Aquatic Ecotoxicology and One Health

Principal Investigator:
Lúcia Guilhermino

The Aquatic Ecotoxicology and One 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

Barboza, L.G.A., Cunha, S.C., Monteiro, C., Fernandes, J.O., Guilhermino, L. (2020). Bisphenol A and its analogs in muscle and liver of fish from the North East Atlantic Ocean in relation to microplastic contamination. Exposure and risk to human consumers. Journal of Hazardous Materials 393, 122419. 


Barboza, L.G.A., Lopes, C., Oliveira, P., Bessa, F., Otero, V., Henriques, B., Raimundo, J., Caetano, M., Vale, C., Guilhermino, L. (2020). Microplastic in wild fish from North East Atlantic Ocean and its potential for causing neurotoxic effects, lipid oxidative damage, and human health risks associated with ingestion exposure. Science of Total Environment 717, 34625.


Miranda, T.; Vieira, L.R.; Guilhermino, L. (2019). Neurotoxicity, behavior, and lethal effects of cadmium, microplastics, and their mixtures on Pomatoschistus microps juveniles from two wild populations exposed under laboratory conditions – implications to environmental and human risk assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, 2857, 1-24.


Pacheco, A.; Martins, A.; Guilhermino, L. (2018). Toxicological interactions induced by chronic exposure to gold nanoparticles and microplastics mixtures in Daphnia magna. Science of the Total Environment 628-629: 474-483.


Prata, J.C.; Lavorante, B.R.B.O.; Montenegro, M.C.B.S.M.; Guilhermino, L. (2018). Influence of microplatics on the toxicity of the pharmaceuticals procainamide and doxycycline on the marine microalgae Tetraselmis chuii. Aquatic Toxicology 197: 143-152.