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Dr. Anabela  Maia

Dr. Anabela Maia


Office: 1013 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6360
Email: amresendedamaia@eiu.edu
Website: http://castle.eiu.edu/maialab/home.htm
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 9-10am; Thursdays 4-6pm

Frequently Taught Courses

I am currently teaching Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 2210).

Professional Organizations

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
Society of Experimental Biology (SEB)
International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM)
American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
American Elasmobranch Society (AES)
Portuguese-American Post-Graduate Society (PAPS)
Sigma Xi


My main research interest focuses on functional and ecological morphology. I have chosen to work with locomotion, concentrating on the aquatic realm. I use functional morphology to elucidate the evolution of locomotion mechanics. I am particularly interested in the role of fins and other control surfaces during unsteady locomotion. I employ techniques that enable three dimensional conformation analyses of fins and fluid dynamics. In addition, I am also interested in the physiology and function of the musculoskeletal system and in material properties of fish appendages.

Selected Publications

Maia, A& CD Wilga (2013). Function of dorsal fins in bamboo shark during steady swimming. Zoology, 116: 224-231. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.zool.2013.05.001.

Maia, A& CA Wilga (2013). Comparative anatomy and dorsal fin muscle activity during turning maneuvers in two shark species. Journal of Morphology. 10.1002/jmor.20179.

Vinagre, C, A Maia, R Amara, HN Cabral (2013). Spawning period of Senegal sole, Solea senegalensis, based on juvenile otolith microstructure. Journal of Sea Research 76: 89–93.

Wilga, CD, A Maia, S Nauwelaerts & GV Lauder (2012). Prey Handling Using Whole Body Fluid Dynamics in Batoids. Zoology 115: 47-57.

Maia, A, CD Wilga & GV Lauder (2012). Biomechanics of Locomotion in Sharks, Rays and Chimeras (Chapter) in Biology of Sharks and their Relatives, Vol I, 2nd Edition, CRC Press, 633pp.

Vasconcelos, RP, P Reis-Santos, A Maia, M Ruano, MJ Costa & HN Cabral. 2011. Trace metals (Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb) in juvenile fish from estuarine nurseries along the Portuguese coast. Scientia Marina 75(1): 155-162.

Vasconcelos, RP, P Reis-Santos, A Maia, V Fonseca, S França, N Wouters, MJ Costa & HN Cabral. 2010. Nursery use patterns of commercially important marine fish species in estuarine systems along the Portuguese coast. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 86: 613-624.

Baeta, F, MI Batista, A Maia, MJ Costa & H Cabral. 2010. Elasmobranch bycatch in a trammel net fishery in the Portuguese west coast. Fisheries Research, 102: 123–129.

Vinagre, C,A Maia, P Reis-Santos, MJ Costa & HN Cabral (2009). Small-scale distribution of Solea solea and Solea senegalensis juveniles in the Tagus estuary (Portugal). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 81: 296-300.

Maia, A,C Vinagre & HN Cabral. 2009. Impact of a predator in the foraging behaviour of Solea senegalensis, Journal of the Marine Biological Association, U. K., 89: 645–649.

Vinagre, C, V Fonseca,A Maia, R Amara & H Cabral. 2008. Habitat specific growth rates and condition indices for the sympatric solesSolea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) andSolea senegalensis Kaup 1858, in the Tagus estuary, Portugal, based on otolith daily increments and RNA-DNA ratio.Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 24: 163–169.

Vasconcelos, RP, P Reis-Santos, S Tanner, A Maia, C Christopher Latkoczy, D Gunther, MJ Costa & H Cabral. 2008. Evidence of estuarine nursery origin of five coastal fish species along the Portuguese coast through otolith elemental fingerprints. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 79: 317-327.

Cabral, HN, R Vasconcelos, C Vinagre, S França, V Fonseca, A Maia, P Reis-Santos, M Lopes, M Ruano, J Campos, V Freitas, P Santos & MJ Costa. 2007. Relative importance of estuarine flatfish nurseries along the Portuguese coast. Journal of Sea Research 57: 209–217.

Maia, A, N Queiroz, HN Cabral, AM Santos & JP Correia. 2007. Reproductive biology and population dynamics of the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque in the eastern North Atlantic. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 23: 246–251.

Vasconcelos, RP, P Reis-Santos, V Fonseca, A Maia, M Ruano, S França, C Vinagre, MJ Costa & H Cabral. 2007. Assessing anthropogenic pressures on estuarine fish nurseries along the Portuguese coast: a multi-metric index and conceptual approach.Science of the Total Environment, 374: 199–215.

Vinagre, C, A Maia & HN Cabral. 2007. Comparison of gastric evacuation in the sympatric juvenile soles Solea senegalensis and S. solea: influence of temperature and salinity. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 23: 240–245.

Maia, A, N Queiroz, JP Correia & HN Cabral. 2006. Food habits of the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus, off the southwest coast of Portugal. Environmental Biology of Fishes 77: 157–167.

Queiroz, N, FP Lima,A Maia, PA Ribeiro, JP Correia & AM Santos. 2005. Movement of blue shark, Prionace glauca, in the north-east Atlantic based on mark–recapture data. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, U. K.85: 1107-1112.

Funding & Grants

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Kickapoo Creek, 2014-2016

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