Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

Fernanda Cássio
Fernanda Cássio
Associate Professor/Researcher
Sustaining Life - Biodiversity and Functional Ecology
University of Minho, Department of Biology, Campus de Gualtar 4710-057 Braga- Portugal

Current Research & Key Publications

Research Topics

  • Biodiversity and freshwater ecosystem functioning
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Aquatic pollution from eutrophication, metals, PAHs and nanoparticles.
  • Biorremediation
  • Eco-physiology of aquatic fungi 
  • Metals and nanoparticles/microbe interactions
  • Molecular tools to assess microbial diversity and function in freshwaters

ISI Research ID

Scopus Author ID: 6601939900

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Research Projects

Funded Projects

2017-2020: CLIMALERT - Climate Alert Smart System for Sustainable Water and Agriculture. ERA-NET for Climate Services (ERA4CS). Univ Minho, IPMA, ICRA-Spain, UFZ-Leipzig. Team Member.

2016-2019-EcoAgriFood: Innovative green products and processes to promote Agri-Food BioEconomy. Coordinator 1,3M€

WRANA Reuse of municipal/industrial wastewater. Team Member. 150.000€

Laboratório da Paisagem- Parceria entre a Câmara Municipal de Guimarães e a Uminho. Coordinator. 200.000€

BAL@PT - Barcoding Aquatic Life – Portugal. Team member of the Research Network since 2007.



2013-2015: PTDC/AAG-GLO/3896/2012. DIVERSEAQUAFUN. Molecular profiling of taxonomic, functional and genetic diversity of aquatic fungi along a pollution gradient. Team Member 146.385€

2013-2015: FCT-DAAD- Effects of silver nanoparticles on litter decomposition and decomposers. University of Minho, and  Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) of Berlim, Germany, Coordinator.

2013-2015: PTDC/AAG-GLO/4176/2012. FIRETOX. Toxic effects of wildfires on aquatic systems. Coordinator at CBMA-UMinho. Budget UMinho: 48.664€

2012-2015: PTDC/AAC-AMB/121650/2010. NANOECOTOX-Impacts of metal nanoparticles to aquatic ecosystems: from community responses to cellular targets. Coordinator.184.296€

2012-2015: PTDC/AAC-AMB/116685/2010. ECO-IAS. Ecosystem-level impacts of an invasive alien species. Team member. Budget UMinho: 34.800€

2012-2015: PTDC/AAC-AMB/117068/2010 FreshBioFun: Biodiversity and functioning of detritus foodwebs in freshwaters. Team member. Budget: 160.000€

TDC/AAC-AMB/113746/2009. FUNDIVER - Development of molecular tools for assessing fungal diversity and activity in freshwaters. CBMA-University of Minho. Team member. Budget: 126.886€ 

FCT-DAAD-2010-2011. (Micro)analysis of nanoparticles on aquatic fungi. Transnational Cooperation. Coordinator.

2010. Ecosystem services assessment: identifying risks & opportunities arising from climate change. Service rendered to Sonae-Sierra (www.sonaesierra.com). Co-coordination with C Pascoal.

2009-2010. Assessing the ecological quality of streams and rivers according to the Water Framework Directive. Service rendered to ARH-Norte Environmental Agency (www.arhnorte.pt). Co-coordination with C Pascoal.

PTDC/CLI/67180/2006. Predicting the effect of global warming on stream ecosystems. IMAR-Coimbra. Team member.

POCI/MAR/56964/2004. BIOTEST-Marine biotest-systems for real time oil toxicity detection. Team member.

POCTI/QUI/39525/2001. Development of an electrochemical method for determination of weak acids in biologic systems. Team member.

POCTI/BSE/34024/2000. Effect of pollution on leaf decomposition by aquatic hyphomycetes: analysis of their sensitivity/resistance to metal ions and acidic environments. Coordinator.

PBIC/C/BIO/95. Transport of organic acids in yeasts: reconstitution and purification of transporter proteins. Coordinator.

AIR 2 CT93-0803/ EU/1994-1996. Spoilage yeast in food and beverages: characterization and ecology for improved diagnosis and culture. Team member.

Glaxo Farmacêutica/1992-1995. Transport of organic acids and its regulation in yeasts. Team member.

