Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil (2010-2014). Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Université Montpellier II, France (2014). Post-doc at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil (2015-2016).
Welcome to my Lab's website. My name is Mariana Bender. I'm a biologist and PhD in Ecology and Conservation, and an early-career Professor at the Ecology and Evolution Department at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, in south Brazil. As a researcher, I am interested in investigating several aspects of the ecology and evolution of reef fishes, such as the patterns and mechanisms that have shaped the diversity of this group across scales. My research approach is often based on aspects of functional ecology, community ecology, macroecology, and community phylogenetics. I am also interested in investigating the changes that reef environments have undergone over time, identifying historical changes in reef sites, declining fisheries, fish population trends, the occurrence of the shifting baseline syndrome as well as the main threats to marine biodiversity. I am also the dedicated mother of a one-year-old boy, and a wife. I enjoy cooking (and eating) healthy food for me and my family (especially for my baby), traveling (that has been a while!), and crossfit(ing).