Science Education: From the (RRosa) Lab to the Public

Latest update March 26, 2019 Started on January 16, 2019
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Follow along as we disseminate marine biology and science! By showing how life flows in the ocean, complemented by our lab research, we hope to sensitize both mature and young minds towards nature and higher environmental awareness.

January 16, 2019
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Our expedition is on the news


The Municipal Hall of Cascais did a story on our expedition, taking advantage of a school visit that was occurring in our facilities!

See the story (in Portuguese) here:

https://www.cascais.pt/noticia/jovens-sensibilizados-para-consequencias-das-alteracoes-climaticas-no-meio-marinho

Conhecer para proteger!
Exposição sobre as alterações climáticas e os oceanos

No passado dia 9 de fevereiro (sábado), abriu ao público a exposição “Alterações Climáticas e os Oceanos do Futuro”, que ficará patente até dia 31 de julho no Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos, em Cascais. Esta é uma iniciativa dos investigadores do Laboratório Marítimo da Guia do MARE-ULisboa, juntamente com o referido Museu. Fruto da vontade de 13 cientistas de 5 entidades distintas (MARE-UL, IPMA, CCMAR, FCT-NOVA e AVG), nasceram os conteúdos de uma exposição, que será itinerante para levar, não só a mensagem dos bons usos dos oceanos, como também aumentar a literacia dos oceanos. Esta exposição aborda os efeitos das alterações climáticas em geral, em habitats específicos como os recifes de coral, focando também impactos em atividades com relevância nacional tais como a pesca e a aquacultura. É, também, apresentada informação diversa sobre a investigação que se faz neste domínio no MARE, assim como exemplos de ações internacionais, nacionais e pessoais que podem ser adotadas para a mitigação das alterações climáticas. A consciência da sociedade relativamente aos impactos das alterações climáticas na vida quotidiana ainda é bastante limitada, por isso é de extrema importância sensibilizar os cidadãos para esta problemática, em especial num contexto de proximidade à zona costeira. Paralelamente à exposição, todos os envolvidos na exposição irão contribuir na dinamização desta exposição, com atividades, palestras, e encontros com convidados, até final de Julho 2019.

Know to protect! Exhibition about Climate Change and the Oceans

On the past February 9th (Saturday), the exhibition "Climate Change and the Oceans of Tomorrow" was opened to the public, and will be open until July 31st at the King D. Carlos Sea Museum in Cascais. This was an initiative of some researchers of the Guia Marine Laboratory, MARE-ULisbon, along with the aforementioned Museum. The contents of the exhibition were born, thanks to the will of 13 scientists from 5 distinct entities (MARE-UL, IPMA, CCMAR, FCT-NOVA and AVG). The exposition will be itinerant to carry, not only the message of the good uses of the oceans, but also to increase the ocean’s literacy. This exhibition addresses general effects of climate change in the oceans e.g. on specific habitats such as coral reef, and also focuses on the impacts in some activities with national relevance, such as fishing and aquaculture. It also presents diverse information regarding the research done in this field in MARE, as well as examples of international, national and personal actions that can be taken to mitigate climate change. The awareness of society about the impacts of climate change on daily life is still very limited, so it is of extremely important to raise awareness to this problem, especially in within coastal communities. Parallel to the exhibition, all those involved in the exhibition will contribute to its promotion with activities, lectures, and meetings, until the end of July 2019.

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Assim como prometido, o ritmo continua e nesta sexta-feira (dia 8) recebemos mais duas turmas de 8º ano da escola Josefa de Óbidos de Campo de Ourique no nosso laboratório! Cerca de 50 alunos e 3 professores tiveram a oportunidade de entrar em contato direto com cientistas “com as mãos na massa” e saber sobre todas as maravilhas que nos levaram a seguir este caminho. Tudo começou com uma apresentação introdutória, onde, de forma geral foram abordados todos os estudos que temos vindo a desenvolver, assim como sensibilizar os alunos e professores para a problemática das alterações climáticas, assunto tão em voga e com vital importância nos tempos que correm. De seguida, os alunos e professores puderam ver em primeira mão como são mantidos os organismos que utilizamos para fazer experimentação e conhecer a fundo como funcionam os sistemas de suporte de vida no Laboratório Marítimo da Guia. Foram passando de “estação” em “estação” e tiveram a oportunidade de ouvir e ver os nossos especialistas a falar sobre o impacto das alterações climáticas em diversos organismos com elevada importância tanto a nível ecológico como económico, como por exemplo o linguado (Solea senegalensis) e juvenis de enguia (Anguilla anguilla). Aprenderam também sobre organismos que aparentam ser muito simples, mas que nos fornecem segredos de como decorreu a evolução, como é o exemplo do urocordado Ciona intestinalis. Puderam também ver tubarões pata-roxa juvenis e aprender sobre como funciona o seu organismo e sobre o comportamento desta espécie. Por fim, aprenderam a “conduzir” o nosso ROV (veículo operado remotamente) e saber sobre todas as potencialidades que este aparelho poderá contribuir para o avanço da ciência!
Como sempre, as visitas das escolas são um grande motivo de alegria e orgulho da nossa parte, porque sabemos que o futuro está nas mãos dos mais novos. Quanto mais houver esta reciprocidade, mais assegurado estará o futuro!

