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Engagement: Knitting up the ravelled sleeve? (2013)
Presentation / Conference
Sardo, M., & Grand, A. (2013, November). Engagement: Knitting up the ravelled sleeve?. Poster presented at NCCPE Rngage 2013 Conference, Bristol

The poster aimed to explore the big questions around partnerships in public engagement and consider how, as public engagement researchers, we can draw these threads together and tie them in a strong knot that supports university research. The post... Read More about Engagement: Knitting up the ravelled sleeve?.

Leisure and Pleasure: Science events in unusual locations (2012)
Journal Article
Bultitude, K., & Sardo, A. M. (2012). Leisure and Pleasure: Science events in unusual locations. International Journal of Science Education, 34(18), 2775-2795. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2012.664293

Building on concepts relating to informal science education, this work compares science-related activities which successfully engaged public audiences at three different 'generic' locations: a garden festival, a public park, and a music festival. The... Read More about Leisure and Pleasure: Science events in unusual locations.

Exploring the ways environmental science is used and valued by policy-makers in Portugal: A case study (2012)
Journal Article
Sardo, M., & Weitkamp, E. (2012). Exploring the ways environmental science is used and valued by policy-makers in Portugal: A case study. Science Communication, 11(3), C05

Policymakers, researchers and the general public seem to agree that there is a need for evidence based policies. Here we report on a case study which explores environmental policy making at the national and local levels in one European country, Portu... Read More about Exploring the ways environmental science is used and valued by policy-makers in Portugal: A case study.

Embedding communication skills: Views concerning the communication skills of graduate employees (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, C., Sardo, M., & Bultitude, K. (2011, September). Embedding communication skills: Views concerning the communication skills of graduate employees. Paper presented at STEM Graduates’ Writing Skills Project Conference, University of Bath, UK

The presentation highlights findings from a nine month project funded via the Higher Education Innovation Fund in 2010-11. Drawing on a questionnaire survey of employers, in addition to interviews with employers and University programme leaders the p... Read More about Embedding communication skills: Views concerning the communication skills of graduate employees.

Short- and long-term exposure of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaete) to metal lead: Ecotoxicological and behavioral effects (2011)
Journal Article
Soares, A. M., Sardo, A. M., & Soares, A. M. V. M. (2011). Short- and long-term exposure of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaete) to metal lead: Ecotoxicological and behavioral effects. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 17(5), 1108-1123. https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2011.605721

Metals are naturally occurring constituents of the environment and although many are essential nutrients for living organisms, at higher concentrations they can be toxic. Some aquatic species can help understand and even predict the impact of those c... Read More about Short- and long-term exposure of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaete) to metal lead: Ecotoxicological and behavioral effects.

Social scientists and public engagement with (social?) science (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Wilkinson, C., & Sardo, M. (2011, April). Social scientists and public engagement with (social?) science. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, LSE, London, UK

The need for a greater engagement with social science has been highlighted by key UK-based organisations, such as the ESRC and the Academy of Social Sciences (Benyon and David, 2008). In the UK, as Burchell and Holden (2009:4) describe, an ‘extensiv... Read More about Social scientists and public engagement with (social?) science.

Scientific evidence and environmental policymaking: A Portuguese case study (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Sardo, M., & Weitkamp, E. (2011, March). Scientific evidence and environmental policymaking: A Portuguese case study. Paper presented at Mediating Environmental Change: Exploring the Way Forward Symposium, University of Bournemouth, UK

This study provides another angle on the vexed question of the role of environmental research in informing the policymaking process and it describes research undertaken to investigate the ways in which scientific evidence is used by environmental pol... Read More about Scientific evidence and environmental policymaking: A Portuguese case study.

