Cindy Tavares Barreto



MSc in Biology of the Continental Aquatic Environments Biology Program.

I am a biologist and environmental manager. I am responsible for the analysis of the trace elements and organic contaminants effects in seabirds, after the rupture of Fundão dam in Mariana city, Minas Gerais, Brazil, through ‘Programa de Monitoramento da Biodiversidade Aquática da Rede Rio Doce Mar’. I am also closely involved with most of the laboratory activities, from bird collection to studies with the diet of different bird species and trace element analysis. I concluded my master's degree in 2013, studying water birds as indicators of metal contamination in wetlands in southern Brazil, quantifying Cd and Pb in feathers, eggs, and blood of Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) and Great Egret (Ardea alba), in limnetic and estuarine environments.




Cínthia Negrine Fernandez



MSc in Biology of the Continental Aquatic Environments Biology Program

I am a biologist interested in the analysis of the diet of birds. At the bachelor, I studied the trophic ecology of Giant Wood-Rail (Aramides ypecaha), through analysis of stomach contents and stable isotopes measures in different tissues of animals found dead in highways of Rio Grande do Sul. At the master's degree, I analyzed the food-resource partitioning between the herbivorous bird Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata), the cattle, and the sheep livestock on native prairie systems. At this work, I integrated stable isotopes analysis and metabarcoding in feces samples to characterize the diet of herbivores communities.




Danilo Geraldo Filipkowski



MSc in Biological Oceanography

During the master's degree, worked with the importance of marine resources transportation, involving Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) resource allocation strategies, to inland communities, at an island ecosystem.



Juliana Vallim Gaiotto



MSc in Biological Oceanography

I am interested in trophic ecology research, focused on the conservation of ocean megafauna. I was an Environmental Analyst, working with the assessment of effects of the Fundão dam rupture, in Mariana city, Minas Gerais state, on seabirds’ communities through stable isotope analysis. At the LAATM, I improved my experience in banding, counting, and seabird surveys, as well as in seabirds tracking studies. In my master's degree, I worked in Fernando de Noronha Archipelago to assess the importance of seabirds as carriers of nutrients from marine to inland environments. I also evaluated the impacts of invasive exotic species, such as mouses, lizards, and cats, on native and endemic species, as well as in the reproduction of seabirds at the Archipelago.



Nicholas Winterle Daudt



MSc in Biological Oceanography

I am a marine biologist interested in seabird distribution and how spatial biodiversity patterns of marine top predators interplay with oceanographic processes. My broad aim is to elucidate the processes which build up the assemblage structures and sustain the seabirds’ biodiversity patterns in space and time. I am also interested in plastic pollution in marine and coastal environments. In my master's degree, I investigated the seabird assemblage at the mouth of Amazon River, their biodiversity, and the biogeographical patterns of seabirds of Brazil, both based on the LAATM seabird count database. I'm working hard to learn, follow, and put in practice the open science principles, particularly the use of open-source software, and sharing code used in the analysis.