Joana Patrícia Reis Vasconcelos

Penteada University Campus , Floor 3

(+351) 291 705 128 / 5128

Biographical Notes

Joana Vasconcelos, PhD in Biological Sciences, works as an Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Life Sciences of UMa, where she is responsible for the UC?s Histology and Animal Physiology, Animal Physiology, and teaches at UC?s Zoology I and Zoology II
Graduated in Biology, scientific branch (2002) and Master in Earth and Life Sciences (2007) by the University of Madeira.
Member of the ICES Working Group on Biology and Assessment of Deep-sea Fisheries Resources (WGDEEP) 2017-2020.
Between 2009 and 2016, she taught in Basic and Secondary Education (520 Biology and Geology) at the Regional Secretariat for Education, Science and Technology. In parallel (since 2004), she was a collaborator in the Regional Fisheries Directorate, where her scientific activity focused on fishery biology (studying life history parameters: age and growth and reproductive strategies), stock assessment, population and community dynamics, and biodiversity shifts due to natural or anthropogenic factors, especially those of commercial interest, and their evolution.
She has proven leadership acquired during the Postdoc time, where she is/was Principal Investigator (PI) in 2 FCT (EXPL/MAT-APL/0262/2021, 2021-23; SFRH/BSAB/143056/2018, 2018-19) and in 1 Postdoc at Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC-Chile) and Co-PI in 2 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences projects (University of Gothenburg, 2018, 2021).
She also internationalized herself through several scientific stays (>2 years), including a Postdoc at UCSC-Chile and the development of short-term projects at Kristineberg Sven Lovén Center (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and at EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), Center for Ecology & Evolution and Biogeochemistry (Switzerland). In the past 4 years she has published ca 25 papers (10% D1, 39% Q1, 45% 1st or last author) and 1 book chapter and has collaborated on 5 international projects (KVA, INTERREG and DG-MARE).


- Major ocean currents may shape the microbiome of the topshell Phorcus sauciatus in the NE Atlantic Ocean, Sousa, R., Vasconcelos, J., Vera-Escalona, I., Delgado, J., Freitas, M., González, J.A., Riera, R, Scientific Reports, 2021

- Thinking of Fish Population Discrimination: Population Average Phenotype vs. Population Phenotypes, Vasconcelos, J., Jurado-Ruzafa, A., Otero-Ferrer, J.L., Lombarte, A., Riera, R., Tuset, V.M., Frontiers in Marine Science, 2021, 1

- Filling biological gaps of the marine topshell Phorcus sauciatus (Koch, 1845) (Gastropoda: Trochidae) to ensure its sustainable exploitation, Sousa, R., Vasconcelos, J., Delgado, J., Riera, R., González, J.A., Freitas, M., Henriques, P., Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 99(4), 2020, 9

- Island effect in the shell phenotypic plasticity of an intertidal gastropod., Vasconcelos, J., Sousa, R., Tuset, V.M., Riera, R., 0944-2006, Zoology 141C, 2020, 1

- Severe shifts of Zostera marina epifauna: Comparative study between 1997 and 2018 on the Swedish Skagerrak coast, Riera, R., Vasconcelos, J., Baden, S., Gerhardt, L., Sousa, R., Infantes, E, 0025-326X, Marine Pollution Bulletin 158, 2020, 1

- The protection effects of MPAs on intertidal exploited mollusks from an oceanic archipelago., Sousa, R., Henriques, P., Vasconcelos, J., Pinto, A.R., Delgado, J., Riera, R., 1099-0755, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and freshwater ecosystems 30(4), 2020, 13

- Two sympatric, not externally discernible, and heavily exploited deepwater species with coastal migration during spawning season: implications for sustainable stocks management of Aphanopus carbo and Aphanopus intermedius around Madeira., Vasconcelos, J., Sousa, R., Henriques, P., Amorim, A., Delgado, J., Riera, R., Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(1), 2020, 8

- Working Group on the Biology and Assessment of Deep-sea Fisheries Resources (WGDEEP), Vasconcelos. J (co-autor) ICES, ICES Scientific Reports, 2020, 928 2:38

- How hydrodynamics affects phenotypic plasticity on limpets? Intensity vs. Frequency of events., Vasconcelos, J., Caamaño, D., Tuset, V.M., Sousa, R., Riera, R., XXXIX Congreso de Ciencias del Mar, Iquique, Chile, 2019

- The potential impact of limpet harvesting management on the reproductive parameters of Patella aspera and P. cande, Sousa, R., Vasconcelos, J., Riera, R., Pinto, A.R., Delgado, J., Henriques, P., Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 226, 2019, 1

Academic Qualifications

- PhD in Ciências Biológicas, 2017, University of Madeira

- No Level in Profissionalização em Serviço - Biologia e Geologia, 2011, University of Madeira

- Master Degree in Ciências da Terra e da Vida para o Ensino, 2007, University of Madeira

- Undergraduate Degree in Biologia, 2002, University of Madeira