Meet The Team

 

The Conservation Biogeography Lab interests are pretty varied, and CB-Lab projects can potentially span a whole range of topics. For the most part, our staff work on some question about spatial conservation prioritization, species distribution modeling, climate change effects on biodiversity or geographical patterns of functional and phylogenetic diversity.

 

The CB-Lab has a great atmosphere of friendship and we enjoy working in what we do!

Rafael Loyola, Ph.D
Founder & Principal investigator
Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolution

 

 

loyola [at] ufg [dot] br

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7649189080736923

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Rafael Loyola obtained his Ph.D at the State University of Campinas (2009). Currently, he is Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the Department of Ecology, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil. Rafael acts as the Americas Editor for Biological Conservation and serves as Associate Editor of Conservation Letters and Natureza & Conservação. He also worked as editor in Diversity and Distributions, PLoS ONE, and BMC Ecology. Rafael supervises all students and postdocs in the CB-Lab. He loves good wine and having a good time with friends and family!

 

 

piayanms [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2608509187003731

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

CNCFlora, JBRJ | Brazil

Nathália Machado, Ph.D
Post Doc

Nathália Machado is a biologist and Ph.D in Ecology & Evolution (UFG, 2014). Nathalia works mainly with birds and their responses to climate change. She's currently doinig her Post Doc under Rafael's supervision and helping CNCFlora and the Brazilian Ministry of Environment to develop the first map of priority sites for the conservation of the threatened flora in Brazil. Nathalia likes birdwatching, travelling, and dancing forró!

Daniele Vila Nova
Post Doc

 

da_vilanova [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] br

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7089890791632018

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

CNCFlora, JBRJ | Brazil

Daniele is a biologist and Ph.D in Ecology & Conservation (UFPR, 2013). She works with marine conservation coupling spatial prioritization and governability analysis as a framework for marine spatial planning. Daniele is currently doinig her Post Doc under Rafael's supervision and helping CNCFlora to develop the first map of priority sites for the conservation of the threatened flora in Brazil as well as some National Action Plans for threatened plants.

 

 

ftbrum [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5002750861253116

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

HP: ftbrum.wix.com/ftbrum

Fernanda T. Brum 
Post Doc

Fernanda Brum is a biologist and master in Ecology (UFRGS, 2011). She is investigating the influence of community phylogenetic structure in macroecological diversity patterns for amphibians, birds, and mammals. She is deeply involved with community phylogenetics and she is supervised by Dr Leandro Duarte, from UFRGS. Rafael Loyola is her co-supervisor. Fernanda likes taking "chimarrão or mate", camping, and shopping!

Ludmila Rattis
Ph.D candidate

 

ludmilarattis [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0867430079337924

Campinas State University | Brazil

Ludmila Rattis is a biologist with a master in Entomology (USP/RP, 2011). Her interests spans over landscape ecology, macroecology, and spatial modeling. She is interested on the scale of effect of habitat change on species distribution and on the predictive ability of habitat availability models. She is also concerned with public policies about land use and land cover change in Brazil. Ludmila is from Passos (MG) and this information tells a lot about her! She likes biking, yoga and home cooking.

 

 

daniel.zacarias15 [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8524732829240473

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Daniel Zacarias
Ph.D student

 

raisa.rsv [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2528895447691226

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Daniel is Mozambican geographer with a master in Water and Coastal Management (Algarve University/Portugal, 2010). He is a Ph.D student from the Graduate Program in Science for Development, funded by the Gulbenkian Institute of Science. He develops his Ph.D thesis in the CB-Lab under Rafael's supervision. His work is focused on understanding the isolation effects on wild elephant populations arising from political reasons, and how habitat loss in Mozambique has shaped elephant current genetic diversity.

Raísa Vieira
Ph.D student

Raísa is a biologist and master in Ecology & Evolution (UFG, 2014). She is a Ph.D student working with the impact of conservation actions and policy in reducing biodiversity loss. Raísa is co-supervised by Dr Bob Pressey, from the James Cook University, Australia. In her free time, Raísa likes practicing aerial silk and to search for amphibians!

Fernando Resende
Ph.D student

 

fermresende [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0740335358549927

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Fernando's is a biologist and master in Ecology & Conservation (UFMG, 2013). His work is focused on mapping different ecossytem services in the Brazilian Cerrado and developing conservaiton plans to maximize the persistence and benefits of these services at the regional scale. Fernando likes hiking, mountains, and the social aspects of conservation!

 

fvfaleiro [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4926404840659003

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Frederico Faleiro
Ph.D candidate

Frederico Faleiro is a biologist and master in Ecology & Evolution (UFG, 2012). He works with spatial conservation planning. Current work is focused on how the effects of climate change on biodiversity and how phylogenetic comparative methods can improve ecological niche modeling. Fred has a special interest in insects too and he is seriously commited to environmental education since his undergrad course.

