Irene Martins holds a PhD in Ecology and is an expert in marine ecological modelling. In January 2017 she joined CIIMAR as an Assistant Researcher, where her main job is to develop ecological models for coastal and marine systems, aiming at predicting the effects of multi-stressors, e.g. invasive species, pollutants and climatic changes on the long-term function of the system. She is also interested on the effects of plastic pollution in the oceans and tries to apply modelling approaches to address that. To date, she has published 34 ISI papers and 8 book chapters.