Ana Amorim

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MARE - ULisboa
Research group: 
Coastal Systems and Ocean
Research lines: 
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Activity summary

My research interests are on the ecology of phytoplankton in Portuguese coastal waters, with emphasis on HABs. I am particularly interested in understanding the ecological significance of different life-cycle stages in HAB bloom dynamics and species dispersal. As part of my research, I am building at UL-MARE a culture collection (ALISU) of marine microalgae from Portuguese coastal waters. I am elected Council member of the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA).


Ribeiro, S., A. Amorim, F. Abrantes, & M. Ellegaard. 2016. “Environmental Change in the Western Iberia Upwelling Ecosystem since the Preindustrial Period Revealed by Dinoflagellate Cyst Records.” The Holocene 26 (6): 874–89. Chainho, P., A. Fernandes, A. Amorim, S. P. Ávila, J. Canning-Clode, J. J. Castro, A. C. Costa, et al. 2015. “Non-Indigenous Species in Portuguese Coastal Areas, Coastal Lagoons, Estuaries and Islands.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 167: 199–21 Ribeiro, S., A. Amorim, T. J. Andersen, F. Abrantes, & M. Ellegaard, 2012. Reconstructing the history of an invasion: the toxic phytoplankton species Gymnodinium catenatum in the Northeast Atlantic. Biological Invasions, 14: 969-985 Ciminiello, P., et al., 2013. Investigation of toxin profile of Mediterranean and Atlantic strains of Ostreopsis cf. siamensis (Dinophyceae) by liquid chromatography–high resolution mass spectrometry, Harmful Algae 23:19-27. Valiadi, M., M. D. Iglesias-Rodriguez & A. Amorim. 2012. Distribution and genetic diversity of the luciferase gene within marine dinoflagellates. Journal of Phycology, 48: 826-836 Ruivo, M., A. Amorim, & P. Cartaxana, 2011. Effects of growth phase and irradiance on phytoplankton pigment ratios: implications for chemotaxonomy in coastal waters. Journal of Plankton Research, 33: 1012-1022 Amorim, A. & B. Dale. 2006. Historical cyst record as evidence for the recent introduction of the dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum in the North Eastern Atlantic. African Journal of Marine Science, 28(2): 193-197 “PLANKTON*NET - An open-access framework for developing and supporting distributed knowledge centres for taxonomic data – a pilot study targeting EU phytoplankton ”. EU FP6, Research Infrastructures Action, 026071 (RIAM)