Project: “Effects of habitat use on plant-animal interactions”.
PhD project: “Effects of habitat use on plant-animal interactions”. PhD scholarship granted by CNPq and an exchange scholarship granted by CAPES.
Bachelor in Biology by UNIOESTE and Master in Zoology at UNESP. Currently, I am a PhD student interested in understanding the modulating effects of environmental features on the behavioral ecology of mammals and how variations in animal behavior affects plant-animal interactions. My PhD project is advised by Mauro Galetti, co-advice of Milton Cezar Ribeiro and supervision of John Koprowski.
Project: “Mammals as indicators of the ecosystem health of Araucaria forest”.
PhD project: “Mammals as indicators of the ecosystem health of Araucaria forest”. CNPq fellowship and supported by Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção à Natureza.
I graduated in Biology (Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná) and went on to a Master in Zoology (Universidade Estadual Paulista). Now, I am doing my doctoral degree in Zoology at UNESP, where I am studying the effects of forest fragmentation and defaunation on recruitment of Paraná-pine (Araucaria angustifolia). I am interested in understanding the effects of defaunation on ecosystems, so as to propose actions that would allow to recover wildlife populations and their ecological interactions.
- Effects of forest fragmentation and defaunation on recruitment of Araucaria angustifolia – Supervised by Dr. Mauro Galetti. Facebook Fanpage: click here.
- Mammals as indicators of the ecosystem health of Araucaria forest – in partnership with Neotropical Institute.
Project: “Linking Defaunation To Carbon Storage Ecosystem Services In Atlantic Rainforests”.
PhD project: “Linking Defaunation To Carbon Storage Ecosystem Services In Atlantic Rainforests”. FAFESP Fellowship (2013/22492-2).
I am interested in the effects of defaunation on ecosystems services, especially in carbon ecosystem services. Through my research I will use a combination of empirical and modeling approaches to understand how the lack of large frugivores affects the amount of carbon storage in tropical forests.
During my research activities I have used different statistical, modeling and spatial analysis techniques on a broad range of ecological problems: plant population and community studies, biogeographical analysis (SDM and regionalization), identification of key areas for conservation and economical valuation. In my undergraduate studies on Ecology and Biology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Colombia I investigated the population status of Inirida’s flower (Guacamaya superba). I also studied how Colombian moors will respond to climate change. As a complementary study I have a graduate degree in statistics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Through my work experience I have had the opportunity to participate in interesting processes such as the formulation of payments for water and biodiversity ecosystem services schemes at International Conservation - Colombia and in the formulation of BioModelos (biomodelos.humboldt.org.co) at the Laboratory of Applied Biogeography and Bioacustics of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute (Colombia).
Besides my research interests I am passionate for outdoors life. I love to hike, climb, run and escape to the mountains, the forest and the sea.
Project: “Phenotype variation, genetic diversity and dispersal of seeds of a keystone palm in the Atlantic Forest”.
PhD project: “Phenotype variation, genetic diversity and dispersal of seeds of a keystone palm in the Atlantic Forest”. I receive my PhD grant from FAPESP (process 2014/01029-5) and received grant from Cnpq (process 401258/2012-2) to visit CSIC, Seville in 2013-2014. This project is funded by Cnpq (process 401258/2012-2, 477843/2011-5 and 445353/2014-7).
I am a PhD candidate in Ecology and Biodiversity at UNESP – Rio Claro – Brazil. I am an ecologist interested in understanding how landscape structure, human activities and intraspecific variation affect ecological processes, such as seed dispersal and pollination, and how it would influence the movement of genes within and between populations. To this end, I apply a combination of statistical and molecular techniques, geotechnologies, and field work.
In my PhD project I intend to understand the influence of environmental factors and intrinsic traits of plants (e.g. seed size) in seed and genes dispersal of a palm tree (Euterpe edulis) at local and landscape scale in the Atlantic Forest. Specifically, we intend to i) understand the effects of large frugivorous loss on genetic differentiation of E. edulis; ii) to determine how seed and genes dispersal are influenced by local and landscape factors; iii) and to evaluate the potential restoration of phenotype variation of seed size in human-age modified environments. I am under the advice of Mauro Galetti (UNESP), Pedro Jordano (CSIC, Seville) and Marina Cortes (Unesp).
Project: “Ecological services promoted by frugivorous mammals in the Atlantic Forest”.
PhD project: “Ecological services promoted by frugivorous mammals in the Atlantic Forest”.
