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Research interests:

Marine ecology, Marine biology, Marine pollution, Micro and macroplastic, Coastal, Mangrove, Freshwater, Deep Sea, Marine Stressors, Sustainable Aquaculture, Fisheries Science, Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Planning & Governance, Marine Biogeochemistry.

Career history:

I am a dedicated researcher in Marine Ecology, currently focused on the impacts of plastic on the aquatic fauna and environment. I have made a range of scientific contributions and published articles in international journals. I am looking for an opportunity where I can continue researching the ecological impacts of plastic, whilst improving my knowledge and learning new techniques.
Research areas of expertise: Marine Ecology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Ecosystems, Microplastics, Growth, Food habits, Distribution, Morphology, Reproduction and Development; Ecology, Symbiotic Relationships, Reproduction, Trophic Web (stable isotopic analysis with carbon and nitrogen), and Fatty Acids.

Research Experience
1. PDRA in Coastal and Mangrove Micro- and Macro-Plastic Analysis (2022-Current) – Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Scotland. Project: GCRF One Ocean Hub. Supervisor: PhD. Bhavani Narayanaswamy ([email protected]).

2. Publications and submission of research proposals (2020-2022) – Preparation and publication of scientific articles using additional data from my PhD and collaborative works. Production of teaching and research material for 2 projects – Plastic Free School, IFPB, Brazil, and Integrating Community Structure and Stable Isotope Analysis, UNESP, Brazil. I also submitted a 2022 EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Action project proposal – “Transfer of natural and man-made microfibres through the marine trophic web” with Professor Tamara Galloway OBE – University of Exeter (criteria were successfully met but project not selected for funding).

3. PhD Biological Science – Zoology (2016-2020) – São Paulo State University (UNESP), Institute of Biosciences, Botucatu, Brazil. PhD project: Ecology and trophic structure of the spider crab Libinia ferreirae (Decapoda: Majoidea) on the south coast of São Paulo. Advisor: PhD. Antonio Leão Castilho ([email protected]), Co-advisor: PhD. Maria Lucia Negreiros-Fransozo ([email protected]).

Scholarship for International Study (May to November 2019) – University of Exeter, Penryn, UK in the Centre of Ecology and Conservation. Supervisor: PhD Stuart Bearhop ([email protected]). Project: Application of the isotopic mixing models in the ecology to trophic structure of the spider crab Libinia ferreirae (Decapoda: Majoidea)

Assemble Plus Scholarship under EU Horizon 2020 (November 2019 to February 2020) – University of Gent, Gent, Belgium in Marine Biology Department. Supervisor: PhD. Marleen De Troch ([email protected]). Project: Fatty acids analysis of shrimp (of co-occurring shrimp) the South-West to Brazil.

Active research projects:

One Ocean Hub funded by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Showing micro and macroplastics in mangrove and coastal regions of Ghana.

Recent publications:

1. Gonçalves GRL, Wolf MR, Antunes M, Amorim FW, Negreiros-Fransozo ML, Castilho AL. 2021. Ontogenetic niche specialization in the spider crab Libinia ferreirae associated with Lychnorhiza lucerna medusa. Current Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoab095
2. Gonçalves GRL, Denadai AC, Souza AN, Castilho AL, De Troch M. 2021. Fatty acid profiles of three commercial shrimp from southeastern Brazil. Regional Studies in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2021.102032
3. Gonçalves GRL, Santos PVM, Costa VE, Negreiros-Fransozo ML, Bearhop S, Castilho AL. 2021. Trophic relationships between the crab Libinia ferreirae and its symbionts. Marine Environmental Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2021.105479
4. Azevedo-Santos VM, Blettler M, Perroca JF, Rodrigues-Filho JL, Paschoal LRP, Gonçalves RLG, Wolf MR, Manoel PS, Andrade MC, Nobile AB, Lima FP, Ruocco AMC, Silva CV, Perbiche-Neves G, Portinho JL, Giarrizzo T, Brito MFG, Lovejoy TE, Arcifa MS, Pelicice FM. 2021. Plastic Pollution on Freshwater biodiversity. AMBIO. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01496-5
5. Gonçalves GRL, Palomares LFS, Sousa AN, Stanski G, Sancinetti G, Costa RC, Castilho AL. (2020) Geographical ecology of the symbiotic crabs Libinia ferreirae and Libinia spinosa: distributional patterns in south and southeastern coast of Brazil. Marine Ecology 41(4), e12606. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12606