Isabel Sousa Pinto

Isabel Sousa Pinto
University of Porto | UP · Departamento de Biologia

PhD at UCSB

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July 1994 - present
University of Porto
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Head of Coastal Biodiversity Laboratory from the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (Ciimar/Cimar)
January 1994 - present
University of Porto
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Professor of Biodiversity, Ecology, Marine Ecology, Phycology, Applied Algology, Management of Natural Resources, Conservation Biology.
August 1989 - May 1994
University of California, Santa Barbara
Position
  • PhD in Marine Biology, Phycology
Description
  • Thesis on "Eco-Physiology and agar production of Gelidium robustum in culture".

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Publications (268)
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Supplementary data, methods and analysis that accompany the book: Biodiversidade 2030: Nova agenda para a conservação em contexto de alterações climáticas
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Este estudo responde ao desafio de refletir sobre política de biodiversidade no horizonte 2030, ponderando, em particular, aspetos relacionados com os binómios biodiversidade- clima, -território, -águas interiores e costeiras, -oceano, e -pessoas. Estes cinco binómios representam, na realidade, uma teia de interações. A par das dimensões territoria...
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Marine Life 2030 is a programme endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) to establish a globally coordinated system that delivers knowledge of ocean life to those who need it, promoting human well-being, sustainable development, and ocean conservation. It is an open network to unite exist...
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The non-material aspects of nature are frequently the most socially valued and demanded nature’s contributions to people (NCP). This is because non-material NCP often lay the foundations of key human well-being dimensions such as identities, experiences, and capabilities. Yet, while research on material NCP such as food and water abound, studies of...
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Aim Macroalgal habitats are believed to be the most extensive and productive of all coastal vegetated ecosystems. In stark contrast to the growing attention on their contribution to carbon export and sequestration, understanding of their global extent and production is limited and these have remained poorly assessed for decades. Here we report a fi...
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Nowadays, coastal urbanization is one of the most serious and prevalent pressures on marine ecosystems, impacting their biodiversity. The objective of this study was to explore differences in attributes and biodiversity associated with an intertidal ecosystem engineer, the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819 between urban and non-urban s...
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This Background Document on Kelp Forest habitat has been developed by OSPAR following the inclusion of this habitat on the OSPAR List of threatened and/or declining species and habitats (OSPAR Agreement 2008-6). The inclusion of the feature on the list was supported by an analysis against the Texel-Faial criteria (OSPAR Agreement 2019-03), as prese...
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Highlights 1. This policy brief highlights key challenges that must be addressed for the long-term sustainability of the global seaweed industry, ensuring its role in providing nature-based solutions within the sustainable ocean economy agenda and in contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). 2. Seaweed...
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Cottier-Cook, E.J., Nagabhatla, N., Asri, A., Beveridge, M., Bianchi, P., Bolton, J., Bondad-Reantaso, M.G., Brodie, J., Buschmann, A., Cabarubias, J., Campbell, I., Chopin, T., Critchley, A., De Lombaerde, P., Doumeizel, V., Gachon, C.M.M., Hayashi, L., Hewitt, C.L., Huang, J., Hurtado, A.Q., Kambey, C., Kim, G.H., Le Masson, V., Lim, P.E., Liu, T...
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Bioactive lipidic compounds of microalgae, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and carotenoids, can avoid or treat oxidation-associated conditions and diseases like inflammation or cancer. This study aimed to assess the bioactive potential of lipidic extracts obtained from Gloeothece sp.–using Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) solvents lik...
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Artificial reefs have been deployed in multiple regions of the world for different purposes including habitat restoration and protection, biodiversity and fish stock enhancement, fisheries management and recreation. Artificial reefs can be a valuable tool for ecosystem protection and rehabilitation, helping mitigate the effects of anthropogenic imp...