I am a biologist and my biggest interest is in understanding the effects caused by defaunation of frugivorous megafauna on the plant community in tropical forests and check the effective role of the largest herbivore-frugivore of Brazil, the tapir (Tapirus terrestris), as scattering of seeds and seedlings recruiter. To do this, I collect data seed dispersal, germination, recruitment and seedling establishment in semi-defaunated and not defaunated areas in the Brazil Atlantic Rain Forest. In my master's degree in the Federal University of São Carlos and in partnership with the Autonomous University of Mexico (Ecosystems Research Center) I investigated as seed rain occurred in fragmented landscapes in the state of Sao Paulo, considering the forest fragments and isolated trees in pastures, both areas immersed in agricultural matrices. I am currently a PhD student from the University of São Paulo (USP/ESALQ), in the Applied Ecology program and I am part of Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Lab, where I develop my research project in partnership with Unesp and Labic.
Project: “Invasion ecology of feral pigs Sus scrofa and its consequences for biodiversity conservation”.
PhD project: “Invasion ecology of feral pigs Sus scrofa and its consequences for biodiversity conservation”. FAPESP fellowship number 2015/18381-6 plus donation from IDEAWILD.
I obtained my bachelor in Ecology at UNESP – Rio Claro – Brazil (2010-2013). During the course, I started to investigate how human-generated changes in ecosystems might affect ecological interactions. I started my Ph.D. at the same university in 2014, now exploring the field of invasion ecology.
My Ph.D. project focuses on the ecology of invasion of feral pigs Sus scrofa. The main goal of the research is to evaluate the role of feral pigs as seed dispersal agents in defaunated landscapes. I am also conducting diet analyses (based in stomach contents) and evaluating the impact over understory plant community.
Project: “Landscape influence on the persistence of terrestrial mammals in Atlantic Forest fragments”.
Master project: “Landscape influence on the persistence of terrestrial mammals in Atlantic Forest fragments”. Master scholarship granted by FAPESP (2013/21939-3).
I obtained my Bachelor in Ecology at UNESP – Rio Claro, Brazil. And now I am a Master’s student in Ecology and Biodiversity at UNESP – Rio Claro, Brazil, advised by Mauro Galetti, co-advised of Milton Cezar Ribeiro and supervised by Carlos Peres.
My research interests are related on ecology of medium and large mammals, in the Atlantic Forest. The main goal of my project is understanding how changes in landscape habitat amount affect these mammal communities.
Project: “Fine-scale determinants of frugivory, seed and genes dispersal in a preserved natural population of Euterpe edulis”.
PhD project: “Fine-scale determinants of frugivory, seed and genes dispersal in a preserved natural population of Euterpe edulis”.
I obtained my Biology and Master’s degree from the Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UniFAl-MG) in 2011 and 2014, respectively. I am currently conducting my PhD research project at the Ecology and Biodiversity program at UNESP. My research interests encompass the influence of plant-animal interactions on dispersal of seeds and genes in natural environments. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how environmental factors influence seed and gene dispersal at local scales and assessing the relative contribution of different frugivorous birds to dispersal of a tropical palm in a forest reserve in the State of São Paulo. I combine maternity analysis of the seed endocarp and DNA barcoding of the remaining animal tissue left on the dispersed seeds to link the location and genotype of progeny, maternal plant and frugivorous bird species.
Advisor: Dr. Marina C. Côrtes.
I’m a field ecologist interested on nature conservation and the ecosystem services provided by plant-animal interactions, specially seed dispersal, focusing on their role on the maintenance of the biodiversity, ecological restoration, vegetation dynamics and landscape evolution, considering both pristine and protected areas as well as agro-silvo-pastoral matrix. My main research tools are hard field work, holistic ecological approach and GIS. I have a bachelor degree in Ecology, where I did census of game birds and mammals in the Atlantic Forest and a master in Plant Biology where i investigated the functional redundancy and complementarities of seed dispersal of the last neotropical megafauna, both at UNESP-Rio Claro under the advice of Prof. Mauro Galetti.
My PhD project focus on the functional role of birds and mammals as drivers of passive restoration, spatio-temporal patterns of woody vegetation recovery and the relevance of natural regeneration processes and human reforestation efforts on the short term vegetation dynamics in a system with high browsers density.
Advisor: Prof. Tommaso La Mantia (Palermo University - Italy), Co-advisor: Prof. Mauro Galetti (UNESP - Brazil), External Co-advisor: Prof. Daniel Garcia (Oviedo University - Spain). PhD Fellowship from Palermo University.
Biologist and Magister in Environmental Sciences, doctoral student in Ecology and Biodiversity at UNESP, oriented to the attainment of aims by means of team work, high level of responsibility and holistic vision of the processes related with the environment, especially in fragmented environments. With faculties in the field of the teaching and research based in a training related with the study of the conservation, use and management of the biodiversity acting in concordance with the local context, regional, national and international.
Possessing good interpersonal relationships and willingness for continuous learning and adaptation to new challenges.