Research Interests

​Characterize the zooplankton and phytoplankton assemblages in Red Sea habitats (coastal lagoons, reef areas and coastal waters). Population structure of zooplankton communities. Associate biological patterns (plankton and macrofaunal assemblages) to environmental conditions in the Red Sea (high temperature, high salinity and low nutrients).


Selected Publications

  • Diversity And Abundance Of Invertebrate Epifaunal Assemblages Associated With Gorgonians Are Driven By Colony Attri...
    J. Cúrdia, S. Carvalho, F. Pereira, J.M. Guerra-Garcia, M.N. Santos, M.R. Cunha
    Coral Reefs, Volume 34, Issue 2, 611-624, (2015)
  • Biodiversity Patterns Of Epifaunal Assemblages Associated With The Gorgonians Eunicella gazella And Leptogorgia lus...
    S. Carvalho, J. Cúrdia, F. Pereira, J.M. Guerra-Garcia, M.N. Santos, M.R. Cunha
    Journal of Sea Research, Volume 85, 37-47, (2014)
  • Spatial And Depth-Associated Distribution Patterns Of Shallow Gorgonians In The Algarve Coast (Portugal, NE Atlanti...
    J. Cúrdia, P. Monteiro, C.M.L. Afonso, M.N. Santos, M.R. Cunha, J.M.S. Gonçalves
    Helgoland Marine Research, Volume 67, Issue 3, 521-534, (2013)
  • A Comparison Of The Fish Assemblages On Natural And Artificial Reefs Off Sal Island (Cape Verde)
    M.N. Santos, M.T. Oliveira, J. Cúrdia
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 93, I..., (2013)
  • How Complementary Are Epibenthic Assemblages In Artificial And Nearby Natural Rocky Reefs?
    S. Carvalho, A. Moura, J. Cúrdia, L.C. da Fonseca, M.N. Santos
    Marine Environmental Research, Volume 92, 170-177, (2013)
  • Can We Infer Dredge Fishing Effort From Macrobenthic Community Structure?
    M.B. Gaspar, S. Carvalho, R. Constantino, J. Tata-Regala, J. Cúrdia, C.C. Monteiro
    ICES Journal of Marine Science, Volume 66, Issue 10, 2121-2132, (2009)
  • Effect Of Depth And Reef Structure On Early Macrobenthic Communities Of The Algarve Artificial Reefs (Southern Port...
    A. Moura, D. Boaventura, J. Cúrdia, S. Carvalho, L.C. da Fonseca, F.M. Leitão, M.N. Santos...
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 580, 173-180, (2007)
  • The Reproductive Cycle Of Patella candei gomesii Drouet, 1858 (Mollusca : Patellogastropoda), An Azorean Endemic Su...
    J. Cúrdia, A.S. Rodrigues, A.M.F. Martins, M.J. Costa
    Invertebrate Reproduction & Development, Volume 48, Issue 1-3, 137-145, (2005)
  • Deep Macrobenthic Communities From Nazaré Submarine Canyon (NW Portugal)
    J. Cúrdia, S. Carvalho, A. Ravara, J.D. Gage, A.M. Rodrigues, V. Quintino
    Scientia Marina, Volume 68, Supplement 1, 171-180, (2004)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2012
  • M.Sc., Coastal and Ocean Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2001
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 1998

Professional Profile

  • ​2013-present: Research technician, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2013: Research Technician, IPMA, Olhão, Portugal
  • 2007-2012: PhD scholarship, IPMA, Olhão, Portugal and University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
  • 2003-2007: Research Technician, IPMA, Olhão, Portugal
  • 2002-2003: Research Technician, IMAR, Ponta Delgada, Portugal

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)