João Silva - CCMAR Researcher

Born in Peniche, João Silva grew up between this fishing village and the nearby Berlenga Island, where he was firstly seduced by the wonders of the marine realm. He moved to Faro in 1987, to study Marine Biology at the University of Algarve. After a few years as a high-school teacher, he returned to the University of Algarve to obtaina MSc in Aquaculture. It was during the MSc thesis that he started working on the ecophysiology of marine macrophytes, which remains his prime research theme. In 2004 he completed his PhD on the photosynthetic ecology of the seagrass Zostera noltii. Since 2006 he is a research scientist at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), working mostly on seagrass and macroalgae ecophysiology. His current research line is particularly focused on the effects of ocean acidification on photosynthesis and calcification. However, being interested in other aspects of marine plant ecology, he ends up doing some extra research gigs here and there. He regularly collaborates in some courses of the University of Algarve, offering lectures and support to field courses and is engaged in the outreach and science dissemination program of CCMAR.