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Vestigial organs are historical echoes of past phenotypes. Determining whether a specific organ constitutes a functional or vestigial structure can be a challenging task, given that distinct levels of atrophy may arise between and within lineages. The mammalian pineal gland, an endocrine organ involved in melatonin biorhythmicity, represents a clas...
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The Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services (WGRMES) aims to improve scientific understanding and capacity to design data collection networks and methodologies in order to analyze the ecological, economic, social, and institutional dimensions of marine ecosystem services. The group progressed work in relation to five objectives:...
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During high tide, macroalgae are submersed, facing adequate environmental conditions, however, at low tide, these species can be exposed to high UV radiation and desiccation, leading to an overproduction of reactive oxygen species, causing oxidative stress. Since intertidal organisms present differential sensitivity to abiotic fluctuations, this st...
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An approach that has been suggested as potentially addressing the challenges of science-policy-interfaces (SPIs) is the mobilization of existing networks through a ‘network-of-networks’ (NoN) approach. This paper shares empirical findings from a mixed-method study, combining qualitative and quantitative data, that critically evaluates the ‘network-...
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Accurate species identification often relies on public repositories to compare the barcode sequences of the investigated individual(s) with taxonomically assigned sequences. However, the accuracy of identifications in public repositories is often questionable, and the names originally given are rarely updated. For instance, species of the Sea Lettu...
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Microalgae have shown a great potential as a source of bioactive compounds, such lipidic compounds as fatty acids and carotenoids, with recognized benefit for human health. Their synthesis is directly affected by culturing conditions, but, as photosynthetic organisms, microalgae are greatly influenced by light, particularly light quality and irradi...
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Seaweed are ecologically important organisms playing a central structural and functional role in coastal ecosystems (providing habitat, mating and nursery grounds, food and refuge for several marine organisms). Additionally, their commercial potential has been rising since seaweed are directly or indirectly used by humans in many countries. This wo...
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Data on species occurrence at the scale of their distributional range and the determination of their habitat use requirements are essential to support conservation and define management plans that account for their habitat requirements. For wide-ranging species, such as cetaceans, especially considering that their marine habitats include offshore a...
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Vestigial organs are historical echoes of past phenotypes. Determining whether a specific organ constitutes a functional or vestigial structure can be a challenging task, given that distinct levels of atrophy may arise between and within lineages. The mammalian pineal gland, an endocrine organ involved in melatonin biorhythmicity, represents a clas...
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Marine Life 2030 is a program to establish the globally coordinated system to deliver actionable, transdisciplinary knowledge of ocean life to those who need it, promoting human well-being, sustainable development, and ocean conservation (Figure 1). The diversity of marine habitats and species is fundamental for human survival. Biodiversity provide...
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Coralline red algal flora of NW Iberia was re-visited in the framework of a recent doctoral thesis. The present study provides information about 22 species, 9 taxa are new records for Galicia (Harveylithon samoënse, Hydrolithon boreale, H. sargassi, Lithophyllum crouaniorum, Pneophyllum confervicola, P. coronatum, P. limitatum, P. myriocarpum and T...
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Protection, restoration, and regeneration of aquatic habitats are an increasingly important issue and are requiring intensive research. In the marine environment, artificial reefs may be deployed to help offset habitat loss, increase local biodiversity and stimulate the recovery of ecosystems. This study aimed at the fabrication of artificial reefs...
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Artificial reefs have been deployed in multiple regions of the world for different purposes including habitat restoration and protection, biodiversity and fish stock enhancement, fisheries management and recreation. Artificial reefs can be a valuable tool for ecosystem protection and rehabilitation, helping mitigate the effects of anthropogenic imp...
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The ancestors of Cetacea underwent profound morpho-physiological alterations. By displaying an exclusive aquatic existence, cetaceans evolved unique patterns of locomotor activity, vigilant behaviour, thermoregulation and circadian rhythmicity. Deciphering the molecular landscape governing many of these adaptations is key to understand the evolutio...
