Assistant professor at the Department of Biology, University of the Azores, phD in Marine Sciences (Marine Ecology) in 2004, has been developing teaching and research activities in this department since 1990. She has been responsible for teaching several courses in the Biology undergrad degrees (Biology and Biological Sciences and Health) such as invertebrate zoology, oceanography coastal biology, marine ecology and toxicology as weel as in master degrees (eg. Master Course in Biodiversty and Island Ecology, Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Marine Spatial Planning) and phD graduate grogram in Biology. A. C. Costa has coordinated and often participated in research externally funded research in marine biology and biotechnology as well as and coastal ecosystems monitoring and planning under resource conservation and sustainable usage prespectives. She has supervised several ungrad and grad (master and phD) students.