Stéphanie Vaz, a PhD student from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, is joining us for a 6 month sanduíche stay at MNCN. Stéphanie works with fireflies, and her PhD work deals with developing a large-scale conservation assessment of this group of beetles in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, mobilising data from collections. She is supervised by Paulo Paiva, Maria Lúcia Lorini and Alejandra Zarzo Arias. Here she will develop an open access database for Neotropical firefly occurrences, an assessments of the limitations and biases in such database to describe the distribution of Atlantic Forest fireflies, and in modelling species distributions and projecting them to different climate change scenarios.
About The Author
I am a biogeographer with broad interests in macroecology, community ecology, island biogeography, insect ecology, evolution, and biodiversity research. My main research aim is to determine why biodiversity – and in particular community structure – is geographically distributed the way it is, and to identify the processes that domain the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages. I work as Scientific Researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Natural History Museum in Madrid (MNCN), a research institute of the Spanish Scientific Council (CSIC). I am also External Professor at the Departamento de Ecologia of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Brazil, and Associate Researcher of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon in Portugal.
I am a biogeographer and community ecologist, working as scientific researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC).
I am also scientific collaborator at the Postgraduate Course on Ecology and Evolution of the Universidade Federal de Goiás and the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) of the Universidade de Lisboa, and member of eBryo – Research Group on Experimental Bryology.