Marta Tacão
Isabel Henriques, Marta Alves
COSMIC - Chemical contamination effect on soil microbiome: exploring a contamination gradient adjoining the Estarreja industrial complex
Limited knowledge on the global impact of chemical contaminants in environmental compartments weakens the outlining of efficient and rational ways of management, as also of the use of resources that could significantly reduce this environmental and public health threat. Anthropogenic activities have generated unique soils with variable characteristics. Furthermore, it has been shown that microbial communities alter their compositional and functional traits to adapt to such variations. The main aim of the COSMIC project is to evaluate the impact of anthropogenic contamination on soil ecosystems in the vicinity of the Estarreja industrial complex. For that we will analyse soils along a contamination gradient (from the closest to the furthest location regarding the industrial complex) and determine variations on soil microbial communities and evaluate these ecosystem services under such adverse conditions.
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja


Marta Tacão is a Researcher at the Biology Department (Microbiology Laboratory, microlab) and the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, hired under the Scientific Employment Stimulus (CEEC 2017) since 2019. Since 2014, she holds a PhD in Biology (specialization in microbiology), from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She has participated in several projects hired under their scope or as team member, financed by FCT (7), LAbex DRIIHM (2), and European commission (2). Currently she is the PI at UA of a FCT-funded project. Co-authored 25 papers in Web of Science (WoS) journals, with average citations per paper 20.00 and h-index is 13 (WoS, December 2019) and presented over 40 communications in international and national meetings. She supervises/co-supervises 3 PhD, 5 Msc and 1 final project students, and has supervised 5 Msc and 7 final projects. Her research has been focused on understanding the role and impact of human activities in the dispersion of clinically relevant bacteria and antibiotic resistance in environmental settings, identification of the routes of dissemination and impact of contaminants.



PhD in biology, MsC in molecular microbiology and Degree in Biology;
80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, over 100 oral and/or poster presentations in both national and international congresses, 14 projects participations; h-index: 21
Main interests: ecology of antibiotic resistance, role of anthropogenic activities in the proliferation of resistance in aquatic systems, environmental reservoirs and sources of antibiotic resistance and mobile genetic elements encoding resistance in environmental bacteria.
PhD student at the Biology department of the University of Aveiro
MsC in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
Degree in Biotechnology;
5 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 6 poster presentations in national and international congresses, 2 projects participations, h-index: 1.