Principal Investigator:
Adriano Bordalo e Sá

The Hydrobiology Team was established in 1983 within the framework of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, and later joined CIIMAR upon its foundation. Its activities include research, consulting, and outreach. The laboratory aims to contribute to the advance of Science from a multidisciplinary point of view, yielding essential knowledge for the sustainable management and exploitation of aquatic natural resources and ecosystems. Water related research focus on four main chapters. Ecosystem dynamics deals with rivers, estuaries, and the coastal zone, covering a multitude of aspects such as water quality monitoring (including bathing waters), nutrient cycles, plankton (viruses, bacterioplankton, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish larvae), and estuarine modeling. The microbial ecology chapter aims the assessment of microbial emergent pollutants, such as vibrio and antibiotic resistant bacteria, among other microorganisms (e.g. herpes) with seafood safety and public health concern. The occurrence of novel anammox bacteria is being explored to be applied in low-carbon nitrogen removal systems. Also, a great effort is applied to the discovery of new, greener, analytical methods, including paper based ones, for the onsite detection of key environmental and clinical parameters.  The last chapter is dedicated to public health and the assessment of waterborne diseases in Africa, dealing with environmental and water related problems under the present catastrophic climate changes.

Publications Highlights

Machado A., Mesquita R.B.R., Oliveira S., Bordalo A.A. (2017). Development of a robust, fast screening method for the potentiometric determination of iodide in urine and salt samples. Talanta, 167: 688-694.

Machado A., Bordalo A.A. (2016). Detection and Quantification of Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and Vibrio vulnificus in Coastal Waters of Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) EcoHealth, 13 (2): 339-349.

Bordalo A.A., Chalermwat K., Teixeira C. (2016). Nutrient variability and its influence on nitrogen processes in a highly turbid tropical estuary (Bangpakong, Gulf of Thailand. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 45: 131-142.

Teixeira C., Magalhães C., Joye S.B., Bordalo A.A. (2016). Response of anaerobic ammonium oxidation to inorganic nitrogen fluctuations in temperate estuarine sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 121 (7): 1829-1839.

Amorim E., Ramos S., Bordalo A.A. (2014). Relevance of temporal and spatial variability for monitoring the microbiological water quality in an urban bathing area. Ocean and Coastal Management, 91, 41-49.