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Dr. Anabela Maia
Frequently Taught CoursesI am currently teaching Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 2210).
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)
ResearchMy 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 PublicationsMaia, 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.