Rafael Trevisan, PhD

Rafael Trevisan, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate at the French Institute for Ocean Sciences (IFREMER) and the Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences (LEMAR)

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Currículo Lattes (Brazil)

Ciência Vitae (Portugal)

A scientist and researcher interested in assessing ecological and environmental health in a changing world

My fascination with science started as soon as I was an early undergraduate student in Brazil. I was thrilled with the idea of using Biology to face real-world problems. I got involved with research projects addressing the impacts of environmental pollution in our local state and, pretty soon, I was with my feet in the mud helping to analyze the adverse effects of pollutants on ecosystem health. The possibility to integrate experimental biology with environmental sciences and field work led me to pursue a career in environmental toxicology. Since then, I have been focusing on understanding how animals respond to environmental chemicals, how our changing world can impact our ecosystems, and how science can help with the conservation of our marine resources.

What do I do? My research program investigates:

  • The effects of plastic pollution on animal development and energy metabolism.
  • How animals respond to survive and adapt to environmental pollution.
  • If climate change contributes to the harmful effect of environmental pollutants.
  • Which are some of long-lasting effects of exposure to toxic chemical in aquatic species.

Recent news from my research

  • July 2020

    Check out my latest publication on how the presence of organic contaminants in the surface of plastics may transfer these pollutants to specific organs and cellular organelles and increase the threat of plastic pollution! Read it here!

  • Science during the COVID-19 outbreak

    These are challenging times, both to our society and to ourselves. After 4 amazing years in the US, I returned to my home country (Brazil) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been working on unfinished projects, submitting proposals, and doing some science communication online. Check out the Resources tab for more on these activities.

    Please follow all your government protocols and stay healthy and safe!

  • March 2020

    Recent data from an ongoing project indicate that the temperature stress caused by climate change can increase the energetic cost of exposure to small plastic particles in fish!

    Manuscript about nanoplastics as carrier of pollutants and the corresponding adverse effects in fish development was recently submitted!

  • February 2020

    Recent data from an ongoing project indicate that pollutants found in the surface of plastics can end up in specific organs and cellular organelles and increase the adverse effects of plastics on loss of mitochondrial function in fish!

  • December 2019

    Check my recent talk on the effects of small plastic particles to fish health! Where to plastics accumulate? What do they do? Can they reach the gonads, accumulate in the gametes, and be transferred to the offspring? Can they reach the mitochondria and impair energy production? How other environmental stressors interact with the adverse effects of plastic particles? All of that available here!