JNICT/1988-1991. Transport and toxicity of organic acids in yeasts. Team member.

INIC/1985-1988. Organic acids as raw material to biomass production and as food preservatives. Team member.



89. Mora-Gómez J, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C, Romani A. 2017. Microbial decomposition is highly sensitive to leaf litter emersion in a permanent temperate stream. Science of the Total Environment 621:486-496

88. Duarte S., Mora-Gómez J., Cassio F,  Romaní, AM, Pascoal C. 2017. Responses of microbial decomposers to drought in streams may depend on the environmental context" has been accepted for publication in  Environmental Microbiology  9: 756–765.

87. Novais A, Batista D, Cássio F, Pascoal C, Sousa R. 2017. Effects of invasive clam (Corbicula fluminea) die-offs on the structure and functioning of freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater Biology 62: 1908–1916

86. Seena S, Carvalho F, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2017. Does the developmental stage and composition of riparian forest stand affect ecosystem functioning in streams? Science of the Total Environment 609: 1500–1511

85.  Duarte S,  Cássio F,  Pascoal C,  Baerlocher F. 2017. Taxa-area relationship of aquatic fungi on deciduous leaves. PLOS ONE | https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181545.

84. Batista D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2017. Temperature modulates AgNP impacts on microbial decomposer activity.  Science of the Total Environment: 601–602 1324–1332.

83. Crespo D, Grilo TF, Baptista J, Coelho JP, Lillebø AI, Cássio F, Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Pardal MP, Dolbeth M. New climatic targets against global warming: will the maximum 2ºC temperature rise affect estuarine benthic communities? Scientific Reports 7: 3918.

82. Batista D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2017. How do physicochemical properties influence the toxicity of silver nanoparticles on freshwater decomposers of plant litter in streams? Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 140: 148–155.

81. Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2017. Environmental drivers are more important for structuring fungal decomposer communities than the geographic distance between streams. Limnetica 36: 489-504

80.  Pereira A,  Trabulo J. Fernandes I,  Pascoal C, Cássio F,  Duarte S. 2017. Spring stimulates leaf decomposition in moderately eutrophic streams. Aquatic Sciences, 79:197–207


79.  Pradhan A, Silva CO, Pascoal C, Cássio F. Enzymatic biomarkers can portray nanoCuO-induced oxidative and neuronal stress in freshwater shredders. 2016. Aquatic Toxicology, 180: 227–235

78. Mora-Gómez J., Elosegi A., Duarte S., Cassio F, Pascoal, C., Romaní, A.M. 2016. Differences in the sensitivity of fungi and bacteria to season and invertebrates affect leaf litter decomposition in a Mediterranean stream. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92 fiw121

77. Pereira A, Geraldes P, Lima-Fernandes E, Fernandes I, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2016. Structural and functional measures of leaf-associated invertebrates and fungi as predictors of stream eutrophication. Ecological Indicators 69: 648-656

76. Duarte S, Cássio F, Ferreira V, Canhoto C, Pascoal C. 2016. Seasonal variability may affect microbial decomposers and leaf decomposition more than warming in streams. Microbial Ecology 72:263–276

75. Andrade R, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2016. Effects of inter and intra-specific diversity and genetic divergence of aquatic fungal communities on leaf litter decomposition - a microcosm experiment. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92(7).

74. Barros D, Oliveira P, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2016. Ethanol and phenanthrene increase the biomass of fungal assemblages and decrease plant litter decomposition in stream. Science of the Total Environment 565:489-495

73. Pradhan A, Geraldes P, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2016. Humic acid can mitigate the toxicity of small copper oxide nanoparticles to microbial decomposers that drive leaf decomposition in streams. Freshwater Biology 61: 2197-2210

72. Azevedo MM, Guimarães-Soares L, Pascoal C and Cássio F. 2016. Copper and Zinc affect the activity of plasma membrane H+-ATPase and thiol content in aquatic fungi. Microbiology SGM 162: 740-747 (DOI10.1099/mic.0.000262)

71. Tlili A, Berard A, Blanck H, Bouchez A, Cássio F, Eriksson KM, Morin S, Montuelle B, Navarro E, Pascoal C, Pesce S, Schmitt-Jansen M, Behra R. 2016. Pollution-induced community tolerance (PICT): towards an ecologically relevant risk assessment of chemicals in aquatic systems. Freshwater Biology doi:10.1111/fwb.12558