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The presence of non-indigenous barnacles on the north coast of Portugal was reported for the first time on the beginning of the second half of the past century. Since then, there is a lack of information to evaluate changes in the abundance and/or distribution of these barnacles. The aim of this study is to evaluate the current distribution and abu...
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Socio-environmental benefits from seaweed farming are identified and described in non-monetary terms through Stakeholders workshops. the GENIALG project aims to boost seaweed farming in Europe focusing on Open sea and land-based production facilities, assessing its socio-environmental benefits is crucial to promote their sustainable developments. S...
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Cyanobacteria-based pigments, such as carotenoids and phycobiliproteins, have emerged in the last few years as products with great economical interest. However, only the production of a few strains has been optimized for large-scale productions. As photosynthetic components, pigments have their synthesis modulated by abiotic factors, such as pH, te...
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Light plays a crucial role in photosynthetic microalgae, and its quality is a key point for biomass production and the variability of the organisms’ biochemical composition, with blue and red, the light bands being the most effectively absorbed by green algae. Recently, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have emerged as an alternative that allow a better...
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Sea Lettuce (Ulva spp.; Ulvophyceae, Ulvales, Ulvaceae) is an important ecological and economical entity, with a worldwide distribution and is a well-known source of near-shore blooms blighting many coastlines. Species of Ulva are frequently misiden-tified in public repositories, including herbaria and gene banks, making species identification base...
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Aim To describe distribution patterns and species richness of cetaceans along a wide geographical range using occurrence data coupled with survey effort, from poorly studied oceanic areas. Specific objectives were to compare species richness and relative abundances among sub‐regions and to describe the distribution of each species. Location Easter...
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Cyanobacteria are able to synthesize high-value compounds, such as pigments, known for their bioactivities and several industrial uses. One of the key points for the extraction of pigments is solvent selection. Solvent interferes on pigments concentration, thus affecting the bioactive potential of the extracts. In this work, using frozen-dried biom...
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This review of trends in inland saline lakes of Europe and Central Asia is based on the relevant section of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Regional Assessment Report for Europe and Central Asia (ECA). We assessed the present status of ECA saline lakes and the effects of direct drivers (c...
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Compelling new evidence shows that kelp production contributes an important and underappreciated flux of carbon in the ocean. Major questions remain, however, about the controls on the cycling of this organic carbon in the coastal zone, and their implications for future carbon sequestration. Here we used field experiments distributed across 28° lat...
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The ancestors of Cetacea underwent profound morpho-physiological alterations. By displaying an exclusive aquatic existence, cetaceans evolved unique patterns of locomotor activity, vigilant behaviour, thermoregulation and circadian rhythmicity. Deciphering the molecular landscape governing many of these adaptations is key to understand the evolutio...
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Seaweeds such as Ascophyllum nodosum are essential components of coastal ecosystems, being frequently relevant both ecologically and economically. The current increasing demand for seaweed biomass must be compatible with sustainable management practices of these resources. This study aims to provide supporting evidence for the establishment of mana...
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Nucleic acid-derived indices such as RNA/DNA ratios have been successfully applied as ecophysiological indicators to assess growth, nutritional condition and health status in marine organisms given that they provide a measure of tissue protein reserves, which is known to vary depending on changes in the environment. Yet, the use of these biochemica...
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Herbivory plays a major role in shaping community dynamics across freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats, by controlling patterns of abundance and distribution of primary producers, including seaweeds. In the context of biological invasions, the proliferation of non-native seaweeds has been often attributed to limited grazing by native herbivo...
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Most of the biodiversity studies in the South European Atlantic Shelf ecoregion are limited to shallow subtidal or intertidal habitats, while deeper reef habitats, also of relevant ecological importance, are particularly understudied. Macroalgal communities, associated fauna, and sea surface temperature were studied in deep reefs (25–30 m) at two l...
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The common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) occur year-round in the waters off the Madeira Archipelago, and present island-associated populations, yet no literature is found about their diet composition in this region. Bottlenose dolphins usually are opportunistic feeders inhabiti...
