He holds a Doctorate in Biology, specializing in Cellular Biology from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he is currently an Auxiliary Professor. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the “MACOI – Portuguese Seaweeds Website” since 2008. He was awarded the Francisco da Holanda Prize (Honourable Mention) in 1998. His research is mostly carried out in the areas of Phycology, Botany, Marine Ecology and Algae Biotechnology. He is the author of several papers on these themes.