70. Carvalho F, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Sousa R. 2016. Direct and indirect effects of an invasive omnivore crayfish on leaf litter decomposition. Science of the Total Environment 541: 714-720

69. Fernandes I, Pereira A, Trabulo J, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. 2016. Microscopy- or DNA- based analyses: which methodology gives a truer picture of stream-dwelling decomposer fungal diversity? Fungal Ecology 18: 130-134

68. Duarte S, Bärlocher F, Pascoal C, Cássio, F. 2016. Biogeography of aquatic hyphomycetes: current knowledge and future perspectives. Fungal Ecology 19:169–181


67. Tlili A, Berard A, Blanck H, Bouchez A, Cássio F, Eriksson KM, Morin S, Montuelle B, Navarro E, Pascoal C, Pesce S, Schmitt-Jansen M, Behra R. 2015. Pollution-induced community tolerance (PICT): towards an ecologically relevant risk assessment of chemicals in aquatic systems. Freshwater Biology (DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12558)

66. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C 2015. Plant litter diversity affects invertebrate shredder activity and the quality of fine particulate organic matter in streams. Marine and Freshwater Research 66: 449-458

65. Dunck B, Lima-Fernandes E, Cássio F, Cunha A, Rodrigues L, Pascoal C. 2015. Responses of primary production, plant litter decomposition and associated communities to stream eutrophication. Environmental Pollution 202: 32–40

64. Fernandes I, Pereira A, Trabulo J, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Duarte S. 2015. Microscopy- or DNA- based analyses: which methodology gives a truer picture of stream-dwelling decomposer fungal diversity? Fungal Ecology 18: 130-134 (doi:10.1016/j.funeco.2015.08.005)

63. Lima-Fernandes E, Fernandes I, Geraldes P, Pereira A, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Eutrophication modulates plant-litter diversity effects on litter decomposition in streams. Freshwater Science 34:31-41 

62. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Plant litter diversity affects invertebrate shredder activity and the quality of fine particulate organic matter in streams. Marine and Freshwater Research 66: 449-458 

61. Duarte S, Batista D, Bärlocher F, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Some new DNA barcodes of aquatic hyphomycete species. Mycoscience 56: 102-108

60. Duarte S, Bärlocher F, Trabulo J, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2015. Stream-dwelling fungal decomposer communities along a gradient of eutrophication unraveled by 454 pyrosequencing. Fungal Diversity  70:127-148 

59. Pradhan A, Geraldes P, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2015. Natural organic matter alters size-dependent effects of nanoCuO on the feeding behaviour of freshwater shredders. Science of the Total Environment 535: 94-101 

58. Pradhan A, Seena S, Schlosser D, Gerth K, Helm S, Dobritzsch M, Krauss G-J, Dobritzsch D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2015. Fungi from metal-polluted streams may have high ability to cope with the oxidative stress induced by copper oxide nanoparticles Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34: 923–930


57. Fernandes I, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Elevated temperature may intensify the positive effects of nutrients on microbial decomposition in streams. Freshwater Biology 59: 2390-2399. 

56. Duarte S, Bärlocher F, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2014. Current status of DNA barcoding of aquatic hyphomycetes. Sydowia 66: 191-202

55. Pradhan A, Pinheiro JP, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Polyhydroxy fullerene binds cadmium ions and alleviates oxidative stress induced by metals in yeasts. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 5874-5881.

54. Pradhan A, Seena S, Dobritzsch D, Helm S, Gerth K, Dobritzsch M, Krauss G-J, Schlosser D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Physiological responses to nanoCuO in fungi from non-polluted and metal-polluted streams. Science of the Total Environment  466–467: 556–563 


53. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2013. Effects of riparian plant diversity loss on aquatic microbial decomposers become more pronounced with increasing time. Microbial Ecology 66:763-772. 

