Graduate

Biology (MsC/Ph.D)

Overview


The Graduate Program in Biology: Wild Life Diversity and Management, with master's and doctoral degrees implemented in 2000 and 2006, respectively, and its three areas of study, is part of CAPES Biodiversity Area. In line with the Biodiversity Area guidelines and following Unisinos Strategic Planning for actions, particularly those concerning the Program sustainability and employment of new technologies, this program has 13 fully equipped research labs that help train and prepare qualified professionals for scientific research, higher education teaching and use of technology in the context of biodiversity conservation and management. Our academic staff, with high scientific qualification and an emphasis on technology applied to environmental issues, includes ecologists, zoologists, geneticists and microbiologists engaged in national and international integration programs.

Emphasis:

Wild Life Diversity and Management

Areas of Study


I. Systematics and Phylogeny:
Inventory and development of neotropical biota taxonomical studies. Analysis of their phylogenetic relations based on morphological, ecological, and molecular data in a biogeographical context. Study of functional morphology and evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on neotropical organisms;

II. Communities and Population Ecology:
Acknowledgement of patterns and processes regarding the structure and functioning of populations and communities. Analysis of the effects brought by anthropic and natural disturbances in the dynamics of groups of organisms. Identification of reproductive models & strategies, as well as spatial-temporal distribution of species;

III. Conservation and Management:
Development of studies focusing on the conservation of species and ecosystems. Recognition of priority areas for conservation. Development of management practices to monitor and minimize impacts on biodiversity. Setting up interactions with the production sector for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Faculty Back to menu


Course Coordinator

Victor Hugo Valiati
PhD in Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics.
Areas of Interest: Evolution, ecology, phylogenetics, phylogeography, molecular ecology, population and conservation genetics and bioprospection of bacteria and genes with potential for bioremediation.
Laboratories: Laboratory of Molecular Biology Laboratory and Laboratory of Microbiology and Toxicology.
E-mail: valiati@unisinos.br
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Academic Staff

Alexandro Marques Tozetti
PhD in Ecology.
Areas of Interest: Develops studies on the structure patterns of terrestrial vertebrate communities with an emphasis on amphibians and reptiles. Also researches natural history and behavior within the field of herpetology.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Terrestrial Vertebrate Ecology.
E-mail: mtozetti@unisinos.br
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Ana Maria Leal-Zanchet
PhD in Natural Sciences - Zoology, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Recent Group Taxonomy.
Areas of Interest: Develops studies on animal reproduction and on the systematics, ecology and distribution of triclads, aiming to enhance the inventory of the southern Brazilian fauna for this group of invertebrates and their use as indicators of environmental conditions.
Laboratory: Animal and Human Histology Laboratory.
E-mail: zanchet@unisinos.br
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Cristina Stenert
PhD in Biological Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Develops studies in the area of ecology of aquatic invertebrates, with an emphasis on biomonitoring of water quality and restoration of degraded aquatic ecosystems. Conducts research on the macroinvertebrate community in natural wetlands and rice fields in southern Brazil.
Laboratory: Ecology and Monitoring of Aquatic Invertebrates Laboratory.
E-mail: cstenert@unisinos.br
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Everton Nei Lopes Rodrigues
PhD in Animal Biology, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Zoology and Taxonomy of Recent Groups.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research in the areas of taxonomy, ecology and systematics of Neotropical spiders, focusing on the description of the biodiversity of families Linyphiidae and Theridiidae. Develops studies on spider biodiversity and ecology in agroecosystems and natural environments.
Laboratory: Diversity and Systematics of Arachnids Laboratory.
E-mail: enlrodrigues@unisinos.br
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Juliano Morales de Oliveira
PhD in Science - Ecology, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Biological Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research in Plant Ecology, taking special interest in the study of preterit variations of ecological patterns and processes through the analysis of tree growth rings (dendroecology).
Laboratory: Laboratory of Plant Ecology.
E-mail: julianooliveira@unisinos.br
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Larissa Rosa de Oliveira
PhD in Biological Sciences, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Conservation Genetics of Marine Mammals.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research on conservation biology and natural history of aquatic mammals, with an emphasis on genetics, morphometry, feeding ecology, age determination and demographics of species in this group.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Mammal Ecology.
E-mail: larissaro@unisinos.br
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Leonardo Maltchik Garcia
PhD in Science - Ecology, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Biological Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research on ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems, focusing on the inventory, classification and conservation of wetlands in Rio Grande do Sul and the study of the influence of hydrological disturbances on aquatic community stability.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Ecology and Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems
E-mail: maltchik@unisinos.br
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Maria Virgínia Petry
PhD in Science - Zoology.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research on biology and ecology of marine birds and animals to improve knowledge of these animals and provide input to develop strategies for species conservation and management.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Ornithology and Marine Animals.
E-mail: vpetry@unisinos.br
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Pablo César Lehmann Albornoz
PhD in Biosciences - Zoology, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Taxonomy of Recent Groups, Phylogeny of Neotropical Fishes.
Areas of Interest: Conducts research in the areas of taxonomy, ecology and systematics of Neotropical fishes, focusing on the description of unknown biodiversity of Siluriformes. Develops studies on management and conservation of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems, applying methodologies for determining aquatic species and ecosystems of conservation priority.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Ichthyology.
E-mail: pablole@unisinos.br
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Uwe Horst Schulz
PhD in Natural Sciences, with a Post-Doctoral Degree in Applied Ecology.
Areas of Interest: Develops studies on aquatic biodiversity conservation, management of fish resources in inland waters, fish biomonitoring and behavior, especially via radiotelemetry.
Laboratory: Laboratory of Fish Ecology.
E-mail: uwe@unisinos.br
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Special Visiting Researcher

