Eduarda Santos

Eduarda Santos

Eduarda Santos is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology in Biosciences. She is a strong supporter of opportunities for all in science and led the Athena Swan initiatives for Biosciences in Exeter.

Eduarda leads a dynamic research group addressing a range of research questions of fundamental importance in managing the critical problems facing humanity today. These include understanding how chemical contaminants alone or in combination with other stressors impact on populations of aquatic organisms, improving understanding and treatments of disease in aquaculture and using the zebrafish as a model for studying fundamental aspects of reproductive biology and human health.

Eduarda says it is difficult to choose the proudest moment of her career, as she explains: “At each stage, my achievements became an inspiration and a reason to believe that I was capable of being successful. The publication of my first research paper was a special and decisive moment in my career: it happened during my undergraduate course, as part of my ERASMUS year abroad, and gave me both the confidence and the opportunity to pursue a research career.
“The power of these early career achievements and the opportunities that they open for young scientists with promise is immense, and I aim to provide my students with the inspiration to set themselves ambitious goals and the opportunity to work to achieve them. Some of my most proud moments now come from the success of my students!”
Eduarda’s work on the Athena Swan initiative has given her a particular insight into the International Women’s Day theme of ‘equality for women is progress for all.’ She said: “A society where the talent and contribution of women is not used to the full is a society wasting some of its most valuable assets. Women have a fundamental role to play towards achieving progress, and promoting a fair and balanced society. This will only happen in a context of equal opportunities for all, where women reach their full potential in their career of choice.”
Her advice to others is not to be afraid of setting yourself challenging goals and working to achieve them. She also encourages pursuing things to their conclusion, adding: “Finish what you start!”

Eduarda highlights three aspects of her life that bring her happiness: “My family is my top priority and my biggest joy! Science, and the moments of success when the work of many months or years finally comes together in clear conclusions that move knowledge forward; and the successes of my students.”