52. Duarte S, Seena S, Bärlocher F, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2013. A decade´s perspective on the impact of DNA sequencing on aquatic hyphomycete research. Fungal Biology Reviews  27:19-24

51. Duarte S, Fernandes I, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2013. Temperature alters interspecific relationships among aquatic fungi. Fungal Ecology 6: 187-191


50. Duarte S, Seena S, Bärlocher F, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2012. Preliminary insights into the phylogeography of six aquatic hyphomycete species. PLos ONE 7(9): e45289.

49. Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Guimarães H, Pinto R, Sousa I, Cássio F. 2012. Higher temperature reduces the effects of litter quality on decomposition by aquatic fungi. Freshwater Biology 57:2006-2317.

48. Geraldes P, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2012. Effects of increased temperature and aquatic fungal diversity loss on litter decomposition. Fungal Ecology 5: 734-740. 

47. Batista D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2012. Impacts of warming on freshwater decomposers along a gradient of cadmium stress. Environmental Pollution 169: 35-41.

46. Pradhan A, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2012. Copper oxide nanoparticles can induce toxicity to the freshwater shredder Allogamus ligonifer. Chemosphere 89: 1142-1150

45. Seena S, Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2012. Intra-specific variation of the aquatic fungus Articulospora tetracladia: a ubiqutous perspective. PLos ONE 7(4):e35884.

44. Duarte S, Fidalgo L, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2012) The role of the freshwater shrimp Atyaephyra desmarestii in leaf litter breakdown in streams Hydrobiologia 680: 149-157


43. Pradhan A, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2011. Can metal nanoparticles be a threat to microbial decomposers of plant litter in streams? Microbial Ecology 62: 58-68

42. Fernandes I, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2011. Intraspecific traits change biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning under metal stress. Oecologia 166:1019-1028

41. Moreirinha C, Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2011. Effects of cadmium and phenanthrene mixtures on aquatic fungi and microbially-mediated leaf litter decomposition. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 61:211-219.


40. Reiss J, Bailey RA, Cássio F, Woodward G, Pascoal C. 2010. Assessing the contribution of micro-organisms and macrofauna to biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships in freshwater microcosms Advances in Ecological Research 43: 151-176.

39. Reiss J, Forster J, Cássio F, Pascoal C, Stewart R, Hirst A. 2010. When microscopic organisms inform general ecological theory. Advances in Ecological Research 43: 45-85.

38. Seena S, Pascoal C, Marvanová L, Cássio F. 2010. DNA barcoding of fungi: a case study using ITS sequences for identifying aquatic hyphomycete species. Fungal Diversity 44: 77-87.

37. Medeiros AO, Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Graça MAS. 2010. Effects of Zn, Fe and Mn on leaf litter breakdown by aquatic fungi: a microcosm study. International Review of Hydrobiology 95:12-26

36. Pascoal C, Cássio F, Nikolcheva LG, Bärlocher F. 2010. Realized fungal diversity increases functional stability of leaf-litter decomposition under zinc stress. Microbial Ecology 59: 84-93.

35. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Alves A, Correia A, Cássio F. 2010. Assessing the dynamic of microbial communities during leaf decomposition in a low-order stream by microscopic and molecular techniques. Microbiological Research 165: 351-362.


34. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Garabetian F, Cássio F, Charcosset J-Y. 2009. Microbial decomposer communities are mainly structured by the trophic status in circumneutral and alkaline streams. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 6211-6221.

33. Fernandes I, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C. 2009. Mixtures of zinc and phosphate affect plant litter decomposition by aquatic fungi. Science of the total Environment 407:4283-4388.

32. Fernandes I, Uzun B, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2009. Responses of aquatic fungal communities on leaf litter to temperature change events. International Review of Hydrobiology 94: 410-418.

31. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2009. Functional stability of stream-dwelling microbial decomposers exposed to copper and zinc stress. Freshwater Biology 54: 1638-1691.

30. Sridhar KR, Duarte S, Cássio F, Pascoal C (2009) The role of early fungal colonizers in leaf-litter decomposition in Portuguese streams impacted by agricultural runoff. International Review of Hydrobiology 94: 399-409


29. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2008.. High diversity of fungi may mitigate the impact of pollution on plant litter decomposition in streams. Microbial Ecology.66: 688-695

28. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Alves A, Correia A, Cássio F. 2008. Copper and zinc mixtures induce shifts in microbial communities and reduce leaf litter decomposition in streams. Freshwater Biology 53: 91-102.


