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Silja Frankenbach

Silja Frankenbach

Junior Researcher

  • Author Name : Frankenbach S.

  • Researcher ID: W-7020-2018
  • ORCID: 0000-0001-7481-2325
  • Ciencia ID: CA1E-DEDC-3D7B
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Silja Frankenbach

Research interests

(Functional) Biodiversity of microphytobenthos with a focus on Diatoms
Ecophysiology and behavior of microphytobenthos and phytoplankton
Photosynthesis and Photoinhibition of microalgae and plants
Ecotoxicology of algae and plants
Kleptoplasty in marine sea slugs

Academic degrees

Ph.D. in marine ecophysiology (2020)
Dipl/MSc in Biology (2010)
BTA-biological technical assistant (2004)

Scientific activities

Junior Researcher (CEEC Individual 2021), Centre for Environmental and Marine studies (CESAM) / Departament of Biology, University of Aveiro

Peer review for international journals

Scientific supervision of undergraduate Students


Public dissemination



NASCADIA – Natural photonic nanostructures: From implications in diatoms towards next generation nanobiodevices See more

SEARCHLIGHT - Diatom motility as driver of estuarine microphytobenthos productivity: species-specific photobehavior, photoprotection strategies, and light sensing mechanisms See more

EvoSym - Sea slug genome evolution and adaptation to establish photosynthetic symbiosis See more

BioChangeR: Biogeochemical Processes induced by Climate and Anthropogenic Circulation Changes - The Case Study of Ria de Aveiro (Portugal) See more

MigROS – The ‘behavioural photoprotection’ hypothesis revisited: coupling between vertical migration and photooxidative stress in estuarine microphytobenthos biofilms See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Main Supervisor): Cláudia Alexandra Bártolo (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Patrícia Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Vera Rita Ferreira Cardoso (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Alexandra Oliveira Bastos (not a CESAM member)

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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