Areas of research
One of the great challenges of the 21st century is the unification of human knowledge for the solution of problems that significantly transcend traditional disciplinary spheres. Among these problems, the issues related to the conservation and use of natural resources are among the most urgent facing humankind. Their resolution call for a greater dialogue between the different forms of knowledge.
The cities of the Campos Basin dramatically exemplify the challenges of socio-economic and environmental problems arising from the exploitation of natural resources. Approximately 82% of the oil currently produced in Brazil is extracted from this region of the country. On the one hand, there has been a huge contribution of resources to the cities of the region via petroleum royalties and investments made by the oil industry. On the other, intense economic activity has created rampant and disorganized population growth in the region, with concomitant destruction of habitats and misuse of spaces and natural resources. What and how many species have been or will be lost in this process? What environmental resources and services are being harmed by these changes? How can we curb immediate consumerism and motivate conservation of natural resources for following generations?
In this scenario of uncertainties, the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Conservation (PPG-CiAC) emerged as an attempt to understand and resolve the vertiginous human impacts on the natural resources of the northern half of the state of Rio de Janeiro. This is a challenge that requires the integration of distinct disciplines of human knowledge, dealing with biological, physicochemical, and socioeconomic perceptions of biodiversity.
AREAS OF RESEARCH
PPG-CiAC intends to form professionals with a solid base in the sciences who are dedicated to the conservation and management of natural resources and who are able to integrate concepts and methods from the different disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Geology in the analysis of environmental issues. PPG-CiAC’s research includes the description and recognition of the rich regional biodiversity, as well as understanding the functioning of natural ecosystems for their management, conservation, and sustainable use. PPG-CiAC students therefore have the opportunity to take a varied set of classes and develop research that incorporates interdisciplinarity as a basic principle for understanding and analyzing complex scientific issues
Ideally, the theoretical bases of conservation and management of natural resources integrate studies that contemplate different levels of organization, pragmatism, and applicability. The two lines of PPG-CiAC research are designed to understand all these levels of complexity, ranging from studies of molecular interactions in organisms to whole ecosystems, including their human and social components.
Biodiversity: structure and recognition
The research line “Biodiversity: structure and recognition” aims to catalogue the biological diversity of the region at the main structural levels of the ecosystem. In this concept, Biodiversity is understood as an integrative term that covers all aspects of biological variation, from the diversity of species and populations to the chemical and molecular diversity that promotes the interaction between organisms in an ecosystem. We thus strive to understand and evaluate the biological, aesthetic, and socioeconomic value of the natural heritage contained in the regional ecosystems that are currently under socio-environmental impacts related, albeit indirectly, to the exploitation of petroleum. This approach to understanding an ecosystem’s structuring levels is multidisciplinary, as it integrates the description and recognition of biodiversity with the identification and characterization of its genetic and chemical resources.
Natural systems: assessment, conservation and socio-environmental development
The research line “Natural Systems: Evaluation, Conservation and Socio-environmental Development” aims to understand the functioning of natural systems as a precondition of their restoration and management, something that is indispensable for achieving social and environmental development in the region. In this line, Ecology therefore plays the role of integrating agent with Geosciences and Environmental Chemistry. In an interdisciplinary and transversal way, this like thus seeks to promote scientific advances that favor socio-environmental development in the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Alexandre de Azevedo, PhD
Analysis of Class V myosin expression in adult vertebrates and during embryonic development; Embryonic development of neotropical fish; Reproduction and Development of Marine Organisms; Marine Psiculture.
Américo de Araújo Pastor Junior
Ana Cristina Petry, PhD
Fish Ecology; Fish Ecology of the Pantanal Matogrossense; Fish ecology in coastal ecosystems; Effects of hydrological connectivity on the dynamics of metacommunities in coastal aquatic ecosystems.
Analy Machado Leite, PhD
Microbial Ecology, Food Technology and Microbiology, working mainly on the following topics: New generation sequencing, Fermented foods, Probiotics, Molecular Biology, Microbial Ecology, Food Microbiology.
