Heliana Teixeira
Ana I. Lillebø, Ana I. Sousa, Pedro Coelho, Ana Genua-Olmedo
FITA - FIghting Towards restoration Actions for Zostera marina L.
The eelgrass Zostera marina L. once covered large areas in the Ria de Aveiro coastal but is reported locally extinct since 2010. A recent discovery of a new patch of Z. marina, locally known as “Fita”, reinitiates the history of local extinction-recolonisation episodes for this emblematic species in Ria de Aveiro Natura 2000 coastal lagoon. The FITA project proposes five passive restoration actions to bring together local stakeholders and protect the new population from eminent stressors in the short-term. FITA will gather knowledge on the local population dynamics and species features, for improving conservation in the mid-term. Finally, it will promote participatory approaches for reducing conflicts and promote sustainable use of space and natural resources in the long-term. FITA goal is to trigger action towards the protection and restoration of this vulnerable species, considered a priority habitat under EU Habitats Directive.
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • OHM Estarreja


I am a marine benthic ecologist, graduated in Biology (2002) and M.Sc. in Ecology (2005) by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. I hold a PhD in Biology, specialty Ecology (2010) from the same University, while training also at Univ. Murcia (SP), AZTI Foundation (SP) and SCCWRP (USA). I worked at the science-policy interface, as scientific officer for the EU COM JRC, during 3 years on the implementation of the Marine Strategy. Currently I am an assistant researcher at the Center for Environmental and Marine Studies CESAM and Biology Dept. of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. www.cesam.ua.pt/helianateixeira


(PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Center for Environmental and Marine Studies CESAM and Dept. of Biology of the University of Aveiro)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with five years’ experience as a researcher in environmental sciences, specifically in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems such as estuarine and deltaic areas. Experience in climate change, impacts of the sea level rise in coastal areas, and adaptation and mitigation strategies. Strong knowledge of Geographic Information System, modeling and processing of big databases. Lately she has been working on Ecosystem services provided by habitats (e.g. salt marshes, riparian areas, agriculture). She is interested in nature-based solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Promoter of Gender & Science discussions and research.