As promised, the pace never stops, and on last Friday (Feb. 8) we opened our doors to two 8th grade classes from Josefa de Obidos from Campo de Ourique. Almost 50 students and 3 teachers had the opportunity to get in direct contact with hands on scientists and know all about the wonders that took us through this path. All began with an introductory talk, where all our latest studies were presented, as well as informing the students and teacher on how can climate change impact marine life. Next, the students and teachers were able to see first hand how the animals we use for animal experimentation are kept and how do life support systems work in Laboratório Marítimo da Guia. They passed from "station" to "station", heard and saw our experts talking about the impact of climate change in many organisms that have high ecological and economical importance, such as flatfish (Solea senegalensis) and juvenile eels (Anguilla anguilla). They also learned about animals that appear very simple, but hold secrets on how evolution occurred, such as the urochordate Ciona intestinalis. We also showed them juvenile catsharks and taught them how do their organisms work and shed light on how they behave. Lastly, they got the chance to "drive" our ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and know all about the potential these devices can have in order to move science forward. As always, these visits are a source of joy and pride from our side, because we know that the future is in the hands of the young.

Text: Vanessa Madeira

Photos: Martim Seco

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Estamos de volta!


Nos últimos dias, recebemos mais de 75 estudantes de diferentes escolas de ensino médio no nosso laboratório, para lhes mostrar o que torna a biologia marinha tão incrível, e porque vale a pena proteger nossos oceanos! Alunos e professores foram ensinados sobre os perigos das mudanças climáticas para vários organismos, e tiveram uma experiência em primeira mão com animais temperados, como os urocordatos (Ciona intestinalis), peixes-chatos (Solea Senegalensis) e tubarões-gato juvenis (Scyliorhinus canicula). De seguida foram também apresentados a um importante protagonista dos ecossistemas tropicais, o bodião limpador (Labroides dimidiatus). Por fim, falamos sobre as várias alternativas para fazer investigação marinha e apresentamos os alunos ao ROV (veículo remotamente operado) submarino, que eles pilotaram para ter uma ideia melhor de como as descobertas subaquáticas são feitas!

No geral, foi um emocionante par de dias e esperamos continuar neste ritmo. Não percam a próxima visita!

Fotos: Martim Seco

We are back at it!

Over these last few days we have received more than 75 students from different middle schools in our lab, to show them what makes marine biology so awesome, and why it is worth protecting our oceans! Students and teachers were taught about the dangers of climate change for several organisms, and got a firsthand experience with temperate animals such as urochordates (Ciona intestinalis), flatfish (Solea Senegalensis), and juvenile cat sharks (Scyliorhinus canicula). They were also introduced to a major player on tropical ecosystems, the cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus). Lastly, we talked about how research can be made, and introduced them to the submarine ROV (remotely operated vehicle), which they piloted to have a better feel of how underwater discoveries are made!

Overall it was an exciting couple of days, and we hope to keep this going. Check in next time!

Photos: Martim Seco

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We were glad to share our latest research experiments with 12th grade students from Escola Secundária Fernando Lopes Graça. We introduced them to the problematic of climate change, more specifically ocean acidification and warming, that is expected to occur in the near future, in the hope of raising awareness. We showed them our facilities and the marine organisms that we are currently studying, briefly explaining the questions behind each study. Beginning with the glass eel, we focused on the impacts that different seawater conditions may have on their physiology and behaviour, namely ocean acidification, warming and pollutants. Further, we explained the effects that ocean acidification and warming may have on sharks' phisiology and behaviour. Emphasizing that these animals should be respected rather than feared, and above all protected. Lastly, we introduced them the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and explained its scientific purpose while demonstrating its exploratory abilities.


Tivemos a oportunidade de partilhar as nossas recentes experiências científicas com alguns alunos do 12º ano da Escola Secundária Fernando Lopes Graça. Começámos por lhes apresentar a problemática das alterações climáticas, mais especificamente a acidificação dos oceanos e aumento de temperatura previstos num futuro próximo, com o objectivo de sensibilizar estes estudantes. Apresentámos-lhes as nossas instalações e os organismos marinhos que estamos a estudar, dando ênfase às questões que nos levaram a desenvolver cada estudo. Começando com o meixão, estudámos os impactos que diversas alterações no oceano podem ter na sua fisiologia e comportamento, nomeadamente acidificação, aquecimento e poluentes. Além disso, explicámos os efeitos que a acidificação e o aquecimento do oceano podem ter na fisiologia e o comportamento de tubarões. Enfatizando que estes animais não devem ser temidos, mas respeitados e protegidos. Por fim, demonstrámos as capacidades exploratórias do ROV (veículo operado remotamente) explicando o seu propósito e potencial científico.

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Expedition Background

Located at Laboratório Maritimo da Guia, the RRosa Lab seeks to understand fundamental biology and marine biodiversity, as well as the effects of future environmental changes, such as global warming and ocean acidification. Future changes in ocean's chemistry, temperature and oxygen levels are predicted to dictate deleterious physiological responses at organism-level, and drive, at community-level, profound impacts on diversity and biogeography. We have been investigating how these climate-related variables may interfere with critical biological processes, including acid-base regulation, energy metabolism, growth potential and calcification processes in coastal marine species.


Marine biodiversity research lags behind that on land, with only 10% of overall biodiversity research devoted to marine biodiversity and exhibits a general neglect of developments in general ecological theory. This lag tends to be even larger when we refer to the general audience, and thus we aim to contribute to narrowing the gap. By performing direct scientific communication and general public awareness, we aim to inform on the present conditions lived by marine organisms - through a series of ROV demonstrations -, and future model and experimental biological predictions, based on climate change scenarios.

Exploring the oceans of today... and tomorrow.

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