27. Mesquita A, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2007. Assessing effects of eutrophication in streams based on breakdown of eucalypt leaves. Archiv für Hydrobiologie/ Fundamental and Applied Limnology 168: 221-230

26. Azevedo M-M, Carvalho A, Pascoal C, Rodrigues F, Cássio F. 2007. Responses of antioxidant defenses to Cu and Zn stress in two aquatic fungi. Science of the Total Environment, 377:233-243.

25. Guimarães-Soares L, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2007. Effects of heavy metals on the production of thiol-compounds by the aquatic hyphomycetes Fontanospora fusiramosa and Flagellospora curta. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 66: 36–43.


24. Guimarães-Soares L, Felícia H, Bebianno MJ, Cássio F. 2006. Metal-binding proteins and peptides in aquatic fungi exposed to severe metal stress. Science of the Total Environment 372: 148-156

23. Baltazar F, Cássio F and Leão C. 2006. Functional purification of the monocarboxylate transporter of the yeast Candida utilis. Biotechnology Letters 28:1221-1226.

22. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F, Bärlocher F. 2006. Aquatic hyphomycete diversity and identity affect leaf litter decomposition in microcosms. Oecologia 147: 658–666.


21. Rodrigues A, Bento MF, Geraldo MD and Cássio F. 2005. Evaluation of the lactic acid consumption in yeast cultures by voltammetric means. Electroanalysis 17: 483-488.

20. Pascoal C, Cássio F, Marcotegui A, Sanz B, Gomes P. 2005. The role of fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates in leaf litter breakdown in a polluted river. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24:784-797.

19. Pascoal C, Marvanová L, Cássio F. 2005. Aquatic hyphomycete diversity in streams of Northwest Portugal. Fungal Diversity 19: 109-128.

18. Pascoal C, Cássio F, Marvanová L. 2005. Anthropogenic stress may affect aquatic hyphomycete diversity more than leaf decomposition in a low order stream. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 162: 481-496.


17. Rodrigues A, Geraldo MD, Bento MF and Cássio F. 2004. Assessement of Candida utilis growth by voltammetric reduction of acids using microelectrodes Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 566:139-145.

16. Duarte S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2004. Effects of zinc on leaf decomposition by fungi in streams: studies in microcosms. Microbial Ecology 48: 366-374.

15. Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2004. Contribution of fungi and bacteria to leaf litter decomposition in a polluted river. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 5266-5273.


14. Soares-Silva I, Andrade RP, Schuller D, Baltazar F, Cássio F and Casal M. 2003. Functional expression of the lactate permease Jen1p of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in Pichia pastoris Biochemical Journal 376: 781-787

13. Marvanová L, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2003. New and rare hyphomycetes from streams of Northwest Portugal. Part I. Cryptogamie, Mycologie 24: 339-358.

12. Pascoal C, Pinho M, Cássio F, Gomes P. 2003. Assessing structural and functional ecosystem condition using leaf breakdown: studies on a polluted river. Freshwater Biology 48: 2033-2044.


11. Pascoal C, Cássio F, Gomes P. 2001. Leaf breakdown rates: a measure of water quality? International Review of Hydrobiology 86: 407-416.

10. Cruz SHL, Cássio F, Leão C and Ernandes JR. 2001. The effect of structural complexity of nitrogen source on the ammonium transport in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Eclética Química 26: 157-173.


09. Gerós H, Baltazar F, Cássio F and Leão C. 2000. L-[14C]Lactate binding to a 43 kDa protein in plasma membranes of the yeast Candida utilis. Microbiology-UK 146: 695-699.

08.Gerós H, Azevedo M-M and Cássio F. 2000. Biochemical studies on the production of acetic acid by the yeast Dekkera anomala. Food Technology and Biotechnology 38: 59-62.

07. Gerós H, Cássio F and Leão C. 2000. Utilization and transport of acetic acid in Dekkera anomala and their implications on the survival of the yeast in acidic environments. Journal of Food Protection 63: 96-101.

anterior a 1999

06. Gerós H, Cássio F and Leão C. 1999. Transport of glucose in the wine spoilage yeast Dekkera anomala. Food Technology and Biotechnology 37: 247-255.

