Blog Author: Daniela Oliviera de Lima
I just arrived in Australia to take on a different experience as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Conservation Science Lab, led by Emily Nicholson in the Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University, Melbourne. I am very excited and I am sure that this is going to be a breakthrough for my career in Conservation Biology. I have a deep interest and commitment to nature, its beautiful animals, and their conservation.
Back in Brazil, I am a lecturer on Federal University of Fronteira Sul, teaching Ecology and supervising students from three different undergraduate courses: Teaching degree in Biological Science, Agronomy and Environmental Engineering. As a researcher, my main interests are related to mammal ecology and conservation in Atlantic forests and Pampa grasslands. I have two main research focuses, one related to the natural history features of mammals, studying these animals from a local perspective. My other research focus is on a broader spatial scale, studying how human occupancy and activities affect these animals and thus planning for their conservation, with the final and main goal to build useful models in conservation decision-making.
While I am in Australia, most of my time will be occupied with this second research focus, my main research proposal is to undertake Systematic Conservation Planning for mammals in the Pampa biome, considering land use and climate change scenarios. I hope to write an interesting post showing that this research project went well and the paper is ready for publication by the end of this Aussie year.
A list of Daniela’s publications can be found on the Conservation Science Publications Page.