World Environment

World Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles, critical reviews, research notes, debate and short reports in all areas related to the environment. These areas include basic science (chemistry, physics, biology and geology), ecology, agriculture, economics, education, engineering, geography, health, law, nanotechnology, planning and policy, politics, sociology, trade and commerce.

Joao Canário

Editorial Board Member of World Environment

Research Scientist, Inrb Ip/Ipimar, Portugal

Research Areas

Environmental and Marine Chemsirty, Biogeochemistry, Analytical Chemistry


2004Ph.DEnvironmental Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
2000M.ScMarine Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
1998Post-GraduationEducational Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Academic Achievement

Marine Pollution Bulletin Highly Cited Author Award 2005-2009


Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Geochemical Society (GS)
The Oceanography Society (TOS)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

Publications: Journals

[1]  O'Driscoll, N.J., Canário, J., Crowell, N., Webster, T. Mercury and Sulphur speciation in the coastal wetlands and tidal mudflats of the Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy, Canada. Water Air and Soil Pollution.
[2]  Costa, A.M., Mil-Homens, M., Lebreiro, S.M., Richter, T.O., Stigter, H., Bóer, W., Trancoso, M.A., Melo, X., Mouro, F., Mateus, M., Canário, J., Branco, V., Caetano, M. 2011 Origin and transport of trace metals deposit in the last century at the Cascais, Lisboa and Setubal canyons and adjacent slopes (Iberian Margin). Marine Geology, 282, 169-177.
[3]  Branco, V., Canário, J., Holmgren, A., Carvalho, C., 2011. Inhibition of the Thioredoxin System in Brain and Liver of Zeabra-Seabreams (Diplodus cervinus, Lowe1838) Exposed to Waterborne Methylmercury. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 251, 95-103.
[4]  Mil-Homens, M., Costa, A., Lebreiro, S., Canário, J., Lopes, C., Mouro, F., Mateus, M., Stigter, H., Richter, T., Branco, V., Trancoso, A., Melo, Z., Bóer, W., 2010. Temporal clustering of metals in a short sediment core of the Cascais Canyon (Portuguese margin). Scientia Marina, 74SI, 89-98.
[5]  Canário, J., Vale, C., Poissant, L., Nogueira, M., Pilote, M., Branco, V., 2010. Mercury in sediments and vegetation in a moderate contaminated salt-marsh (Tagus Estuary, Portugal). J. Environmental Sciences. 22, 8, 1151-1157.
[6]  Raimundo, J., Vale, C., Canário, J., Branco, V., Moura, I., 2010. Relations between mercury, methyl-mercury and selenium in tissues of Octopus vulgaris from the Portuguese Coast. Environmental Pollution, 158, 2094-2100.
[7]  Chatterjee, M., Canário, J., Sarkar, S., Branco, V., Bhattacharya, A.K., Satpathy, K.K., 2009. Mercury enrichments in core sediments in Sunderban mangroves, Northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal and their ecotoxicological significance. Environ. Geology, 57, 1125-1134.
[8]  Canário, J., Poissant, L., O'Driscoll, N., Vale, C., Pilote, M., Lean, D., 2009. Sediment processes and mercury transport in a frozen freshwater fluvial lake (Lake St. Louis, Qc, Canada). Environ. Pollution, 157, 4, 1294-1300.
[9]  Hampel, M., Canário, J., Branco, V., Vale, C., Blasco, J., 2009. Environmental levels of Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates (LAS) in sediments from the Tagus estuary, Portugal. Environ. Monitoring and Assessment., 149, 151-161.
[10]  Poissant, J., Zhang, H.H., Canário, J., Constant, P., 2008. Critical review of mercury fate and contamination in the Arctic Tundra ecosystem. Sci. Total Environ, 400 (1-3), 173-211.
[11]  O'Driscoll, N., Poissant, L., Canário, J., Lean, D., 2008. Dissolved gaseous mercury concentrations and volatilization in a frozen fresh water lake. Environ. Sci. Technol., 42, 5125-5130.
[12]  Vale, C., Canário, J., Caetano, M., Lavrado, J., Brito, P., 2008. Estimation of the antrophogenic fraction of elements in surface sediments of the Tagus estuary (Portugal). Mar. Pollution Bull., 56, 1353-1376.
[13]  Canário, J., Vale, C., Nogueira, M., 2008. The pathway of mercury in contaminated waters determined by association with organic carbon. Applied Geochemistry, 23, 3, 519-528.
[14]  Canário, J., Poissant, L., O'Driscoll, N., Ridal, J., Delongchamp, T., Pilote, M., Constant, P., Blais, J., Lean, D., 2008. Mercury partitioning in surface sediments of the upper St. Lawrence River (Canada): Evidence of the importance of the organic sulphur chemistry. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 187, 219-231.
