Carla Carla Quintaneiro
Marta Monteiro
How natural populations of lizards respond to environmental contamination in Estarreja region?
The Estarreja region is subject to several anthropogenic pressures either of industrial, agricultural or urban origin. Historically, this region is impacted by high levels of metals such as mercury. Recently other types of contaminants were described for Estarreja region. Reptiles of this region inhabit different habitats that may be impacted with different types of contamination which may constitute real threats to this globally endangered class of vertebrates. In this context, arises the main goal of this project which is to assess how natural populations of lizards Podarcis carbonelli respond to environmental contamination at Estarreja region. Several areas with different types of anthropogenic pressures and a reference site with low anthropogenic influence will be selected as sampling areas to capture lizards to perform non-destructive sampling (tail clip). Trace elements content in lizards will be determined and related with levels of trace elements in soil. Furthermore, lizards morphometric parameters will be registered and a battery of biochemical (oxidative stress enzymes, lipid peroxidation levels, genotoxicity and metabolic and neurotoxicity related enzymes) biomarkers will be performed in the tail clip of lizards from the different sampling sites. Data from soil levels, lizards accumulation and morphometric parameters together with biochemical responses will unravelling lizards responses to different types of contamination at different levels of organization contributing to answering the question of the project. Furthermore, integration of all data will be a valuable and useful knowledge that will contribute to develop strategies to regional, national and international management and conservation of reptiles, including of Podarcis sp..
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Biochimie, Biologie, Chimie, Écologie


Carla Quintaneiro
Carla Quintaneiro, 41-years-old, researcher at CESAM, University of Aveiro (UA). She graduated in Biology in 2000 at Aveiro University (UA) and got the MSc degree on Toxicology (2013, UA) assessing the contamination effects on shrimp natural populations using enzymatic endpoints. Obtained her PhD in Biology (UA, 2012) and, her thesis was focused on the evaluation of effects of essential metals in freshwater detritivores. As a pos-doc researcher (2013-2019, FCT) she was focused on alternative models for the assessment of endocrine disruptors (including synthetic steroid hormones) using fish and amphibian embryos complemented. Currently, she is interested in linking the effects of emergent contaminants at sub-cellular levels with adverse outcomes at individual level and relate them with development and progression of cardiovascular diseases.
Overall, she has published 29 papers and has h-index of 12 (total of 413 citations, 14 cit/article). She is also co-author of a book chapter, and delivered over 40 oral/painel communications at (inter)national meetings (1 best poster awarded). She has been participating/collaborating in 7 national R&D projects.
In the last 5 yr, published 17 ISI papers, 8 of them as 1st author and 1 as senior, 76% independently from PhD supervisors and 70.6% with foreign co-authors. She has been invited as jury for 1 PhD and 6 MSc thesis and to peer review to 11 indexed journals. She is co-supervising a PhD student with Univ. Beira Interior (UBI) researchers and has actively contributed to young students training by (co)supervising 5 undergraduate students

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CienciaID: 4C1A-8436-8E3D
Orcid: 000-0002-1151-8177
Scopus: 8876185600


Marta S.
Marta S. Monteiro, 40-years-old, is presently in her 8th year as FTC (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Tecnology) post-doc fellow. She graduated in Biology in 2000 at Aveiro University (UA). Her MSc thesis (2003) introduced her on environmental toxicology, assessing contamination effects on estuarine fish populations using enzymatic and histological biomarkers. She obtained her PhD in Biology at UA (2009) with a thesis devoted to Cd phytotoxicity biomarkers and the trophic transfer of Cd. She started her post-doc, financed by FCT in 2009 in the EPOMEX Institute (Mexico) and UA, investigating effects of endocrine disruptors in fish. Currently, she working on fish and amphibian embryo testing complemented with genomic tools as an alternative model for the assessment of endocrine disruptors.
Overall, she has h-index of 11 and w-index of 4 and a total of 30 papers published. She is also author of one book, a book-chapter, 4 oral communications and over 30 posters in international meetings. She has been involved as team member in 7 national projects funded by FCT, one as PI (DOMINO EFFECT), and a OHM-Estarreja funded project. Currently she is involved in 1 European project (FENOMENO) and a OHM-Estarreja funded project and is co-supervising students with researchers from UA and international institutions. Since her PhD she has (co-)supervised 3 undergraduate student, 3 research technicians and 4 MSc students, 2 of them as main supervisor. She is currently co-supervising 1 MSc student, 3 PhD students and 1 post-doc fellow.
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Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1891-7365