Lélia Matos is a paleoceanographer studying past intermediate-depth (thermocline) ocean conditions driven by both human activity and natural climate changes. She investigates acidification, temperature, water provenance, lead pollution, etc, using the chemical analysis of cold-water corals and other carbonate organisms.
With a background in Animal Biology and a Master degree in Biology and Management of Marine Resources both from the University of Lisbon, Lélia holds a Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences from the Bremen University. She has so far (co-)authored 6 peer-reviewed publications, delivered over 20 presentations and been involved with 8 research projects. Since completion of her doctoral degree in 2017, she has obtained funding as (co)proponent for three projects exploiting cold-water coral geochemistry: a Portugal-France bilateral program Pessoa/Hubert Curien (FCT) to investigate Atlantic intermediate waters acidification; and two MIT-Portugal Seed Funds/Exploratory projects to study (1) lead-pollution entrainment and (2) hypoxia into Atlantic thermocline waters. Since September 2021, Lélia is working for her own MIT-Portugal project CoralOx, at the clean lab housed at IPMA-Algés Campus, investigating cold-water coral chromium isotopes as a proxy for suboxic ocean conditions.
Our IPMA collaborators participated in the event that took place at the Centro de Congressos do Estoril in Cascais, from 7 to 11 October.
Lélia Matos,a paleoceanographer, is joining the EMSO project at the IPMA-Algés Campus. Welcome Léila!
Our researcher Lélia has finished her work on the EMSO project and will start working on the new project CoralOx. Congratulations!
Matos, L., C. Wienberg, J. Titschack, G. Schmiedl, N. Frank, F. Abrantes, M. R. Cunha, D. Hebbeln. 2017. Coral mound development at the Campeche cold-water coral province, southern Gulf of Mexico: implications of Antarctic Intermediate Water increased influence during interglacials. Marine Geology 392: 53-65. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2017.08.012
Abrantes, F., P. Cermeño, C. Lopes, O. Romero, L. Matos, J. Van Iperen, M.M. Rufino, V. Magalhães. 2016. Diatoms Si uptake capacity drives carbon export in coastal upwelling systems. Biogeosciences 13: 4099-4109. doi:10.5194/bg-13-4099-2016
Matos, L., F. Mienis, C. Wienberg, N. Frank, C. Kwiatkowski, J. Groeneveld, F. Thil, F. Abrantes, M.R. Cunha, D. Hebbeln. 2015. Interglacial occurrence of cold-water corals off Cape Lookout (NW Atlantic): First evidence of the Gulf Stream influence. Deep Sea Research Part 1 105: 158-170. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.09.003
Hebbeln, D., C. Wienberg, P. Wintersteller, A. Freiwald, M. Becker, L. Beuck, C. Dullo, G.P. Eberli, S. Glogowski, L. Matos, N. Forster, H. Reyes-Bonilla, M. Taviani and the MSM 20-4 shipboard scientific party. 2014. Environmental forcing of the Campeche cold-water coral province, southern Gulf of Mexico. Biogeosciences 11:1799–1815. doi:10.5194/bg-11-1799-2014
Matos, L., A.D. Silva, J.C. Castilhos, M.I. Weber, L.S. Soares & L. Vicente. 2012. Strong site fidelity and longer internesting interval for solitary nesting olive ridley sea turtles in Brazil. Marine Biology 159:1011–1019. doi:10.1007/s00227-012-1881-1
Vinagre, C., T. Ferreira, L. Matos, M.J. Costa & H.N. Cabral. 2009. Latitudinal gradients in growth and spawning of sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, and their relationship with temperature and photoperiod. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 81 (3): 375–380. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2008.11.015
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