Ricardo Serrão Santos

Universidade dos Açores, Portugal


Ricardo Serrão Santos received, during 1974–1979, Licentiate degree (16/20) from ISPA, Lisboa, Portugal. In 1984, he received A.P.C.C. degree (equivalent to M.S. degree) from University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal. In 1992, he received Ph.D. degree from Faculty of Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. He is a doctor in biology and animal ecology, a Principal Researcher at the University of the Azores, Director of the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, a Prorector of the University of the Azores, and a President of IMAR-Institute of Marine Research. R. Santos is being dedicated to the study of marine biodiversity and ocean ecosystems and has more than 200 published works of which around 100 papers in SCI journals are included in the Web of Knowledge. He supervised around 15 Ph.D. students and 12 postdoctoral studies. He has participated in many workshops and conferences as Participant, Keynote Speaker, Organizer, and/or Chair. Actual main interests and activities include marine conservation of habitats and biodiversity of both shallow- and deep-sea ecosystems of the Azores Region, implementation of MPAs, experimental evaluation of their benefits, and also experimental studies of deep-sea organism under laboratory conditions. He coordinated the research and management proposals for the network of Natura 2000 in the Azores and the deep-sea hydrothermal vents Lucky Strike, Menez Gwen, Rainbow, and Seamount Sedlo, which were proposed by Portugal to integrate the OSPAR network of Marine Protected Areas. In 2002, he was awarded a “Gift to the Earth” by WWF. In 2007, he was nominated “Maritime Ambassador” by the European Commission. In 2008, he was invited as one of two “personalities of high merit” and appointed by the Government of Portugal as a Member of the Board of Directors of the “Permanent Forum for Sea Affairs.” Also, in 2008, he received the Rotary Prize 2007-2008 on education.

Biography Updated on 22 June 2016

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