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The team members experience covers a large number of areas in the field of marine science and related technology.

Major fields of research

  • Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Physical and Biological Oceanography
  • Biology, Ecology and Assessment of Pelagic, Demersal and Deep-Sea Fisheries Resources

    Current themes

  • Pelagic halieutic resources (tuna and other nektonic fish species)
  • Trophic chains in the ocean
  • Biology and population dynamics
  • Ichtyo-demersal resources (main fish species with commercial value in the Azores)
  • Biology and genetics of oceanic squids
  • Biology and dynamics of seamount species
  • General ecology and behaviour of fishes and invertebrates from littoral communities
  • Ecology of seabird communities
  • Observation and numerical modeling of the oceanic Azores Front/Current System
  • Oceanography of submarine banks and islands
  • Numerical modeling of marine dispersion and impacts
  • Ocean climate and mesoscale variability
  • Ecotoxicology of heavy metals in the ocean
  • Ecology of shallow and deep-sea hydrothermal vents

    Team experience and capacity is being built mainly through an intense international and national diversified co-operation. Major key actions are post-graduated formation (team graduate studies were done mostly abroad) and project partnership.

    The team members have already an important experience on scientific project co-ordination and on cruise coordination. Many of them supervise undergraduate and post-graduate students, which are integrated on project activities, while others have a regular involvement on policy decisions. All these provide a wide range of valuable complementary experiences inside the Department.

    Team activities and the experience acquired through them, have been largely beneficiated with the recent acquisition of the two research vessels ARQUIPÉLAGO and ÁGUAS VIVAS. Regular cruises for fisheries biology, oceanography, ecology and biodiversity studies, are now possible and have strongly contributed for improving team performance in the field.

    The total number and diversity of the undergoing or recently approved projects, in particular 3 EU-MAST III projects, 1 UE-INTAS, 9 UE-DGXIV, 4 UE-POSEIMA-PESCAS, 7 PRAXIS XXI (four of which co-ordinated), 2 JNICT/STRIDE, 1 JNICT/PMCT, in a total of 19 major projects, are a good indication of the team experience and capacity.

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