Effect of the exposure to metal lead on the regenerative ability of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta) (2011)
Journal Article
Sardo, A. M., Pereira, L., Gerhardt, A., & Soares, A. M. (2011). Effect of the exposure to metal lead on the regenerative ability of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta). Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, 31(1), 205-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.etap.2010.10.010

Lumbriculus variegatus is a recommended species for use in sediment toxicity tests and is known to have a remarkable power of segmental regeneration. Here, we tested the effects of a chemical stressor on the regenerative ability of L. variegatus and... Read More about Effect of the exposure to metal lead on the regenerative ability of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta).

Assessment of the effects of the pesticide imidacloprid on the behaviour of the aquatic oligochaete lumbriculus variegatus (2010)
Journal Article
Soares, A. M., Sardo, A. M., & Soares, A. M. V. M. (2010). Assessment of the effects of the pesticide imidacloprid on the behaviour of the aquatic oligochaete lumbriculus variegatus. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 58(3), 648-656. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00244-010-9470-0

Contaminants, such as pesticides, can cause direct toxic effects when released into aquatic environments. Suitably sensitive species can help us understand and predict the impacts of such pollutants. Automated sediment toxicity testing and biomonitor... Read More about Assessment of the effects of the pesticide imidacloprid on the behaviour of the aquatic oligochaete lumbriculus variegatus.

Can behavioural responses of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta) assess sediment toxicity? A case study with sediments exposed to acid mine drainage (2010)
Journal Article
Sardo, A. M., & Soares, A. M. V. M. (2010). Can behavioural responses of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta) assess sediment toxicity? A case study with sediments exposed to acid mine drainage. Environmental Pollution, 158(2), 636-640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2009.08.015

The São Domingos mine (Portugal) is, potentially, a good site for ecotoxicological studies, due to a pH and metal gradient of acid mine drainage. In this study, the toxicity of several mine sediments was evaluated using the aquatic oligochaete Lumbri... Read More about Can behavioural responses of Lumbriculus variegatus (Oligochaeta) assess sediment toxicity? A case study with sediments exposed to acid mine drainage.

Exposing the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi to heavy metal lead: An ecotoxicological and experimental approach (2008)
Journal Article
Sardo, M., Azeiteiro, U., Morgado, F., & Soares, A. M. (2008). Exposing the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi to heavy metal lead: An ecotoxicological and experimental approach. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin,

In this work, ecotoxicological tests were performed, using the estuarine mysid Mesopodopsis slabberi. After an acclimation period mysids were exposed to different sublethal lead concentrations for 48h. The concentrations tested were 0.005, 0.01, 0.02... Read More about Exposing the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi to heavy metal lead: An ecotoxicological and experimental approach.

Behavior, growth, and reproduction of Lumbriculus variegatus (oligochaetae) in different sediment types (2007)
Journal Article
Sardo, M., Soares, A. M. V. M., & Gerhardt, A. (2007). Behavior, growth, and reproduction of Lumbriculus variegatus (oligochaetae) in different sediment types. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment,

Lumbriculus variegatus is an oligochaete widely used in sediment toxicity tests. The locomotory behavior of adults from a normal and a clone population was studied in the Multispecies Freshwater Biomonitor™ along with growth and reproduction to deter... Read More about Behavior, growth, and reproduction of Lumbriculus variegatus (oligochaetae) in different sediment types.

Histological evaluation of the exposure to 3,4-dichloroaniline in the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi, under experimental conditions (2005)
Journal Article
Sardo, M., Azeiteiro, U. M., Pereira, L., Morgado, F., & Soares, A. M. (2005). Histological evaluation of the exposure to 3,4-dichloroaniline in the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi, under experimental conditions. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 14(7), 579-583

This work presents an experimental approach to test Mesopodopsis slabberi as a potential indicator of pollution. The toxic effects of 3,4-dichloroaniline (DCA) on the histology of this estuarine mysid were studied. After an acclimation period of two... Read More about Histological evaluation of the exposure to 3,4-dichloroaniline in the estuarine mysid mesopodopsis slabberi, under experimental conditions.