Manfred Josef Kaufmann

Assistant Lecturer

Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal, Floor 0, Office 0.5

"Some species even use massive networks of nerve cells called brains to think." in: Campbell et al. 2007. Essential Biology.

Biographical Notes

He holds a PhD in Biological Oceanography and a Masters in Biology (majors: Marine Zoology, Fisheries Biology and Marine Chemistry), both from the Institute of Marine Research, Kiel, Germany (now: Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research). His main research areas are phytoplankton communities and dynamics around seamounts and islands (taxonomy and ecology), potentially harmful benthic dinoflagellates (HAB) and marine ecology. He is an associate professor at the University of Madeira, having extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate (master's, doctoral) training. Between 2003 and 2009 he was a partner in the GAME (Global Approach by Modular Experiments) research and training project. He is an associate researcher at MARE, one of the largest marine research centers in Portugal, and a member of the Madeira Ocean Observatory, which promotes marine and environmental research at a more local and regional level. He has integrated more than 10 international multidisciplinary oceanographic expeditions aboard research vessels totaling more than 400 days at sea to investigate the dynamics of phytoplankton communities around seamounts and islands. He also participated in the EU's transnational PCT-MAC2007-2013 program, in the project GESMAR (Sustainable Management of Marine Resources 2010-2012) which investigated the ecological, geological and physical aspects of an area colonised with seagrass in Madeira. Currently he participates in 3 INTERREG projects, 2 of the Macaronesian area, POC MAC 2014-2020, (REBECA-CCT,, and MIMAR+, and 1 of the Atlantic Area (iFADO, He is also an experienced diver with more than 760 hours of scuba diving, in both saltwater and inland waters.


- Optimization and validation of a micro?QuEChERS method for phthalates detection in small samples of cetacean blubber, Sambolino, A., Rodriguez, M., De la Fuente, J., Arbelo, M., Fernández, A., Kaufmann, M., Cordeiro, N., Dinis, A., MethodsX, 2024, 6

- Studies of the Ecology of the Benguela Current Upwelling System: The TRAFFIC Approach, Martin, B.; Auel, H.; Bode-Dalby, M.; Dudeck, T.; Duncan, S.; Ekau, W.; Fock, H. O.; Hagen, W.; Heinatz, K.; Kaufmann, M. J.; Koppelmann, R.; Lamont, T.; Louw, D.; Moloto, T.; Sell, A. F.; Thomalla, S.; van der Lingen, C. D., 978-3-031-10947-8, Springer Cham, 2024 248

- Microplastic ingestion and plastic additive detection in pelagic squid and fish: Implications for bioindicators and plastic tracers in open oceanic food webs, Sambolino, A., Iniguez, E., Herrera, I., Kaufmann, M., Dinis, A., Cordeiro, N., 1879-1026, Science of The Total Environment, 2023, 15

- Microplastics reduce microalgal biomass by decreasing single-cell weight: The barrier towards implementation at scale, Mendonça, I., Cunha, C., Kaufmann, M., Faria, M., Cordeiro, N., 1879-1026, Science of the Total Environment, 2023, 13

- A baseline for prioritizing the conservation of the threatened seagrass Cymodocea nodosa in the oceanic archipelago of Madeira, Ribeiro, C., Neves, P., Kaufmann, M., Araújo, R. & Riera, R., 1617-1381, Journal for Nature Conservation, 2022, 12

- A worrying arrival: the first record of brown macroalga Rugulopteryx okamurae in Madeira Island and its invasive risk, Bernal-Ibáñez, A., Chebaane, S., Sempere-Valverde, J., Faria, J., Ramalhosa, P., Kaufmann, M., Florido, M., Albert-Fonseca, A., Canning-Clode, J., Gestoso, I., Cacabelos, E., 2242-1300, BioInvasions Records, 2022, 13

- Bacterial cellulose biopolymers: the sustainable solution to water-polluting microplastics, Faria, M., Cunha, C., Gomes, M., Mendonça, I., Kaufmann, M., Ferreira, A. & Cordeiro, N., 0043-1354, Water Research, 2022, 44

- Cyanobacteria and cellulose-producing bacteria functional biofilms: a symbiotic approach, Ornelas R., Duarte L., Kaufmann M., Vasconcelos V., Cordeiro, N., Algaeurope 2022, 2022

- Length-weight relationships for eight Chondrichthyes from the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean, Freitas, M.,Ideia, P., Biscoito, M., Kaufmann, M., Sousa, R., 1687-4285, Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research, 2022, 4

- Seasonal variation in microplastics and zooplankton abundances and characteristics: The ecological vulnerability of an oceanic island system, Sambolino, A., Herrera, I., Álvarez, S., Rosa, A., Alves, F., Canning-Clode, J., Cordeiro, N., Dinis, A. & Kaufmann, M., 0025-326X, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2022, 1

Academic Qualifications

- PhD in Oceanografia Biológica, 2004, Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel

- Master Degree in Biologia, 1992, Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel

- Undergraduate Degree in Biologia, 1988, Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg

Current Duties

- Director of the PhD in -

- Representante de Unidade Orgânica of the Comissão de Ética