Marine Ecosystem Modelling

Principal Investigator:
Irene Martins

The goal of the MEMO team is to develop and use different types of ecological models (e.g., bioenergetics, population dynamics, food web, end-to-end) to improve the holistic understanding of marine ecosystems.

Our research focuses the development of models of individuals, populations, and ecosystems to study the effects of multiple stressors (climate-related factors, plastics, pharmaceuticals, organic pollutants, IAS, etc.) and emergent challenges on marine and coastal systems, throughout different time and spatial scales.

We aim to contribute to whole-system analysis of marine ecosystems, engaging in multidisciplinary teams, and coupling ecological models with other tools (e.g., circulation models, statistical models, GIS, APPs, databases).

Our ultimate goal is to support Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) and decision-making on the sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems in their multiple dimensions, from the ecological to the socio-economic and wellbeing perspective.

Publications Highlights

Azevedo, A., Navarro, L., Cavalheri, T., Santos, H., Martins, I., Ozorio, R., (2023). Morphological traits for allometric scaling of the European Sea Bass Dicentrarchus labrax (Linnaeus, 1758) from Southern Portugal population. Journal of Fish Biology (in press) 

Martins, I., Guerra, A., Azevedo, A., Harasse, O., Colaço, A., Xavier, J., Caetano, M., Carreiro-Silva, M., Martins, I., Neuparth, T., Raimundo, J., Santos, M.M. (2023). A modelling framework to assess multiple metals impacts on marine food webs: Relevance for assessing the ecological implications of deep-sea mining based on a systematic review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 191. 114902. 

Costa, Y., Martins, I., Carvalho, G.C., Barros, F. (2023). Trends of sea-level rise effects on estuaries and estimates of future saline intrusion. Ocean & Coastal Management 236, 106490. 

Pinheiro, M., Martins, I., Raimundo, J., Caetano, M., Neuparth, Santos, M.M. (2023). Stressors of emerging concern in deep-sea environments: microplastics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and deep-sea mining. Science of the Total Environment 876: 162557. 

Costa, Y., Carvalho, G.C., Martins, I., Barros, F. (2022). Sea-level rise effects on macrozoobenthos distribution within an estuarine gradient using Species Distribution Modeling. Ecological Informatics 71, 101816.