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ESTUARINE ECOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS

Principal Investigator:
Carlos Antunes

The Estuarine Ecology and Biological Invasions Research Group (EEBI) aims understanding the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, through the development of fundamental and applied research. The group is also highly committed to increase the awareness of the general public, policy makers and environmental managers on the importance of biodiversity and its role on the functioning of ecosystems and their services.

Research lines:

  • Understanding the impact of anthropogenic activities on estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. This has relevance to species conservation and in evaluating their response to environmental stressors.
  • How different ecosystems (e.g. terrestrial, river and sea) connect with the estuaries, and how the connectivity strength of each neighboring ecosystem affects the energy flow through estuaries.
  • Studying the mechanisms that allow some invasive species to might change the functioning of ecosystems, and how these species might change the services provided by estuaries that benefit human’s activities.

Publications Highlights

Dias E., Morais P., Faria A., Antunes C., Hoffman J. (2017). Benthic food webs support the production of sympatric flatfish larvae in estuarine nursery habitat. Fisheries Oceanography.

Dias E., Morais P., Cotter A., Antunes C., Hoffman J. (2016). Estuarine consumers utilize marine, estuarine and terrestrial organic matter and provide connectivity among these food webs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 554.

Freitas V., Witte J.IJ., Tulp I., Van der Veer H.W. (2016) Shifts in nursery habitat utilization by 0-group plaice in the western Dutch Wadden Sea. Journal of Sea Research 111, 65-75.

Ilarri, M.I., Souza, A.T., Modesto, V., Guilhermino, L., Sousa, R. (2015). Differences in the macrozoobenthic fauna colonising empty bivalve shells before and after invasion by Corbicula fluminea. Marine & Freshwater Research 66, 549-558.

Mota M., Bio A., Bao M., Pascual S., Rochard E., Antunes C. (2015). New insights into biology and ecology of the Minho River Allis shad (Alosa alosa L.) - contribution to the conservation of one of the last European shad populations. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.

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