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Plankton Communities

Leonel Pereira

University of Coimbra

In addition to teaching at the university, Dr. Pereira is also a researcher integrated in MARE (Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences). He is the receiver of three awards/honors (Francisco de Holanda Award (Honorable Mention), the Mar Rei D. Carlos Award (18th edition), and winner of the CHOICE Prize - outstanding academic title award 2016 - Book title: Edible Seaweeds of the World, CRC Press).


Ana Gonçalves

University of Coimbra

Dr. Ana Marta Gonçalves is a member of the Editorial Board of Ecological Indicators, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) and International Journal and Environmental Research and Public Health, and reviewer Editor of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology Journal. She is also a member of the Directive Board of the research unit MARE (Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre).


Phytoplankton Zooplankton Ecology and Biodiversity Open System Ecosystem Maturation Ecological Succession Harmful Algal Blooms (Habs) Environmental Status Water Framework Marine Strategy Framework Directive Natural Compounds Plankton

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Composed of microscopic beings that have low locomotion power, plankton is one of the most important groups of aquatic organisms, being the main responsible for primary productivity in all aquatic ecosystems, supporting the food webs and contributing to fuel recycling.

Comprising a variety of organisms, plankton can be classified into different categories according to criteria such as size, habitat and Life cycle duration. Biologically, these organisms can be divided into bacterioplankton, mycoplankton, phytoplankton and zooplankton.

In addition to representing the basal levels of a food chain, which supports life in all aquatic ecosystems, including commercially important fish, plankton ecosystems play a role in the biogeochemical cycles of many important chemical elements, including the carbon cycle of the ocean, as well the oxygen production.

Thus, the editors invite all experts in the various scientific areas related to the study of plankton to write a chapter on one of the six topics of this special volume. We look forward to submitting your manuscripts to enrich this book.

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Date completed: August 28th 2020

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Review results due: February 12th 2021

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Leonel Pereira

University of Coimbra

Dr. Leonel Pereira has a degree in Biology (Scientific branch) and a PhD in Biology (Specialty Cell Biology), by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he is currently a Professor. In addition to teaching at this university, he is also a Researcher integrated in MARE (Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences). His interests are mainly focused on the areas of Marine Biodiversity (algae), Marine Biotechnology (bioactive compounds from macroalgae) and Marine Ecology (environmental assessment). Since 2008, he is the author and editor of the electronic publication MACOI - Portal Português das Macroalgas ( He gave more than a hundred lectures and oral communications at several national and international scientific events. In 1998 he received the Francisco de Holanda Award (Honorable Mention) and, more recently, the Mar Rei D. Carlos Award (18th edition), and winner of the CHOICE Prize - outstanding academic title award 2016 - Book title: Edible Seaweeds of the World , CRC Press.

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