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 combines empirical and experimental approaches, and statistical modeling to understand how processes operating at the level of individuals scale up to shape diversity patterns in higher levels of biological organization. I study diverse taxa, from tiny invertebrates to gigantic Amazonian fruit-eating fishes, to look at the complexity of ecological interactions through the lenses of individuals. 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