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J. Pedro Andrade, Full Professor, PhD - University of Algarve (1990), Habilitation - U. Algarve (1998)

J. Pedro Andrade is Full Professor at the University of the Algarve and Head of the Fisheries Biology and Hydroecology (FBH) research group of the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMar). He graduated in Biology (University of Lisbon, 1982). His PhD dissertation focussed on the role of the Ria Formosa lagoon (South Portugal) on the biology of 4 Soleidae species. Since 1986 has been engaged in several research projects, both at the national and international level. His research has been directed to fisheries resource management, studying the age, growth, reproduction and diet of several fish and cephalopod species. As member of the teaching staff of the University of the Algarve, he has continuous teaching activity  in Marine Biology and Fisheries (BSC degree, since 1983) and Aquaculture and Fisheries (MSc degree, since 2005).




Jorge Palma, PhD - U. Algarve (2002), Post-Doc researcher (2006-)


This researcher have focused his research on ichthyology and aquaculture. He developed his PhD thesis on fish morphometry and presently works on the production of seahorses in captivity.

Previously, he also developed some research on the production of live diets (shrimp) to be use in aquaculture.






Eduardo Esteves,  PhD - U. Algarve (2006)


Eduardo Esteves has focused is research on estuarine ichthyoplankton ecology (statistical/ecological modelling of spatio-temporal patterns), RNA/DNA (nutritional condition changes) and recruitment.

Since 2001, he is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Food Engineering, University of Algarve School of Technology, teaching several courses dealing, directly or indirectly, with statistics applied to food engineering, namely Sensory analysis (Sensometrics), Quality management (Statistical Process/Quality Control), Quality of seafood products (particularly, using Sensory analysis has a tool to assess products’ quality) and Experimental design and data analysis.






António Sykes, PhD - Universidade do Algarve (2007), Post-Doc researcher (2008-)

Working with cephalopods (European cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis; common octopus, Octopus vulgaris, and musky octopus, Eledone moschata) since 1996, this researcher has focused is scientific work on the development of cephalopod aquaculture. Both his MSc and PhD thesis were aimed at developing cuttlefish aquaculture technology and nutritional knowledge. Currently, he is a post-doc researcher at CCMAR.                                                     





Miguel Correia, MSc - U. Lisboa - Faculdade de Ciências (2006), PhD Student (2009-)

This researcher has done some research in cuttlefish aquaculture field, studying the effects of density on broodstock management of cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis. Also research has been  done with live prey (Palaemonetes varians) availability and condition, aiming the optimization for cuttlefish feeding requirements.

His current research is focused on seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) ecology, trying to assess the seahorse population status in the Ria Formosa and negative antropogénic pressure factors. Also, this researcher aims to determine the best re-introduction technique to ensure the maintenance/improvement of current seahorse populations. Project Seahorse team member since 2010.





Diana Reis, MSc - Universidade do Algarve (2011); PhD student (2012-)


Diana Reis has a degree in Marine Biology and a MSc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries (both by Universidade do Algarve). Her research in focused on the nutrition and development of O. vulgaris paralarvae under rearing conditions






Rui Gonçalves, MSc - Universidade do Algarve (2009)


This researcher has a degree in Marine Biology and Biotecnology (Escola Superior de Tecnologia do Mar de Peniche, 2006) and since then has been working at different marine finfish hatcheries, mainly with Sea Bream (Sparus aurata) and Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Recently he completed a MSc. in Aquaculture (2009). Currently he is a BTI on PROMAR project SEPIATECH, focused on cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) feed and husbandry refinements






Cátia Silva, Msc - Universidade dos Açores (2009)

This researcher has a degree in Marine Biology and Biotecnology (Escola Superior de Tecnologia do Mar de Peniche, 2007) and expanded its competences by completing a MSc. in Estudo Integrado dos Oceanos (2009). Currently she is a BTI on the FCT project SEPIAMETA, focused on Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) metabolism.        





