Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD in Biology


Department of Geology
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C6, Piso 3

Reseach Interest

Diatoms, palaeolimnology, limnological processes, coastal lagoons, species ecology, environmental change, ecological indicators, conservation and management.

Main Publications (last 5 years)

Riato, L., Leira, M., Della Bella, V., & Oberholster, P. J. (2018). Development of a diatom-based multimetric index for acid mine drainage impacted depressional wetlands. Science of The Total Environment 612: 214-222.

Riato, L., Leira, M., Della Bella, V., & Oberholster, P. J. (2017). Diatom-based models for inferring water chemistry and hydrology in temporary depressional wetlands. Hydrobiologia 797(1): 127-143.

Riato, L., Della Bella, V., Leira, M., Taylor, J. C., & Oberholster, P. J. (2017). A diatom functional-based approach to assess changing environmental conditions in temporary depressional wetlands. Ecological Indicators 78: 205-213.

Carballeira, R., Trobajo, R., Leira, M., Benito, X., Sato, S., & Mann, D. G. (2017). A combined morphological and molecular approach to Nitzschia varelae sp. nov., with discussion of symmetry in Bacillariaceae. European Journal of Phycology 1-18.

Leira, M., Meijide-Failde, R., & Torres, E. (2017). Diatom communities in thermo-mineral springs of Galicia (NW Spain). Diatom Research 32(1): 29-42.

Leira, M., Filippi, M., Cantonati, M. (2015) Diatom community response to extreme water-level fluctuations in two Alpine lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology 53: pp 289-307.

Jambrina-Enríquez, M., Rico, M., Moreno, M, Leira, M., Bernárdez, P., Prego, R., Recio, C., Valero-Garcés, B.L. (2014) Timing of deglaciation and postglacial environmental dynamics in NW Iberia: the Sanabria Lake record. Quaternary Science Reviews 94: 136–158

Corcoll, N., Bonet, B., Leira, M., Montuelle, B., Tlili, A. & Guasch, H. (2012) Light History Influences the Response of Fluvial Biofilms to Zn Exposure. Journal of Phycology 48: 1411-1423

Tornés E., Leira M. & Sabater S. (2012) Is the biological classification of benthic diatom communities concordant with ecotypes? Hydrobiologia 695:43-55

Rovira L., Trobajo R., Leira M. & Ibáñez C. (2012) The effect of hydrological dynamics on benthic diatoms in a stratified estuary: the case of the Ebro Estuary (Catalonia, Spain). Estuarine, coastal and shelf science 101: 1–14

Spitale D., Leira M., Angeli N. & Cantonati M. (2012) Environmental classification of springs of the Italian Alps and its consistence acrossmultiple taxonomic groups. Freshwater Science 31(2): 563-574

Corcoll N., Bonet B., Morin S, Tlili A., Leira M. & Guasch H (2012) The effect of metals on photosynthesis processes and diatom metrics of biofilm from a metal-contaminated river: a translocation experiment. Ecological Indicators 18:620-631

Cobelo-García A., Bernárdez P., Leira M., López-Sánchez D.E., Santos-Echeandía J., Prego R., Pérez-Arlucea M. (2012) Temporal and diel cycling of nutrients in a barrier–lagoon complex: Implications for phytoplankton abundance and composition. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 110: 69-76

Cantonati C., Leira M., Angeli N. & López Rodríguez C. (2012) Naviculadicta langebertalotii sp. nov. (Bacillariophyta) from streams in Galicia (NW Spain). Nova Hedwigia 141: 71-80

Lopez-Merino, L., Moreno, A., Leira, M., Sigro, J., Gonzalez-Samperiz, P., Valero-Garces, B.L., Lopez-Saez, J.A., Brunet, M., & Aguilar, E. (2011) Two hundred years of environmental change in Picos de Europa National Park inferred from sediments of Lago Enol, northern Iberia. Journal of Paleolimnology 46: 453-467.

Moreno, A., Lopez-Merino, L., Leira, M., Marco-Barba, J., Gonzalez-Samperiz, P., Valero-Garces, B.L., Lopez-Saez, J.A., Santos, L., Mata, P., & Ito, E. (2011) Revealing the last 13,500 years of environmental history from the multiproxy record of a mountain lake (Lago Enol, northern Iberian Peninsula). Journal of Paleolimnology 46: 327-349.