Raul Costa-Pereira Assistant Professor Universidade Estadual de Campinas
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 combines empirical, experimental, and simulational approaches to understand how processes operating at the level of individuals upscale to shape diversity patterns in higher levels of biological organization. I guess I like to look at the complexity of nature through the lenses of individuals. Since my undergrad, I like to study diverse taxonomic groups, from tiny spider mites to gigantic amazonian fishes. 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 (Houston, USA) and University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand). I have also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) and Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, 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