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Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is listed under the Annex II of the European Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/CEE) and Member States are required to designate special areas of conservation to protect their populations. Although harbour porpoise distribution in the Iberian Peninsula has been described, the mouth of the Douro River was never...
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Seaweed farming activities contribute to the economy providing assets to numerous industries and creating jobs, but also provides the society with a wide range of socio-environmental benefits. Seaweed biomass can be used in a variety of ways, such as the development of complex materials, pharmaceuticals, extraction of food or feed ingredients, and...
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The effect of harvesting on the diversity and structure of benthic assemblages is nowadays a relevant component of fishery management. Invertebrate harvesting is increasing worldwide and sea urchins are one of the main invertebrate target species. However, current knowledge about the effects of sea urchin harvesting on benthic assemblages is still...
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Cyanobacteria produce a wide range of pigments, like carotenoids and phycobiliproteins, for light-harvesting and cell protection purposes. Moreover, these pigments hold several bioactivities that can be beneficial for human health, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities. Therefore, various industries, e.g. food, feed, nutraceutical, c...
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The CETUS project is a cetacean monitoring program that takes advantage of cargo ships to undertake survey routes between Continental Portugal, Macaronesian archipelagos and West Africa. From 2012 to 2017, over 50 volunteers participated in the program, actively surveying more than 124.000 km, mostly beyond national jurisdictions in the high seas,...
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It is presented several ocean observing systems under development in the Portuguese Institute for the Ocean and Atmosphere (IPMA). The project “OBSERVA.PT-Observations on board national commercial ships to support the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Portuguese Seas (16-01-04-FMP-002)”, funded by the EU and the Portuguese Government under...
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Continental Portugal and its two archipelagos (Azores Islands and Madeira Islands) present a very interesting and diverse seaweed community. Its great diversity results for example from different environmental conditions such as the latitudinal gradients that affect the continental Portugal coastal shoreline in unique ways. The first Portuguese phy...
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Implementation of open sea seaweed aquaculture has been pursued in Europe for high biomass production to be used for different purposes, including the biorefinery pipeline. Offshore cultivation has been proposed to avoid conflict with other uses of coastal areas such as fishing and recreational activities, and preferably associated with other compa...
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The diversity of life in the sea is critical to the health of ocean ecosystems that support living resources and therefore essential to the economic, nutritional, recreational, and health needs of billions of people. Yet there is evidence that the biodiversity of many marine habitats is being altered in response to a changing climate and human acti...
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Maritime economy, ecosystem-based management and climate change adaptation and mitigation raise emerging needs on coastal ocean and biological observations. Integrated ocean observing aims at optimizing sampling strategies and cost-efficiency, sharing data and best practices, and maximizing the value of the observations for multiple purposes. Recen...
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In coastal waters around the world, the dominant primary producers are benthic macrophytes, including seagrasses and macroalgae, that provide habitat structure and food for diverse and abundant biological communities and drive ecosystem processes. Seagrass meadows and macroalgal forests play key roles for coastal societies, contributing to fishery...
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The ocean plays a vital role in the global climate system and biosphere, providing crucial resources for humanity including water, food, energy, and raw materials. There is a compelling need to develop an integrated basin-scale ocean observing system to support of ocean management. We articulate a vision for basin-scale ocean observing – A comprehe...
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Cyanobacteria are prokaryote organisms capable of oxygenic photosynthesis. Several industries have been increasing their interest in these microorganisms and therefore, the optimization of the growth conditions could represent a huge advantage for industries. The aim of this work is to optimize the biomass production of Cyanobium sp. LEGE 06113 by...
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The importance of stakeholder engagement in ocean observation and in particular the realization of economic and societal benefits is discussed, introducing a number of overarching principles such as the convergence on common goals, effective communication, co-production of information and knowledge and the need for innovation. A series of case stud...