Cetacean survey along the southern coastline of the Moray Firth, Scotland. Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU). Photo: K. Robinson

Current position (2021 - )

Postdoc research fellow at the Pelagic Ecosystems Laboratory, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.


Ph.D. - Doctor of Sciences and Biological Oceanography in a joint PhD between the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (Brazil) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) - year of award: 2019

M.Sc. - Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Universiteit van Gent (UGent), Universiteit Antwerpen (UA) (Belgium) - Graduated with Distinction. - year of award: 2013

BSc. (Honours) - Biological Sciences at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (Brazil) - year of award: 2008


  1. The Society for Marine Mammalogy - Ethics Advisory Committee (2019 - present)

Guest talk

  1. 2022 - Stable isotopes reveal the trophic ecology and habitat use by oceanic cetaceans in the South Atlantic. Biodiversity Research Seminar Series (BRS) at the University of British Columbia Beaty Museum. In-person and virtual, open to scientific and general audience. Watch it here.

  2. 2022 - Applying stable isotopes to investigate the trophic ecology of marine predators: from the South Atlantic to the North Pacific. Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Monster Seminar Jam. Virtual, open to scientific and general audience. Watch it here.

  3. 2022 - The trophic ecology and habitat use of oceanic cetaceans in the South Atlantic using stable isotopes: an ecosystem approach. Joint Journal Club. Virtual to audience in The Netherlands, Brazil & Canada.

  4. 2022 - (Portuguese) Hábitos alimentares dos mamíferos marinhos da Antártica (Feeding habits of marine mammals in Antarctica). Ecossistemas Polares (Polar Ecosystems), virtual seminar organised by Grupo de Estudos em Biologia Marinha (GEMAR), UNESP Butucatu. Virtual, open to undergraduate students and general audience in Brazil. Watch it here.

  5. 2021 - (Portuguese) Doctorate abroad: my Joint PhD research between the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (Brazil) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Roda de Conversa (FURG). Virtual, open to audience in Brazil. Watch it here.

fieldwork & Research expeditions

  1. The International Year of the Salmon 2022 Pan-Pacific expedition onboard NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada. February 2022, Gulf of Alaska.

  2. Cetacean survey at Research and Rescue Unity. August 2017, Moray Firth, Scotland.

  3. Oceanic Cetaceans (Projeto Talude) expedition onboard the Institute of Oceanography (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande) Research vessel Atlantico Sul. December 2014/April 2015/October 2015, South Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Aerial survey of the Belgian Part of the North Sea during my internship at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - RBINS. March 2013, Belgium.

  5. Fresh water fieldwork at the Lake Lucerne. July 2012, Switzerland.

  6. Fieldwork onboard the Research vessel Zeeleeuw. June 2012, North Sea.

Courses & Workshops

  1. Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Marine Mammal Observer Mitigation Training. May 2022.

  2. Instructional Skills Workshop (Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, CIRTL) - University of British Columbia. April 2022.

  3. Redes Ecológicas (Ecological Networks). Online course offered by Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 2021.

  4. Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU) Summer Field Programme. Dr. Kevin Robinson. August 21 -31, 2017. Scotland.

  5. Network analysis of ecological data using R. Dr (40 h). Dr. Marco Scotti. March 6 – 10, 2017. PR-Statistics. Scotland.

  6. Stable Isotope Mixing Models using SIAR, SIBER and MixSIAR (32 h). Dr. Andrew L. Jackson & Dr. Andrew Parnell (University College Dublin). February 28 – March 3, 2017. PR-Statistics. Scotland.

  7. The use of stable isotopes to study the trophic ecology, movement patterns, and life history of marine mammals. Prof. Dr. Seth Newsome (University of New Mexico, USA) & Prof. Dr. Chris Harrod (University of Antofagasta, Chile). November 27, 2016. Workshop during the conference "Reunión de Trabajo de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuáticos de América del Sur y XI Congreso SOLAMAC" in Valparaíso, Chile.

  8. Cetáceos: Técnicas de estudos (Cetaceans: studying techniques). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil.


  1. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - RBINS. October 2012 - March 2013.

  2. Laboratory of Ecology and Conservation of the Marine Megafauna (EcoMega, FURG), Institute of Oceanography - 2006 - 2009.


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teaching experience

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