Lélia Matos graduated with a 5-year Bachelor in Animal Biology from the University of Lisbon in 2002, completed a Master degree in Biology and Management of Marine Resources in 2008 at the same University and a Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences at the Bremen University in 2017 (supervised by Prof. Dierk Hebbeln; 4-year doctoral grant awarded by FCT). In between the mentioned academic degrees, she volunteered for two sea turtle conservation programs, was a trainee at the Portuguese National Wetlands Center and actively participated in three national- and EU-funded projects as a researcher assistant or collaborator (NURSERIES, CUPEX and AMOCINT).
Her doctoral research (set within the DFG project HE3412/17 - Palaeo-WACOM) was the first to address the past changes of cold-water coral distribution in the NW Atlantic and its relation to intermediate water mass dynamics for the last glacial cycle, resulting in three first-authored manuscripts (two already published, see publication list). Overall, Lélia Matos published 6 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, with an accumulated impact factor of 18.84 (JCR 2019), 139 citations (Google Scholar) and an h-index of 6 (Google Scholar); her career was interrupted by two parental leaves (18 months).
Since May 2018, Lélia is working as a research assistant for the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO, EC no.022157) at IPMA. Simultaneously, she is planning a new working group to further develop the use of corals as archives of environmental change through time. She has obtained funding as co-proponent for two projects: (1) a Portugal-France bilateral program Pessoa/Hubert Curien (FCT) to investigate Atlantic intermediate waters acidification and (2) a MIT-Portugal Seed Fund to study lead-pollution entrainment into thermocline waters. A third project is also being developed to register changes in NW Atlantic intermediate water distribution using neodymium isotopes from corals.
As nossas colaboradoras e investigadores do IPMA participaram neste evento que decorreu no Centro de Congressos do Estoril em Cascais, de 7 a 11 de outubro.
Matos, L., C. Wienberg, J. Titschack, G. Schmiedl, N. Frank, F. Abrantes, M. R. Cunha, D. Hebbeln. 2017. Coral mound development at the Campeche cold-water coral province, southern Gulf of Mexico: implications of Antarctic Intermediate Water increased influence during interglacials. Marine Geology 392: 53-65. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2017.08.012
Abrantes, F., P. Cermeño, C. Lopes, O. Romero, L. Matos, J. Van Iperen, M.M. Rufino, V. Magalhães. 2016. Diatoms Si uptake capacity drives carbon export in coastal upwelling systems. Biogeosciences 13: 4099-4109. doi:10.5194/bg-13-4099-2016
Matos, L., F. Mienis, C. Wienberg, N. Frank, C. Kwiatkowski, J. Groeneveld, F. Thil, F. Abrantes, M.R. Cunha, D. Hebbeln. 2015. Interglacial occurrence of cold-water corals off Cape Lookout (NW Atlantic): First evidence of the Gulf Stream influence. Deep Sea Research Part 1 105: 158-170. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.09.003
Hebbeln, D., C. Wienberg, P. Wintersteller, A. Freiwald, M. Becker, L. Beuck, C. Dullo, G.P. Eberli, S. Glogowski, L. Matos, N. Forster, H. Reyes-Bonilla, M. Taviani and the MSM 20-4 shipboard scientific party. 2014. Environmental forcing of the Campeche cold-water coral province, southern Gulf of Mexico. Biogeosciences 11:1799–1815. doi:10.5194/bg-11-1799-2014
Matos, L., A.D. Silva, J.C. Castilhos, M.I. Weber, L.S. Soares & L. Vicente. 2012. Strong site fidelity and longer internesting interval for solitary nesting olive ridley sea turtles in Brazil. Marine Biology 159:1011–1019. doi:10.1007/s00227-012-1881-1
Vinagre, C., T. Ferreira, L. Matos, M.J. Costa & H.N. Cabral. 2009. Latitudinal gradients in growth and spawning of sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, and their relationship with temperature and photoperiod. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 81 (3): 375–380. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2008.11.015
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