Lilian Sales
Ph.D student

 

lilianpsales [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0856223765505127

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Lilian is a biologist and master in Applied Ecology (Federal Univeristy of Lavras, 2014). She joined the lab to work with the effects of land-use changes in occupancy patterns of fragmented landscapes by mammals in the Brazilian Cerrado. In her free time, Lilian likes running!

Rodrigo Bergamin
Ph.D student

 

 

rodrigo.bergamin80 [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/3565035787581346

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Brazil

Rodrigo Bergamin is a biologist and master in Ecology (UFRGS, 2010). He is working with the influence of climate change  on tree species distribution and also ecosystems like Araucaria Forest. He is supervised by Sandra Muller, from UFRGS, and Rafael Loyola is his co-supervisor. 

Daiany C. Joner
Ph.D student

Daiany joined the lab in 2013 and obtained her M.Sc in 2015. Daiany loves the Braziilian Semi-arid region called Caatinga. Her focus is to understand the combined effedcts of climate change and desertification on the endemic fauna of this region. Daiany likes her pets and watching good movies, when she's not doing science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bárbara's PhD focus around Biodiversity Offsets: their potential to reconcile development and conservation, as an extra funding source for conservation. During her visit to the Lab she will be working on building a possible biodiversity offset framework, using Brazil as my case study. Bárbara is supervised by Dr Henrique Pereira, from iDiv, German. Outside work, she loves Capoeira and Ashtanga Yoga. She have been training both for quite some time and thinks they complement each other and they are highly important for her well being.

goncalves.barbara.abreu [at] gmail [dot] com

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) | Germany

 

dadaiany [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6553706736285771

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Barbara Gonçalves
Visiting Ph.D student

 

maxi.cba89 [at] gmail [dot] com

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba | Argentina

Javier Maximiliano Cordier 
Visiting Ph.D student

Lara is a biologist (UFRJ, 2014) working with climate change effects on threated plants in Brazil. She uses ecological niche modeling to evaluate the likely changes in IUCN threat status of plants and to estimate species extinction risk in Brazil. In her free time Lara likes manual arts, dancing, and practicing Capoeira.

laramacedo.bio [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/9013301863079026

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Lara Monteiro
M.Sc student

Maxi's Ph.D is focused on the relationship between species vulnerability to land-use changes and the ecological niches of amphibians and reptiles in Argentina. Maxi is supervised by Prof. Javier Nori. Rafael Loyola is his co-supervisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruno R. Ribeiro
M.Sc student

 

ribeiro.brr [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4793431181653951

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Bruno is a biologist from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brunos's project focuses on vertebrate species vulnerabilty to climate change and how to adpat the network of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon to global changes. Bruno likes to play good music with his guitar and to be with his family and friends. He also appreciates literature, meditation and maintains plant identification as a hobby.

 

lariissa_pm [at] hotmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1637173111972889

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Larissa Lemes
M.Sc student

m.sagnori [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0026550286185116

Santa Cruz State University | Brazil

Larissa is a biologist (UFG, 2013). She joined the lab in 2014 to propose priority areas for the expansion of agriculture in the Brazilian Cerrado, minimizing the conflicts with biodiversity conservation and the loss of ecossytem services. Larissa likes dancing and hanging out with friends! 

Maíra Sagnori
M.Sc student

 

contato.oliviaviana [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7985167344230584

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Maíra undertakes her Master in Ecology and Conservation at UESC Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil. She's supervised by Dr Mirco Solé and co-supervised by Rafael Loyola. She studies vulnerability of amphibian species related to global climate change in the Atlantic Forest, and if some traits of this group could answer why some species are less tolerant to heating than others. Maíra likes to go to the beach and practicing slack line.

Olivia Viana
M.Sc student

Olívia works with Lilian Sales and Rafael. She develops ecological niche models for mammal species in the Brazilian Amazon. She is also interested in how land use changes in the regions increase the extinction risk of mammals. In her free time, Olivia likes dancing and hanging out with friends!

Nina Pougy
M.Sc student

 

nina [at] cncflora [dot] net

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6367038848489408

Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Nina is a biologist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nina's project focuses on how to prioritize areas for restoration across the Atlantic Forest of the state of Rio de Janeiro. She is focusing on policy advise and spatial prioritization to achive her goals. Nina also works in the National Center for the Conservation of Flora, in Brazil, where she coordinated the action planning team. Nina likes doing yoga, going to the beach and connecting with nature.

 

ccgs.camilla [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4923155755433211

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Camilla Gomes da Silva
Undergrad student

Camilla did law school and now studies Ecology and Environmental Analyses at the Federal University of Goiás. She works with works on how the benefits and challenges of implemeting new aspect of the Brazilian Forest Act, revised in late 2012. In her free time, Camilla likes cooking and watching TV series!

