Growing up in a small Atlantic island, the ocean was part of my daily life.
Early I decided to pursue marine biology and to do so I attended the Marine Biology degree (5 years) at the University of the Azores.
I completed my PhD at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and IFM-GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany), on the 15th December 2009, focused on the effects of selected species of marine phytoplankton to rising carbon dioxide and light.
After that (2010-until present), I returned to the Azores as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of the Azores, to study the effects of global change on marine microorganisms of this mostly oligotrophic region and have continued working on this under several contracts. Hired within “Eastern North Atlantic (ENA), Graciosa Island ARM Facility” (ENA_ARM), funded by “Los Alamos National Laboratory” (LANL), working in close collaboration with other members of IITAA using time-series of greenhouse gases from the ENA station.