Andrés Andrés Rodríguez Seijo
Ruth Pereira, Anabela Cachada
MicroLESS - Microplastics distribution under different Land uses in the Estarreja Industrial Area
Microplastics are a new environmental concern that requires our attention, although they aren’t well studied on soil systems. Plastic debris and microplastics are accumulating in agricultural or industrial soils, as a result of their increased use for agricultural or industrial activities (e.g., mulching films or plastic fibers, respectively). Hence, this project proposes to assess the microplastics contamination under different land uses (agricultural, residential, industrial and forest soils), through several new analytical techniques proposed in last year for microplastic extraction from complex matrices, such as soils. Estarreja area offers an appropriate environment with different land uses located in a small zone, around 20-30 km2 (agricultural, industrial, residential, forest, etc.). After that, it will be possible to characterize and to obtain a spatial distribution of microplastics on these soils, and to determine if different potential sources of microplastic can release different microplastic types and amounts.
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Biologie, Chimie, Urbanisme


Andrés Rodríguez Seijo
Andrés Rodríguez Seijo, PhD since 2016 (by the Universidade de Vigo) in the area of Soil Science had a Licenciatura (equivalent to BSc+MSc) in Biology in 2012, and a Master’s at Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications in 2013, both by the same University. His expertise was focused on the behaviour of lead and potentially toxic elements on mine, urban and shooting ranges soils, and their study through several techniques: soil extractions, phytoremediation strategies, application of lead isotopes as tracers, TOF-SIMS analyses to know the behaviour with soil components, use of nanoparticles to reduce available contents and application of ecotoxicological techniques.
He began to work with microplastics since 2016, and he has several peer-reviewed publications on this topic (Rodríguez-Seijo & Pereira, 2017, 2019; Rodríguez-Seijo et al. 2017, 2018, 2019). Since March 2019 is FCT Junior Researcher at CIIMAR-UP, with a project of microplastics on agricultural soils.
He’s author/co-author of 19 articles in SCI journals (h index of 11), five book chapters and 32 communications to national and international conferences. He was the co-supervisor of 2 MSc students and 4 BSc students, participated in four local, regional and international projects and he was PI from the MATISSE project, a project funded by OHM-Estarreja. He is member of editorial board at Plos One and Air, Soil and Water Research; reviewer of project grants for European Union H2020 and the Czech Science Foundation, and reviewer for 30 WoS Journals.


Ruth Pereira, PhD and Habilitation in Biology, is since 2011 Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, and director of GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Research Centre. Her main research interests are related with risk assessment of contaminated sites, and of new chemical substances and terrestrial ecotoxicology.

As a result of her research activity she is the author/co-author of about 130 research papers published in international journals indexed in Science Citation Index (h-index 27). She is/was the supervisor of 5 post-doctoral students, 14 doctoral students, (10 concluded) and several MSc students and Biology internship students. Thirteen PhD students and all the Post-doctoral students awarded grants from FCT and one from UNESCO.

Ruth Pereira was Principal investigator and member of the Research Team of several national and international funded projects. She was an adviser on Risk Assessment, at the European Commission (SANCO) and more recently she is member of the national committee at ISO WG SC4 – Ecotoxicological Assays and SC7 – Impact Assessment .

Further, she integrated European panels for the evaluation of project proposals, as well as scientific panels at FCT for the evaluation of grants and final project reports.
Anabela Cachada is a postdoc researcher at CIIMAR and CESAM, working in the area of Risk Assessment and Environmental Chemistry. It has a degree in Environmental Engineering and of the Natural Resources (University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal), a Master in Geochemistry (University of Aveiro, Portugal), and a PhD inChemistry (University of Aveiro, Portugal).

Her field of expertise is on the behaviour of organic contaminants in different environmental compartments, and she is particularly interested in the risk assessment of organic contaminated soils and in the evaluation of organic contaminants bioavailability and bioaccessibility in soils. She has developed several works on the development of methodologies for the determination of organic contaminants in different environmental matrixes.

She participated in 16 multidisciplinary research projects (including two European funded projects), with 29 papers published in international scientific periodicals with referees, and a book where she was co-editor. She has 12 oral communications in international conferences, 6 in national conferences, and 32 poster presentations in international conferences. She also acts as a reviewer for several WoS journals and she act as editorial board member in Data in Brief (Elsevier).

In last September 2018, she achieved a six-year contract from FCT (Portuguese Gov.) as Junior Researcher. This contract was achieved under an international competitive process (515 contracts for four research levels and more than 4000 applications).