Dr. Joana Figueiredo

Ph.D., Marine Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2005-2009)

B.Sc.(Honours), Marine Biology,University of Lisbon, Portugal (1998-2003)

Current position:

Smart Futures Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2015), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Previous positions:

Postdoctoral Fellow, ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia (2010-2012)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2009-2010)

Visitor Scholar, Theoretical Ecology and Evolution, Stanford University, USA (2009)


I am a larval biologist with a special interest in the study of marine invertebrates. I was originally trained in aquaculture, but for the past few years, I have been applying my larval culture skills and combining them with mathematical modelling to understand how environmental conditions determine important ecological processes, such dispersal and recruitment.

Research Interests

I am currently studying coral larvae survival and settlement competence dynamics for a range of Indo-Pacific coral species. My research aims to predict how the dispersal and connectivity of marine benthic invertebrate populations will be affected by natural and/or human-induced disturbances. A better understanding of coral dispersal patterns, and how they might change with global warming, is essential to assist the design of effective marine reserve networks.

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Selected Publications:

Figueiredo J, Baird A.H., Connolly S.R. 2012. Synthesizing larval competence dynamics and reef-scale retention reveals a high potential for self-recruitment in corals. Ecology (In Press).

Figueiredo J, Connolly S.R. 2012. Dispersal-mediated coexistence under recruitment limitation and displacement competition. Ecological Modelling 243: 133– 142.

Figueiredo J, Baird A.H., Cohen M.F., Flot J.-F., Kamiki T., Meziane, T., Tsuchiya M., Yamasaki H. 2012. Ontogenetic change in the lipid and fatty acid composition of scleractinian coral larvae. Coral Reefs 31:613–619.

Figueiredo J.2010. Tropical Coral Reefs (Appendix 10) in Biodiversity Scenarios: projections of 21 st century change in biodiversity and associated ecosystem services, a technical report for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 3 (Eds. Leadley P, Pereira HM, Alkemare R, Fernandez-Manjarrez JF, Proenca V, Scharlemann JPW, Walpole MJ). Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal. Technical series 50:125-132.

Figueiredo J, van Woesik R, Lin J, Narciso L. 2009. Artemia franciscana enrichment model – How to keep them small, rich and alive? Aquaculture 294:212–220.

Figueiredo J, Narciso L. 2008. Egg volume, energy content, and fatty acid profile of Maja brachydactyla (Crustacea: Brachyura: Majidae) during embryogenesis. J Mar Biol Assoc UK 88:1401-1405.

Figueiredo J, Penha-Lopes G, Lin J, Narciso L (2008) Productivity and profitability of Mithraculus forceps aquaculture. Aquaculture 283:43-49.

Figueiredo J, Penha-Lopes G, Anto J, Narciso L, Lin J. 2008. Fecundity, brood loss and egg development through embryogenesis of Armases cinereum (Decapoda: Grapsidae). Marine Biology 154:287-294.

Figueiredo J, Penha-Lopes G, Narciso L, Lin J. 2008. Effect of starvation during late megalopa stage of Mithraculus forceps (Brachyura: Majidae) on larval duration, synchronism of metamorphosis, survival to juvenile, and newly metamorphosed juvenile size. Aquaculture 274:175-180.

Figueiredo J, Narciso L. 2006. Productivity improvement of Lysmata seticaudata larval rearing protocol through modelling. Aquaculture 261:1249-1258.