Ana Oliveira, BSc - Universidade do Algarve (2005); MSc student (2010-)


Ana Oliveira has focused her research in the Quality of Fish and Seafood products using Sensory Analysis.  In 2008/2009 she has worked in the IGP Certification of Ria Formosa’s grooved shell clam (Ruditapes decussatus). This researcher has completed a Post-Graduation of the 2nd cycle Master Course in Food Sciences (Universidade Aberta) in 2010, and is currently developing her Masters’ thesis on the biological, nutritional and sensory aspects of the blue mussel (Mytilus sp.) cultivated in the Armona offshore aquaculture production area, under supervision of Dr. Ulisses M. Azeiteiro (Universidade Aberta/Universidade de Coimbra) and Dr. Eduardo Esteves..






Paulo Frias, BSc - Escola Superior de Tecnologias do Mar de Peniche (2006); MsC student (2010-)


This researcher has a degree in Marine Biology and Biotecnology (Escola Superior de Tecnologias do Mar de Peniche, 2006). He has previously worked in land-based sea bream (Sparus aurata) commercial aquaculture and in project ASSEMBLE as a technician. Currently he is doing an MSc in Geomatics, specialized in Geographic Information Systems.

Presently he is a BTI on the FCT project SEPIAMETA, focused on Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) metabolism.






Irene Leal, MSc – Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2011)

This researcher has a degree in Biology (Universidad de Valencia) and has completed a Master in Aquaculture (Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia). She has previously gained experience working with different aquatic organisms in the Oceanográfico de Valencia and at the Department of Aquaculture of the IRTA (Research Institute owned by Government of Catalonia).

At present she is doing a Master in Management and Nature Conservation.

Currently she is a BTI of the European project ASSEMBLE– 227799, and collaborate on different experiments of research, mainly with Sepia officinalis and Cymodocea nodosa.






Filipa Baptista, MSc  Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária , Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (2009); PhD Student (2011-)

Filipa Baptista has a degree in Veterinary Medicine and is currently focusing her research in the genetics and reproduction of cephalopod breeding in aquaculture.  Her research is integrated in an undergoing  project on developing cuttlefish aquaculture technology (Sepia officinalis).






Pedro Domingues, PhD - Universidade do Algarve (1999)

Dr. Pedro Domingues was part of this research team between 2000 and 2005, working with the cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis. Afterwards, he worked as a researcher with a contract “Ramón y Cajal” from the Spanish government, in the IFAPA research center, in Huelva. Research during these years was conducted on the development of artificial diets for cephalopods, using the cuttlefish and the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) as research models. Since November 2009, Dr. Pedro Domingues is a researcher with a permanent position at the Instituto spañol de Oceanografía – Centro Oceanografico de Vigo, being part of the cephalopod research group, researching with O. vulgaris paralarvae culture.




Heather Koldewey, PhD - University College London (1993), Researcher

This researcher co-founded and is Associate Director of an international marine conservation organisation called Project Seahorse. This team of biologists, development specialists and communicators focuses on seahorses as flagship animals to address a wide array of challenges in marine management. She is Acting Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme Manager, Zoological Society of London; Curator (Aquarium Projects) Zoological Society of London; Research Associate, Institute of Zoology, London.



Euan Brown , PhD - King's College London (1991), Researcher

Biophysics, electrophysiology, behavioural analysis, kinetic analysis, imaging, anatomy (EM and LM).



Dominique P. Bureau , PhD - University of Guelph (1997), Researcher

Conduct fish nutrition research to support his fish culture and stocking activities of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and the development of aquaculture in Ontario and Canada. Develop to strategies and tools (models, feeds) improve economical and environmental sustainability of aquaculture operations.




Marcos Pérez-Losada, PhD - Universidade de Vigo (1998), Researcher

Unraveling the evolutionary radiation of the acorn barnacles (Thoracica: Sessilia: Balanomorpha) using molecular and morphological data.




Javier Porta, PhD - Universidad de Malaga (2006), Researcher

Development of  microsatelites and its application on Senegalese Sole (Solea senegalensis). Producction of fries and rearing of Seabream (Sparus aurata), Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), Senegalese Sole (Solea senegalensis) and Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili).




 Lucy C. Woodall , PhD - Royal Holloway, University of London (2009), Researcher

 The population genetics and mating systems of European Seahorses: Ecology and demography of European Seahorses; effect of fin clipping on seahorses; phylogeography of Hippocampus guttulatus using mtDNA Phylogeography of Hippocampus hippocampus using mtDNA; population genetics of European seahorses utilising microsatellites; mating system of Hippocampus guttulatus, a genetic perspective Recommendations for conservation and management.