The Guia Marine Laboratory (LMG-CO) is a research sub-unit of the Centro de Oceanografia (CO), Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL).

It is located at Cascais, Forte de Nª Senhora da Guia, in a building belonging to the Museu Bocage (University of Lisbon).

The scientific staff of LMG-CO is also involved in lecturing at the: i) Department of Animal Biology of FCUL, ii) Escola Superior de Educação João de Deus, e iii) Instituto Politécnico de Santarém. Most of the courses given are Marine Science-related (e.g. Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, Ichthyology, Estuarine Ecology, Remote Sensing, Animal Physiology and Aquaculture).

LMG-CO has presently 37 researchers. This number varies from year to year since about two thirds are graduate students finishing their M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. LMG-CO also cooperates with the European network for University interchange students ERASMUS. Graduate scholarships are offered on a regular basis especially in connection with ongoing Research and Development Projects (e.g. FCT funding).

The main research lines in LMG-CO are:

1. Marine Ecology and Physiology

1.1. Monitoring and analysis of short and long term temporal variability in rocky shore invertebrate communities;

1.2. Population connectivity in intertidal communities based on genetic and morphological evidence;

1.3. Determination of vital rates of pelagic fish larvae in relation to variations of key environmental factors;

1.4. Modeling ocean processes related with transport, retention and survival of pelagic fish larvae;

1.5. Effect of climate change in the physiological ecology of temperate and tropical marine biota;

1.6. Ecology of deep-sea communities (e.g. in hydrothermal vents)


2. Integrated Coastal Management

2.1.  Environmental assessment and environmental impacts evaluation of diverse development projects on coastal environments.

2.2. Analysis of multiannual environmental monitoring results in coastal areas.

2.3. Cost/benefit analysis of the monitoring effort towards the optimization of monitoring programs.


3. Marine Cultures

3.1. Development of new techniques to increase larval quality and productivity of marine organisms culture.

3.2. Broodstock selection and reproduction of crustacean and fish species through the manipulation of environmental factors

3.3. Nutritional requirements during early ontogeny of cultured species

3.4. Feeding strategies in larval culture: live feeds technologies.


Other activities:

LMG-CO hosts a number of open days every year for the general public and is fully engaged in educational and environmental awareness activities.


Main Facilities:

. 6 offices
. Biochemistry lab
. X-Ray lab
. Conference room (25 seats)
. 10/100 intranet
. Marine culture infrastructures
. Research vessel “Hyalonema” (7 m)
. Hyball 400 ROV



Content Edited by: Rui Rosa, Ana Pego



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