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Below you will find the description of our team composition, as well as details on their origins and areas of interest. Team members are shown based on the timing each member started to workt at LABCMA.

Marcos César de Oliveira Santos

I majored in biology at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 1993, investing in a Masters (1999) and a Ph D (2004) in ecology at USP. I’ve been studying cetaceans since 1993 in the State of São Paulo (SSS), Brazil. Since 1995 I’ve been coordinating the Projeto Atlantis. From 2006 to 2010 I worked at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Rio Claro, where I kept working with cetaceans. In February 2011 I started working in the Instituto Oceanográfico – USP where I settled the Laboratório de Biologia da Conservação de Mamíferos Aquáticos (LABCMA). My interests are devoted towards conservation biology of whales and dolphins.

Laura Campos

I majored in Oceanography in the Instituto Oceanográfico (IO), Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 2015 and I am currently pursuing my masters at the same institution. I've been working on marine mammals since August 2013 on LABCMA. From 2013 to 2015 I developed a project to evaluate the feeding habits of small cetaceans stranded and bycaught. As my master's project, I'm using stable isotopes to better understand the trophic ecology and habitat use of two delphinid species in the southern coast of São Paulo state.

Diogo Destro Barcellos

I am biologist (graduated and licensed) by Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2011) and Master in Science (2014) by the Instituto Oceanografico (IO) from Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP). In 2014 I joined to the team of Laboratório de Biologia da Conservacao de Mamiferos Aquaticos to learn the acoustics of cetaceans. During 2014 and early of 2015 I contributes as technical in the project FAPESP Biota (nº: 2011/50317-5) and participation of oceanographic cruises of cetacean sightings in the State of Sao Paulo coast. During the cruises were recorded the repertoire emitted by cetaceans, building a catalog of acoustic emissions, which is still under construction with the continuation of activities. Currently I am a Ph.D. candidate of IO-USP. My Ph.D. project is related to the Passive Acoustic Monitoring of cetaceans in Sao Sebastiao channel and Parque Estadual da Ilha Anchieta, both sites are located in the State of Sao Paulo.

Victor Uber Paschoalini

I am a member of LABCMA since 2014, participating in research cruises. After majoring in Oceanography at University of São Paulo (IOUSP) in 2017, I am now pursuing my masters degree at the same lab. My research area is focused on stable isotopes analysis and trophic ecology of small cetaceans.

Beatriz Mattiuzzo

I obtained my Bs. in Oceanography in 2017 in the Oceanographic Institute - Unisersity of São Paulo. Sea lover in many different ways, I am specially interessed in whales and dolphins as ecossystem sentinels. I'm envolved in research projects concerning cetaceans bioacustics and conservation, participating as a volunteer.

Valéria Conversani

I'm biologist graduated at the Universidade Metodista de São Paulo with double degree at the Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. I always had great interest in studies related to ecology and conservation of cetaceans. I joined LABCMA team in 2016 and now I'm currently on a master's degree in Biological Oceanography at Instituto Oceanográfico da USP. My project aims to estimate the ages and obtain growth parameters of the la plata dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) and the guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) found dead on the southern coast of São Paulo and northern of Paraná.

Rodrigo Avelaira Barbosa

I am a biologist graduated at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Campus Rio Claro in 2007, with a master’s (2010) and a Ph.D. (2015) in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the same university. I have experience in histology, histochemistry and cell ultrastructure. Since 2015, I have been working as a technician at LABCMA analyzing age and sexual maturity of cetaceans using histological techniques.

Débora Freitas da Silva

I majored in biology at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) - Campus Rio Claro/SP in 2008, and did my master's thesis in Biological Sciences - Zoology at the same university (2011). During my master's study, I analyzed the reproductive biology of Franciscana dolphins (Pontoporia blainvillei), estimating the age of sexual maturity among other reproductive aspects. Currently, I've been working as a histology technician at LABCMA since october 2015, analyzing sexual maturity and age of cetaceans using histological techniques.

