Pietro de Mello

Pietro de Mello

Graduate student
Dyche Hall

I am interested in studying the evolutionary processes that originated the current distribution patterns of tropical reptiles and amphibians, highlighting its inherent importance for conservation purposes.

Research: 

I intend to use genomic, ecological, and geographic data to investigate the existence of genetic flux among populations in contact zones existing between different phytophysiognomies.

Publications: 

de Mello, Pietro L.H., Nogueira, Cristiano C., Machado, Ricardo B. 2015. Conserving Biogeography: Habitat Loss and Vicariant Patterns in Endemic Squamates of the Cerrado Hotspot. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0133995.

Education: 

MSc. Ecology. University of Brasília, Brazil. (2012-2014)
        BS. Biology. University of Brasília, Brazil. (2007-2010)
        Lic. Biology. University of Brasília, Brazil. (2010-2012)

Current Academic Appointments: 

Graduate Teaching Assistant at BIOL 150 – Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Grants: 

CNPq’s (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) PIBIC (Programa Institucional de Bolsas de Iniciação Científica – Institutional Program for Scientifica Initiation Scholarships) (June 2009 – December 2009).
CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination) Master’s Degree Scholarship (March 2012 – February 2014).

Teaching: 

Associate Professor (2014-2015). Universidade Paulista (UNIP), Brasília, Brazil. Teaching: Biogeography and ecology.

Professional Presentations: 

2014. Speaker. Herpetology – Past, Present and Future. 1ª Semana Acadêmica de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Paulista.

2014. Oral Presentation: Extinction risk and conservation of endemic squamates in the Cerrado savanna, a highly threatened biodiversity hotspot. Joint Meeting of  Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Chattanooga, U.S.A. (Mello, P.L.H., Machado,  R.B. & Nogueira, C., to be presented by P.L.H. Mello).

2014. Oral Presentation: Conservation biogeography: Habitat loss and vicariant patterns in endemic Squamates of the Cerrado hotspot. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Cairn, Australia (Mello, P.L.H., Machado, R.B. & Nogueira, C., to be presented by P.L.H. Mello).

2013. Speaker. Basick Notions in SDM (Species Distribution Models). XII Semana da Biologia (SEMABIO), Universidade de Brasília.

2013. Poster Presentation: Uso de espaço pro Dendropsophus jimi (Anura: Hylidae) em uma área urbana. VI Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia, Salvador, BA, Brasil (Mellho, P.L.H. & Falcon, G.B., apresentado por P.L.H. Mello).

2013. Poster Presentation: Comunidades de anfíbios em ambientes lênticos e lóticos na Fazenda Tanguro, Querência, MT. XI Congresso Brasileiro e I Congresso Internacional de Ecologia, Porto Seguro, BA, Brasil (Mello, P.L.H. & F.A. Brito, apresentado por P.L.H. Mello).

2013. Poster Presentation: Efeito de agrupamento social em estratégias de forrageamento de Vanellus chilensis. Sympósio de Ecologia da UnB, Brasília, DF, Brasil. (Maia, M.R., Gering,  A.L.M.C., Mello, P.L.H., Ribeiro, G.F.O.D, Almeida, R. & Macedo, R.H., apresentado por M.R. Maia).

Major Field Experience: 

Approximately 1 month at the Crato Plateau, Ceará State, Brazil, an enclave of Cerrado in the Brazilian Caatinga. I went to this expedition as a member of the Herpetological Collection of the University of Brasilia, Brazil.
Approximately 1 month at the Bananal Island, Tocantins State, Brazil, the biggest fluvial island in the world, dominated by a mosaic of phytofisiognomies of the South American Cerrado. I went to this expedition as a member of the Herpetological Collection of the University of Brasilia, Brazil.
Approximately 1 month at Querência, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, a county located at the ecotone in between the Amazon Forest and the Brazilian Cerrado. I went to this expedition as a member of the Herpetological Collection of the University of Brasilia.
Approximately 1 month at Ribeirão Cascalheira, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, a county located at the ecotone in between the Amazon Forest and the Brazilian Cerrado. I went to this expedition as a member of the Herpetological Collection of the University of Brasilia and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Methods in Field Ecolgy class.