Principal Investigator:
Elsa Froufe

Aquatic Ecology and Evolution Research Group (AEE) integrates multi-disciplinary approaches to study different levels of organization of aquatic biodiversity: from the genome to organism level, populations, communities and ecosystems. AEE group aims to unravel the patterns and processes driving diversity in aquatic systems and to understand the potential threats that anthropogenic stressors pose to biodiversity. Our previous investigations resulted in important contributions to the understanding of historical and contemporary evolutionary forces that govern genetic variation in nature, applying diverse molecular markers to multiple biological models, in particular, freshwater bivalves, fish and marine crustaceans. Our team also produced important ecological and conservation biology outputs, including status assessments, guidelines and research syntheses on aquatic species and habitats across the world. AEE works towards increasing public awareness and participation on biodiversity and conservation research, including participatory approaches like community-based conservation of marine resources.

Publications Highlights

Lopes-Lima, M., Sousa, R., Geist, J., Aldridge, D.C., Araujo, R., Bergengren, J., Bespalaja, Y., Bódis, E., Burlakova, L., Van Damme, D., Douda, K., Froufe, E., Georgiev, D., Gumpinger, C., Karatayev, A., Kebapçi, U., Killeen, I., Lajtner, J., Larsen, B.M., Lauceri, R., Legakis, A., Lois, S., Lundberg, S., Moorkens, E., Motte, G., Nagel, K.O., Ondina, P., Outeiro, A., Paunovic, M., Prié, V., von Proschwitz, T., Riccardi, N., Rudzīte, M., Rudzītis, M., Scheder, C., Seddon, M., Şereflişan, H., Simić, V., Sokolova, S., Stoeckl, K., Taskinen, J., Teixeira, A., Thielen, F., Trichkova, T., Varandas, S., Vicentini, H., Zajac, K., Zajac, T., Zogaris, S. (2017). Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges. Biological Reviews 92: 572-607.

Gomes-dos-Santos, A., Lopes-Lima, M., Machado, A.M., Marcos Ramos, A., Usié, A., Bolotov, I.N., Vikhrev, I. V, Breton, S., Castro, L.F.C., da Fonseca, R.R., Geist, J., Österling, M.E., Prié, V., Teixeira, A., Gan, H.M., Simakov, O., Froufe, E. (2021).  The Crown Pearl: a draft genome assembly of the European freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (Linnaeus, 1758). DNA Research. 28, 0.

Weiss SJ, Gonçalves DV, Secci-Petretto G, Englmaier GK, Gomes-Dos-Santos A, Denys GP, Persat H, Antonov A, Hahn C, Taylor EB, Froufe E (2020) Global systematic diversity, range distributions, conservation and taxonomic assessments of graylings (Teleostei: Salmonidae; Thymallus spp.). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 25:1-8. 

Carreton, M., Dos Santos, A., De Sousa, L.F. Rotllant, G., Company, J.B. (2020). Morphological description of the first protozoeal stage of the deep-sea shrimps Aristeus antennatus and Gennadas elegans, with a key. Scientific Reports 10, 11178

Moreira, C., Presa, P., Correia, A.T., Vaz-Pires, P., Froufe, E. (2020) Spatio-temporal microsatellite data suggest a multidirectional connectivity pattern in the Trachurus picturatus metapopulation from the Northeast Atlantic. Fisheries Research 225, p.105499.