Amanda Martinelli

Biologist majored at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in 2016, I started my studies with marine mammals during an exchange program, where I was part of a project involving bioacoustics of Blue Whales. Since then, I have a special interest for bioacoustics in its entirety. I've worked with bioacoustics of terrestrial animals, but the marine environment continues to atract me more. I am part of the LABCMA team since 2017 as a masters student, where I am developing a project to the describe the soundscape of two areas of the São Paulo coast.

Ana Clara Baptista Mariani

I am an undergraduate student seeking my degree at the Oceanography Institute - Universidade de São Paulo. My first experience at LABCMA was through projects developed by our local junior enterprise. Having started working effectively in Feb 2018, I currently organize biological samples and equipment and I am specially interested in cetaceans as ecosystem engineers.

Past Researchers

Ednilson da Silva (Nanuka)

I’m a biologist, born in Cananéia where I always lived. I’ve been following the studies conducted by the Projeto Atlantis from 2002 to 2017. I used to act maily in the field, as an member of the local community, mediating the interaction between researchers and locals, and giving support to many activities such as the photo-identification efforts, the dolphin necropsies, the beach surveys, and the connections to the fishing community to investigate cetacean incidental captures.

Giovanna Corrêa e Figueiredo

I majored and mastered in Oceanography at the Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo in 2013 and 2017, respectively. I started working with cetaceans in 2011 at LABCMA. My masters project described the occurrence and distribution of whales and dolphins along São Paulo State coast and is part of the "Cruzeiros Oceanográficos- FAPESP" project.

Leonardo Maia Durante

I majored in Oceanography at the University of São Paulo. I was a member of the LABCMA team from 2012 to 2014. I worked with incidental catches of small cetaceans, mainly franciscana dolphins (Pontoporia blainvillei) in the southern coast of São Paulo.

Elisa Silva Ventura

I have started my undergraduate course in Biology at the University of São Paulo in 2011. My main interest focuses in the study of large mammals, mainly cetaceans. I joined the LABCMA team from 2013 to 2014 as a trainee. I helped in lab organization and curation of the biological material. I also participated in field trips to collect biological material and photographic data.

Sophia Frenk

I graduated in Oceanography at the Instituto Oceanografico, Universidade de São Paulo. After spending some time working with fishes' reproduction, I started working with cetaceans in 2013 in LABCMA. In 2014 I developed a scientific initiation project in which I evaluated the relationship between some environmental variables and size of groups of Guiana dolphins, Sotalia guianensis, in estuarine waters of Cananeia, making use of multivariate statistical tool.

Aline Boutros de Mello

I majored in Marine Biology at Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho” in 2010. I have been studying marine mammals since 2007 and I have experience in biology, ecology and conservation of cetaceans. My masters was in oceanography at Instituto Oceanografico, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), concerning abundance estimation of resident Guiana dolphins in the Cananeia estuary using capture-recapture models.

Julia Molina

I'm a biologist graduated at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and a Ms. in Biological Oceanography at the 'Instituto Oceanográfico' of the same university. I've previously worked on whale watching for the Organisation Cetacea in UK and I've been an intern at the LABCMA as a curator of the biological material when I have also concluded fieldwork and photographic data analysis. My masters degree concerned the spatial ecology of Guiana dolphins, addressing the distribution of populations and individuals over space and time, mainly in the Cananeia Estuary.

Julia Corradi Rabello

I am an Oceanographer, having got my degree at University of São Paulo. After working with benthic meiofauna, I joined LABCMA in august 2015, where I stayed untill 2016, working on bycatch of small cetaceans, with emphasis on the La Plata dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) and the estuarin dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) on the south coast of São Paulo.

Estela Monteiro

 I'm interested in animal behaviour, including topics that range from its physiology to the interaction with humans. I've worked in LABCMA from 2015 to 2016, analisying data of cetaceans bycacht and necropsies from the last 5 year, in the region of Cananéia. I am currently working on deep sea animals, and will get my Bachelors Degree in Oceanography by the end of 2017.