Personal identification

Full name
Ana Raquel Peres Marçal

Citation names

  • Marçal, Ana
  • Marçal, Raquel
  • Marçal, Ana Raquel

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Scopus Author Id


Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Biology
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Genetics and Heredity
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Biochemistry


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Spanish; Castilian Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1)
Degree Classification
2016/02 - 2023/01/30
Programa doutoral em Biologia (Doutoramento)
Major in Ecotoxicologia
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"Generational transmission of pro-genotoxic/anti-genotoxic alterations induced by pesticides " (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Aprovado com Louvor e Distinção (Approval with Honor and Distinction)
2009/09 - 2011/12
Biologia Aplicada (Mestrado integrado)
Major in Molecular e Celular
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"The gastropod statolith" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2004/09 - 2009/07
Biologia (Licenciatura)
Major in Gestão
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal


Host institution
2012/09 - 2012/10 Internship - Assemble (EU FP7 research infrastructure initiative) Göteborgs universitet Sven Lovén centrum för marina vetenskaper Tjärnö, Sweden
Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
2012/04 - 2012/07 Internship - Leonardo DaVinci Mobility Program Universidade de Vigo, Spain
Universidade de Vigo, Spain
2008/09 - 2009/07 Internship - Clinical Pathology service Hospital Infante Dom Pedro-Aveiro, Portugal
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal


Designation Funders
2020/05/01 - 2023/04/30 AQUACOMBINE - Integrated on-farm Aquaponics systems for co-production of fish, halophyte vegetables, bioactive compounds, and bioenergy
Research Fellow
2010/06/01 - 2014/03 CARCACE - Colonization of mAmmal caRCasses in the deep Atlantic ocEan
Research Fellow
Universidade do Algarve Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Book chapter
  1. Ferreira-Fernandes, E.; Marçal, Ana; Monteiro, C.; Paulo, J.; Fardilha, M.. "Mecanismos neuronais de motivação e recompensa". In Sexo, drogas e cérebro, 112-144. Aveiro, Portugal: Edições Afrontamento e Departamento de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro, 2016.
Conference poster
  1. Braga, Ana C.; Pereira, Vitória; Marçal, Raquel ; Guilherme, Sofia; Pacheco, Mário. "Impact of climate change drivers on toxin contamination and genotoxicity in Mytilus galloprovincialis: combined effects of warming, acidification and harmful algal blooms". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 28th Anual Meeting: Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality, 2018.
  2. Marçal, Raquel ; Pacheco, Mário; Guilherme, Sofia. "Roundup® formulation and its active ingredient glyphosate: are they chromosomal damage inductors on in fish (Anguilla anguilla) erythrocytes?". Paper presented in VIII Jornadas de Genética e Biotecnologia, 2016.
  3. Galante-Oliveira, Susana; Marçal, Raquel ; Filipe Ribas; Machado, J; Barroso, Carlos M.. "Statoliths and statoconia diversity in Gastropoda". Paper presented in 3rd International Sclerochronology Conference, 2013.
  4. Varela, Susana; Marçal, Raquel ; Faria, Rui. "Habitat choice in the flat periwinkle (Littorina fabalis) Iberian ecotypes: an experimental approach". Paper presented in TiBE 2012 | Integrative Approaches in Evolutionary Biology, 2012.
Journal article
  1. R. Marçal; M. Pacheco; S. Guilherme. "Unveiling the nexus between parental exposure to toxicants and heritable spermiotoxicity - Is life history a shield or a shadow?". Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 95 (2022): 103955-103955. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.etap.2022.103955.
  2. Ana Raquel Marçal; Ana Margarida Marques; M. Pacheco; Sofia Guilherme. "Improving knowledge on genotoxicity dynamics in somatic and germ cells of crayfish ( Procambarus clarkii )". Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 63 6 (2022): 296-307. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/em.22501.
  3. Raquel Marçal; Lola Llorente; Óscar Herrero; Rosario Planelló; Sofia Guilherme; M. Pacheco. "Intergenerational Patterns of DNA Methylation in Procambarus clarkii Following Exposure to Genotoxicants: A Conjugation in Past Simple or Past Continuous?". Toxics 9 11 (2021): 271-271. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/toxics9110271.
  4. Braga, Ana C.; Marçal, Raquel; Marques, Ana; Guilherme, Sofia; Vilariño, Óscar; Martins, J. Manuel Leão; Gago-Martínez, Ana; Costa, Pedro R.; Pacheco, Mário. "Invasive clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) are better equipped to deal with harmful algal blooms toxins than native species (R. decussatus): evidence of species-specific toxicokinetics and DNA vulnerability". Science of The Total Environment 767 (2021): 144887. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144887.
  5. Braga, Ana C.; Pereira, Vitória; Marçal, Raquel; Marques, Ana; Guilherme, Sofia; Costa, Pedro R.; Pacheco, Mário. "DNA damage and oxidative stress responses of mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis to paralytic shellfish toxins under warming and acidification conditions – Elucidation on the organ-specificity". Aquatic Toxicology 228 (2020): 105619. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2020.105619.
  6. Marçal R; Pacheco M; Guilherme S. "DNA of crayfish spermatozoa as a target of waterborne pesticides - An ex vivo approach as a tool to short-term spermiotoxicity screening.". Journal of hazardous materials (2020): http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/32947705.
  7. Marques, Ana; Marçal, Raquel; Pereira, Vitória; Pereira, Patrícia; Mieiro, Cláudia; Guilherme, Sofia; Marques, Carlos; et al. "Macroalgae-enriched diet protects gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) against erythrocyte population instability and chromosomal damage induced by aqua-medicines". Journal of Applied Phycology (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10811-019-01996-2.
    Published • 10.1007/s10811-019-01996-2
  8. Marçal, Raquel ; Guilherme, Sofia; Pacheco, Mário. "DNA of crayfish spermatozoa as a target of waterborne pesticides – an ex vivo screening to predict the impact on progeny fitness". Spanish Journal of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics 24 1 (2018): 53.
  9. Oskoei, Párástu; Marçal, Raquel ; Santos, M A; Pacheco, M; Guilherme, Sofia. "Ex vivo genotoxicity testing as an alternative approach to evaluate waterborne contaminants threat – an assay with crayfish gill cells". Spanish Journal of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics 24 1 (2018):
  10. Marçal, Raquel ; Carrola, Joana; Jarak, Ivana; Corvo, M. Luisa; Duarte, Iola F.; Pereira, Maria de Lourdes. "Microscopic Studies of Liver and Kidney in Mice Exposed to Silver Nanoparticles". Microscopy and Microanalysis 22 S4 (2016): 18-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1431927616000283.
  11. Hilario, Ana; Cunha, Marina R.; Génio, Luciana; Marçal, Ana Raquel; Ravara, Ascensão; Rodrigues, Clara F.; Wiklund, Helena. "First clues on the ecology of whale falls in the deep Atlantic Ocean: results from an experiment using cow carcasses". Marine Ecology 36 (2015): 82-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maec.12246.
  12. Galante-Oliveira, Susana; Marçal, Raquel; Espadilha, Fernando; Sá, Márcio; Abell, Richard; Machado, Jorge; Barroso, Carlos M.. "Detection of periodic Sr Ca-1 cycles along gastropod statoliths allows the accurate estimation of age". Marine Biology 162 7 (2015): 1473-1483. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2684-y.
  13. Ravara, Ascensão; Marçal, Ana R.; Wiklund, Helena; Hilário, Ana. "First account on the diversity ofOphryotrocha(Annelida, Dorvilleidae) from a mammal-fall in the deep-Atlantic Ocean with the description of three new species". Systematics and Biodiversity 13 6 (2015): 555-570. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2015.1047428.
  14. Marçal, Ana. "Crystallinity and microchemistry of Nassarius reticulatus (Caenogastropoda) statoliths: Towards their structure stability and homogeneity". Journal of Structural Biology (2014):
  15. Galante-Oliveira, Susana; Marçal, Ana; Guimarães, Fernanda; Machado J.; Barroso, Carlos M.. "The Gastropod Statolith Elemental Composition by EMPA". Microscopy & Microanalysis, 19(S4): 87-88 (2013):
  16. Marçal, Ana. "Studies on the morphology and growth of statoliths in Caenogastropoda.". Journal of Molluscan Studies (2013):
  17. Marçal, Ana. "Nucella lapillus ecotypes at the southern distribution limit in Europe: variation in shell morphology is not correlated with chromosome counts on the portuguese atlantic coast.". Journal of Molluscan Studies (2011):
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. "Generational transmission of pro-/anti-genotoxic alterations induced by pesticides". PhD, Universidade de Aveiro, 2023.
  2. Marçal, Ana. "The gastropod statolith". Master, Universidade de Aveiro, 2011.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2022/08/28 The potential of Salicornia ramosissima as a functional feed ingredient strengthening the antioxidant and DNA protection systems in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) 32nd Congress ESCPB (European Society for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology)
(Naples, Italy)
2018/06 DNA of crayfish spermatozoa as a target of waterborne pesticides - an ex vivo screening to predict the impact on progeny fitness XXIV Reunión Científica de la Sociedad Española de Mutagénesis Ambiental
Sociedad Española de Mutagénesis Ambiental (Madrid, Spain)
2018/06 Ex vivo genotoxicity testing as an alternative approach to evaluate waterborne contaminants threat – an assay with crayfish gill cells XXIV Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Society of Environmental Mutagenesis
Spanish Society of Environmental Mutagenesis (Madrid, Spain)
2013/12 The role of habitat choice in ecotype differentiation in the flat periwinkle Littorina fabalis: an experimental approach TiBE Conference, Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution
CIBIO (Vila do Conde, Portugal)
2013 Filling gaps in deep Atlantic Ocean: first results from a long-term colonization experiment using mammal carcasses 5th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems
(Victoria, Canada)