myself at a glance

Hi, my name is Jorge Assis. I'm a 40 year old data scientist from Évora, living in Faro (Portugal).  I'm currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the Center of Marine Sciences, where I explore the evolutionary consequences arising from climate changes (past and future) and the current drivers mediating gene flow in extant marine populations.

I use machine learning algorithms*, ecological modelling** and computational simulations*** with frameworks for Big Data to test hypotheses.

*      Supervised, Unsupervised and Reinforcement Learning;
**    Predictive and explanatory modelling with ensembling approaches; Network analysis [igraph theory];
***  Lagrangian simulations with virtual 2D and 3D spatial environments.





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Ecological modelling
Climate change
Marine ecology
Population genetics



Science: Researchgate & Orchid
Daily readings: Twitter 
Photography: 500px
Running : Strava
Email: jorgemfa [at]


where I've worked and studied so far


where I've proven my skills



Feb 2010 – Dec 2013

PhD [Marine Processes and Ecosystems]
University of Algarve, Portugal
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Sep 2000 – Jan 2006

Bachelor with honors
Marine BiologyUniversity of Algarve, Portugal



Dec 2015 – Present

Postdoctoral Researcher : Global climate changes driving genetic diversity of marine forests
Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin, USA
Department of Biology, University of Ghent, Belgium


Feb 2014 – Nov 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher : Climate changes drive genetic diversity and dynamics of range edge populations
Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal


Jun 2008 – Dec 2009

Research Assistant : Community based mapping of Portuguese kelp forests
Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal


Jan 2007 – Dec 2007

Research Assistant : Restoration of Biodiversity in the Marine Park Site Arrábia-Espichel
Centre of Marine Sciences, Portugal


Jun 2005 – Dec 2006

Research Assistant : Characterization, Zonation and Management of Macaronesia Marine Protected Areas University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain



Dec 2016

Highly cited research
Aquatic Botany


Dec 2015

Postdoctoral Grant (6 years)
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology


Feb 2010

PhD Grant (4 years)
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology


Dec 2010

Best practice in the European Communication Strategies for “Energy and Climate Change”
European Comission


Jan 2010

Biodiversity Award
EDP – Electricidade de Portugal, SA


selection of the highest ranking journals

Assis, J., Araújo, M.B. & Serrão, E.A. (2017) Projected climate changes threaten ancient refugia of kelp forests in the North Atlantic. Global Change Biology.

Assis, J., Tyberghein, L., Bosh, S., Verbruggen, H., Serrão, E.A. & De Clerck, O. (2017) Bio-ORACLE v2.0: Extending marine data layers for bioclimatic modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Assis, J., Berecibar, E., Claro, B., Alberto, F., Reed, D., Raimondi, P. & Serrão, E.A. (2017) Major shifts at the range edge of marine forests: the combined effects of climate changes and limited dispersal. Scientific Reports, 7:44348.

Buonomo R., Assis J., Fernandes F., Engelen A.H., Airoldi L. & Serrão E.A. (2017) Habitat continuity and stepping-stone oceanographic distances explain population genetic connectivity of the brown alga Cystoseira amentacea. Molecular ecology, 26, 766-780. 

Assis, J.*, Boavida, J.*, Silva, I., & Serrão, E.A. (2016) Overlooked habitat of a vulnerable gorgonian revealed in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic by ecological niche modelling. Scientific Reports, 6:36460.

Araújo, R.M., Assis, J., Aguillar, R., Airoldi, L., et al. (2016) Status, trends and drivers of kelp forests in Europe: an expert assessment. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25, 1319-1348.

Assis, J., Coelho, N.C., Lamy, L., Valero, M., Alberto, F. & Serrão, E.A. (2016) Deep reefs are climatic refugia for genetic diversity of marine forests. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 833–844. 

Johansson, M.L., Alberto, F., Reed, D.C., Raimondi, P.T., Coelho, N. C., Young, M.A., Bell, Assis, J. & Serrão, E.A. (2015) Seascape drivers of Macrocystis pyrifera population genetic structure in the northeast Pacific. Molecular Ecology, 24, 4866–4885. 

Neiva J., Assis, J., Coelho, N., Fernandes, F., Pearson, G.A., & Serrão E.A. (2015) Genes left behind: climate change threatens cryptic genetic diversity in the canopy-forming seaweed Bifurcaria bifurcata. PLoS ONE., 10(7):e0131530.

Assis, J., Zupan, M., Nicastro, K.R., Zardi, G.I., McQuaid, C.D., & Serrão, E.A. (2015) Oceanographic conditions limit the spread of a marine invader along southern African shores. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0128124. 

Mineur, F., Arenas, F., Assis, J., Davies, A., Engelen, A.H., Fernandes, F., Malta, E., Thibaut, T., Van Nguyen, T., Vaz-Pinto, F., Vranken, S., Serrão, E.A., & De Clerck, O. (2015) European seaweeds under pressure: Consequences for communities and ecosystem functioning. Journal of Sea Research, 98, 91-108.

Assis, J., Serrão E.A., Claro, B., Perrin, C., & Pearson, G.A. (2014) Climate-driven range shifts explain the distribution of extant gene pools and predict future loss of unique lineages in a marine brown alga. Molecular Ecology, 23, 2797–810. 

Cavanaugh K.C., Kendall B.E., Siegel D., Reed D.C., Alberto F., & Assis J. (2013) Synchrony in dynamics of giant kelp forests is driven by both local recruitment and regional environmental controls. Ecology, 94, 499–509.

Assis J., Castilho Coelho N., Alberto F., Valero M., Raimondi P., Reed D., & Alvares Serrão E. (2013) High and Distinct Range-Edge Genetic Diversity despite Local Bottlenecks. PLoS ONE, 8, e68646.

* both authors contributed equally to the manuscript.

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