Raul Costa-Pereira Assistant Professor • Universidade Estadual de Campinas • Associate Editor - Functional Ecology • Ecology of Individual Variation Lab (LEVIn) •
After realizing my lack of talent in soccer, I became interested in how individual variation arises in nature and how it affects the structure and functioning of populations, communities, and ecological interactions. My research is theory-driven and empirically-based; I aim to understand how ecological processes transcend biological organization levels to shape biodiversity patterns in space and time. I study diverse taxa, from tiny indoor invertebrates to gigantic Amazonian fruit-eating fishes. My ongoing research combines urban biodiversity patterns, food web / community ecology, and human social patterns in metropolises. I grew up in Central Brazil, not that far from the amazing Pantanal wetlands. I have obtained my Ph.D. from São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil, in December 2018. During my PhD, I was a visiting researcher at Rice University (USA) and University of Otago (New Zealand). I have also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at McMaster University (Canada) and Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). In January 2020, I joined the Animal Biology Department at the University of Campinas (Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil) as an Assistant Professor.
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Campinas • São Paulo • Brazil
Madness is rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche