Ana Crsitina Schilling (

I have experience in the use of quantitative methods in data analysis, with emphasis on

vegetation sampling and its implications on estimates of species diversity patterns and other descriptors of populations and communities.

Carlos Hackradt (

Reef environments are among the planet's most productive and most threatened marine ecosystems. It is estimated that about 27% of the world's coral reefs are definitely lost, with numbers that may be more alarming if containment measures are not taken. To conserve this ecosystem, it is necessary to understand how anthropic impacts affect ecosystem functionality and how protection measures (eg Marine Protected Areas) promote resilience in reefs.

Eduardo Mariano Neto (

He is involved in teaching and research on tropical forest ecology, investigating the effects of habitat loss on the landscape scale and overexploitation on tree and animal communities. It uses mathematical and statistical modeling tools in the investigation and prediction of changes in biological processes, necessary for the maintenance of biological communities. It also acts in the planning and execution of restoration actions in areas of importance for water supply of large cities in Bahia.

Fabiana Cezar Felix Hackradt (

Forecasts indicate that by 2050 we will have collapsed all marine fish stocks, and it is already observed that the management measures currently applied are not able to sustain fish production. I aim to study the ecological effects, especially on the initial stages of reef fish (eg larval dispersion models, genetic connectivity, nesting and larval recruitment, population dynamics) to understand how populations respond to these threats, what management strategies are most appropriate, and the consequences thereof for fishery productivity.

Gastón Andrés Fernandez Giné (

Understanding the spatial, temporal and behavioral dimension of animal life is essential to know the niche and species requirements. My general research line deals with behavioral and spatial ecology applied to conservation, and is divided into three specific lines: 1. Behavioral ecology and conservation of mammals; 2. Modeling of distribution and occupation of species and 3.Planning of conservation actions.

Luiz Fernando Silva Magnago (

My main interests are in evaluating the resilience and resilience of ecosystem functioning in forest landscapes. I seek to understand (i) the potential for restoration and maintenance of ecosystem functioning in secondary forests, restored forests, silvicultural and agroforestry; (ii) and the existence of thresholds of ecosystem functioning in forests that have suffered from loss of habitat and extractive management. Based on this knowledge it is possible to establish co-benefits relationships between the provision of ecosystem services and the conservation of biodiversity in tropical landscapes.

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Alexandre Schiavetti (

The objective of this study is to study Protected Areas that use resources (extractive, hunting, fishing, tourism) in order to elaborate applied strategies for the establishment of these areas and increase the probability of success in their implantation. The evaluation of the efficiency of the management of these areas, the conflicts with the fauna and traditional conservation strategies are also part of the research objectives of the Laboratory.

Camila Cassano (

In the south of Bahia, large extensions of agroforestry destined to cacao cultivation constitute a "friendly" matrix, sheltering part of the native biota. My interest as a researcher is to understand how different land uses and their landscape configuration can help mitigate the effects of loss and fragmentation of native vegetation. In addition, I am interested in understanding mechanisms that associate biodiversity with ecosystem services in agroforestry systems and landscapes.

Carlos Augusto da Silva Peres ( )

Has extensive experience in the field of conservation ecology with an emphasis on applied ecology, working mainly on the following topics: management of natural resources in tropical forests, landscape ecology, population ecology, ecology of vertebrate communities in tropical forests, and socioal use of natural resources. It accumulated an academic production of about 280 papers and 2 books.

Daniel Piotto (

The focus of my research is to integrate theoretical knowledge about ecological processes in tropical forests and their application in the design of conservation, restoration and production systems. With a central focus on forest-generated products and services, my current research focuses on the ecology and dynamics of natural forests, the monitoring of forest restoration areas and diversified forest production systems such as mixed plantations, agroforestry systems and forest enrichment.

Daniela Custódio Talora (

She has experience in Ecology and Conservation Biology, with emphasis on extinctions, population viability analysis, red lists, conservation priorities, biophilia and the role of zoology for biodiversity conservation.

Deborah Faria (

My research focuses on understanding how forest loss and conversion in other uses, such as the establishment of shaded cocoa plantations, affects diversity patterns and ecological processes in anthropic landscapes located in the southern state of Bahia. More recently I am focused on understanding the biodiversity and environmental services trajectory, particularly environmental services, in these landscapes, including those in the process of restoration.

