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ECOTOXICOLOGY, STRESS ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Principal Investigator:
Lúcia Guilhermino

The Ecotoxicology, Stress Ecology and Environmental Health Team (ECOTOX) research focus mainly on the assessment of the effects of environmental stressors (pollution, bioinvasions and alterations due to global climate changes) on marine and freshwater ecosystems (organisms, populations, communities, and ecological functions), their risks to environmental and human health and wellbeing, and to services that these ecosystems provide to the human society. The study of emerging environmental contaminants of priority interest (e.g. microplastics, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals), alterations due to climate changes (e.g. salinity, temperature variations), exotic invasive species, and their combined effects have been deserving specially attention. We also develop technology to assess, manage and mitigate the risks of these stressors, knowledge and technology transfer to end-users (industry/services sectors, environmental Authorities and policy makers, provide initiation and advanced training of human resources, carry out actions to translate Science to Society, and provide services to different economic sectors.

Publications Highlights

Canhoto C., Simões S., Gonçalves A.L., Guilhermino L., Bärlocher F. (2017). Stream salinization and fungal-mediated leaf decomposition: a microcosm study. Science of the Total Environment, 599-600: 1638-1645.

Fonte E., Ferreira P., Guilhermino L. (2016).Temperature rise and microplastics interact with the toxicity of the antibiotic cefalexin to juveniles of the common goby (Pomatoschistus microps): post-exposure predatory behaviour, acetylcholinesterase activity and lipid peroxidation.  Aquatic Toxicology, 180: 173-185.

Ferreira P., Fonte, E., Soares, M.E., Carvalho, F., Guilhermino, L. (2016). Effects of multi-stressors on juveniles of the marine fish Pomatoschistus microps: gold nanoparticles, microplastics and temperature. Aquatic Toxicology, 170: 89-103.

Ribeiro D.C., Costa S., Guilhermino L. (2016). A framework to assess the vulnerability of estuarine systems for use in ecological risk assessment. Ocean & Coastal Management 119: 267-277.

Vieira L.R., Guilhermino L., Morgado F. (2015). Zooplankton structure and dynamics in two estuaries from the Atlantic coast in relation to multi-stressors exposure. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 167: 347-367.

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