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Emilio M. Bruna

Emilio M. Bruna

- Professor & Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Emilio's current research focuses on (1) how human activities influence plant-animal interactions and plant population dynamics, and (2) the development of science in Latin America.

Fabiane Mundim

Fabiane Mundim

- Ph.D. Student

Fabiane's research is on above- and below-ground plant-herbivore interactions and how they are influenced by climate change. She does her field work in Brazil's Cerrado.

Ernane Vieira Neto

- Ph.D. Student

Ernane's is studying how the expansion of road networks in Brazil's Cerrado influences the demography and spread of leaf-cutter ants.

Bruna Lab Alumni

Maria Rosa Darrigo

- Postdoctoral Scholar

Maria Rosa Darrigo: Rosinha came to UF with a Science Without Borders Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research focused on how variation in avian dispersal ability influenced H. acuminata demography in fragmented landscapes.

Paul Gagnon

- Postdoctoral Scholar

Paul Gagnon: Paul did research on the demography of plants in fragmented landscapes. He is now a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Murray State University.

Heather Passmore

- Postdoctoral Scholar

Heather was a postdoc investigating the effect of forest fragmentation in central Amazonia on the structure of ant-plant mutualist networks. She is currently a consultant and lecturer.

Thiago Izzo

- Postdoctoral Scholar

Thiago worked with us on the ecology of ant-plant mutualisms in Manaus. He is now a Professor at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (Brazil).

Ana Cecilia Silva (2015)

- M.A. Student in Latin American Studies

Ana Cecilia completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Florida with a minor in German. He MA thesis was on how Brazilian’s attitudes regarding extensive executive power influence support for affirmative action.

Paulo Rubim

- Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São Carlos (2013)

Paulo completed his BS and MSc at UNESP where he studied the phenology of Atlantic forest tree species. His Ph.D. was on factors influencing Heliconia acuminata distribution and reproduction at multiple spatial scales. I co-advised Paulo with Dr. Dalva Mattos.

Cris Follman Jurinitz

- Ph.D. in Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo (2012)

Cris studied tree demography in primary and regenerating Atlantic rain forests. I co-advised Cris with Alexandre Oliveira

Christine Lucas

- Ph.D. in WEC & TCD (2010)

Christine did her research on how flooding and disturbance from cattle ranching influence the regeneration of Varzea forests in the Brazilian Amazon. She is currently a faculty member at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay).

Stella Copeland

- M.S. in WEC (2009)

Stella’s thesis was on how nitrogen enrichment and simulated changes in precipitation influenced two Cerrado grasses. She went on to complete her Ph.D. at UC Davis with Dr. Susan Harrison.

Gwen Iacona

- M.S. in WEC (2008)

Gwen was co-advised with Dr. Kay Kirkman at the Jones Ecological Research Center. Her research was on seedling establishment along productivity gradients in Longleaf Pine savannas. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, and is now a Postdoc in Australia with Dr. High Possingham's group.

Pedro Braunger

- M.S. in Biology, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Pedro studied investigated how roads influenced the diversity of cerrado plant communities. He is currently a PhD. student at the University of Brasilia and a member of the Military Police of the Distrito Federal, Brazil.

Alana Vaz Ferreira

- M.S. in Biology, Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (2007)

Alana studied seed predation by ants, birds, and rodents in Brazil’s Cerrado. She is currently a member of the State Police in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Ian Fiske

- M.S. in WEC (2006)

Ian studied sampling in plant demographic studies and the implications of alternative approaches for matrix model projections. He completed a PhD in Statistics at NCSU and now works as a Data Scientists in Jacksonville, FL.

Matthew Trager

- M.S. in SNRE (2006)

Matt's thesis was on the effects of nutrient manipulation on ant-plant mutualisms. He completed a PhD with Dr. Jaret Daniels and is now wit the US Forest Service.

Maria Beatriz Nogueira Ribeiro

- M.S. in Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo (2005)

Bia's thesis research was on plant regeneration in Amazonian secondary forests. She worked at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project.

VIsiting Graduate & Postgraduate Students

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Technicians and Post-Graduate Researchers