News and Opportunities: News

MARE-Madeira @ SMM2022

MARE-Madeira was present at SMM2022, the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Check out our colleagues’ posters and presentations!

MARE-Madeira @ VIII International Symposium on Marine Sciences 2022 (ISMS)

MARE-Madeira was present at the VIII International Symposium on Marine Sciences. Check out our colleagues’ ISMS posters!

MacaroNight 2021

The last Friday of September is the European Researcher’s Night and throughout Europe, events are held to honour research and researchers. To celebrate Researcher’s Night, MacaroNight includes the four archipelagos of Macaronesia: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, and Cabo Verde.

This year’s Macaronight theme was the “Green Deal in the Space of Macaronesia”, hosted by the University of Madeira and stakeholders (Regional Secretariat for Education, the Municipality of Funchal, ARDITI and StartUp Madeira).

This year, the event was held in a hybrid format. MARE-Madeira presented the ongoing research on cetaceans, macroalgae and marine debris, with virtual presentations on scientific diving, drones, and ROVs!

On Friday (24th September) our PhD students Mieke, Sara, Claudio, and Alejandro represented MARE-Madeira in the in-person event to celebrate MacaroNight 2021! Thank you to everyone who came by to learn about marine science and the work conducted at MARE-Maderia, ARDITI, and OOM.

Cleaning Madeira’s Beaches

Yesterday a team from MARE-Madeira facilitate a beach clean at Praia do Almirante Reis. The team was led by Sara Pereira who quantifies the marine litter as part of her PhD.

A secondary group of Erasmus students assisted researchers at Praia Formosa to clear the beach of marine debris and learn more about how it impacts our oceans.

To hear more, visit RTP-Madeira news (13:00) to listen to Sara’s interview.

International Oceans Day 2021

June 8th 2021, on International Oceans Day, a team from MARE-Madeira were in Câmara de Lobos presenting the potential of using Unmanned Vehicles and remote detection applications in science to his Excellencies the President of the Republic and the President of the Madeira Regional Government. The team presented some of the work carried out in the area of habitat mapping, marine waste detection, marine mammal censuses as well as the use of this technology for bathymetric and topographic lifting, enabling the risk of flooding in coastal areas.

The presentation also included an operational demonstration of the UAS Operation Core of the Madeira Operational Command with whom researchers have been collaborating in order to enhance the collection of data and aerial images in the Madeira Autonomous Region.

Modelling Azores’ cetaceans using whale watching data – MONICET

Marc Fernandez was recently in the Azores collaborating with the Azores delphis project team! Together with Laura Gonzalez, they are working hard to continue developing the MONICET Platform.

Marc was the founder of MONICET, a platform that records the daily cetacean species sightings made by whale watching companies from the Azores archipelago. The MONICET database has been active for over 12 years and is currently being used to model cetaceans distribution!

Learn more about MONICET at

The pilot whale of Calheta

The whale team of MARE-Madeira had the pleasure of meeting Piera Mattioli, the artist behind the mural in the Calheta marina.

The short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) is a resident species here in Madeira. We are grateful to Peira for bringing the Madeiran community together, both from under the sea and on land, to celebrate this iconic species! Together we hope that this will inspire others and increase awareness of the pilot whales of Madeira.




MARE Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente
Summer has arrived, and with it, MARE-Madeira and Arditi are starting the annual underwater census surveys along the South coast of Madeira island, counting algae, invertebrates and fish in multiple locations, at different depths and under different environmental conditions and pressure thresholds. Continued long-term monitoring and survey programs are essential to detect patterns and better understand the factors and stressors affecting them.

Since the MARE-Madeira team started it in 2017 as a joint effort from multiple projects, the annual underwater surveys have had many researchers and volunteers involved. With the cooperation of multiple organizations and dive operators, this young long term program has already contributed to several project deliverables and papers.

We hope with every coming year, we continue to add to this comprehensive dataset for the wider scientific community to further improve management and conservation. Here are but a few examples of the team’s hard work:

  • Cronius ruber (Lamarck, 1818) arrives to Madeira Island: a new indication of the ongoing tropicalization of the northeastern Atlantic.
  • Lost and found: A new hope for the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa in the marine ecosystem of a subtropical Atlantic Island.
  • Before and after a disease outbreak: Tracking a keystone species recovery from a mass mortality event.
  • Novel approach to enhance coastal habitat and biotope mapping with drone aerial imagery analysis.
  • Disease Outbreak in a Keystone Grazer Population Brings Hope to the Recovery of Macroalgal Forests in a Barren Dominated Island.
  • Tubarões sob pressão: a desoxigenação do oceano profundo empurra tubarões para a superfície

    A capacitação e formação creditada de agentes educativos de papel multiplicador é uma das missões do MARE, em linha com a nova Estratégia Nacional para o Mar 2021-2030.

    A 6 de janeiro, 20 de janeiro e 6 de fevereiro decorreram os Módulos “Biodiversidade”, “Lixo Marinho” e “Consumo Sustentável de Pescado” no âmbito da Oficina de Formação da Escola Azul  “Literacia do Oceano para Todos”, com a participação das investigadoras Vera Sequeira, Susana França e Cláudia Moreira.

    A 20 de fevereiro iniciou-se mais uma edição do Curso de Formação “Literacia do Oceano numa abordagem interdisciplinar. Apoio ao planeamento de atividades” no âmbito do projeto Universidade do Oceano promovido pela Universidade de Coimbra sob coordenação da investigadora Zara Teixeira.