Domingues, Rita

Assistant researcher/Investigadora auxiliar
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Key Words: Phytoplankton, ecology, eutrophication, harmful algal blooms, climate change, Ria Formosa, Guadiana estuary, marine microbiology, coastal management, environmental psychology

Additional Info

  • Bio:

    Rita B. Domingues, Ph.D. (b. 1979) graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries (specialization in coastal management) in 2002 at the University of Algarve. She obtained a M.Sc. in Ecology, Management & Modeling of Marine Resources from the New University of Lisbon in 2007 and completed her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (specialization in marine ecology) at the University of Algarve in 2010. She also obtained a B.Sc. in Psychology (2017) and M.Sc. in Clinical and Health Pschology (2019), and is now finishing another Ph.D., also in Psychology.


    I like to call myself an experimental phytoplankton ecologist; the majority of my work has been focused on phytoplankton ecology in coastal ecosystems, particularly the effects of anthropogenic stressors and climate change-related variables, and the use of phytoplankton as an ecological indicator in estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

    However, eclectic and curious by nature, I pursued firther studies in Psychology, which allowed me to expand my research to the realm of environmental psychology. I am currently finishing a PhD in environmental psychology, studying place attachment and risk perception of coastal hazards.

    In 2011 I received the Young Scientist Award 2010 by Fluviário de Mora, in 2017 the Best Congress Paper Award at the II International Congress on Interdisciplinarity in Social and Human Sciences, and in 2018 the Universidade do Algarve Award.

    As of early 2019, I have published 27 articles in international, peer-reviewed journals (22 as first author), and I have also contributed to over 40 conference presentations (9 as invited speaker). I also published a science divulgation book in 2006. I have been involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching and completed the supervision of several graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Algarve. I also coordinated a Leader+ project and have participated in several FCT research projects as team member and task leader. The last projects I worked on focused on coastal phytoplankton ecology and ecological effects of ocean acidification.

    From 2011 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universities of Algarve and Lisbon, working with Prof. Vanda Brotas and Prof. Ana Barbosa on the effects of climate change and eutrophication on phytoplankton dynamics in coastal ecosystems. From 2016 to 2018 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Algarve working on risk perception of coastal hazards, supervised by coastal processes expert Prof. Óscar Ferreira and psychologist Prof. Saul Neves de Jesus.

    Currently, I hold an assistant research scientist position at CIMA-UAlg. I'm conducting a project on harmful algal blooms in the Ria Formosa funded by the Systematics Research Fund and supervising several undergraduate and graduate students. I've also been teaching Marine Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Advanced Methods in Biological Oceanography, and General Ecology to B.Sc. and M.Sc. students.

  • Interests:

    Phytoplankton, ecology, eutrophication, harmful algal blooms, ecological indicators, experimental phytoplankton ecology, climate change, Ria Formosa, Guadiana estuary, coastal ecosystems, coastal management, environmental psychology

  • Publications:

    Below you can find my publications in different research fields, namely marine ecology, environmental psychology & coastal management, and clinical and health psychology.



    Domingues RB, CC Guerra, AB Barbosa, HM Galvão (2017) Will nutrient and light limitation prevent eutrophication in an anthropogenically-impacted coastal lagoon? Continental Shelf Research 141: 11-25 (doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2017.05.003)

    Domingues RB, CC Guerra, HM Galvão, V Brotas, AB Barbosa (2017) Short-term interactive effects of ultraviolet radiation, carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on phytoplankton in a shallow coastal lagoon. Aquatic Ecology 51:91-105(doi: 10.1007/s10452-016-9601-4)

    Domingues RB, CC Guerra, AB Barbosa, HM Galvão (2015) Are nutrients and light limiting summer phytoplankton in a temperate coastal lagoon? Aquatic Ecology 49: 127-146 (doi: 10.1007/s10452-015-9512-9)

    Nogueira P*, RB Domingues**, AB Barbosa (2014) Are microcosm volume and sample pre-filtration relevant to evaluate phytoplankton growth? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461: 323-330 (doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.09.006) (*student; **corresponding author)

    Domingues RB, CC Guerra, AB Barbosa, V Brotas, HM Galvão (2014) Effects of ultraviolet radiation and CO2 increase on winter phytoplankton assemblages in a temperate coastal lagoon. Journal of Plankton Research 36: 672-684 (doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbt135)

    Domingues RB, AB Barbosa, HM Galvão (2014) River damming leads to decreased phytoplankton biomass and disappearance of cyanobacteria blooms. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 136: 129-138 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.11.012)

    Domingues RB, AB Barbosa, HM Galvão (2013) Re: Brito, A.C., Brotas, V., Caetano, M., Coutinho, T.P., Bordalo, A.A., Icely, J., Neto, J.M., Serôdio, J., Moita, T. (2012) “Defining phytoplankton class boundaries in Portuguese transitional waters: an evaluation of the ecological quality status according to the Water Framework Directive” [Ecological Indicators 19, 5-14]. Ecological Indicators 24: 254-255 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.06.020)

