CRISTIAN DE SALES DAMBROS
 
Research interests and goals
 
My research interests are mostly on the community ecology field, where I am particularly interested in understand how species interactions, adaptation to environment, and dispersive processes controls community alpha and beta diversity. I am also interested on the complex behavior of these systems and in how we can use some general properties of the complex systems to predict the species diversity. I have worked mostly with termite communities on the Brazilian Amazonian Forest.
 
Education
 
B.S., Biological Sciences. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil: Jan, 2008.
 
MSc., Entomology. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, AM, Brazil: Jan, 2010.
 
PhD., Biology (Ecology). University of Vermont, VT, USA: current (Jul: finishes on 2015).
 
Scholarships/Fellowships
 
1.    Undergraduate research and extension scholarship. Jul 2005 - Jan 2008. Ministry of Education. Brazil
 
2.    Masters degree Scholarship. Feb 2008 - Jan 2010. Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES). Brazil.
 
3.    Technological Innovation Development Fellowship. Aug 2010 - Jul 2011. Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Brazil.
 
4.    PhD degree Scholarship. Aug 2011 - Jul 2015. Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES). Brazil.
 
Grants
1.    Determinants of the species distribution on the Amazon: An approach based on phylogeny, ecological and morphological trait distribution and species niche conservatism. Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Brazil. Position: Co-author
Value: R$ 113,971.00 (~US$ 59,984.47)
 
Mentoring
 
1.    2010 - Valéria Natália Vasconcelos da Silva
    Undergraduate student - Biology
    Project: Inventário de térmitas (Insecta: Isoptera) em uma floresta primária de terra firme
    Funding: National Institute of Amazonian Research
2.    2010 - Eddir Carlos da Silva Lima
    Undergraduate student - Biology
    Project: Eficiência de dois protocolos de coleta de cupins (Isoptera) em floresta primária da Amazônia
    Funding: Amazonas State Research Foundation
3.    2011 - Tatiane Golçalves Rebelo
    Undergraduate student - Biology
    Project: Distribuição espacial de térmitas (Isoptera) de uma área de terra firme e do paliteiro do lago da hidrelétrica de Balbina
    Funding: National Institute of Amazonian Research / Amazonas State Research Foundation
4.    2012. Renato Almeida de Azevedo
    Undergraduate student - Biology
    Project: Influência dos fatores ambientais sobre a composição e riqueza de cupins(Insecta: Isoptera) na BR 319, Manaus-Porto Velho
    Funding: National Institute of Amazonian Research
5.    2013 - Renato Almeida de Azevedo
    Undergraduate student - Biology
    Project: Diversidade de cupins (Insecta: Isoptera) e sua associação com fatores bióticos e abióticos no Parque Nacional do Viruá, Roraima
    Funding: National Institute of Amazonian Research
 
Main Conferences / workshops
 
A.    Presenting
 
1.    2009. III Latin-American conference on Ecology. Poster
    "Termite species distribution in 2500ha of Terra-Firme forest on the central Amazon"
    São Lourenço, Brazil
 
B.    Attending
 
1.    2009. Experiments in Ecology.
    Instructor: AJ Underwood
    São Lourenço, Brazil   
 
2.    2010. Modeling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence.
    Instructors: Jim Nichols and Darryl Mackenzie
    USGS
 
3.    2011. Modeling and Mapping Species Distributions.
    Instructors: Emiel van Loon and Janet Franklin
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
4.    2013. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis - Summer Institute (SI).
    Instructors: Ben Bolker; Jim Regetz; Juliann Aukema; Mark Schildhauer; Matt Jones and Stephanie Hampton
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA
 
Publications
 
 
1.    Morais, J. W., Oliveira, V. S., Dambros, C. S., Tapia-Coral, S., Acioli, A. S. (2010). Soil mesofauna in differents systems of land use soil in upper River Solimões, AM, Brazil. Neotropical Entomology, 39 (2): 145-152.
 
2.    Ritter, C. D. R., Lemes, R., Morais, A. B. B., Dambros, C. S. (2011). Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) from Mixed Ombrophilous Forest fragments, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 11 (1): 361-368.
 
3.    Dambros, C. S., Mendonça, D. R. M. M., Rebelo, T. G., Morais, J. W. (2012). Termite species list in a terra firme and ghost forest associated with a hydroelectric plant in Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil. Check List, 8 (4): 718-721.
 
4.    Dambros, C. S., da Silva, V. N., Azevedo, R., Morais, J. W. (2013). Road-associated edge effects in Amazonia changes termite community composition by modifying environmental conditions. Journal for Nature Conservation, 21: 279-285.
 
5.    Pereira, M. R., Dambros, C. S., Zartman, C. E. (2013). Will the real Syrrhopodon leprieurii please stand up? Topographic and distance effects on phenotypic variation in a widespread Neotropical moss. The Bryologist, 116(1): 58-64.
 
6.    Freitas, C. G., Camargo, Z. L. C., Dambros, C. S. (2013). Changes in seed rain across Atlantic forest fragments of Northeast Brazil. Acta Oecologica, 53: 49-55.
 
7.    Boelter, C., Dambros, C. S., Nascimento, H., Zartman, C. E. (2013). Edaphic variation in nitrogen and phosphorous availability is linked to vascular epiphyte community structure in a central Amazonian forest. Journal of Vegetation Science, Accepted.
 
8.   Stanton-Gueddes, J., Freitas, C. G., Dambros, C. S. (2013). In Defense of P-values: comment on the statistical methods actually used by ecologists. Ecology, In press.
 
9.    Dambros, C. S., de Morais, J. W., Vasconcellos, A., Souza, J. L. P., Franklin, E., Gotelli, N. (2013). Top-down effects of ant predators on the diversity of termite assemblages in an Amazonian rainforest. Oecologia, Under review.
 
10.    Freitas, C. G., Dambros, C. S., Eiserhardt, W. L., Costa, F. R. C., Svenning, J. C., Baslev, H. (2013). Phylogenetic Structure of a Palm Community in the Central Amazon: Changes Along a Hydro-Edaphic Gradient. In prep.
 
 
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