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2019-2022  

The Biomimicry of the “Mushroom Forest Artificial Reef” -Experimental strategies for coral reef restoration and fish stock augmentation in Qatar

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Description: Inspired in the shape and material from nature and designed based in the biomimicry concept this project aims increase the TRL (technological Readiness Level) of a new technology for subsea construction. A environmentally friend artificial reef designed for restoration of marine areas, including increase the fishing stock, coral "gardening" and control coastal erosion.  I am the LPI (Lead Principal Investigator) of this project and the owner of the patent.     

Funding source: Qatar University (QU) Internal Funding Program /Approx. U$ 300.000,00

Co-Funding: Smeet Precast; and SIKA  

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Institution: The Queensland University, Australia. 

Outcomes: 1 Patent. The patent of the new technology already was granted.  The first experiments in the wave pool and flume pool was performed at the coastal engineer department in Australia.      

2019-2021

Innovative In situ Biotechnology for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring on the Qatari Marine Environment 

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TOTAL PETROLEUM
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CNRS and
ADERA

Description: This project aims to validate the use of the HFNI valvometer for water monitoring. A new-generation of remote technique installed in oyster shells to identify on real time the physical or chemical stressors based in the closing and opening of the valves. In this study I am the PI (Principal Investigator) of the work package related to ecological patterns and for the survey of biological material.      

Funding source: Qatar Foundation – NPRP11S-0115-180308 - The value is Confidential

Co-Funding: TOTAL Petroleum

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Institution: CNRS and ADERA, France. 

Outcomes: This project just started in the second semester of 2019 and the biological data will be collected on 2020.     

2019-2021 

Tar mats of Qatar Coast: Resilience to Weathering Processes and Quantification of Environmental Hazards.

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Description: This project aims to understand, qualify and quantify the impact of tar mats in the coastal environment. It is a multidisciplinary study with several researchers correlating, with different approaches, Chemical physical and biological parameter. In this project I am the PI (principal investigator) responsible the ecological evaluation of the impact of Tar-mats over the gastropod assemblage in rocky shore zone.    

Funding source: Qatar Petroleum (QP) Funding Program  / Approx.  U$1.300.000,00.   

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Institution: University of Alabama, USA. 

Outcomes: This project just started in the second semester of 2019 and the biological data are in the collecting process.     

2019- 2022 

Qatari National Genetic Habitat and Environmental Bio-monitoring

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Description: This project aims identify genetically marine species at Qatar Marine Zone using the new Oxford Nanopore technology. Creating a gene-bank about target marine species. This project is part of the Marine Collection project described bellow. Here I am the PI (principal investigator) responsible for the survey and taxonomic identification/ description of the target marine species   

Funding source: Qatar Petroleum (QP) Funding Program  / Approx.  U$500.000,00.   

Lead Institution: Biomedical Research Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Departments: Environmental Science Centre, 

Outcomes: This project started recently and the data are under analysis. Some articles are in preparation process, with at least 5 possible new species under description.    

2018-2020 

Does a seasonal biogeographic barrier dividing the Arabian Gulf exist? A study based in the Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Phylogeography of decapod’s biodiversity in Qatar.

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Description: This project aims use the decapods biodiversity to evaluate the existence of a biogeographic barrier isolating the West coast of the Arabian Persian Gulf.  We are using genetic and taxonomic information to understand the distribution of decapods in the Gulf. A special group of animals with short life cycle and a good taxon for this aim. In this Project I am the LPI (lead Principal Investigator).

Funding source: ESC-QU Funds// QR$ 80,000.00 (Qatari Riyal)

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Institutions: Regensburg University, Germany;  Museum of Natural History at Oxford University, United Kingdom

Outcomes: The outcomes are in preparation 

2018-2019  

The potential antibacterial effect of the Marine Sponges of the Qatar Marine Zone.

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Description: This project aims identify sponge species within Qatar Marine Zone and their potential antibacterial bioactivity. In this project I was the LPI (Lead Principal Investigator) and was in partnership with the Biomedical Research Centre at Qatar University.  

Funding source: Qatar Foundation - UREP21-141-3-032/Approx. U$20.000,00  

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Departments: Biomedical Research Centre; Biomedical Science Department; Department of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Partner Institution:  University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Outcomes: 1 article in publishing process; 1 report with the results and list of species. In the first ecosystem approached for the identification/description of the sponge biodiversity, we identified two new species. In the main article produced we described these two new species and their potential antibiotic bioactivity.    

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2016-2020

The pearl oysters: From national icon to guardian of Qatar marine environment.

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Description: This project aims describe several aspects of the iconic pearl oyster Pinctada imbricata radiata at the Arabian-Persian Gulf. A multidisciplinary study including genotoxicity, physiology, chemical contaminants and ecology. In this project I was invited as PI (principal Investigator) for the work package about the ecology of the population of this species.

Funding source: Qatar Foundation - NPRP9-141-3-032/Approx. U$ 796.432,00 

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar.

Partner Institutions:  CEFAS, United Kingdom; McGill University, Canada; MAERSK Oil, Qatar.

