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Brunno Freire Dantas de Oliveira

Brunno Oliveira grew up moving between humid Atlantic Forest and semi-arid Caatinga biomes, which made him think about nature since very young. After he completed his PhD in Ecology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil) in 2016, Brunno moved to University of Florida to join Brett Scheffers' Lab. He integrates phylogenies, maps, traits and remote sensing to understand ecological and evolutionary processes, and how humans disrupt those processes. Oliveira works at large scales, using models to study thousands of species across countries and continents. His current work involves understanding a third dimension of biological organization, specifically, how biological communities structure vertically from the ground to the canopy. Brunno enjoys developing new methods that help answer interesting questions using statistical computation and coding, while listening to punk rock music.


Oliveira, B.F., Machac, A., Costa, G.C., Brooks, T.M., Davidson, A.D., Rondinini, C. and Graham, C.H. 2016. Species and functional diversity accumulate differently in terrestrial mammals. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25: 1119–1130.

Veron, S., Penone, C., Clergeau, P., Costa, G.C., Oliveira, B.F., São-Pedro, V.A. and Pavoine, S. Integrating data-deficient species in analyses of evolutionary history loss. Ecology and Evolution. (Accepted for publication)

Oliveira, B.F., Costa, C.G. and Fonseca, C.R.S. Niche dynamics of two cryptic Prosopis species invading South American dry lands. Biological Invasions.(Under Review)