Lorena Ribeiro
Undergrad student

 

ribeirolorena07[at] gmail [dot] com

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Lorena is finishing her major in Ecology and Environmental Analisys. She works with Nathália Machado and develops spatial priorities for threatened planst in Brazil. She is currently helping with the elaboration of a recovery plan for threatened plants in a particular region in the Brazilian Cerrado. Lorena likes music and dancing!

 

carol.osantana [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8895569105359438

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Ana Caroline Santana
Undergrad student

Carol is finishing her major in Biology. she is doing a scientometric study on the use of ecological niche modeling in Brazil, looking for gaps, tendencies, contexts, and so forth. In her free time, Carol likes being with ther dogs, watching movies and TV shows.  

Marvin
Computer's official spokesman

 

ihavenomail [at] gmail [dot] com

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Marvin is an android with GPP. Um... What's GPP? Its's a Genuine People Personality. He's a personality prototype and because of that he speaks for all the computers and workstations we have in the lab.Marvin always feels very depressed. We're working on it, but the other day he said "Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to solve some optimization problems in conservation. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't."

Past members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hisadi obtained his Master in Ecology & Evolution in 2014 (UFG). His work was focused on the use of different aspects of biodiveristy (taxonomic, functional and phylognetic diversity) in conservation strategies. In particular, he evaluated the ability of IUCN Red Lists in capturing these aspects in the species listed as threatened, and deleloped in integrated index to prioritize and map species that are globally enderangered and phylogenetic and functionally unique.

hidasineto [at] gmail [dot] com

Blog: rfunctions.blogspot.com.br

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

José Hidasi Neto
M.Sc in Ecology & Evolutoin

Maraísa courses her master degree at UNICAMP. She joined the lab in 2013 to investigate the effects of climate change on Neotropical migratory birds and their nesting sites. Modeling bird response to a changing climate is her challenge in the next two years! Maraísa likes drinking "chimarrão", practicing Yoga, and she likes Samba!

 

bragamaraisa [at] gmail [dot] com

CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8845804273644098

Campinas State University | Brazil

Maraísa Braga
M.Sc student
Joaquim Trindade Filho
M.Sc. in Ecology & Evolution

 

trindade-filho [at] gmail [dot] com

Superior School of War | Brazil

Joaquim obtained his M.Sc in Ecology & Evolution in 2011 (UFG). He investigated the effectiveness of indicator groups in representing both total biodiversity of vertebrates in the Brazilian Cerrado and functional and phylognetic diversity of bird in the Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot, in Brazil. He currently Lecture at the Superior School of War in Brazil.

 

rdobrovolski [at] gmail [dot] com

Federal University of Bahia | Brazil

Ricardo Dobrovolski
Ph.D in Ecology & Evolution

Ricardo obtained his Ph.D in Ecology & Evolution in 2012 (UFG). He investigated the effects of global future expansion of agriculture in diversity patterns and hpw to integrate threat imposed by agriculture in conservation strategies deleveloped at broad geographic scales. He is curently Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology, Federal University of Bahia.

Priscila Lemes
Ph.D in Ecology & Evolution

priscila.lemes.azevedo [at] gmail [dot] com

 State University of São Paulo UNESP | Rio Claro, Brazil

Priscila is a biologist and Ph.D in Ecology & Evolution (UFG, 2014). She worked with spatial conservation planning and amphibian extinction risk. She is now a post doc at the Laboraroty of Macroecology under the supervision of Dr. Célio Haddad. Current challenges involve modeling the distribution of different amphibian groups under climate change.

 

santanna [at] gmail [dot] com

Campinas State University | Brazil

Clara Luz Sant'anna
M.Sc in Ecology

Clara obtained her Master in Ecology in 2013 (Campinas State University). She modelled the expansion of invasise African grass species (Bracchiaria sp.) inside a protected area in the Cerrado Biodiveristy Hotspot. Clara's resutls and reccomendation are helping the administration of Emas National Park to plan for a more effective management control of these invasive species.

Luana Lamaro
B.Sc in Biological Sciences

luanalamaro [at] gmail [dot] com

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Luana is Bachelor in Biological Sciences (2013, UFG) and worked with the effects of global climatic changes on the patterns of phylogenetic and functional diversity of mammals of the western hemisphere.

 

isabelladeoliveirasilva [at] gmail [dot] com

Federal University of Goiás | Brazil

Isabella de Oliveira
B.Sc in Biological Sciences

Isabella is Bachelor in Biological Sciences (2013, UFG). She modelled and mapped patterns of phylogenetic and functional diversity of top-predators(mammals and birds) in Brazil, and evaluated the conservation status of these aspects of biodiversity in the country.