Martin Reichard
Department of Fish Ecology | Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.

Post-Doctoral Internship

Alexandre Uarth Christoff
PhD in Biological Sciences.
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Luiz Ernesto Costa-Schmidt
PNPD/CAPES PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics.
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Mário Josias Müller
PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics.
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Curricular Structure for the Master's and Doctoral Degree Program (when both) Back to menu


Master's Degree

The master's degree consists of 24 credits, including thesis. Students must complete Required Courses (3 courses, worth 6 credits), Required Courses with choice (with choice of activities totaling 11 credits) and Optional Courses (with choice of activities totaling 9 credits). Thesis, developed throughout the course, is worth 4 credits.

Required Courses (8 credits)
- Biostatistics I (2 credits)
- Field Ecology I (3 credits)
- Seminars on Research I (1 credit)
- Experimental Design (2 credits)

Required Courses with choice (3 credits)
- Biostatistics II (3 credits)
- Community Ecology (2 credits)
- Ecosystem Ecology and Management (2 credits)
- Population Ecology and Management (2 credits)
- Fundamentals of Systematics and Phylogeny (2 credits)

Optional Courses (9 credits)
- Conservation Biology (2 credits)
- Biomonitoring (2 credits)
- Scientific Communication (2 credits)
- Wetland Ecology (2 credits)
- Microbial Ecology (2 credits)
- Conservation Genetics (2 credits)
- Limnology (2 credits)
- Agroecosystem Management (2 credits)
- Mammal Conservation and Management (2 credits)
- Vertebrate Monitoring and Management (2 credits)
- Special Topics (2 and 3 credits)

Doctoral Degree

The doctoral degree consists of 36 credits, including dissertation. Students must complete Required Courses (4 courses, worth 9 credits), Required Courses with choice (with choice of activities totaling 13 credits) and Optional Courses (with choice of activities totaling 15 credits). Dissertation, developed throughout the course, is worth 8 credits.

Required Courses 10 credits)
- Biostatistics I (2 credits)
- Biostatistics II (2 credits)
- Field Ecology I (3 credits)
- Seminars on Research II (1 credit)
- Experimental Design (2 credits)

Required Courses with choice (13 credits)
- Community Ecology (2 credits)
- Ecosystem Ecology and Management (2 credits)
- Population Ecology and Management (2 credits)
- Fundamentals of Systematics and Phylogeny (2 credits)

Optional Courses (15 credits)
- Conservation Biology (2 credits)
- Biomonitoring (2 credits)
- Scientific Communication (2 credits)
- Wetland Ecology (2 credits)
- Microbial Ecology (2 credits)
- Conservation Genetics (2 credits)
- Limnology (2 credits)
- Agroecosystem Management (2 credits)
- Mammal Conservation and Management (2 credits)
- Vertebrate Monitoring and Management (2 credits)
- Special Topics (2 and 3 credits)

Application and Selection Process Back to menu


Application


Application for admission can be done as follows: Online: from April 12, 2016 to June 6, 2016 By Mail: documentation must be submitted by June 6, 2016 (posting date) In Person: from April 12, 2016 to June 13, 2016 at Unisinos Customer Service.

Selection


Classification in the selection process is as follows:
a) Analysis of Letter of Intent;
b) Analysis of applicant's Curriculum Vitae;
c) Written Test;
d) Interview.

Doctoral Degree: July 4-15, 2016 Classification in the selection process is as follows:
a) Dissertation proposal;
b) Analysis of applicant's Curriculum Vitae;
c) Interview.

Contact Back to menu


Office of the Registrar for the Graduate Program in Biology
Phone: +55 (51) 3590 -8477 or (51) 3591 -1100 - Extension 1277
E-mail: ppgbiologia@unisinos.br
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 10 pm
Location: Polytechnic School – Unisinos São Leopoldo Campus

Biology (MsC/Ph.D)