Ana Margarida Faria

Ana Margarida Faria

Post-doctoral fellow



Phone: + 351 21 8811700 (ext. 246)

Fax: + 351 21 8860954

Curriculum vitae



:: Research interests



- Developmental ecology,

- Sensorial ecology,

- Swimming behaviour,

- Temperate reef fish larvae,

- Marine protected areas

- Climate changes



:: Current research project


Understanding temperate reef fish larvae behaviour and implications for population connectivity

My pos-doc research intends to understand temperate reef fish larvae behaviour and implications for population connectivity.

Knowing the extent of larval dispersal is critical for an understanding of population connectivity and recruitment. Until recently it was assumed that larval dispersal was essentially explained by passive transport, predicted mainly by current patterns. However, recent models and field studies have demonstrated that passive transport by itself cannot explain the observed fish larval distributional patterns. The answer must rely partly in the swimming and sensory abilities of fishes. Despite the recent significant advancement of these studies in coral reef environments, temperate reef fish larval behaviour and sensorial capabilities are poorly investigated. The integration of ontogeny, behaviour, physiology and relevant life history traits of fish larvae is extremely promising in approaching these issues.

Funded by: FCT - SFRH/BPD/68673/2010



:: Publications

Silva, L.; Moyano, M.; Björn,I.; Faria, A.M.; Garrido, S.; Peck, M.A. (2015). Ontogeny of swimming capacity in plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) larvae. Marine Biology. Doi: 10.1007/s00227-015-2621-0


Faria, A. M.; Borges, R.; Gonçalves, E. J. (2014). Critical swimming speeds of wild-caught sand-smelt Atherina presbyter larvae. Journal of Fish Biology, 85: 953–959.


Silva, L; Faria, A.M.; Teodósio, M.A.; Garrido, S. (2014). Ontogeny of swimming behaviour in sardine Sardina pilchardus larvae and effect of larval nutritional condition on critical speed. Marine Ecology Progress Series 504:287-300.


Chicharo, M.A.; Amaral, A.; Faria, A.; Morais, P.; Mendes, C.; Piló, D.; Ben-Hamadou, R.; Chicharo, L. (2012). Are tidal lagoons ecologically relevant to larval recruitment of small pelagic fish? An approach using nutritional condition and growth rate. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 112: 265-279.


Meyer, S; Caldarone, E.M. ; Chicharo, M.A. ; Clemmensen, C. ; Faria, A.M. ; Faulk, C. ; Folkvord, A. ; Holt, G.J. ; Høie, H. ; Mahlzahn, A. ; Moran, D. ; Petereit, C. ; Støttrup, Josianne ; Peck, M.A (2011). On the edge of death: Rates of decline and lower thresholds of biochemical condition in food-deprived fish larvae and juveniles. Journal of Marine Systems 93: 11-24.


Tojeira, I.; Faria, A.M.; Henriques, S.; Faria, C. & Gonçalves, E.J. (2012). Early development and larval behaviour of two clingfishes, Lepadogaster purpurea and Lepadogaster lepadogaster (Pisces: Gobiesocidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 93: 449-459.


Faria, A.M., Chícharo, M.A. & Gonçalves, E.J. (2011). Effects of starvation on swimming performance and body condition of pre-settlement Sparus aurata larvae. Aquatic Biology 12:281-289.


Faria, A.; Muha, T.; Morote, E. & Chícharo, M.A. (2011). Influence of starvation on the critical swimming behaviour of the Senegalese sole Solea senegalensis and its relationship with RNA/DNA ratios during ontogeny. Scientia Marina, 75(1): 87-94.


Faria, A. & Gonçalves, E. (2010). Ontogeny of swimming behaviour of two temperate clingfishes, Lepadogaster lepadogaster and Lepadogaster purpurea (Gobiesocidae). Marine Ecology Progress Series 414:237-248.


Faria, A.; Ojanguren, A.; Fuiman, L. & Gonçalves, E. (2009). Ontogeny of Critical Swimming speed of wild-caught and laboratory-reared larvae of Red Drum (Scieanops ocellatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 384:221-230.


Chícharo, L.; Faria, A.; Morais, P.; Amaral, A.; Mendes, C. & Chícharo, M.A. (2009). How to sample larval fish for taxonomical and ecophysiological studies in shallower temperate coastal ecosystems? Cahiers de Biologie Marine 50.


Morais, P.; Faria, A.; Chícharo, M.A. & Chícharo, L. (2009). The unexpected occurrence of late Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum, 1792) (Osteichthyes: Clupeidae) larvae in a temperate estuary. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 50:79-89.


Faria, A.; Morais, P. & Chícharo, M. A. (2006). Dynamic of the ichthyoplankton in the Guadiana estuary and in the adjacent coastal area (SE-Portugal/SW-Spain). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 70: 85-97. 

Horários e Contactos

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