Maria Paula Oliveira Sobral

Professora Auxiliar

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Centro de Investigação



Paula is as Assistant Professor at the Department of environmental Sciences of FCT- Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, with a background on Biology and a PhD in Environmental Sciences, - Stress and Pollution. She teaches Marine Ecology and Water Pollution to the Environmental Engineering Master Course.

She became interested in the issue of microplastics and marine litter and its impacts on the biota, which is currently her main research interest, looking at distribution and abundance on the Portuguese coast their sources and sinks, and the effects of microplastics contamination by persistent organic pollutants on marine organisms.

She has participated in several research projects both national and international and in 2008, started investigating marine litter and was the coordinator of the pioneer project POIZON - “Microplastics and persistent pollutants – a threat to marine life” which produced the first results on microplastics for the portuguese coast. She was the national coordinator of the MARLISCO project, an FP7 SiS project on awareness and co-responsibility towards the reduction of marine litter in the European Seas. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed international journals and supervised several MSc, PhD thesis and 2 post-Docs). She has collaborated with other universities about the issues of marine litter and microplastics and has founded the Portuguese Marine Litter Association an engagement platform for multiple stakeholders to reduce marine litter.
She is the national science agency (FCT) expert for the issue of microplastics, collaborates with the Portuguese Environment Agency and other government bodies onto the implementation of the MSFD (descriptor 10 – marine litter) and is also a member of GESAMP– Group of Experts on the Scientific aspects of Marine Pollution integrating the Working Group 40 – ‘Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment – a global assessment.