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

Salgado, P., Machado, A., Bordalo, A.A. (2020). Spatial-temporal dynamics of N-cycle functional genes in a temperate Atlantic estuary (Douro, Portugal). Aquatic Microbial Ecology 84:205-216.

Fernandes, E., Teixeira, C., Bordalo, A.A. (2019). Coupling between hydrodynamics and phyto and bacterioplankton in a temperate estuary:  a box model approach. Water 11(3), 588.

Amorim, E., Ramos, S., Elliott, M., Bordalo, A.A. (2018). Dynamic habitat use of an estuarine nursery seascape: Ontogenetic shifts in habitat suitability of the European flounder (Platichthys flesus). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 506: 49-60.

Machado, A., Maneiras, R., Bordalo, A.A., Mesquita, R.B.R. (2018). Monitoring glucose, calcium, and magnesium levels in saliva as a non-invasive analysis by sequential injection multi-parametric determination. Talanta 186: 192-199.

Sousa-Dias, S., Machado, A., Teixeira, C., Bordalo, A.A. (2018). Urban Estuarine Beaches and Urban Water Cycle Seepage: The Influence of Temporal Scales. Water 10: 173.