Artur Gil​

Principal Investigator and Senior Researcher, Nature-based solutions

Artur is a Researcher at IVAR (Research Institute for Volcanology and Risk Assessment), University of the Azores. His research focuses on the development of geospatial applications, products, and indicators able to support decision-making on Natural Hazards' mapping and assessment, Spatial Planning, MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services), and Coastal/Land Management in oceanic islands and further remote territories.
Within the project, Artur supervises the project's WebGIS platform development and management.
His vision for the project is for MaCoBioS to trace an innovative and successful path on the synergistic study and mitigation measures' development of climate change, biodiversity decline and ecosystem services degradation, based on nature-based solutions.

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Andrea Zita Botelho

Senior Researcher
Contributor, Climate change affects foundation species and their safe operating space, Multi-risks composite index for focus eco-regions, Nature-based solutions

Andrea is a Senior Researcher at Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso, University of the Azores. Her research interests are ecosystem-based management, ecosystem services, marine ecology, marine protected areas, marine/maritime spatial planning and monitoring.
Within the project, Andrea will determine how environmental drivers related with climate change affect biodiversity. She will also identify risk habitats and management actions along with adaptation strategies supported or inspired by nature.
Her hope from the project is a better understanding of the inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services and ensure effective and integrated management and conservation strategies.

Catarina Fonseca

Post-Doc Researcher and Project Manager
Post-doctoral research fellow Policy formulation
Catarina is a Post-doctoral Researcher at Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso, University of the Azores. Her research interests are governance and management of socio-ecological systems and stakeholders' perception Within the project, she will take part to the task of stakeholders' identification and analysis.
She hopes that MaCoBioS will contribute to a better understanding of the complex relations between marine biodiversity, climate change and society.​

Jéssica Uchôa

MSc Researcher
Jessica is a Master's student in Volcanology at the University of the Azores. Her research focuses on remote sensing and analysing geospatial data.
Within the project, Jessica is part of the research team that creates the webGIS for the project in order to support decision-making.
Her vision for the project is that MaCoBioS will support decision-making based on spatial analysis.

Rafaela Tiengo

MSc Researcher
Rafaela is a Master's student in Geology at the University of the Azores. Her research focusses on remote sensing and geospatial data. Within the project, Rafaela is part of the research team in charge of processing, modelling and analysing geospatial data. Her vision for the project is that MaCoBioS will help support decision-making based on Remote Sensing

Cristina Seijo Núñez

Former member

Cristina is a Doctoral Researcher developing a PhD in Marine Science, Technology and Management, at the University of Santiago de Compostela Gaspar. Her research will focus on Marine management and conservation.
Within the project, she was supporting the scientific development of the tasks in which Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso is involved. While supporting the collaboration between the work packages, she was also exploring their interdependence and how they can feed each other.

Firdaous Halim

Former member
Firdaous Halim was a research fellow within the project MaCoBioS – Marine Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World, under the direct supervision of Dr. Catarina Fonseca and with the support of Dr. Artur José Freire Gil. She supported two work packages within the project, where she evaluated the effectiveness of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation, identified and analysed stakeholders' concerns and perspectives regarding climate change impacts, and supported stakeholders’ participation activities.