Environmental Monitoring, Health, and Risk Assessment

  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • One Health Approach
  • Emerging Stressors
  • Environmental Monitoring

Mission: Improve monitoring of environmental pollutants to better understand the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment, and develop strategies for environmental health risk assessment and reduction.


1. Develop tools for monitoring environmental contaminants, exposure to toxic substances, and microbial pathogens.

2. Assess the effects and risks of contaminants on human health, including their transfer through the food chain.

3. Explore links between environmental pollution and health.

4. Evaluate the effectiveness of policies in reducing pollution-related health risks.

5. Enhance real-time monitoring and risk identification.

6. Work with stakeholders to develop informed environmental and health policies.

The research within the Environmental Monitoring, Health, and Risk Assessment research group (RG5) aligns with the need to address environmental contamination, protect human and ecosystem health, and promote sustainable practices. It directly supports initiatives like the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). Furthermore, RG5’s research contributes to the two EU Missions: ‘Ocean & Waters’ and ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, as well as EU policies such as the Water Framework Directive, Farm to Fork Strategy, Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and the One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The group’s work also aligns with global initiatives like the ‘2024 A Global Ocean Free from the Harmful Impacts of Pollution: Roadmap for Action’, and those addressing AMR and zoonotic disease threats.

RG5 directly supports:

TL2: Environmental Monitoring, Health, and Risk Assessment – RG5 focus on innovative monitoring technologies, comprehensive risk assessments, and the development of mitigation strategies that safeguard ecosystem and human health.

TL1: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation – RG5 research on contaminant impacts, effects on sensitive species, and ecosystem resilience contributes essential knowledge for conservation and restoration efforts.


members (PhD only)

Alisa Rudnitskaya

Investigadora Auxiliar

Ana Luísa Patrício Silva

Investigadora júnior

Armando da Costa Duarte

Professor Catedrático Aposentado

Bruno André Fernandes de Jesus da Silva Nunes

Investigador Principal com Agregação

Carla Sofia Gomes Pereira

Investigadora júnior

Fernando Cesar Perina

Estagiário de Pós-Doutoramento

Fernando Manuel Raposo Morgado

Professor Associado com Agregação

Joana Isabel do Vale Lourenço

Investigadora Doutorada

Khawla Chouchene

Investigadora Doutorada

Liliana Tavares dos Santos

Investigadora Doutorada

Maria Adelaide de Pinho Almeida

Professora Catedrática

Maria D. Pavlaki

Investigadora Doutorada

Maria Goreti Carvalho Pereira

Investigadora Auxiliar

Marta Salgueiro Alves

Investigadora Júnior

Mónica João de Barros Amorim

Investigadora Principal com agregação

Paula Inês Borralho Domingues

Investigadora auxiliar

Paulo Jorge da Rocha Cardoso

Professor Auxiliar Convidado

Rosa de Fátima Lopes de Freitas

Professora Auxiliar com agregação

Sizenando Nogueira de Abreu

Estagiário de Pós-Doutoramento

Sónia Alexandra Leite Velho Mendo Barroso

Professora Auxiliar com Agregação

Susana Isabel Lopes Gomes

Investigadora Auxiliar

Tânia Isabel Sousa Caetano

Investigadora Auxiliar

Teresa Alexandra Peixoto Rocha-Santos

Investigadora Principal com Agregação

Ulisses Manuel de Miranda Azeiteiro

Professor Associado com Agregação

Valdemar Inocêncio Esteves

Professor Auxiliar Aposentado

Vera Lúcia de Almeida Maria

Investigadora Doutorada