Jacinto Cunha

Jacinto Cunha is a broad-spectrum ecologist, with a bachelor’s in Biology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and a Master in Ecology, Environment and Territory from University of Porto. In his master, he used statistical and spatial tools to assess the integration of European Directives. Along his career, Jacinto worked on various projects, from more applied ones, such as the impacts of freshwater invasive species or marine and coastal ecosystems services modelling, to scientific outreach with local fishermen.


Currently, he is working on his PhD, in the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) and University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), where he is focused on the importance of Regulation and Maintenance Marine Ecosystem Services, evaluating their spatial provision patterns, quantifying local services values, and assessing the potential risk to their provision.

Research lines

Jacinto’s research lines and interests include ecosystem services, ecosystem functioning, coastal systems, geospatial technologies, sustainability in marine uses and resources.


  • Cunha, J., Cardona, F.S., Bio, A., and Ramos, S. (2021) Importance of Protection Service Against Erosion and Storm Events Provided by Coastal Ecosystems Under Climate Change Scenarios. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:726145. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.726145
  • Rodrigues, S.M., Almeida, C.M.R., Silva, D., Cunha, J., Antunes, C., Freitas, V., Ramos, S., 2019. Microplastic contamination in an urban estuary: Abundance and distribution of microplastics and fish larvae in the Douro estuary. Science of The Total Environment 659, 1071–1081. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.273
  • Cunha, J., Elliott, M., Ramos, S., 2018. Linking modelling and empirical data to assess recreation services provided by coastal habitats: The case of NW Portugal. Ocean & Coastal Management 162, 60–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.12.022