Teresa Simas started her carrier as a marine biologist in 1996 at the New University of Lisbon as associate researcher in the ecological modelling group of the Institute of Marine Research (IMAR). She further got her MSc and PhD degrees on Marine Ecology and has worked as a consultant for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Portugal and for the EIA development of several other marine projects in Portugal. In 2008, she integrated the WavEC Offshore Renewables, a Portuguese non-profit organisation for the promotion and development of the sector. She is since then the head of the Marine Environment area at WavEC, where she has been involved in several research and development projects on the environmental aspects of marine renewable energy. She is also lecturer in the European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC), at Instituto Superior Técnico, regarding the environmental assessment of marine renewable energy technologies.