[15]  Branco, V., Vale, C., Canário, J., Santos, M.N., 2007. Mercury and Selenium in blue shark (Prionace glauca) and swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from two areas in the Atlantic. Env. Pollution, 150, 3, 373-380.
[16]  Canário, J., Caetano, M., Vale, C., Cesário, R., 2007. Evidence for elevated production of methylmercury in salt marshes. Environ. Sci. Technol., 41, 21, 7376-7382.
[17]  O'Driscoll, N., Poissant, L., Canário, J., Ridal, J., Lean, D.R.S., 2007. Continuous analysis of dissolved gaseous mercury and mercury volatilization in the Upper St. Lawrence River:Exploring temporal relationships and UV attenuation. Environ. Sci. Technol., 41, 15, 5342-5348.
[18]  Bebianno, M.J., Santos, C., Canário, J., Gouveia, N., Sena-Carvalho, D., Vale, C., 2007. Mercury and metallothionein-like proteins in the black scabbard fish Aphanopus carbo. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 45, 8, 1443-1452.
[19]  Poissant, L., Constant, P., Pilote, M., Canário, J., O'Driscoll, N., Ridal, J., Lean, D., 2007. The ebullition of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, carbon dioxide and total gaseous mercury from the Cornwall Area of Concern. Sci. Total Environ., 381, 1-3, 256-262.
[20]  Canário, J, Prego, R., Vale, C., Branco, V., 2007. Mercury and monomethylmercury distribution in surface sediments of Ria Vigo, NW Iberian Peninsula. Water Air and Soil Pollut., 182, 1-4, 21-29.
[21]  Canário, J., Branco, V., Vale, C. 2007. Seasonal variation of monomethylmercury concentrations in surface sediments of the Tagus Estuary (Portugal). Environ. Pollution, 148, 1, 380-383.
[22]  Canário, J., Caetano, M., Vale, C., 2006. Validation and application of an analytical method for monomethylmercury quantification in aquatic plant tissues. Anal. Chim. Acta, 580, 258-262.
[23]  Cecilio, P., Raimundo, J., Canário, J., Vale, C., Sequeira, M., 2006. Relationships between total and organic mercury concentrations in tissues and length of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) from the Portuguese Coast. Ciencias Marinas, 32, 2, 1-9.
[24]  Pinho, J., Canário, J., Cesário, R., Vale, C., 2005. A rapid acid digestion method with ICPMS detection for the determination of selenium in dry sediments. Anal. Chim. Acta, 551, 1-2, 207-212.
[25]  Canário, J., Vale, C., Caetano, M., 2005. Distribution of monomethylmercury and mercury in surface sediments of the Tagus Estuary (Portugal). Mar. Pollution Bull., 50, 10, 1142-1145.
[26]  Canário, J., Vale, C., 2004. Rapid release of mercury from intertidal sediments exposed to solar radiation: a field experiment. Environ. Sci. Technol., 38, 14, 3901-3907.
[27]  Canário, J., Caetano, M., Vale, C., Lavrado, J., 2004. Mercury partition in contaminated sediments from Tagus estuary. RMZ-Materials and Geoenvironment, 51, 2, 876-878.
[28]  Branco, V., Canário, J., Vale, C., Raimundo, J., Reis, C., 2004. Total and organic mercury concentrations in muscle tissues of the Blue Shark (Prionace glauca L. 1758) from Northeast Atlantic. Mar. Pollut. Bull., 49, 9-10, 872-875.
[29]  Canário, J., Antunes, P., Lavrado, J., Vale, C., 2004. Simple method for monomethylmercury determination in estuarine sediments. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 23, 10-11, 798-805.
[30]  Canário, J., Vale, C., Caetano, M., Madureira, M.J., 2003. Mercury in contaminated sediments and pore waters enriched in sulphate (Tagus Estuary, Portugal). Environ. Pollution, 126, 3, 425-433.
[31]  Canário, J., Vale, C., Caetano, M., 2003. Mercury in contaminated sediments and pore waters at a contaminated site of the Tagus Estuary. Ciencias Marinas, 29, 4, 535-545.
[32]  Reis, M.F., Machado, A.A.S.C., Abdulla, M., Canário, J., Silva, J.C., 1994. Validation of the cumulative or replicate NAA method for the determination of trace elements in biological materials. Biological Trace Element Research, 43-45, 1, 585-596.

Publications: Books/Book Chapters

[1]  Vale, C., Canário, J., Caetano, L., Poissant, L., Ferreira, A.M., 2011. Contaminant Cycle under Climate Change: Evidences and Scenarios. In: Oceans and the Atmospheric Carbon Content, P.Duarte and J:M. Santana-Casiano (Eds.), Springer Science Books, NY, pp.133-156.
[2]  Bhattacharya, A. Satpathy, K.K., Prasad, M.V.R., Canário, J., Chatterjee, M., Sarkar, S., Branco, V., Bhattacharya, B., Bandyopadhyay, A.K., Alam, Md. A., 2008. Geochemistry of major and trace elements in core sediments of Sunderban Delta, India: An assessment of metal pollution using Atomic Absorption Spectrometer and Inductively Plasma Mass Spectrometry. In: Causes and Effects of Heavy Metal Pollution, Mikel L. Sanchez (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, Inc., NY, pp. 305-340.