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Diana Sofia de Oliveira Catarino

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research interests

Population Genomics, eDNA and Metabarcoding

Biogeography, Biodiversty and Evolution

Deep-sea bonyfish and elasmobranch Taxonomy and Ecology



Work experience

2019/10/14 - Current:  Postdoc, University of Agder

2017/07/15 - 2018/12/31: MARE Research Grant, University of the Azores

2014/09/01 - 2016/09/01: IMAR Research Grant – EMODnet Biology project.

2010/04/01 - 2014/06/30: PhD scholarship by FCT

2007/11/01 - 2010/03/31: Researcher at IMAR – project "Demersais" – Annual monitoring program of the demersal species of the Azores., University of the Azores, Departamento of Oceanography and Fisheries, Portugal

2007/03/01 - 2007/08/31: Scientific internship for Bachelor degree University of the Azores, Departamento of Oceanography and Fisheries, Portugal


ECOGENOME - A multispecies, multitrophic genomics approach to coastal ecosystem structure

MarGen II - Capacity building for increased sustainable growth in aquatic environments in the Kattegat-Skagerrak

DEMERSAIS – Monitorização Anual das Abundâncias Relativas das Espécies Demersais dos Açores

Avaliação da Sustentabilidade das capturas acessórias dOS TUBarões de PROFundidade nos Açores–SOS TubaProf

DiscardLess – Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

TANDEM - environmenTal DNA as a moNitoring tool for deep-sea fish and sharks: ConDor sEaMount as a case study

IBAC - Ichthyoplankton Biodiversity on the Atlantic seamount Condor using DNA metabarcoding

BIOMETORE - Biodiversity in seamounts: the Madeira-Tore and Great Meteor


METAFISHCODE: Fish genetic diversity and meta-species phylogeography at global and regional scales: implications for fisheries management

Regional Drivers of Ecosystem Change and its Influence on Deep-Sea Populations in the Mediterranean (REDECO)

Estudo genético de larga escala para a separação das espécies Aphanopus carbo e Aphanopus intermedius nas descargas comerciais dos Açores

Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European seas (HERMIONE)

CONDOR Observatory for long-term study and monitoring of Azorean seamount ecosystems

CoralFish - Assessment of the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond

DEECON - Unravelling population connectivity for sustainable fisheries in the Deep Sea

MarPACE Marine Propagation Along the Coasts of Europe

Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystem Project (MAR-ECO)

Selected publications

Bird, Christopher S.; Veríssimo, Ana; Magozzi, Sarah; Abrantes, Kátya G.; Aguilar, Alex; Al-Reasi, Hassan; Barnett, Adam; et al. 2018. "A global perspective on the trophic geography of sharks". Nature Ecology & Evolution 2 (2): 299-305. http: //dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0432-z

Gomes-Pereira, José Nuno; Carmo, Vanda; Catarino, Diana; Jakobsen, Joachim; Alvarez, Helena; Aguilar, Ricardo; Hart, Justin; et al. 2017. "Cold-water corals and large hydrozoans provide essential fish habitat for Lappanella fasciata and Benthocometes robustus". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 145: 33-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.09.015

Catarino, D.; Stankovic, D.; Menezes, G.; Stefanni, S.. 2017. "Insights into the genetic structure of the rabbitfish Chimaera monstrosa (Holocephali) across the Atlantic-Mediterranean transition zone". Journal of Fish Biology 91 (4): 1109- 1122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13404.

Catarino, Diana; Stefanni, Sergio; Jorde, Per Erik; Menezes, Gui M.; Company, Joan B.; Neat, Francis; Knutsen, Halvor. 2017. "The role of the Strait of Gibraltar in shaping the genetic structure of the Mediterranean Grenadier, Coryphaenoides mediterraneus, between the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea". PLOS ONE 12 (5): e0174988. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174988.

Catarino, Diana; Knutsen, Halvor; Veríssimo, Ana; Olsen, Esben Moland; Jorde, Per Erik; Menezes, Gui; Sannaes, Hanne; et al. 2015. "The Pillars of Hercules as a bathymetric barrier to gene flow promoting isolation in a global deep-sea shark (Centroscymnus coelolepis )". Molecular Ecology 24 (24): 6061-6079. http: //dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13453.

Longmore, Craig; Trueman, Clive N.; Neat, Francis; Jorde, Per Erik; Knutsen, Halvor; Stefanni, Sergio; Catarino, Diana; Milton, James A.; Mariani, Stefano. 2014. "Ocean-scale connectivity and life cycle reconstruction in a deep-sea fish". Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71 (9): 1312-1323. http://dx. doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2013-0343.

Catarino, Diana; Stefanni, Sergio; Menezes, Gui M.. 2013. "Size distribution and genetic diversity of the offshore rockfish (Pontinus kuhlii) from three Atlantic archipelagos and seamounts". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 98: 160-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.02.010.

Philippart, Catharina J.M.; Amaral, Ana; Asmus, Ragnhild; van Bleijswijk, Judith; Bremner, Julie; Buchholz, Fred; Cabanellas-Reboredo, Miguel; et al. 2012. "Spatial synchronies in the seasonal occurrence of larvae of oysters (Crassostrea gigas) and mussels (Mytilus edulis/galloprovincialis) in European coastal waters". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 108: 52-63. http://dx.doi.org/10. 1016/j.ecss.2012.05.014

Knutsen, Halvor; Catarino, Diana; Sannæs, Hanne; Stefanni, Sergio. 2009. "Development of eleven microsatellite loci in the deep-sea black scabbardfish (Aphanopus carbo)". Conservation Genetics Resources 1 (1): 89-92. http://dx.doi. org/10.1007/s12686-009-9021-z.

Scientific publications

  • Stefanni, Sergio; Catarino, Diana; Ribeiro, Pedro; Freitas, Mafalda; Menezes, Gui; Neat, Francis; Stanković, David (2021). Molecular systematics of the long-snouted deepwater dogfish (Centrophoridae, Deania) with implications for identification, taxonomy and conservation.. Frontiers in Marine Science. ISSN: 2296-7745. 7doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.588192.
  • Catarino, Diana; Jakobsen, Kirsten; Jakobsen, Joachim; Giacomello, Eva; Menezes, Gui M. M.; Diogo, Hugo M C; Canha, Ângela; Porteiro, Filipe M.; Melo, Octávio; Stefanni, Sergio (2020). First record of the opal chimaera, Chimaera opalescens (Holocephali: Chimaeridae) and revision of the occurrence of the rabbitfish Chimaera monstrosa in the Azores waters. Journal of Fish Biology. ISSN: 0022-1112. 97s 763 - 775. doi:10.1111/jfb.14432.
  • Fauconnet, Laurence; Ribeiro, Aurora; de Oliveira Catarino, Diana Sofia; Giacomello, Eva; Das, Diya; Morato, Telmo; Rosa, Alexandra; Afonso, Pedro (2020). Guia dos Tubarões de Profundidade dos Açores (Guide of the Deep-sea Sharks of the Azores). ISBN: 978-989-99834-2-7. Okeanos-UAc / IMAR. s 48.

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