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Team

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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/6185843390683925

Ednilson da Silva (Nanuka)


I’m a biologist, and was born in Cananéia where I always lived. I’ve been following the studies conducted by the Projeto Atlantis since the beginning. I took part of the team in 2002. I have an important role in the field, 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. I’ve been always interested in conservation biology and I believe I’m important to the team as I’m a member of the local community of Cananéia.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/4819353516557956

Giovanna Corrêa e Figueiredo


I majored in oceanography at the Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de São Paulo in 2013. I started working with cetaceans in 2011 at LABCMA. I'm currently a masters student in Oceanography at Instituto Oceanográfico. My project aims to describe the occurrence and distribution of whales and dolphins along São Paulo State coast and is part of the "Cruzeiros Oceanográficos" project. 

http://lattes.cnpq.br/9117557035242070

Laura Campos


I majored in Oceanography in the Instituto Oceanográfico (IO), Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 2015. I'm working with marine mammals since August 2013 on LABCMA. From 2013 to 2015 I developed a project to evaluate the feeding habits of small cetaceans found dead in the southern coast of São Paulo state and northern of Paraná state, Brazil. I'm currently responsable for curating the biological material of the laboratory and of the Projeto de Monitoramento de Praias (PMP).

http://lattes.cnpq.br/1225473906291195

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. I am currently a master’s student in oceanography at Instituto Oceanografico, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and my master’s project is about abundance of resident Guiana dolphins in the Cananeia estuary using capture-recapture models.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/1023719291245653

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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/3720211733498851

Julia Molina


I'm a biologist graduated at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and I'm currently on a Masters degree 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 current area of interest is the spatial ecology of cetaceans, addressing the distribution of populations and individuals over space and time.I'm a biologist graduated at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and I'm currently on a Masters degree 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 current area of interest is the spatial ecology of cetaceans, addressing the distribution of populations and individuals over space and time.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/9258665229133632

Victor Uber Paschoalini


I am currently a third year undergraduate student at the Oceanographic Institute at the University of São Paulo (IOUSP). I've been a part of the project Biota-FAPESP since 2013, being an official member of LABCMA since 2014. I am also currently aiming to develop a scientific initiation project related to the seasonal distribution and tracking of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) along the coast of São Paulo State, Brazil.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/4008494393982560

Beatriz Mattiuzzo


I am a student at the University of São Paulo, seeking a bachelor's degree in Oceanography. I love the sea in all its aspects, but I am specially interessed in cetaceans. Currently, I am developing a project in cultural transmission in the South coast of the state of São Paulo, and meanwhile trying to colaborate with other reasearch projects taking place at LABCMA. In the future, I would like to further study bioacustics and ecology.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/2675167319240144

Julia Corradi Rabello


I am an oceanography student at the University of São Paulo, currently on the fourth year. After working with benthic meiofauna, I joined LABCMA in august 2015. I am currently working with the 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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/8321868854934560

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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/8842607645422675

Estela Monteiro


As an oceanography student, on the third year of the Bachelor in Oceanography course in the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (USP), I'm interested in animal behaviour, including topics that range from its physiology to the interaction with humans. In LABCMA I've been working analisying data of cetaceans bycacht and necropsies from the last 5 year, in the region of Cananéia. In the future I'd like to work even more with marine organisms, including not only their biological aspects, but also the physical conditions that affect their behaviour and characteristics.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/3705783375886620

Past Researchers

Leonardo Maia Durante


I'm majoring 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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/3937490154418602

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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/1300257504083082

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.

http://lattes.cnpq.br/7493247803847578