Lab members listed below include students that I supervise or co-supervise at Federal University of Paraíba. My lab explores several lines of inquiry under the general topic "Evolutionary Ecology of Species Interactions: Network, Theories and Applications" , which is also the focus of the broader, multi-institutional CNPq Research Group that I lead. Therefore, students benefit from a vibrant and interdisciplinary context and from the contact with several researchers investigating species interactions from a variety of perspectives.
Rafael L. G. Raimundo
I am an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the Departamento de Engenharia e Meio Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Paraíba. I am interested in the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes that shape biodiversity structure and ecosystem functions. My research combines conceptual synthesis, modeling, and empirical data to study theoretical and applied problems related to species-rich ecological networks.
Viviana M. Velásquez, M. Sc.
Viviana is a Colombian Ph. D. student at Universidade Federal da Paraíba who I co-supervise. She studies feeding habits and the trophic ecology of fishes, particularly elasmobranchs. Currently, her research focuses on the functional roles of fish species within tropical marine food webs and their consequences for biodiversity conservation and management. Viviana combines species-interaction data and dynamic networks to study the processes driving tropical marine food webs.
Amanda S. Oliveira, B. Sc.
Amanda is a M. Sc. student at the Graduate Program in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (PPGEMA), Universidade Federal da Paraíba. She is interested in the interplay between natural and sexual selection and its consequences for speciation within mutualistic systems. Amanda develops individual-based simulations to gain insight into how selection emerging from biotic interactions taking place at the level of individuals shapes species diversification.
Fabrício F. Jerônimo, B. Sc.
Fabricio is a M. Sc. student at the Graduate Program in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring (PPGEMA), Universidade Federal da Paraíba. He studies mutualistic interactions between zoochoric plants and frugivore animals at Guaribas Biological Reserve, which ranks among the major biodiversity hotspots in Paraíba State. Fabricio combines species-abundance and morphometric data to build putative species-interaction networks whose topological patterns provide testable predictions of interaction patterns that can be assessed in the field, an approach that can improve our understanding of neutral and trait-based mechanisms shaping seed dispersal at the community level.
Undergrad Research Students
Rafaela R. N. Batista
Rafaela is an undergrad student in Ecology at Universidade Federal da Paraíba. She is interested in combining dynamic network models and species-interaction data to predict community dynamics within forensic entomology contexts.
Taquiria K. O. de Souza
Taquiria is an undergrad student in Ecology at Universidade Federal da Paraíba. She is interested in bridging ecological network and co-management theories to propose biodiversity restoration strategies aimed to promote ecosystem resilience and social inclusion.
Dr. Kate P. Maia
Kate is a network biologist who got her Ph.D. at the University of Bristol, UK. I co-supervised a chapter of her thesis that investigates how interaction rewiring shapes cascading effects and species extinctions in mutualistic and antagonistic networks. Her work extends beyond modeling and also includes experimental approaches to investigate the assembly and restoration of species-interaction networks.