Cátia Bartilotti graduated in Marine Biology in the University of Lisbon in 2000, concluded her MSc Degree in Marine and Coastal Studies in 2005, and obtained her PhD in Marine Sciences in 2010, both at the University of Algarve. She is currently working on the study of the biodiversity of marine zooplankton in Portugal, using integrative taxonomy. Since 2016, she collaborates on the Portuguese citizen science program GelAvista, which monitors the presence of gelatinous organisms. Her main research interests are the study of decapod crustaceans and gelatinous organisms coupling the morphological and molecular taxonomy, the morphological description of decapod larval stages, and the phylogeny and phylogeography of selected taxa. More recently she has been interested in non-indigenous species, since she was coordinating the “Marine Strategy Framework Directive, descriptor 2- Non indigenous species” second cycle report, for Portugal mainland. She has 16 scientific publications in international journals and participated in various research projects.