Eliana Cazetta (

My research seeks to understand the effects of anthropic activities on biodiversity. I am particularly interested in evaluating the effects of habitat loss, defaunation, and agroforestry systems on diversity and key ecological interactions such as seed dispersal and predation.

Emerson Monteiro Vieira (

Mammals form an important group both for their role in tropical ecosystems and for the level of threat to which many of the native species are subjected. I have devoted myself to studying these fascinating animals. I have developed research projects in both Cerrado and Atlantic Forest areas. My main areas of interest for guidance are: 1) Ecology and Conservation of Mammals; 2) Ecological interactions between mammals and plants; 3) Natural history and use of space by small mammals.

Fernanda Amato Gaiotto (

I have been studying genetic conservation of tropical tree species since 1997. My current interest in research is focused on understanding how neutral genes and on selection influenced genetic diversity in agroforestry and fragmented forest systems based on molecular markers (microsatellites and SNPs ) and next-generation sequencing (NGS). My field of research has been that of the Atlantic Forest of the South of Bahia, where our group studies population genetics of more than 12 species of forest trees.

Jacques Delabie (

Ants are social invertebrates whose diversity is high and well known, quite stratified in forests and SAFs. Their assemblies are stable, with a huge biomass. They interact with fauna and flora through a variety of mechanisms. My research lines can be summarized as follows: 1) ants-plant interactions; 2) insect-insect interactions; 3) biogeography; 4) ecology of communities; 5) biomonitoring.

José Carlos Morante (

I am interested in understanding how environmental changes in anthropic landscapes can affect the dynamics and structure of animal and plant communities, as well as ecological processes that are essential to the functioning of ecosystems. Main lines of research: 1. Landscape Ecology; 2. Ecology and Conservation of birds; 3. Patterns of diversity in fragmented landscapes; 4. Animal-plant interaction; 5. Operation of forest ecosystems. More information:

Julio Baumgarten (

My research interests in recent years have focused on research on mammalian habitat selection. In particular I have investigated the use of habitat by phylostomid bats, animals with great mobility that use the flight to locate and have access to their main resources. More recently I have started projects for the study of habitat selection and cetacean conservation, a study area that I consider to be a priority in this coastal region of the country.

Leandro Loguercio (

Functional microbial diversity in the interface between genetics (molecular and microorganisms) and ecology (hologenomic theory of evolution). This research is of a basic and applied character, involving biological control of insects and diseases of plants and microbial communities associated with arboreal (endophytic) and lobster species.

Leonardo Oliveira (

I have great interest and experience in research related to various aspects related to primates, endangered species, invasive species agroecosystems and conservation of biodiversity. I also have great experience in applying open standards for conservation practice.

Maíra Benchimol (

My research aims to understand the impacts of habitat loss and forest fragmentation on species loss in fragmented tropical landscapes. I try to understand the patterns and processes that determine the local extinction of species in forest fragments and to evaluate how the anthropic disturbance affects the biological communities. My main areas of activity are: (1) Landscape ecology; (2) Patterns in communities; (3) Mammalian ecology and conservation; (4) Defaunation; (5) Floristic diversity; (6) Participatory monitoring programs for biodiversity conservation.

Marcelo Mielke (

The southern region of Bahia is one of the richest biodiversity areas of the Atlantic Forest, a mosaic landscape, where forest remains are interspersed with cocoa cultivation in a rustic agroforestry system known locally as cabrucas. In this context, I developed interdisciplinary research, combining basic knowledge of plant physiology, ecology and climatology, with the objective of assisting the development of theoretical and practical actions for tree management in agroforestry systems, restoration of degraded forests and understanding of impacts caused by forest fragmentation.

Mirco Solé (

The South of Bahia represents the largest Pleistocene refuge for amphibians of the Atlantic Forest. In the Laboratory of Tropical Herpetology we study several aspects of the life history of amphibians and reptiles such as trophic ecology, life area, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, biogeography, invasive species, larval development and as selected species can act as biocontroladores of mosquitoes transmitting diseases.

Ricardo Siqueira Bovendorp (

In my research, I seek to understand how human disturbances such as defaunation, forest fragmentation and climate change affect the occurrence and distribution of mammals in the Atlantic Forest, in addition to processes such as downsizing and rodentization. Through the application of diversity metrics (taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic), I investigate the main ecological processes affected by anthropic disturbances, and how these processes affect the functioning of ecosystems.

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