Outcomes: 1 article; X articles in preparation. Observing animals in aquarium after the capture I recorded for the first time an active benthic displacement of this species. Named as The Sea-Silk displacement this species display a movement similar to Spiderman, in a sequence of actions it produces a single thread, attach this thread in the substrate, drags itself, discard the used threat and produce a new thread for a new sequence of movement.  

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2015-2018

Ecological processes underlying ecosystem function in arid mangroves.

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Description: This project aimed understand better one of the most extreme ecosystem on earth, the arid mangrove in the west coast of the Arabian-Persian Gulf. I was invited as associated researcher for the sample collection and accidentally it resulted in a publication about behavioral biology.  

Funding source: Qatar Foundation - NPRP 7 - 1302 - 1 - 242 / Approx. U$900.000,00 

Lead Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar. 

Partner Institution: Bangor University, United Kingdom.

Outcomes: 1 article. An article that I published after two years of monthly visits to the two main mangrove ecosystems in Qatar. I observed and recorded the first active fishing behaviors of an entire population of the tree-climbing crab Metapograpsus messor. A behavior that drove me to the description of another behavior, the use of the pneumatophore-borne vibration to identify the target preys. I also described the short trophic chain where this behaviors are related and the ciclic sequence acording with the tidal levels. 

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2014-2017 

The impact of static fishing gear over the offshore oyster beds in Qatar

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Description: This project aimed identify the effect of the fishing activity over the historical oyster beds in the offshore areas in Qatar.  I was invited as associated researcher for the sample collection and was directly responsible for the data analysis, and preparation of the main published article.  

Funding source: Qatar Foundation - NPRP 7 - 1302 - 1 -242 / Approx. U$900.000,00 

Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar. 

Outcomes: 1 article; and indirectly the development of a new technology. The article described the impact of the main fishing activity used in Qatar Marine Zone. We demonstrated the massive impact that the retrieval method resulted over the oyster beds in the offshore sites. Indirectly this study onside the patent of a new retrieval method based in a new technology.    

2015-Present

 The Biological Bank / A Marine Collection in Qatar

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Description: This project I am the LPI (Lead Principal Investigator) responsible for the entire conception and development. It aims list and conserve voucher specimens from the marine zone of Qatar. Following the conservation protocol of Natural history museums. Creating a Marine Collection listing the biodiversity of Qatar, the main database for ecological study and ecosystem management .

Funding source: ESC-QU Funds. U$ 100,000.00 (US-Dollar). 

Institution: Environmental Science Centre, Qatar University, Qatar. 

Outcomes: 3 articles published; 5000 specimens; 2 submitted. Among the published articles there is the biological and ecological database of Portunus segnis;  the description of Coleusia janani a new species of crab named in tribute of the research vessel Janan at the ESC; and the description of a new occurrence of the benthic ctenophore Coleoplana bentoplana meteoris in Qatar. Among the articles in preparation there is the description of two new species of sponge, and their potential antibiotic bioactivity. 

2012-2014 - MAArE Project 

Environmental Monitoring of Arvoredo's archipelago and surrounding 

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Description: A large monitoring program (www.maare.ufsc.br/o-projeto/) that aimed describe several aspects of the biological, chemical and physical characteristics of the Arvoredo's non-take zone, a group of Islands in the South of Brasil. My work package was the underwater monitoring and description of the decapods assemblage; searching for the anthropogenic effects over it's community. I also supported in the study of demersal Plankton. 

Funding source: Petrobras - Oil Company in Brazil /Approx. U$350.000,00 

Institution: Crustáceos e Plânctons Lab in the Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. (UFSC) Brazil. 

Outcomes: 2 Field Protocol; 1 Patent; 2 book chapter; 2 articles. Protocols describing the method to be applied in furhter long-term monitoring program and the first database to guide the biodiversity assessment of decapods and demersal plankton. One article reported new occurrences and highlighting the bio-invasion of the mediterranean shrimp Stenopus spinosus into Brazil (see resume); Another article recording the description of a new shrimp species named as Lysmata arvoredensis in tribute to the Arvoredo Islands. One book about some important crustaceans in the region (resume) and another large book reporting the entire monitoring project. 

2006-2012 

Decapods from tropical reef at Northeast of Brazil

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Description: This project was related to my Post-Graduation studies (MSc and PhD). During this time I searched for stakeholders for funding, create the methodology, collected the data throughout several nocturnal scuba dives in coral caves, analyzed the data and published the results. Close supervised by Prof. Petrônio Alves coelho, which unfortunately passed away before the conclusion of the project   
Funding source: Capes and Facepe / Approx. U$30.000,00 

Co-Funding: Mormaii, Zoae and Acqua Viva Diving centres (In Kind contribution)

Institution:  Museu Oceanográfico at the Universidade Federal de Parnambuco (UFPE) Brazil. 

Outcomes: The MSc and PhD Thesis and 7 articles (resume).  Highlighting the article describing and naming the most important economic lobster resource in Brazil, Panulirus meripurpuratus, previously named as Panulirus argus from Brazil. As well as, a book chapter about some important benthic species in the studied region. An article describing the list of shrimps from tropical Brazil. Also the article describing the nocturnal zonation with different assemblages in coastal reefs. Among others published and some data still in publishing process  

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