Prof. Ana Martins holds a 5-year License degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (Portugal), a M.Sc. degree in Oceanography from the Centre for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences, Old Dominion University (USA) and a PhD (Doctor Communitatis Europeae) in Ocean Sciences (Fundamental and Applied Physics Program) from the Physics Department at ULPGC (Spain). She is Assistant Professor of Oceanography at the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries at the University of the Azores (DOP/UAz) and is also the Head of the Oceanography Section at DOP/UAz since 2000.
She is also a researcher at the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO) since 2011. Other appointments and positions include: coordination of the Master course in Integrated Studies of the Ocean (DOP/UAz); Director of the 3-year License course in Ocean Sciences (UAz); Departmental Coordinator for Students Mobility; Member of the Program Committee: SPIE Remote Sensing Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions; EARSEL National Delegate and Council Member Representative; Member of the KOM-GTE-SPACE-GMES panel experts group - Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education; Member of the Earth Observation (EO) Group in the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies; and Member of the Scientific Council of POPA (“Azores Fisheries Observer Programme”). Academics Fellowships and/or prizes include among others: FLAD/NSF; Fulbright; AAUW; and NASA. Present courses that she teaches at the University include: Descriptive Oceanography, Satellite Oceanography, Ocean and Laboratory Operational Methods II, and Seminar.
She also teaches “Geography and Oceanography II” (Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning) and the module “Marine Applications of Earth Observation” (ERASMUS Summer School (FORMAT-EO), at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester). She also coordinated (as PI, National Coordinator or WG coordinator) more than 17 projects in the last 14 years and was Project Partner/Team Member in almost 20 projects. She is responsible for the installation of the first HRPT satellite receiving station in the Azores (station HAZO) that received daily NOAA/AVHRR and OrbView-2/SeaWiFSdata for oceanographic studies. In the last 7 to 10 years she also participated and coordinated more than 40 cruises in the NE Atlantic.
Her team deployed/retrieved more than 30 deep sea moorings and collected physical and biochemical data in more than 2000 stations around the Azores, Madeira, Azores Current/Front and seamount regions.
Satellite; Biological and Coupled/Physical Biological Oceanography Processes; Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems; Ocean Colour (bio-optical parameters) and Thermal Infrared (SST); plankton/bacterioplankton; Climate variability.