldewey H, Andrade JP. The use of a non-invasive tool for capture-recapture studies on a seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus population. Journal of Fish Biology. 2014;84(4):872 - 884. doi:10.1111/jfb.2014.84.issue-410.1111/jfb.12304
Nicastro KR, Zardi GI, Teixeira S, Neiva J, Serrão EA, Pearson GA. Shift happens: trailing edge contraction associated with recent warming trends threatens a distinct genetic lineage in the marine macroalga Fucus vesiculosus. BMC Biol. 2013;11:6. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-6
Correia M, Palma J, Koldewey H, Andrade JP. Can artificial holdfast units work as a habitat restoration tool for long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus Cuvier)?. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 2013;448:258 - 264. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2013.08.001
Genç İYüksel, Esteves E, Aníbal J, Diler A. Effects of chilled storage on quality of vacuum packed meagre fillets. Journal of Food Engineering. 2013;115(4):486 - 494. doi:10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2012.09.007
Coelho NC, Zardi GI, Pearson GA, Serrão EA, Nicastro KR. Characterization of ten highly polymorphic microsatellite loci for the intertidal mussel Perna perna, and cross species amplification within the genus. BMC Res Notes. 2012;5:558. doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-558
Nicastro KR, Zardi GI, McQuaid CD, Pearson GA, Serrão EA. Love thy neighbour: group properties of gaping behaviour in mussel aggregations. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e47382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047382
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, Cánovas F, Costa JFerreira, Serrão EA, Pearson GA. Adaptive traits are maintained on steep selective gradients despite gene flow and hybridization in the intertidal zone. PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e19402. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019402
Caldwell IR, Correia M, Palma J, Vincent ACJ. Advances in tagging syngnathids, with the effects of dummy tags on behaviour of Hippocampus guttulatus. Journal of Fish Biology. 2011;78(6):1769 - 1785. doi:10.1111/jfb.2011.78.issue-610.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02983.x
Aníbal J, Esteves E, Rocha C. Seasonal Variations in Gross Biochemical Composition, Percent Edibility, and Condition Index of the Clam Ruditapes decussatus Cultivated in the Ria Formosa (South Portugal). Journal of Shellfish Research. 2011;30(1):17 - 23. doi:10.2983/035.030.0104
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CD, Hancke L, Helmuth B. The combination of selection and dispersal helps explain genetic structure in intertidal mussels. Oecologia. 2011;165(4):947-58. doi:10.1007/s00442-010-1788-9
Nicastro KR, Zardi GI, McQuaid CD, Stephens L, Radloff S, Blatch GL. The role of gaping behaviour in habitat partitioning between coexisting intertidal mussels. BMC Ecol. 2010;10:17. doi:10.1186/1472-6785-10-17
Palma J, Bureau DP, Correia M, Andrade JP. Effects of temperature, density and early weaning on the survival and growth of Atlantic ditch shrimp Palaemonetes varians larvae. Aquaculture Research. 2009;40(13):1468 - 1473. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2009.02245.x
Esteves E, Pina T, Andrade JP. Diel and seasonal changes in nutritional condition of the anadromous twaite shad Alosa fallax fallax (Lacépède, 1803) larvae. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 2009;18(1):132 - 144. doi:10.1111/eff.2009.18.issue-110.1111/j.1600-0633.2008.00332.x
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, McQuaid CDavid, Gektidis M. Effects of endolithic parasitism on invasive and indigenous mussels in a variable physical environment. PLoS One. 2009;4(8):e6560. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006560
Palma J, Correia M, Andrade JP. Usefulness of flat bottom tanks on the settlement of spider crab (Maja squinado, Herbst) larvae. Aquaculture Research. 2008;39(9):1005 - 1008. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2008.01943.x
Correia M, Palma J, Kirakowski T, Andrade JP. Effects of prey nutritional quality on the growth and survival of juvenile cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis (Linnaeus, 1758). Aquaculture Research. 2008;39(8):869 - 876. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2008.01940.x
Correia M, Palma J, Andrade JP. Effects of live prey availability on growth and survival in the early stages of cuttlefish Sepia officinalis (Linnaeus, 1758) life cycle. Aquaculture Research. 2008;39(1):33 - 40. doi:10.1111/are.2008.39.issue-110.1111/j.1365-2109.2007.01858.x
Palma J, Stockdale J, Correia M, Andrade JP. Growth and survival of adult long snout seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) using frozen diets. Aquaculture. 2008;278(1-4):55 - 59. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2008.03.019
Esteves E, Andrade JPedro. Diel and seasonal distribution patterns of eggs, embryos and larvae of Twaite shad Alosa fallax fallax (Lacépède, 1803) in a lowland tidal river. Acta Oecologica. 2008;34(2):172 - 185. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2008.05.008
Bargelloni L, Alarcon JA, Alvarez MC, et al. The Atlantic-Mediterranean transition: discordant genetic patterns in two seabream species, Diplodus puntazzo (Cetti) and Diplodus sargus (L.). Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2005;36(3):523-35. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.04.017
Pina T, Esteves E, Andrade JPedro. Gross and histological observations of ovarian development in twaite shad, Alosa fallax fallax, from Rivers Mira and Guadiana (Portugal). Scientia Marina. 2003;67(3):313 - 322. doi:10.3989/scimar.2003.67n310.3989/scimar.2003.67n3313
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.
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
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
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
Aníbal J, Esteves E, Krug H, Da Silva HMarques. Age and growth in the Alfonsino, Beryx splendens (Berycidae) from the Azores (central eastern Atlantic). Italian Journal of Zoology. 1998;65(sup1):215 - 218. doi:10.1080/11250009809386816
Esteves E, Aníbal J, Krug H, Silva HM. Aspects of age and growth of bluemouth, Helicolenus dactylopterus dactylopterus (Delaroche, 1809) from the Azores. ARQUIPÉLAGO. Ciências Biológicas e Marinhas= Life and Marine Sciences. 1997;15:83–95.
Esteves E, Simões P, Silva HM, Andrade JP. Ageing of swordfish, Xiphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758, from the Azores, using sagittae, anal-fin spines and vertebrae. ARQUIPÉLAGO. Ciências Biológicas e Marinhas= Life and Marine Sciences. 1995;13:39–51.
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05th June - 13th July Organization: CCMAR Location: Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas
June 5, 2017 to July 13, 2017
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CCMAR - Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas (Faro)
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On April 12th we'll host Jorge Palma (CCMAR | FBH) at CCMAR Seminars by Izasa, who will talk about seahorses and the importance of preserving this species in their marine environment. Don't miss this...
April 12, 2017
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Anf. A (CP) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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Investigadores sabem que há um decréscimo e identificaram algumas das causas. No entanto, continuam presa fácil para a captura ilegal.
No sentido de controlar a reprodução de chocos em Aquacultura, um grupo de investigação do CCMAR, acaba de testar, com êxito, novas ferramentas e métodos que consideram o bem-estar animal, que devem vir a ser adoptadas como...
Os investigadores do Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR) são consultores científicos de um guia alemão lançado recentemente sobre o Algarve, onde se foca a comunidade de cavalos marinhos da Ria Formosa e a importância da sua...
The SEPIABREED project of the FBH group of CCMAR and the University of the Algarve has recently published an article on cephalopods and their possible costs in captivity.
Our researchers won the best presentation award with their paper "The enigma of Hippocampus guttulatus from Ria Formosa: genetic diversity and demographic bottleneck do not go hand in hand".
Our researcher Rita Castilho is part of the COST SEA-UNICORN project, where she will contribute to the study of forecasting the vulnerability of marine populations, communities and ecosystem services to environmental changes.