Prof. Fernando Augusto Oliveira Silveira

I hold a Ph.D in Plant Biology (2011) from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, when I was supervised by Dr. José Pires Lemos-Filho at LFV and Dr. Geraldo Wilson Fernandes. I did part of my Ph.D. thesis with Fernando Valladares in Spain. Now I am a professor at the Department of Plant Biology, UFMG, and I supervise graduate students in Plant Biology and Ecology. I am also an associated editor of FLORA. I am fascinated by plants from the Cerrado vegetation and those in OCBILs.  I play the bass and electric guitar.

 

Post-doc associates

 
 
Alberto L. Teixido - alberto.lopez.teixido@gmail.com
 
 
I have a PhD in Biology, supervised by Dr. Fernando Valladares (Spain), on evolutionary ecology of rockroses (Cistaceae), a large-flowered Mediterranean family. I have worked on plant biology and genetics, plant physiology and plant-herbivore interactions as well as in a project on hybridization and reproductive isolation in campions (Silene) supervised by Sophie Karrenberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Genetics at the Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Sweden. I have also worked on fragmentation patterns of forests in northern Spain and effects on their threatened species. I conducted some works focused on several aspects of reproductive biology of these ferns (including some polyploids species) as well as abundance, dispersal and distribution patterns and conservation strategies.
 

Tadeu J. A. Guerra - guerra.tj@gmail.com

Tadeu joined LEEPT in December, 2014. He is studying seed dispersal complementarity in species with generalist seed dispersal syndromes. He is evaluating seed dispersal effectiveness (SDE) in Miconia species which are primarily dispersed by birds and secondarily dispersed by ants, lizards and small mammals.
 

Ph.D. Students

 

Carolina Santos Oliveirasdo.carolina@gmail.com

Carolina is a biologist from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and joined LEEPT in 2017 as a PhD student.  She is interested in studying the effects associated with the availability of nutrients in biological communities. Her PhD project aims to investigate the herbivory in infertile environments through the quantitative analysis of herbivore damage and physical, chemical and phenological defense characteristics along ecological gradients. 

 

André Jardim Arruda - ajarruda@gmail.com

Andre is a biologist and joined the Plant Biology Program at UFMG in 2012 as a master student, researching ecological and taxonomic aspects of the ironstone outcrop vegetation at Carajas National Forest, Para, Brazil. In 2015 he become part of the LEEPT as a PhD student. He aims to study the campos rupestres vegetation of the Espinhaco mountain range, searching useful informations for the conservation and restoration of this unique ecosystem. He is specially interested in exploring the following aspects: the influence of low soil fertility in the allocation of nutrients and biomass to seeds, the dynamics of seed rain and removal in degraded and preserved areas, and the limiting factos for the seedling establishment in degraded areas. The results will contribute to the knowledge on plant ecology and evolution of these ancient, climatically buffered and extremely nutrient-poor environments.

 

Lisieux F. Fuzessy - lica.botufmg@gmail.com

Lisieux investigates the ecological interactions between Neotropical primates and fruits, aiming to describe the evolution of plant traits related to primatocory and the dispersal potential of primates through meta-analyses gut passage effects on seed germination, evolution of fruit traits associated with primate dispersal and specialization in primate-seed dispersal networks. She is a Ph.D student at the PPGBOT-UFMG. Dr. Fabiano R. Melo is her co-supervisor. Between March and December, 2015 she will be at a split-site doctoral program at the University of Montana (USA) under supervision of Dr. Charles Janson, from College of Humanities and Sciences, who will collaborate on the evolutionary aspects of seed dispersal.

 

Roberta Dayrell de Lima Campos - emaildabeta@gmail.com

Roberta is a biologist from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and joined LEEPT in 2013 as a master’s student in the Plant Biology Program at UFMG. She is interested in ecology and evolution of seed dormancy in campos rupestres. Her master project evaluated the existence of a ecological and phylogenetic correlates of seed dormancy in native plant species of this vegetation. Her PhD project aims to investigate the regeneration ecology in climatically stable, nutrient-poor and fire-prone vegetations. This includes ecophysiological studies of P economy and P allocation to seeds. She is now doing part of her Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia, under the supervision of Prof. Hans Lambers. Roberta plays the drums.

 

Deise Tatiane Bueno Miola - deisemiola@gmail.com

Deise is a biologist, professor of Faculdade de Pará de Minas and CEO of Artemis Environmental Consulting (www.artemisambiental.com). She joined the LEEPT in 2015 as a PhD student in ECMVS-UFMG. Her project involves the study of conservation and phylogenetic diversity of Campos Rupestres Vegetation in the Espinhaço Range

 

Luís Felipe Daibesluipedaibes@gmail.com

Luís is a seed biologist born in Porto Velho (Northern Brazil), currently finishing his PhD in the State of São Paulo (UNESP/Rio Claro), advised by Alessandra Fidelis and co-advised by Fernando Silveira. He is interested in the effects of fire (and non-fire-related) factors on seed dormancy, germination, and survival in flammable ecosystems, especially in legumes from the Cerrado vegetation. This includes investigating the role of seed traits and phylogeny on those patterns, which he is doing at the CIDE/CSIC Institute (Valencia, Spain), supervised by Dr. Juli G. Pausas. In addition, Luís is applying for a post-doc to definitely join LEEPT in 2018.

