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Classes I teach:
Discover Diving
Recreational Supervised Diver
Recreational Diver 1 - Nitrox
Recreational Diver 2 - Triox
Recreational Diver 3 - Trimix
GUE Fundamentals
Doubles Diver
Drysuit Diver
Triox Primer
Rescue Primer
Navigation Primer
DPV Diver 1
Scientific Diver
Gas Blender
Recreational Dive Leader
Recreational Instructor Assistant


  • Invited Professor at the University of the Algarve for Scientific Diving
  • Researcher at the Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) - Habitat restoration
  • Manager and DSO at the Scientific Diving Center of CCMAR


  • Doctoral Degree (PhD) at the University of the Algarve in Marine Biology and Conservation

Diving Qualifications

  • GUE Instructor Trainer (Fundies, Rec1, Scientific Diver)
  • GUE examiner (Scientific Diver)
  • GUE Technical diver
  • Fundamentals Instructor
  • REC 1 - Instructor
  • REC 2 - Instructor
  • REC 3 - Instructor
  • Scientific Diving Instructor
  • GUE DPV instructor
  • GUE Gas Blender Instructor
  • CPR & First AID Instructor
  • PSCR diver

Diving Experience

  • 20+ years diving experience
  • 1500+ mixed gas dives
  • 700+ scientific dives

Community Involvement

  • Co-founder and diver for Deep Reefs Project (
  • Researcher and Diver on the Global Sub Expedition to implement Project Base Line in the Azores, South Portugal and South France
  • Scientific support for Project Base Line Portugal.

Special interests

  • Scientific Diving
  • Research and Conservation
  • Habitat mapping and restoration


  • Correia, M., Paulo, D., Samara, E., Koulouri, P., Mentogiannis, V., & Dounas, C. (2020). Field studies of seahorse population density, structure and habitat use in a semi‐closed north‐eastern Mediterranean marine area (Stratoni, north Aegean Sea). Journal of Fish Biology.
  • Paulo, D. P., Dieckmann O., Ramos A. A., Alberto F., Serrao, E. A. (2019) Sexual reproduction vs. clonal propagation in the recovery of a seagrass meadow after an extreme weather event. Scientia Marina, in press.
  • Paulo, D. F., Cunha, A., Boavida, J. R., Serrao, E. A., Gonçalves, E. J., & Fonseca, M. S. (2019). Open coast seagrass restoration. Can we do it?. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 52.
  • Alexandre, A., Silva, J., Ferreira, R., Paulo, D., Serrão, E. A., & Santos, R. (2017). First description of seagrass distribution and abundance in São Tomé and Príncipe. Aquatic Botany, 142, 48-52.
  • Boavida, J., Paulo, D., Aurelle, D., Arnaud-Haond, S., Marschal, C., Reed, J., ... & Serrao, E. A. (2016). A well-kept treasure at depth: Precious red coral rediscovered in Atlantic deep coral gardens (SW Portugal) after 300 years. PloS one, 11(1), e0147228.
  • Fernández, C. G., Paulo, D., Serrão, E. A., & Engelen, A. H. (2016). Limited differences in fish and benthic communities and possible cascading effects inside and outside a protected marine area in Sagres (SW Portugal). Marine environmental research, 114, 12-23.
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  • Paulo, D., Manent, P., Barrio, J. M., Alvares Serrao, E., & Alberto, F. (2016). Recruit survival of Cymodocea nodosa along a depth gradient. CAHIERS DE BIOLOGIE MARINE, 57(2), 137-144.
  • Gonçalves E. J., Abecasis D., Horta B., Erzini K., Paulo D., Assis J., Boavida J., Serrão E., (2015). Implementação do Parque Marinho Professor Luiz Saldanha (Parque Natural da Arrábida): Ponto de situação realizado no âmbito do Projeto de conservação e gestão BIOMARES. ed. 1, ISBN: 978-989-97260-6-2. Lisboa: Gobius Comunicação e Ciência
  • Cunha, A. H., Varela-Alvarez, E., Paulo, D. S., Sousa, I., & Serrão, E. (2013). The rediscovery of Caulerpa prolifera in Ria Formosa, Portugal, 60 years after the previous record. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 54(3), 359-364.
  • Runcie, J. W., Paulo, D., Santos, R., Sharon, Y., Beer, S., & Silva, J. (2009).
  • Photosynthetic responses of Halophila stipulacea to a light gradient. I. In situ energy partitioning of non-photochemical quenching. Aquatic Biology, 7(1-2), 143-152.
  • GUE Quest Magazine 12.4, "DeepReefs: GUE Divers Serving Marine Science"
  • Planeta d’Água Magazine, “Diving at the Azores”


  • Portuguese -Fluente
  • English - Fluente
  • Spanish - Fluente
  • French - Understands, speaks

Additional Info

GUE Instructor since April 2012
110+ classes (200 + students) on GUE Curriculums
Scientific Diver class developer