    Domingues RB, AB Barbosa, U Sommer, HM Galvão (2012) Phytoplankton composition, growth and production in the Guadiana estuary (SW Iberia): unraveling changes induced after dam construction. Science of the Total Environment 416: 300-313 (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.11.043)

    Domingues RB, AB Barbosa, U Sommer, HM Galvão (2011) Ammonium, nitrate and phytoplankton interactions in a freshwater tidal estuarine zone: potential effects of cultural eutrophication. Aquatic Sciences 73: 331-343 (doi: 10.1007/s00027-011-0180-0)

    Domingues RB, TP Anselmo, AB Barbosa, U Sommer, HM Galvão (2011) Light as a driver of phytoplankton growth and production in the freshwater tidal zone of a turbid estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 91: 526-535 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.12.008)

    Domingues RB, TP Anselmo, AB Barbosa, U Sommer, HM Galvão (2011) Nutrient limitation of phytoplankton in the freshwater tidal zone of a turbid, Mediterranean estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 91: 282-297 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.10.033)

    Domingues RB, TP Anselmo, AB Barbosa, U Sommer, HM Galvão (2010) Tidal variability of phytoplankton and their environmental drivers in the freshwater reaches of the Guadiana estuary (SW Iberia). International Review of Hydrobiology 95: 352-369 (doi: 10.1002/iroh.201011230)

    Barbosa AB, RB Domingues, HM Galvão (2010) Environmental forcing of phytoplankton in a Mediterranean estuary (Guadiana estuary, SW Iberia): a decadal study of anthropogenic and climatic influences. Estuaries and Coasts 33: 324-341 (doi: 10.1007/s12237-009-9200-x

    Galvão H, MP Reis, E Valério, RB Domingues, C Costa, D Lourenço, S Condinho, R Miguel, A Barbosa, C Gago, N Faria, S Paulino, P Pereira (2008) Cyanobacterial blooms in natural waters in Southern Portugal: a water management perspective. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 53: 129-140 (doi: 10.3354/ame01228

    Domingues RB, A Barbosa, H Galvão (2008) Constraints on the use of phytoplankton as a biological quality element within the Water Framework Directive in Portuguese waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 56: 1389-1395 (doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.05.006)

    Domingues RB, C Sobrino, H Galvão (2007) Impact of reservoir filling on phytoplankton succession and cyanobacteria blooms in a temperate estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 74: 31-43 (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2007.03.021)

    Domingues RB, H Galvão (2007) Phytoplankton and environmental variability in a dam regulated temperate estuary. Hydrobiologia 586: 117-134 (doi: 10.1007/s10750-006-0567-4)

    Domingues RB, A Barbosa, H Galvão (2005) Nutrients, light and phytoplankton succession in a temperate estuary (the Guadiana, south-western Iberia). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 64: 249-260 (doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2005.02.017)




    Domingues RB, J Fernandes, M Cabral, G Gonçalves (2019) Psychometric properties of the Portuguese Environmental Attitudes Inventory. Psyecology (doi: 10.1080/21711976.2018.1554020).

    Domingues RB, G Gonçalves (2019) Assessing environmental attitudes in Portugal using a new short version of the Environmental Attitudes Inventory. Current Psychology (doi: 10.1007/s12144-018-9786-x)

    Domingues RB, S Costas, SN Jesus, Ó Ferreira (2019) Assessing stakeholders’ risk perceptions in a vulnerable coastal tourism destination (Faro Beach, southern Portugal) Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics 7: 22-39 (link)

    Domingues RB, MC Santos, SN Jesus, Ó Ferreira (2018) How a coastal community looks at coastal hazards and risks in a vulnerable barrier island system (Faro Beach, southern Portugal). Ocean and Coastal Management 157: 248-256 (doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.03.015)

    Domingues RB, S Costas, SN Jesus, Ó Ferreira (2017) Sense of place, risk perceptions and preparedness of a coastal population at risk: the case of Faro Beach. Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics 5: 163-175 (link)




    Domingues RB, C Carmo (2019) Disordered eating behaviours and correlates in yoga practitioners: a systematic review. Eating and Weight Disorders (doi: 10.1007/s40519-019-00692-x)

    Domingues RB (2018) Modern postural yoga as a mental health promoting tool: a systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 31: 248-255 (doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.03.002

    Becker NB, SN Jesus, JN Viseu, CD Stobäus, M Guerreiro, RB Domingues (2018) Depression and quality of life in older adults: Mediation effect of sleep quality. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology 18: 8-17 (doi: 10.1016/j.ijchp.2017.10.002)

    Marguilho R, SN Jesus, J Viseu, RB Domingues, NB Becker, RD Matavelli, R Quevedo, G Buela-Casal (2015) Sleep and creativity: a literature review. Advanced Research in Health, Education and Social Sciences: towards a better practice, 131-140 (link)