Official Title: Assistant Professor | Programme Coordinator for the Master of Environmental Sciences and Management | Chair of USJ Green Committee | Programme Coordinator for Pre-University

Faculty: 科學及環境研究所


Short Bio

Karen Araño Tagulao is an Assistant Professor and the Programme Coordinator of the Master of Environment Science and Management at the Institute of Science and Environment. She also serves as the Chair of the USJ Green Committee. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Biology, a Master's degree in Marine Science (Biology), and a PhD in Science (with a dissertation on seagrass ecology), she currently teaches Science and Environmental Science-related modules and supervises students at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels.

Actively involved in research, Karen has been a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI, and team member in several FDCT projects from 2010 to the present. Her research focuses on the ecology and environmental science fields, with a particular emphasis on marine plants such as algae and mangroves. She leads scientific research projects, conducts science promotion and communication activities with local schools on mangrove ecology and DNA technology, and regularly delivers science and environment-related courses to the community.

Her primary research interests includes marine ecology, ecophysiology, population genetics of seaweeds and seagrasses, marine natural products biochemistry, ecology of mangroves, marine pollution, ecotoxicology, and science education. Her current research is concentrated on the role of mangroves as a nature-based solution in climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as plastic pollution entrapment in Macao. She aims to further develop her research line in the area of environmental and marine ecological monitoring in Macao.

Key projects

One Drop at a Time: Exploring Biodiversity in Macao's Urban Wetland Ecosystems and the Role of Water Stewardship. WASH Foundation. (2023 to present) As PI.

Wetland ecosystems: a nature-based solution for coastal protection and plastic pollution entrapment in Macao. Clean the World Foundation (2022-2023). As PI.

SeaMin – In-situ trace elemental and isotopic constraints on modern seafloor massive sulfide mineralization / 现代海底块状硫化物成矿作用的原位微量元素和同位素限制.FDCT 0041/2021/A1 (2021-2024), As PI (from September 2024).

Wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Macao. Clean the World Foundation (2021-2022). As PI.

 PlastiFish: Methods, effects and risk analysis of microplastics in fish production/ 漁類生產中的微塑料檢測方法,影響及風險分析, FDCT-FCT 0004/2019/APJ (2020-2024). As a Member.

 Macao coastal zone change and key technologies of space utilization based on land and sea 澳門海岸帶變化與陸海統籌空間利用關鍵技術研究. FDCT- 0011/2021/AFJ (2021-2024). As a Member (with MUST).

Nature-based solutions for a cleaner and safer Macao (2020-2021). As PI.

 The Role of Mangroves on the Bioaccumulation and Citogenotoxic Effects of Heavy Metals and Pesticides on the Food Web of a Tropical Coastal System  / 紅樹林對亞熱帶海岸系統食物鏈金屬的富集和細胞基因毒牲的影響及殺蟲劑的角色. FDCT 117/2014/A3 (2015-2018). As Co-PI.

 Inventory and assessment of the marine flora of Macau. FDCT 028/2010/A (2010-2012). As PI.


Recent Publications

Tagulao KA, Lai WI, Lebel A, Calheiros CSC (2023) Evaluating the Potential of Mangrove Phytoremediation for Mitigating Coastal Water Eutrophication in Macao SAR: A Field and Mesocosm Study. Sustainability 15, 7830.

Ivorra L, Cardoso PG, Chan SK, Cruzeiro C, Tagulao K (2022) Quantification of insecticides in commercial seafood sold in East Asian markets: risk assessment for consumers. Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Tagulao KA. Bernardo A B I. Kei L H. Calheiros C S C (2022) Mangrove Conservation in Macao SAR, China: The Role of Environmental Education among School Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19, 3147.

Tagulao, K A (2022). Nature-Based Solutions for Environmental Education in the East Asian Context. In: Vasconcelos, C., Calheiros, C.S.C. (eds) Enhancing Environmental Education Through Nature-Based Solutions. Integrated Science, vol 4.

Ivorra L, Cruzeiro C, Ramos A, Tagulao KA, & Cardoso PG (2022) How can environmental conditions influence dicofol genotoxicity on the edible Asiatic clam, Meretrix meretrix? Environmental Pollution, 293, 118467.

Ivorra L, Cardoso PG, Chan SK, Cruzeiro C, Tagulao K A. (2021). Can mangroves work as an effective phytoremediation tool for pesticide contamination? An interlinked analysis between surface water, sediments and biota. J. Clean. Prod. 295, 126334.

Ivorra L. Cruzeiro C, Chan S K, Tagulao K A, Cardosod P G. (2019). Uptake and depuration kinetics of dicofol metabolite 4,4′-dichlorobenzophenone, in the edible Asiatic clam Meretrix meretrix. Chemosphere, 235 662-669.

Ivorra L, Cardoso P G, Chan S K, Tagulao K L, Cruzeiro, C. (2019). Environmental characterization of 4,4′-dichlorobenzophenone in surface Twaters from Macao and Hong Kong coastal areas (Pearl River Delta) and its toxicity on two biological models: Artemia salina and Daphnia magna. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 171, 1-11, doi:


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