05. Gerós H, Cássio F and Leão C 1996. Reconstitution of lactate proton symport activity in plasma membrane vesicles from the yeast Candida utilis. Yeast 12: 1263-1272.

04. Cássio F, Côrte-Real M and Leão C. 1993. Quantitative analysis of proton movements associated with the uptake of weak-carboxylic acids. The yeast Candida utilis as a model. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1153: 59-66.

03. Cássio F and Leão C. 1993. A comparative study on the transport of
L(-)malic acid and other short-chain carboxylic acids in the yeast Candida utilis: evidence for a general organic acid permease. Yeast 9: 743-752.

02. Cássio F and Leão C. 1991. Low- and high-affinity transport systems for citric acid in the yeast Candida utilis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 57: 3623-3628.

01. Cássio F, Leão C and van Uden N. 1987. Transport of lactate and other short-chain monocarboxylates in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 53: 509-513.






Post-Docs & Students

 Marie Curie Actions:

European Reintegration Grant (ERG)

Coordinator at the UMinho of the Marie Curie Action ERG: 224890-LusoAquaBarcode - Implementing DNA barcoding into aquatic biodiversity research in Portugal and priming new macrobenthos monitoring tools. Researcher Filipe Costa (2008-2012).

Student supervision


- Bruno Castro (SFRH/BPD//2016) A systematic appraisal of antifungal agents in a Daphnia-microparasitic yeast model: an overlooked scenario on the interaction between pollution and disease. (Co-supervisor with Justyna Wolinska). Ongoing.

- Isabel Fernandes (SFRH/BPD/97656/2013) Stoichiometry of microbial decomposers: bottom-up effects on detritus food web in streams (Co-supervisor with C. Pascoal and G. Woodward). Ongoing.

- Seena Sahadevan, Researcher Programa Ciência, 2008-2013.

- Fátima Baltazar. Fisiologia e biologia molecular de transportadores de ácidos fracos em leveduras, 1998-2003.

            Ph.D THESES:

15- Ilisa Antunes. Biodiversity and functioning of freshwater ecosystems under global climate change. PhD programme in Molecular and Environmental Biology. (Co-orientação com F. Cássio e V. Acuña). (SFRH/BD/133625/2017). Universidade do Minho. Iniciada em 2018.
14- Francisco Carvalho. Impacts of freshwater invasive crayfish species on key ecosystem processes under a climate change scenario. Started in 2017.

13- Jorge Rodrigues.Integrative assessment of glyphosate toxicity by using aquatic model organisms from freshwater environments. Started in 2017.

12- Nuno Martins. EXTRaCT -  Exploring natural remediation processes as a Tool for wastewater Recovery and freshwater ConservaTion. Started in 2016.

11- Pedro Ferraz. Bio-control of phytopathogenic fungi relevant for cacao- and olive-derived economy. Started in 2016.

10- Daniela Miranda Batista (SFRH/BD/88181/2012). Impacts of silver nanoparticles in freshwater detrital food-webs in a warming scenario. University of Minho. Julho 2017. 

09- Diana Barros (SFRH/BD/80407/2011). Proteomic and physiological responses to metal nanoparticles in aquatic microbes. University of Minho. Started in April 2012.

08- Paulo Geraldes (SFRH/BD/75516/2010). Impacts of engineered nanoparticles to decomposers in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. University of Minho. Started in 2011.

07- Arunava Pradhan (SFRH/BD/45614/2008). Impacts of nanoparticles to microbes and invertebrates: from community responses to cellular targets. University of Minho, September, 2013.

06- Isabel Fernandes (SFRH/BD/42215/2007). Responses of aquatic decomposers to resource availability and increased temperature. University of Minho, September, 2013.

05- Sofia Duarte (SFRH/BD/13482/2003) Biodiversity and activity of microbial decomposers of leaf litter in streams under anthropogenic stress. University of Minho, 2008.

04- Maria Manuel Azevedo. Toxicity of heavy metals to aquatic fungi: mechanisms of resistance. University of Minho, 2008.

03- Luís Guimarães Soares (SFRH/BD/3193/2000) Biochemical and physiological responses of the aquatic fungi Fontanospora fusiramosa and Flagellospora curta to cadmium, copper and zinc. University of Minho, 2006.

