Cátia Venâncio
Antonieta Gabriel, Isabel Lopes, Sónia Chelinho
Green SALience – Evaluation of the efficiency of green techniques to improve the resilience of ecosystems at risk of salinization
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Biologie, Écologie, Hydrologie


Cátia Venâncio (CV) has completed the degree in Biology (2008) and MSc in Ecology and Environmental Toxicology (2010) both at the University of Aveiro. In December of 2017, she completed her PhD in Biology. The thesis entitled “Salinization effects on coastal terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems” was unanimously approved and deserved the highest distinction and praise honors. Focusing the problematics of salinization, CV has 5 publications in good peer reviewed journals (all as 1st author), from which is to point out the publication of a special issue in 2019 (journal IF: 5.67; 5 citations). She has been participating in several international congresses with 7 oral presentations (1 as invited speaker) and 10 poster presentations (1 award received at the 10th Iberian/Iberoamerican Congress on Environmental Contamination and Toxicology), all also focusing the salinization issue and in all as 1st author. These works were essential to write a proposal with realistic and achievable objectives. CV also participated in several collaborations with national and international researchers, that allowed her to expand knowledge, network and also to disseminate scientific information (e.g., University of Coimbra and Porto, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, University of Saint Andrews, University of Ruhuna). CV also participated actively in several national and European research projects (Saltfree, Amphibia, Synchrony, Fenomeno) as well as conducted the laboratorial work of several students: 3 from bachelor, 5 from master and 2 from international internships. CV has been involved in the organization of several actions of science dissemination: the 13th Iberian Congress of Herpetology, the Workshop entitled “Effects of salinization on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems”, Science Fair (Oliveira do Bairro), Scientific Internships promoted by the "Associação IEC-ALUMNI" (for high school students) and at the moment she is head organizer of the World Water Day’2019 to be held next 22nd march on the Department of Biology, UA. The activities developed by or that CV has been involved, allowed her to establish contacts with means of dissemination such as radio and newspaper.


Antonieta Gabriel (AG) competed her graduation in Biotechnology (2014) at Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra and the MSc degree in Toxicology and Ecotoxicology (2016) at the University of Aveiro. Currently, AG is developing the PhD work entitled “Understanding the influence of soil pH on Dazomet behaviour and toxicity to promote its sustainable use in agriculture”, integrated in the Doctoral Program in Biology and Ecology of Global Change – BEGC at University of Aveiro. AG scientific career allowed her to have an integrative perspective of soil ecosystems, derived from her experience in conducting experiments on soil biotic parameters characterization and sampling; soil preparation for ecotoxicity tests with agro-chemicals, as well as community tests; soil-organisms cultures maintenance and synchronization. AG is very familiar with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines: 11267 - Inhibition of reproduction of Collembola (Folsomia candida) by soil pollutants; 11268- Determination of effects on reproduction to Eisenia fetida/Eisenia andrei; 16387 - Effects of pollutants on Enchytraeidae (Enchytraeus sp.) determination of effects on reproduction and survival; and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE) guideline 226 - Predatory mite (Hypoaspis (Geolaelaps) aculeifer) reproduction test in soil. Also, I am participating in a Ring Test with Oppia nitens -Toxicity of Contaminated Soil to Oribatid Mites – Reproduction. Until now, AG has participated in several scientific meetings with poster and oral presentations. AG also was involved in two international projects.
Isabel Lopes (IL) completed her PhD degree in Biology (in 2003) at the University of Coimbra. At present, IL is a Researcher at the Department of Biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro. IL composed the Scientific Pool Advisors on Risk Assessment from the European Commission, is an associate editor of the journal Captar of the area of Ecology and is member of the Commission Responsible for Animal Experimentation and Welfare from dbio-UA. Her research is mainly focused in ecological risk assessment and evolutionary ecotoxicology. She has been involved in several research projects, namely, coordinating the project SALTFREE and co-coordinating the project SATRFREE II which aimed understanding how increases in salinity, due to seawater intrusions, can alter the equilibrium and function of coastal terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. She has also been involved in several activities for scientific dissemination for the society in general, and more specifically for the high school community, namely by collaborating in Ciência Viva funded projects.
IL published 4 book chapter, 75 papers in international peer review journals; 18 papers in national and other international (five invitations by the journal editor) peer review journals; 2 technical reports; and performed more than 100 presentations (12 invitations and 3 awards) at national and international scientific meetings. Her research has been funded through national (6 as PI, 3 as local coordinator) and international projects (1 as PI, 2 as local coordinator); IL research attracted graduation and post-graduation students (supervising 27 graduation students, 22 MSc, 16 PhD, 4 Post-doctoral; from national and abroad universities).
Sónia Chelinho (SC) finished her PhD in Biology (specialization in Ecology) in 2012 and is currently a researcher at the Center for Functional Ecology (University of Coimbra, Portugal). Her area of area of expertise is related with soil ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment of wastes, pesticides, and other soil stressors (e.g. salinization) as well as of contaminated soils. She is the author/co-author of 18 articles published in scientific journals, 2 book chapters and 48 communications in international meetings. She also collaborates or collaborated in 12 research projects focused on different topics such as the impacts of salinization on ecosystems, evaluation of waste toxicity, assessment of pesticide effects or the bioremediation of contaminated soils. SC is currently developing a project related to the definition of quality criteria for composts derived from urban wastes, through an integrated evaluation based on data gathered from ecotoxicology, soil fertility and food safety evaluations.