Bruno B. Castro

People Detail

Address : CBMA & Department of Biology, University of Minho

Research Area : Ecosystems and Global Change

Position : Integrated members


Auxiliary Professor at the University of Minho since 2017
PhD in Biology (2007) - University of Aveiro (Portugal)
MSc in Ecology (2002) - University of Coimbra (Portugal)
BSc in Biology (1998) - University of Aveiro (Portugal)


My early post-graduate formation was in ecotoxicology and I later progressed onto ecological aspects of freshwater ecosystems, particularly food-web interactions. The overarching goal of my research is to approach and reduce the uncertainties in the assessment of multiple stressor impacts in freshwaters, by focusing on the subtle impacts of human-induced change at various levels of organisation, using a combination of lab and field approaches. I am particularly keen on evaluating how stressors (particularly anthropogenic chemicals) affect food web interactions and ecological processes. I am motivated by a strong belief of the need of strong scientific underpinnings for approaching the current challenges of natural systems, with particular emphasis on freshwaters. As a professor and researcher, I embrace collaborative research ventures involving post-graduate students and young scientists.


Co-supervisor of Filipa Diana da Silva Mendes (PhD Student), University of Minho
Co-supervisor of Joana Isabel Marques dos Santos (PhD student), University of Aveiro
Supervisor of Rui Ribeiro (MSc student), University of Minho

2 post-doc fellows
2 PhD supervisions
18 MSc supervisions


Selected publications:
Venâncio C, Castro BB, Ribeiro R, Antunes SC, Lopes I (2019) Sensitivity to salinization and acclimation potential of amphibian (Pelophylax perezi) and fish (Lepomis gibbosus) models. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 172:348–355. doi: 10.1016/J.ECOENV.2019.01.099

Castro BB, Silva C, Macário IPE, Oliveira B, Gonçalves F, Pereira JL (2018) Feeding inhibition in Corbicula fluminea (O.F. Muller, 1774) as an effect criterion to pollutant exposure: perspectives for ecotoxicity screening and refinement of chemical control. Aquat Toxicol 196:25–34. doi: 10.1016/J.AQUATOX.2018.01.002

Cuco A.P., Santos J.I., Abrantes N., Gonçalves F., Wolinska J., Castro B.B. (2017). Concentration and timing of application reveal strong fungistatic effect of tebuconazole in a Daphnia-microparasitic yeast model. Aquatic Toxicology 193, 144–151. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2017.10.013

Pereira JL, Vidal T, Mendes C, Ré A, Santos JI, Gonçalves F, Castro BB (2017) Invasive Asian clam distribution pattern reveals minimal constraints to downstream dispersal and imperceptible ecological impacts. Aquat Conserv Mar Freshw Ecosyst 27:953–964. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2777

Cuco AP, Abrantes N, Gonçalves F, Wolinska J, Castro BB (2017) Interplay between fungicides and parasites: tebuconazole, but not copper, suppresses infection in a Daphnia-Metschnikowia experimental model. PLoS One 12:e0172589. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172589

Macário IPE, Castro BB, Nunes IMS, Pizarro C, Coelho C, Gonçalves F, de Figueiredo DR (2017) Stepwise strategy for monitoring toxic cyanobacterial blooms in lentic water bodies. Environ Monit Assess. doi: 10.1007/s10661-017-6292-9

Pereira JL, Pinho S, Ré A, Costa PA, Costa R, Gonçalves F, Castro BB (2016) Biological control of the invasive Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea: can predators tame the beast? Hydrobiologia 779:209–226. doi: 10.1007/s10750-016-2816-5