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