Manuel Biscoito

Manuel Biscoito

Scientific Profile

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MANUEL JOSÉ BISCOITO is Chief Curator of the Funchal Natural History Museum and Head of the Funchal Marine Biology Station. He is also Head of the Science Division of the Funchal Municipality.

Manuel Biscoito graduated in Biology – Science branch, at the University of Porto in 1981 and is Environmental Biologist (Portuguese College of Biologists). 

In 1981 he started working at the Funchal Natural History Museum, and got specialized in deep-sea fish taxonomy, having taken part in numerous research cruises. Between 1991 and 2019 he did several deep dives in Madeira (Johnson-Sea-Link I and LULA-1000), on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge deep sea hydrothermal vents south of the Azores (NAUTILE and ROV VICTOR 6000) and on the East Pacific Rise (dive down to 3000 m of depth).

He is member of the board of directors of IMAR – Institute of Marine Research, Portugal and of the Advisory Council of the Madeira Forest and Nature Conservation Institute. He is also President of the Coordination Council of the OOM – Oceanic Observatory of Madeira.

He is editor-in-chief of the scientific magazines Boletim do Museu de História Natural do Funchal e Bocagiana and is regularly asked to be referee in several international magazines and has authored or co-authored 4 books, 11 book chapters and more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed magazines, in particular on fish and crustacean, recording new species to Madeira and new to science.

Main Research Interests

Deep-sea fish taxonomy; deep-sea biodiversity; hydrothermal vent ichthyology; marine ornithology.

MARE Research Groups

Coastal Systems and Ocean

MARE Thematic Line(s)

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Aquaculture and Fisheries