Despacho: C5-1106

I’m a biologist from Brazil and I have long been concerned over human impacts on biodiversity. My main research goal seeks to understand the consequences of the loss of functions within communities of animals and plants. My interest is unsurprising, given that I come from one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth and where species are disappearing at a higher rate. Investigating the drivers and implications of human-induced environmental changes is challenging, however, because it requires merging different fields by means of multidisciplinary approaches. Conducting research in such a wide scope of topics and systems sometimes is challenging, but it allows me to perceive distinct angles of similar questions, especially when investigating ecological patterns involving both animals and plants. I began my scientific career interested in the problematic of the hybridization among native and non-native primates in tropical forests. Over the years, I further developed multiple interests in the field of mutualistic interactions, exploring the complex role of primates as seed dispersers within the context of mega-diversified communities. My recent research has led me to explore innovative approaches to disentangle the consequences of human actions to ecosystems. I have been progressively integrating a broader spectrum of interacting organisms (from insects to vertebrates) and ecological complexity (populations, plant-animal mutualisms, and entire ecosystems).