Angélica Ribeiro Soares, PhD
Natural Products Chemistry of Marine and Freshwater Organisms; Assessment of Pharmacological Activity of Natural Products from Water Organisms; Physiological and Ecological Aspects of Natural Products from Water Organisms.
Carla Zilberberg, PhD
Carlos Alberto de Moura Barboza, PhD
Marine ecology, biostatistics, Ophiuroidea biology (Echinodermata) and evaluation of environmental impacts in coastal ecosystems .
Carlos Jorge Logullo de Oliveira, PhD
Celia Yelimar Palmero Quintana, PhD
Cíntia Monteiro de Barros, PhD
Invertebrate Morphology and carbohydrate biochemistry; comparative aspects of invertebrates’ immune system, neuro immune regulation in ascidias, neuro-regeneration
Cintia Rodrigues Pinheiro, PhD
Daiana Vieira Lopes Alves, PhD
Bone marrow, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, resistance to chemotherapy, bone marrow stromal cells, obesity, innate immune system (macrophages) and pediatric solid tumors, especially Neuroblastoma.
Daniel Basílio Zandonadi, PhD
Biological activity of plant hormones, Biostimulants; Organic production systems; Abiotic stresses; Ecophysiology of mangrove species; Plant growth promoting microorganisms.
Danielle da Silveira dos Santos, PhD
Biotechnology with emphasis on Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation, development of processes aimed at the production of biofuels, enzymes, biosurfactants, organic acids, waste treatment and industrial effluents.
Elane da Silva Ribeiro, PhD
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Plant Physiology.
Eldo Campos, PhD
Molecular systems and therapeutic targets, Mitochondrial Bioenergetics in Arthropods.
Fabio Di Dario, PhD
Phylogeny of Otocephala (Teleostei), and the monophyly of Ostariophysi and Clupeomorpha. Phylogenetic relationships between the great Clupeomorpha groups and their possible relations with Ostariophysi (Actinopterygii, Teleostei); Phylogenetic Relations in Engrauloidea from the analysis of morphological and molecular data (Teleostei: Clupeomorpha);Phylogeny of Pristigasteroidea (Teleostei, Clupeomorpha); Morphology, ontogeny and biogeography of fish; Systematics of Clupeomorpha; Fish systematics (emphasis on marine groups)
Flávia Borges Mury, PhD
Heme detoxification in the midgut of Rhodnius prolixus; hemozoins, perimicrovilar membranes.
Francisco de Assis Esteves, PhD
Ecology of coastal lagoons, with emphasis on environmental impact assessment and mitigating proposals; Ecological Studies of Lake Batata and Igarapés under influence of Bauxite Mining activities; Ecology of Coastal Ponds
Giuliana Franco Leal, PhD
Society, environment and work; Configurations and reconfigurations of social ties of skilled migrant workers in Macaé (RJ): flexibility and belongings in advanced modernity.
Glaucia Valente Valadares, PhD
Research Leader of the Integrated Health Research Group; Member of the Center for Research Fundamentals of Nursing Care – NUCLEARTE / EEAN / UFRJ. Currently: participating in the Prospecting team of the Professional Master’s Degree in Nursing and of the Professional Master’s Degree related to Environment and Society – UFRJ-Macaé Campus Professor Aloísio Teixeira.
Gustavo Arantes Camargo, PhD
Ethics and knowledge in Nietzsche’s thinking; Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Education.
Heitor Monteiro Duarte, PhD
Plant Ecophysiology of Coastal Ecosystems and Development of Chlorophyll Fluorescence Imaging Technologies.
Henrique Rocha Mendonça, PhD
Isabela Lobo, PhD
Neurophysiology of Emotional Processes in Humans.
Jackson de Souza Menezes, PhD
Ionic channel expression along the nephron; Cellular therapy in animal models of kidney failure; The role of chloride channels in the function of pancreatic beta cells
Jorge Luiz da Cunha Moraes, PhD
Energy metabolism, arthropod embryogenesis, characterization and analysis of 3D structures of recombinant proteins, plant ecophysiology.
