Maria Fais

maria.fais@bio.uminho.pt

People Detail

Phd Program : Marine Science, Technology and Management - DOMAR

Research Area : Biodiversity

Position : Phd students

Qualifications

Biologist and environmental consultant, qualified in the management of coastal and marine resources, with international experience in the field of scientific research, risk assessment, environmental education, and sustainable tourism. Multicultural and multilanguage education, with a proactive attitude and strong work dedication. During the course of academic and professional experiences, she carried out various activities in the conception and coordination of local, national and European projects for the protection of natural heritage, the dissemination and scientific-technological promotion and sustainable urban growth. She was involved in organizing different scientific conferences and seminars. She is actually a member of the OYSTER group from EuroMarine. Reviewer for International Journals: - Molecular Ecology

Supervisor

  • Filipe Costa

Publications

Published:
Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO (2020). Small-scale spatial variation of meiofaunal communities in Lima estuary (NW Portugal) assessed through metabarcoding. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 238: 106683. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106683

Feio MJ, et al. (2020). Advances in the use of molecular tools in ecological and biodiversity assessment of aquatic ecosystems. Limnetica, 39(1): 419-440 (2020). DOI: 10.23818/limn.39.27

Under review:
Fais M, Bellisario B, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Canchaya C, Costa FO (submitted). Meiofauna metabarcoding in Lima estuary (Portugal) suggests high taxon replacement within a background of network stability. Regional Studies in Marine Sciences.

Conference proceedings:
Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO (2019). Patterns of spatial and temporal variation in estuarine meiofaunal communities assessed through DNA metabarcoding: a case study in the Lima estuary (NW Portugal). Frontiers in Marine Sciences. Conference Abstract: XX Iberian Symposium on Marine Biology Studies (SIEBM XX). Oral communication. doi: 10.3389/conf.fmars.2019.08.00060

Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO (2019). Small-scale spatial variation of meiofaunal communities in Rio
Lima estuary (NW Portugal) assessed through metabarcoding. Genome. Scientific abstracts from the 8th International Barcode of Life Conference, p. 372. Poster. doi.org/10.1139/GEN-2019-0083

Fais M, Duarte S, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO (2017). Patterns of spatial and temporal variation in estuarine meiofaunal communities assessed through DNA metabarcoding: a case study in the Lima estuary (NW Portugal). Genome. Scientific abstracts from the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference, p. 932. Poster. doi.org/10.1139/gen-2017-0178

Fais M, Hollatz C, Lobo J, Duarte S, Luisa B, Costa FO (2016). Compiling a DNA barcode reference library for benthic molluscs of the Southern European Atlantic coast. Frontiers in Marine Sciences. Conference Abstract: XX Iberian Symposium on Marine Biology Studies (SIEBM XX). Poster. doi:10.3389/CONF.FMARS.2016.05.0

National and international conferences:
Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO. Small-scale spatial variation of meiofaunal communities in Rio Lima estuary (NW Portugal) assessed through metabarcoding. The 8th International Barcode of Life Conference. Trondheim (Norway), June 17-20th 2019. Poster

Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO. Surveying estuarine meiobenthos through DNA metabarcoding: a pilot study in the Lima estuary (NW Portugal). CESAMIR 2018 – 3rd Central European Symposium for Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Lødz (Poland), July 8-13th 2018. Oral presentation.

Fais M, Duarte S, Vieira PE, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO. Metabarcoding of meiobenthic estuarine communities: optimizations of protocols. XIX Congreso de Associação Ibérica de Limnologia, Coimbra (Portugal), June 24-20th 2018.

Fais M, Duarte S, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M, Canchaya C, Costa FO. Surveying estuarine meiofauna through DNA metabarcoding: optimization of sampling and molecular protocols. The 7th International Barcode of Life Conference. Skukuza (South Africa), November 20-24th 2017. Poster.

Fais M, Duarte S, Sousa R, Hajibabaei M., Canchaya CA, Costa FO. DNA metabarcoding of estuarine meiofauna: testing the effect of sample’s amount and primer-pairs. Poster session of the 1st DNAqua-Net Kick-Off Conference: European Cooperation in Science and Technology. Essen (Germany), March 7-8th 2017.

Vieira P, J Lobo, Fais M, Duarte S, H Queiroga, Costa FO. Compiling a DNA barcode reference library for macrobenthic invertebrate fauna from the Southern European Atlantic coast. II Campus Do*Mar International Science Conference 2016 "Oceans: Future sustainability changes". Poster Session: Sustainable Use of Marine Resources. Vila Real (Portugal), November 17-18th 2016.

Fais M. Development of metabarcoding approach for investigating the coupled dynamics of estuarine meio- and macrobenthic communities. Campus DOMAR student’s day, Aveiro (Portugal), November 17th 2016.

Fais M, Hollatz C, J Lobo, Duarte S, Borges LMS, Costa FO (2016). Compiling a DNA barcode reference library for benthic molluscs of the Southern European Atlantic coast. XIX Iberian Symposium on Marine Biology Studies. Poster Session: Ecology, Biodiversity and Vulnerable Ecosystems. Porto (Portugal), September 5-9th 2016.

Dedola GL, Lai T, Sanna D, Fais M, Christ B, Vanetti I, G Binelli, Curini-Galletti M, Casu M (2009). The genetic structure of the endangered species Patella ferruginea (Mollusca: Gastropoda) suggests possible incipients speciation in Sardinia. XI Congress of FISV. Poster Session: Evolution. Riva Del Garda (Italy), September 23-25th 2009.

Manuscripts:
Fais M (2012). Cydive: dive into the fun – dive sites. Guide to the marine ecology of the major summer Cydive sites. Unpublished.

Editor:
VvAa (2015). Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop–Sardinia 2015 Abstracts Book di Guala I e Fais M.

Invited speaker:
Assessing estuarine meiofaunal communities in Lima estuary (NW Portugal) through metabarcoding. Summer school “Exploring the marine meiofauna of the Azores – from discovery to scientific publication”, University of Azores, Ponta Delgada (Portugal), July 13th 2019.
The use of mothur for eDNA metabarcoding: a meiofauna case study. CBMA advanced course “Genomics, Metagenomics and bioinformatics”, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), July 11th 2017.