Luis Silva

PhD Students
PhD student


I am interested in marine Bacteria and their potential to grow in different ecosystems in the Red Sea. Now I am working in microbial oceanography and ecology, more specific the role of planktonic microbes in pelagic food webs and biogeochemical cycling.​​ 

Research Interests

Bacteria, Bacterial production, bacterial growth, Bacterial growth efficiency, marine ecology, flow cytometry

Selected Publications

Ontogeny of swimming behaviour in sardine Sardina pilchardus larvae and effect of larval nutritional condition on critical speed.L. Silva, A. M. Faria, M. A. Teodósio, S. Garrido. Marine Ecology Progress Series , Vol. 504: 287–300, 2014.


Ontogeny of swimming capacity in plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) larvae. L. Silva, M. Moyana, B. Illing, A. M. Faria, S. Garrido, M. A. Peck. Marine Biology, 162:753–761, 2015.


B.Sc., Marine Sciences, University of Porto, Oporto, Portugal, 2010
M.Sc., Marine biology, University of Algarve, Algarve, Portugal, 2012​​​

Professional Profile

  • 2011-2012: Master student in: Projecto VITAL (2011/2014) – Vital rates of marine pelagic fish larvae – financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology - FCT (PTDC/MAR/111304/2009), Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2012-2013: Hiwi contrat, Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2013-2014: Research fellow, Projecto EARLYCHANGE –Effects of climate change on the early ontogeny of small pelagic fish off the Portuguese upwelling system -financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology FCT (PTDC/AAG-GLO/3342/2012). (Tasks coordinated by Susana Garrido). Lisboa, Portugal 
  • 2015: Research Assistant, Project: Lost and abandoned fishing gear and the ghost fishing problematic, CIIMAR, Oporto and Esposende, Portugal.
  • 2015: PhD student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Biological and environmental science and engineering division (BESE) ​