Áurea Narciso

She graduated in Geology in 1998 and concluded a PhD, speciality in Paleontology and Stratigraphy, in 2007, both from the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon. The experience as a research scientist at the Center of Climate, Meteorology and Global Changes of the University of the Azores, between 2012 and 2015, allowed expanding her knowledge in topics of biological sciences focusing in the same phytoplankton group – the Coccolithophores. At a first stage, her work was based on the identification and quantification of these carbonate unicellular algae within the ocean sediment using a petrographic microscope. Currently, she analyzes extant coccolithophore associations present in the water column samples by the same technique. The main line of research concerns the ecology and biodiversity of the referred phytoplankton group off islands and seamounts of Macaronesia.