Ricardo Araújo has a degree in Biology – Faunistic Resources and Environment Branch by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in 1992 and was awarded the title of Specialist in Environment in 2007, by the Portuguese Association of Professional Biologists – “Ordem dos Biólogos”. In September 1993 he joined the Museum of Natural History of Funchal as a conservative, and in 2000 he was appointed Director of the Museum of Natural History of Funchal, maintaining this position until today. Since 1999, he has served in the direction of the Regional Delegation of Madeira of “Ordem dos Biólogos”, being elected President in March 2005, a position he currently holds. Scientifically, he specializes in taxonomy of decapod crustaceans and develops several works in coastal ecology. He has published several works in the area of sea sciences, especially on fish and crustaceans, with a description of new species for the Madeira archipelago and for science. He has participated in several projects and expeditions of a scientific nature, both as a researcher and as a coordinator. He has collaborated as a consultant on several planning and nature conservation plans. He is co-editor of the scientific magazines Boletim of the Municipal Museum of Funchal and Bocagiana.
Main Research Interests
Marine biodiversity; Environment; Ecology; Taxonomy of coastal ecosystems, namely decapod crustaceans. In addition to these, he has also worked on aquarology, environmental impact and coastal management.
MARE Research Groups
Coastal Systems and Ocean