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How are the Brazilian coast and seaweeds after Cabral?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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07th February 2018, at 1:30 pm

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How are the Brazilian coast and seaweeds after Cabral?

Paulo Horta

(Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brasil))





Since Cabral arrival Brazilian coast passed by huge changes. Urbanization, agriculture and industrialization in coastal areas changed physiognomies and composition of shallow flora. Last decades ocean acidification (OA) and Ocean Warming (OW) appear as stressor that should have enormous impacts on marine coastal organisms across the globe, however, there are still many open questions regarding the responses that photoautotrophs will have.  Biological interactions between global and local stressors, as well phenotypic plasticity, expressed by morpho/physiological and ecological adaptations, represent questions that deserve major attention in South Atlantic.  Our group, from the Laboratory of  Phycology, Federal University of Santa Catarina (south of Brazil), manipulated multiple variables (CO2, temperature and local stressors) in laboratório, field and in marine mesocosm facilities in North and southern Brazil in order to test the magnitude of the effects of multiple stressors on the physiology of common photoautotrophs from shallow marine coastal ecosystems in Brazil. In this talk, I bring some case studies about the ecophysiological behavior of marine primary producers under threat of global change stressors.



BSc Biological Sciences - University of São Paulo (1996), PhD Biological Sciences - University of São Paulo (2000) and Post Doctorate - Marine Ecology, Plymouth University, UK (2013). He was a professor at the Federal University of Paraíba (2004) and is now associate professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. Referee of journals regarding Phycology and Marine Biology. Work in undergraduate and graduate programs on Biodiversity (Botany, Ecology and oceanography), teaching and supervising in the areas of marine descriptive ecology, seaweed ecophysiology, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography. Coordinator of projects related with systematic, macroecology, environmental impacts related to climate change and marine pollution.

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