I am a field ecologist and spent most of my career trying to understand the effects of human disturbance on plant-animal interactions. Because I live in Brazil, I am able to study a variety of frugivores (fish, reptiles, birds and mammals) and ecosystems. I try to use several tools (including GIS, molecular genetics) to answer how species are evolving and changing in the Anthropocene. I earned my Bachelor in Biology at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), as well as my Master degree. Then, I went on to the University of Cambridge (UK) for my PhD . In addition, I also have experience in Bornean rainforests, where I studied hornbills and bears. My research focuses on understanding how changes in wildlife in defaunated landscapes affect ecosystem function.
Marina C. Côrtes
I am an ecologist working on the processes generating the spatial and genetic distribution of plants, with particular interest on the role that animals play on the dispersal of pollen, seeds and genes across natural and human-altered environments. Students in our lab combine field measurements, molecular tools and spatial analysis to characterize standing variation and understand how environmental factors influence spatial and genetic structure at local and landscape scales. I have a BSc. degree in Biology and MSc. in Plant Biology from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) from Columbia University.