After recently completing her PhD on the taxonomic and spatial uncertainty of biodiversity information, Thainá Lessa will carrying out a short post-doctorate at MNCN thanks to a Brazil-Spain partnership. During her seven-month work in Madrid, Thainá will develop activities within the project ‘Reviewing shortfalls in biodiversity knowledge’, whose objective is to add new shortfalls to the framework proposed by Hortal and collaborators (2015).

Thainá has worked and conducted field work especially with bats, working on inventories and monitoring in the Brazilian Caatinga and Atlantic Forest. Throughout her doctorate under the supervision of Richard Ladle and Ana Malhado at Federal University of Alagoas (Brazil), Thainá worked on the theoretical implications of the Linnean shortfall and how taxonomic changes and revisions (specifically, groupings and divisions) can compromise the prediction of biodiversity metrics (such as species richness curves), and evaluated whether the biological and ecological characteristics of birds can influence the congurence of scientific names across global birds’ checklists. She also addressed the Wallacean shortfall, evaluating temporal and spatial ignorance in the sampling effort in Namibia (Africa) using GBIF biodiversity data, and analyzing the influence of sociogeographic factors on the distribution and intensity of surveys.

You can follow her research on ResearchGate and Linkedin, and contact her directly via email.