02- Cláudia Pascoal. Effects of anthropogenic stress on leaf litter decomposers in streams of Northwest Portugal. University of Minho, 2004 .

01- Hernâni Gerós. Transporte e utilização de açúcares e de ácidos carboxílicos nas leveduras Dekkera anomala e Candida utilis - estudos em células inteiras e em vesículas membranares. University of Minho, 1999.


19- Marta Manuela Lobo Fernandes. avaliação da toxicidade das nanopartículasnde dióxido de titânio, dióxido de titânio dopado com erbium e ferrites de cobalto em fungos aquáticos. Master in Environmental Sciences and Technologies. University of Minho, Março 2017.

18- Ana Rita dos santos Lopes Carvalho. Avaliação da qualidade ecológica de um troço eutrofizado e potencial dos fungos para a biorremediaçãoo.Master in Ecology.  Universidade do Minho. Junho 2017

17- José Pedro Macedo do Vale Ramião. Ecosystem services from freshwater ecosystems in Northern Portugal: insights from a comparison between Rio Cavado and Rio Ave. (Co-supervisor). Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2016.

16- Maria João Alves Nogueira. Efeitos dos incêndios florestais na decomposição da folhada em rios: estudo em microcosmos.(Co-supervisor). Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2013.

15- José Miguel Castro Trabulo. Effects of eutrophication on stream-dwelling decomposers of plant-litter. (Co-supervisor). Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2013.

14- Francisco André Costa Carvalho. Impacts of invasive omnivore predators on plant litter decomposition in streams: the case of Procambarus clarkii. (Co-supervisor). Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2013.

13- Bruno Ricardo Campos Antunes. Impactos do cobre e do metalaxil-M em cadeias tróficas detritívoras em ribeiros. (Co-supervisor). Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2013.

12- Amaro Rodrigues. Video production to support practical classes in Ecology/Produção de vídeos para o ensino experimental da Ecologia. University of Minho, 2012.

11- Ricardo Sarmento Andrade. The role of fungal genetic diversity on organic matter decomposition in streams. Papel da diversidade genética dos fungos na decomposição da matéria orgânica nos rios. Master in Ecology, University of Minho, 2011.

10- Paulo Geraldes. Microbial diversity and functional measures as indicators of stream ecosystem health. Master in Ecology (Co-supervisor). University of Minho, 2011.

09- Eva Lima Fernandes. Effects of riparian vegetation diversity on benthic invertebrates and plant-litter decomposition along a gradient of eutrophication. Master in Ecology (Co-supervisor). University of Minho, 2011.

08- Ana Maria Novais Pereira. Impacts of water quality degradation on leaf-liter breakdown and benthic invertebrates. Mestrado em Ecologia (Co-orientação com C. Pascoal). University of Minho, 2011.

07- Daniela Miranda Batista. Impacts of warming on freshwater decomposers along a gradient of cadmium stress. Master of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. University of Porto, 2010

06- Isabel Fernandes. Effects of fungal diversity and cadmium on leaf litter decomposition in streams: studies in microcosms. Master in Molecular Genetics. University of Minho, 2008 (Co-Supervisor).

05- Ana Mesquita. Decomposição da folhada de Eucalyptus globulus em ecossistemas lóticos: papel dos macroinvertebrados e dos fungos aquáticos. Master in Applied Ecology. University of Porto, 2003.

04- Fernanda Ramos. Prospecção de hifomicetos aquáticos no Rio Ave e optimização das condições de crescimento e esporulação de Heliscus submersusHeliscus lugdunensisTricladium splendens. Master in Environmental Sciences. University of Minho, 2003. (Co-supervisor).

03- Astride Rodrigues. Desenvolvimento de um método voltamétrico para a avaliação do crescimento microbiano. Master in Chemistry. 2002. (Co-supervisor).

02- Clara Ferreira. Estudos de viabilidade celular na levedura de contaminação alimentar Dekkera anomala em meios ácidos com etanol. Master in Environmental Sciences. 1998.

01- Maria Manuel Azevedo. Estudos sobre a utilização de fontes de carbono e energia pela levedura Dekkera anomala com vista à optimização do seu crescimento. Master in Environmental Sciences. 1997.


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