Catarina Frazão Santos
PhD, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Catarina Frazão Santos is the coordinator (PI) of the OCEANPLAN project. She is a Research Scientist and Lecturer at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences (Marine and Environmental Sciences Center-MARE), and an Invited Researcher at the NOVA School of Business and Economics (Environmental Economics Knowledge Center). She graduated in Marine Biology in 2006, earned a MSc in Ecology and Environmental Management in 2008, and a PhD in Marine Sciences in 2016 by the University of Lisbon. After finishing her PhD project on marine spatial planning and ocean policy in a collaboration with the Duke University Marine Lab (United States), she focused her research on how marine spatial planning can be affected by, and adapt to global climate change, working with an international team of renowned experts. She has published in Nature Geoscience, Marine Policy, and other international journals, and received early career awards to support her research from ICES, The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Luso-American Development Foundation. Since 2015 she has been supporting the European Commission on the evaluation of proposals submitted to the H2020 Programme as Vice-chairperson, Evaluator and Rapporteur, and was recently invited to be Review Editor for the Global Change and Future Ocean board of Frontiers in Marine Science. She was also co-convenor of a theme session at the major international meeting on climate change and the oceans ECCWO-2018. In late 2018, she started lecturing at the University of Lisbon (1st/2nd cycles), was invited as Lecturer in a IODE-UNESCO course, and began her supervision role (master students). Catarina is engaged to developing inter-disciplinary, innovative research that can effectively contribute to the implementation of United Nations SDGs.