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SardiTemp is a multidisciplinary project that aims to determine the impact of temperature change due to global warming on metabolism, physiology, behaviour and reproduction of small pelagic fish, using the European sardine Sardina pilchardus as a model-system.

We aim to understand the response of adaptation of two different geographic populations of sardines and will analyse its’ genetic basis. Moreover, we will test the effect of temperature on carry-over and acute effects of sardine larvae. The results of different approaches will allow us to build a multidisciplinary prediction model of the distribution range considering future climate scenario projections, considering all aspects of sardines biology and ecology, and follow IPCC 2100 recommendations.

The adaptation to changing environments and how organisms will respond to climate change are key discussion topics in contemporary biology and this project will contribute with novel and original findings to the study of the biological and ecological adaptation of marine fishes to ocean warming. Moreover, it will contribute to engage the awareness of the general public, scientists and decision-makers when dealing with climate change impacts on living organisms.

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Team Members

Gonçalo Silva

Principal Investigator

Gonçalo Silva is the Principal Investigator of SardiTemp project. He graduated in Biology in 2004 by University of Évora and completed a PhD degree

Susana Garrido

Senior Researcher

Susana Garrido (CO-IR) is a senior researcher at IPMA and Co-Principal Investigator of SardiTemp project. She is internationally acknowledged for her work on

Ernesto Villarino

Project Manager

Ernesto Villarino was contracted within SardiTemp project as a posdoc and project manager. He is an expert in climate change impacts on marine

Catarina Vinagre

Senior Researcher

Catarina Vinagre is a senior researcher at MARE-FCUL and leader of the ECCOWEBS research group. She is experienced on the effects of environmental change

Ana Faria

Researcher

Ana Faria graduated in Marine Biology in 2004 and completed a PhD degree in Marine Ecology in 2010, both by the University of Algarve. Since February

Pedro Pousão

Researcher

Pedro Pousão is a senior researcher with expertise in aquaculture. He is responsible for the Aquaculture Research Station in Olhão (IPMA) and Professor of

A. Miguel Santos

Researcher

A. Miguel P. Santos has a Degree in Marine Biology, a PhD in Geophysical Sciences-Oceanography by the University of Lisbon, and more than 30 years of

Emanuel J. Gonçalves

Researcher

Emanuel Gonçalves is an Associate Professor at ISPA, and presently member of the board of directors and of the executive committee of the Oceano Azul

Marco Lemos

Researcher

Marco Filipe Loureiro Lemos holds his PhD in Biology and is now Associate Professor at the Polytechnic of Leiria focusing his research on the study of

Sara Novais

Researcher

Sara Novais holds a PhD in Biology and is currently a post-doc researcher and lecturer at Polytechnic of Leiria. From 2015 to 2017 she was part of the

Ana Ramos

Researcher

Ana Ramos graduated in Biology in 2001 by the University of Azores and completed the PhD in Marine Sciences in 2009 by the University of Algarve.

João Afonso

Researcher

João Afonso graduated and finished his master’s in Marine Biology by the University of Algarve. Presently, he is a fellow in Science and Technology

Myron Peck

Consultant

Myron Peck the external consultant of SardiTemp project. He is a professor at the University of Hamburg Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries

Institutions and Funding Agencies

Funding Agencies and Programmes

The SardiTemp project (Ref. LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-032209) is financed by:

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If you feel motivated to work with us on the ecology and evolution of small pelagic fish, we are always looking for responsible students to join our research group, at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels. We expect students to be integrated in our team, to be good colleagues to others in the lab by helping to maintain the good environment, lab organization & routines, and to contribute both intellectually and physically to other ongoing projects. Students will have to read broadly in the current literature, attend & present at departmental seminars & scientific meetings, and devote themselves to learning the laboratory techniques and analyses that are required to conduct and publish good scientific studies.

If you are really interested in applying to our lab as a student, then take the time to look through the web to figure out what sort of research we do, read our most important papers, and write me an email to Gonçalo Silva with your educational history, previous experience, motivations and research interests, along with CV (no longer than 3 pages). Due to the training involved, we ask students to make a minimum commitment of six-months to one year to the laboratory. Since funding to science in Portugal is very limited, students are basically funded within our own lab projects, but you are always keen to apply for your own funding, either nationally or internationally. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for FCT calls, particularly to PhD and post-doc fellowships. Nevertheless, competition is at very high level, and therefore funding can be extremely difficult.

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INVESTIGADOR PRINCIPAL:
GONÇALO SILVA

MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre
ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Departamento de Biociências

R. Jardim do Tabaco, 34
1149-041 Lisboa, Portugal

+351 218811700
+351 218860954
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