PhD in Ecology and Biosystematics, by the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. She is a research fellow at the UAç/DOP- at the University of the Azores and is involved in several R&D projects related to the deep-sea environment. She specializes on hydrothermal vent ecosystems, the trophic ecology of deep-sea systems, benthic ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. She is on the ESONET Scientific Council and is part of the MoMAR steering committee and the Biology Group of Interridge. She has vast experience in international cooperation both at the European level (MAST III, FP5; FP6, FP7) and bilateral cooperation.