 

 
São Paulo (UNESP/Rio Claro), advised by Alessandra Fidelis and co-advised by Fernando Silveira. He
 
is interested in the effects of fire (and non-fire-related) factors on seed dormancy, germination, and
 
survival in flammable ecosystems, especially in legumes from the Cerrado vegetation. This includes
 
investigating the role of seed traits and phylogeny on those patterns, which he is doing at the CIDE/CSIC
 
Institute (Valencia, Spain), supervised by Dr. Juli G. Pausas. In addition, Luís is applying for a post-doc
 
to definitely join LEEPT in 2018. This next project comprises management of data compiled by the
 
FIRESEED Network, in collaboration with fire and seed ecologists throughout the world.

Master students

Marcílio Zanetti - zanettimarcilio@gmail.com

Marcilio Zanetti is a biologist graduated from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, and joined LEEPT in 2017 as a master student in the plant biology program at UFMG.  His project aims to study seed dormancy and viability of species from Canga da Serra dos Carajás – PA, a conservation area that suffers intense mining activities.

 

João Vitor de S. Messeder - joao_vitor_messeder@hotmail.com


João Vitor is a biologist graduated at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). He joined LEEPT in 2015 as undergraduate researcher, and now he is a master's student at the Plant Biology Grad School Program at UFMG. His research is about mutualistic interactions between plants and seed dispersers in the Neotropical region, investigating the role of Miconieae (Melastomataceae) fruits as keystone resource. Between August 2014 and July 2015 he studied two semesters and did a research internship at the Odum School of Ecology at University of Georgia (USA) supervised by Dr. Catherine Pringle.

 

Undergraduate students

 

Patrícia Alves Junqueirapatricia.ajunqueira@gmail.com

 
Patrícia is an undergraduate student and is helping André in his PhD project. She is doing an intership at the University of Regensburg, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Poschlod.
 

Luisa Azevedo - luisaazevedomeyer@gmail.com

Luisa is helping Roberta in her PhD project. Luiza plays the acoustic guitar.

 

João C. Silveira - No email available yet

João's project plays a central role in the activities of LEEPT. His main attributions are to bringing joy and happiness to the group. 

 

 

 

Past students

 

Rafaella C. Ribeiro - rafaellacribeiro@gmail.com

Rafaella studied the ecology, dispersal, evolution and anatomy of Melastomataceae seeds. She was supervised by Prof. Dra. Denise M. T. Oliveira at the PPGBOT-UFMG and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Renato Goldenberg (UFPR) and me. Her project aimed to evaluate the role of seed characters in taxonomy and phylogeny of Miconieae. She is also investigated the structural changes of Miconia  seeds after bird gut passage. Furthermore, she analyzed the fruit’s ontogenesis and patterns of dehiscence in species of Microlicieae Melastomataceae). She did part of her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Fabian Michelangeli at the NYBG.

 

Silvana A. B. Castro - silvana.abcastro@gmail.com

Silvana was supervised by Prof. José Pires Lemos Filho at the ECMVS-UFMG. She studied leaf functional traits of Melastomataceae through ecophylogenetics.

 

Guilherme V. T. Ribeiro - gvtribeiro@gmail.com

Guilherme joined LEEPT in 2013 as a master’s student in the ECMVS-UFMG. His project aimed to find out geographic and phylogenetic biases in seeds ecology research in Brazil. His project attempts to find a "museum effect" in seed ecology studies, in other words, whether studies are disproportionately concentrated at determined biomes, Brazilian regions and botanical families. He pointed out knowledge gaps in seed ecology science and discussed major implications for plant conservation. He got his master thesis in February 2015.
 

Alessandra M. O. Santos - alemosantos@gmail.com

Alessandra´s project was entitled Seed dispersal effectiveness in two Miconia (Melastomataceae) species by birds at the Iron Quadrangle, Brazil. She examined seed dispersal effectiveness by looking at both quantitative and qualitative components. She was co-supervised by Prof. Cláudia M. Jacobi. She defended her master thesis at the ECMVS-UFMG in February 2015.

 

Luiza F. A. Paula - luizafap@gmail.com

Luiza did her master thesis looking at the inventory, functional and phylogenetic diversity of plant communities on inselbergs (granitic and gnaiss outcrop rock) flora at northeastern Minas Gerais. Now she is a PhD student at the University of Rostock, Germany, under the supervision of Dr. Stefan Porembski. She continues to collaborate with the LEEPT. Luiza plays the flute and percussion.

 

Naila Nativel - naila.nativel@gmail.com

Naila pleased us with her company for a shorte period of 4 months.  She came from Université du Montpellier II in France to finish her master and she left us with saudade. She studied the effects of seed coat scarification and seed storage on germination and dormancy break in several species of Fabaceae from the campos rupestres. Her study linked seed dormancy with restoration ecology and provided important basis for restorationists.

 

Christiane Marta Genrich

Chris studied seed dispersal by rats and marsupials in grasslands and woodlans. She was supervised by Prof. Adriano Paglia at the ECMVS-UFMG. Through seed viability tests she as able to determine legitimate and illegitimate interactions, using network theory. 

 

 

Agnello Picorelli - agpicorelli@gmail.com

 

Agnello helped Rafaella in her study of seed dispersal in Melastomataceae

 

Renato Fernandes - hirjnaniarlog@gmail.com

Renato helped Luiza Paula in her master thesis. Renato plays the melodica.

 

Pedro Loureiro - pedrohrl.123@gmail.com

Pedro helped Roberta in her master thesis.

 

João Victor - joaovgmuniz@hotmail.com

João helped Lisieux in her Ph.D. thesis.