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Papers in peer-reviewed international journals (click doi for link)

Individual-based modelling

Pais M.P., Cabral H.N., 2018. Effect of underwater visual survey methodology on bias and precision of fish counts: a simulation approach. PeerJ 6:e5378 doi:10.7717/peerj.5378

Pais, M.P., Cabral, H.N., 2017. Fish behaviour effects on the accuracy and precision of underwater visual census surveys. A virtual ecologist approach using an individual-based model. Ecological Modelling 346C, 58-69. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.12.011

Survey Design and Methodology

Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2014. Topographic complexity and the power to detect structural and functional changes in temperate reef fish assemblages: The need for habitat-independent sample sizes. Ecological Indicators 45, 18-27. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.03.018


Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2013. Improving the "chain and tape" method: A combined topography index for marine fish ecology studies. Ecological Indicators 25, 250-255. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.10.010


Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2012. A critical approach to the use of published data for baseline characterisation of marine fish assemblages: An exercise on Portuguese coastal waters. Ocean & Coastal Management 69, 173-184. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.06.009



Biodiversity and Functional Ecology

Almada, F., Abecasis, D., Villegas-Ríos, D., Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Batista, M.I., Horta e Costa, B., Martins, J., Tojeira, I., Vasco Rodrigues, N., Araújo, R., Souto, M., Alonso, H., Falcón, J.M., Henriques, F., Catry, P., Cabral, H., Biscoito, M., Almada, V.C, 2015. Ichthyofauna of the Selvagens Islands. Do small coastal areas show high species richness in the northeastern Atlantic? Marine Biology Research 11, 49-61. doi: 10.1080/17451000.2014.889306

Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Murta, A.G., Azevedo, M., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2014. Identifying functional homogeneity in a dynamic environment: Application to soft-substrate fish assemblages off the Portuguese coast. Journal of Sea Research 89, 30-43. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2014.02.004

Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Batista, M.I., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2013. Seeking functional homogeneity: A framework for definition and classification of fish assemblage types to support assessment tools on temperate reefs. Ecological Indicators 34, 231–245. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.05.006


Cardoso, I., França, S., Pais, M.P., Henriques, S., Fonseca, L.C., Cabral H.N., 2011. Fish assemblages of small estuaries of the Portuguese coast: A functional approach. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 93, 40-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.03.016



Indicators and Impact Assessment

Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Vasconcelos, R.P., Murta, A., Azevedo, M. Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2014. Structural and functional traits indicate fishing pressure on marine fish assemblages. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 623-631. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12235

Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Batista, M.I., Teixeira, C.M., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2014. Can different biological indicators detect similar trends of marine ecosystem degradation? Ecological indicators 37 A, 105-118. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.10.017


Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2013. Seasonal variability of rocky reef fish assemblages: detecting functional and structural changes due to fishing effects. Journal of Sea Research 79, 50–59. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2013.02.004


Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Batista, M.I., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H.N., 2013. Response of fish-based metrics to anthropogenic pressures in temperate rocky reefs. Ecological Indicators 25, 65-76. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.09.003

Cardoso I., Pais M.P., Henriques S., Fonseca L.C., Cabral H.N., 2011. Ecological quality assessment of small estuaries from the Portuguese coast based on fish assemblages indices. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62, 992-1001. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.02.037


Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H., 2008. Development of a fish-based multimetric index to assess the ecological quality of marine habitats: the Marine Fish Community Index. Marine Pollution Bulletin 56, 1913-1934. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.07.009

Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Costa, M.J., Cabral, H., 2008. Efficacy of adapted estuarine fish-based multimetric indices as tools for evaluating ecological status of the marine environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 56, 1696-1713. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.07.008



Marine Conservation

Batista, M.I., Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Cabral, H.N., 2015. A framework for the assessment of MPA effectiveness based on life history of fishes. Ocean & Coastal Management 118, 75-87. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.11.010


Batista, M.I., Henriques, S., Pais, M.P., Cabral, H.N., 2014. Assessment of cumulative human pressures on a coastal area: Integrating information for MPA planning and management. Ocean & Coastal Management 102 A, 248-257. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.09.020

Communication and Outreach

Veríssimo, D., Pais, M.P., 2014. Conservation beyond science: Scientists as storytellers. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6, 6529-6533. doi: 10.11609/JoTT.o4103.6529-33



Other Topics


Laurentino, T.G., Pais, M.P., Rosa, G.M., 2016. From a local observation to a European-wide phenomenon: Amphibian deformities at Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Portugal. Basic and Applied Herpetology. doi:10.11160/bah.15003



Other Publication Types (correspondence, comments, etc.)

Pais, M.P., 2013. Ecosystems: Marine monitoring is hard and costly. Nature 495, 174. doi: 10.1038/495174d