José Roberto da Silva, PhD
Insect Biochemistry and Physiology; Study of cellular proliferation and differentiation of Triboliumcastaneum and Rhodniusprolixus.
Laura Isabel Weber da Conceição, PhD
Genetics, Genetics of Populations, Phylogeny and Molecular Systematics.
Contact: laurawebermacae.ufrj.br / liwebercgmail.com
Leonardo Araujo de Abreu, PhD
Lísia Mônica de Souza Gestinari, PhD
Systematics, Ecophysiology, Molecular Biology of Marine Macroalgae
Contact: lisiagestinarimacae.ufrj.br ou lisiagestinariufrj.br
Luciano Gomes Fischer, PhD
Ecology, biology and taxonomy of coastal and deep ocean fish, fish reproduction, trophic ecology, and demersal cephalopods
Magdalena Nascimento Rennó, PhD
Study of enzymatic inhibitors through molecular modelling; Antitumor and antiparasitic activity of bioactive compounds; (…)
Malinda Dawn Henry, PhD
Monitoring and maintenance of diversity and ecological health through research, population management and habitat conservation.
Marco Antônio Lopes Cruz, PhD
Plant Microprogramming Systems. Cell cycle, isolation and analysis of proteins, gene characterization, tissue culture and plant cells.
Marcos Paulo Figueiredo de Barros, PhD
Ecology, with emphasis on Coastal Lakes and Amazonian Lakes; Role of the Carbon Cycle Benthic Compartment.
Mário Sérgio Schultz, PhD
Inorganic chemistry; development of inorganic drugs, homogeneous catalysis, kinetics, structural determination of coordination compounds and organometallic compounds.
Maurício Mussi Molisani, PhD
Cyclization of chemical species in aquatic ecosystems and environmental contamination; Evaluation of effects of actions in drainage basins in coastal environments; Hydrology;
Michael Maia Mincarone, PhD
Ichthyology, with emphasis on systematics and conservation of deep ocean fish
Mirella Pupo Santos, PhD
Cellular / molecular biology and physiology of abiotic and biotic stress in plants.
Natalia Martins Feitosa, PhD
Developmental biology and morphogenetic ecotoxicology
Pablo Rodrigues Gonçalves, PhD
Speciation, Systematics and Biogeography of mammals.
Contact: prgacd.ufrj.br/ hotprggmail.com
Paula Alvarez Abreu, PhD
Molecular modeling in the study of therapeutic targets and drug design. Antifungal and antibacterial assays of new synthetic derivatives.
Paula Debiasi, PhD
Pedro Hollanda Carvalho, PhD
Molecular systematics, phylogeography, population analysis, fisheries and forensic genetics, collections curation and fish taxonomy.
Petter Franco Entringer, PhD
Biochemistry and molecular biology of leishmaniasis and insect vectors, acting on the themes of lipid mediators of inflammation, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.
Rafael Nogueira Costa, PhD
Local implementation of national public policies on environment and environmental education
Raquel Gestinari, PhD
Analysis of Genetic Markers related to Human Diseases of Complex Inheritance (Human Genetics)
Ricardo de Mattos Santa Rita, Phd
Rodrigo Lemes Martins, PhD
Floral Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Behavior and Conservation.
Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca, PhD
Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo), Comparative Embryology of Invertebrates.
Lattes, Personal Page, Blog Evo-Devo
Rodrigo Vinagre Cintra da Costa, PhD
Tatiana Ungaretti Paleo Konno, PhD
Systematics, floristics, Angiosperms; Phanonomy Taxonomy.
Teo Bueno de Abreu, PhD
Science Teaching, Discourse on the Environment, Science Education, Scientific Divulgation, Language Studies and Teacher Training;
Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette, PhD
Anthropology, with emphasis on ethnicity, indigenism, development and gender relations.
Vinícius Albano Araújo, PhD
Internal morphology of insects with emphasis on structural and ultrastructural characteristics of the reproductive and digestive systems of Hemiptera and Hymenoptera, with potential application in behavior and systematics.
YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE.
NUPEM/UFRJ – Instituto de Biodiversidade e Sustentabilidade