Joao Curdia, Ph.D.

Research Staff

​​Research Technician

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

  • Seasonality and toxin production of Pyrodinium bahamense in a Red Sea lagoon 
    E. Banguera-Hinestroza, W. Eikrem, H. Mansour, I. Solberg, J. Curdia, K. Holtermann, B. Ed...
    Harmbul Algae 55, pp 163-171, (2016)
  • Diversity and abundance of invertebrate epifaunal assemblages associated with gorgonians are driven by colony attri... 
    João Cúrdia, Susana Carvalho, Fábio Pereira, José Manuel Guerra-García, Miguel N. Santos &...
    Coral Reefs volume 34, pages 611624, (2015)
  • Temporal variability in epifaunal assemblages associated with temperate gorgonian gardens 
    I.M. Dias, J. Curdia, M.R. Cunha, M.N. Santon, S. Carvalho
    Marine Environmental Research Volume 112, Part A, pp. 140-151, (2015)
  • Biodiversity patterns of epifaunal assemblages associated with the gorgonians Eunicella gazella and Leptogorgia lus... 
    S. Carvalho, J. Curdia, F. Pereira, J.M. Guerra-Garcia, M.N. Santos, M.R. Conha
    Journal of Sea Research 85, pp. 37-47, (2014)
  • How complementary are epibenthic assemblages in artificial and nearby natural rocky reefs? 
    S. Carvalho, A. Moura, J. Curdia, L. Cancela de Fonseca, M.N. Santos
    Marine Environmental Research 92, pp. 170-177, (2013)
  • A comparison of the fish assemblages on natural and artificial reefs off Sal Island (Cape Verde) 
    M.N. Santos, M.T. Oliveira, J. Curdia
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Cited by 5 Ac..., (2013)
  • Spatial and depth-associated distribution patterns of shallow gorgonians in the Algarve coast (Portugal, NE Atlanti... 
    João Cúrdia, Pedro Monteiro, Carlos M. L. Afonso, Miguel N. Santos, Marina R. Cunha & Jorg...
    Helgoland Marine Research volume 67, pp. 521534, (2013)
  • Benthic dynamics within a land-based semi-intensive aquaculture fish farm: the importance of settlement ponds 
    Susana Carvalho, Manuela Falcão, João Cúrdia, Ana Moura, Dalila Serpa, Miguel B. Gaspar, M...
    Aquaculture International volume 17, Article number: 571, (2009)
  • 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, pp. 2121-2132, (2009)
  • Clam dredging effects and subsequent recovery of benthic communities at different depth ranges 
    R. Constantino, M.B. Gaspars, J. Tata-Regala, S. Carvalho, J. Curdia, T. Drago, R. Taborda...
    Marine Environmental Research 67, Issue 2, pp. 89-99, (2009)


  • ​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)

Research Interests Keywords

Ecology Zoology Ecology of macrobenthic communities Succession in ecology Population dynamics of marine species Data analysis of biological datasets Diversity