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     As Biologist and Ornithologist, I have broad interest in studying bird ecology. Specifically, I investigate migratory ecology of continental birds, including their breeding and behavioral ecology.

     Briefly, in my Master’s Degree project I have investigated Rhipsalis (Cactaceae) epiphytes in the Atlantic Forest and confirmed, together with Bruna Boeni and my advisor Marco Aurélio Pizo, these plants have a specialized seed dispersal system involving Euphonia bird species.

     Between 2009 and 2010, I was at the Laboratório de Fenologia. At that time, I have collected literature and field data and, then, structured a database of bird-fruit interactions for many Brazilian cerrado species.

Rhipsalis fruits and one of its main seed dispersers:
the Purple-throated Euphonia
Lesser Elaenia
Elaenia chiriquensis
Plain-crested Elaenia
Elaenia cristata

     I have  concluded my Ph.D. project on comparative ecology of a resident and a migratory Flycatcher species at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB). I was advised by Dr. Miguel Â. Marini, but also accounted with invaluable support of Dr. Jeffrey F. Kelly from Oklahoma University. Moreover, a collaboration with Dr. Eli Bridge and Dr. João Pinho (UFMT) is ensuring a study using geolocators to track the migration of the Lesser Elaenia and the Swainson's Flycatcher. Results should come up soon!

A Lesser Elaenia individual equiped with a geolocator unit

A Swainson's Flycatcher individual, one of the
model-species included in our ongoing project

     I was briefly as post-doc at Dr. Regina Macedo's lab to develop a research on feather quality and breeding success of migrants. Currently I am a pos-doc at Universidade Federal do Paraná, developing a study on altitudinal migration of birds within the Atlantic Forest range.

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