Luis Menezes Pinheiro obtained his PhD in Marine Geophysics from Imperial College London in the UK. Following this, he was Director of the Marine Geology Department at the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain. Today, he is Associate Professor in Marine Geology and Geophysics and Integrated Researcher of CESAM at the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal. In addition to these responsibilities, Pinheiro is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of the Navy, and Coordinator of the Sea Technology Platform at UA and the Research Shiptime Committee, Intersectorial Oceanographic Commision (COI/MEC).

Pinheiro also serves as Executive President of the Portuguese Committee to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Furthermore, he is active in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as an Alternate Member of the Interior Science Steering and Evaluation Panel, as well as being a member of the Eurofleets Science Review Panel.

In terms of research, his interests include marine geology and geophysics; geophysical data processing and interpretation; structure and evolution of continental passive margins; rifting mechanisms and ocean-continent transition; tectonics; mud volcanism, hydrocarbon-rich fluid seepage, shallow gas and gas hydrates; seismic oceanography and hydrocarbon reservoir characterisation. He has been a coordinator or participant in a high number of national and international projects, participating in 46 research cruises, acting as chief or co-chief Scientist in 31 of these. A prolific scientist, he has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, including 43 papers in international ISI journals.