Leila Lemos

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M.Sc. in Environment and Public Health, National School of Public Health, RJ, Brazil, 2012
B.A. in Biological Sciences, Santa Ursula University, RJ, Brazil, 2006
Research/Career Interests: 

I am interested in cetacean physiology and conservation biology, specifically related to anthropogenic activity impacts. My PhD research focuses on hormone variability in the Pacific Coast Feeding Group (PCFG) gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) subpopulation, and explores a potential association of stress responses with ambient ocean noise, generated by anthropogenic activities (e.g., vessel traffic), body condition and prey availability. This work will contribute to our understanding and management of ocean noise on marine mammals.

Professional Preparation: 
Field Coordinator. Monitoring of the Bolivian river dolphin (Inia boliviensis) in the Madeira River, RO, Brazil and evaluation of the impacts of the Jirau Hydropower in the species. Arcadis, SP, Brazil. November 2014–August 2015.
Tutor. Specialization course in Environmental Health Surveillance. IESC/UFRJ, RJ, Brazil. July 2013–December 2014.
Field Coordinator. Monitoring of cetaceans in Sepetiba Bay, RJ, Brazil. Arcadis, SP, Brazil. July–November 2013.
Researcher/Laboratory. Analysis of metals concentrations in tissues of the marine fauna of the central and north coast of Rio de Janeiro. GEMM-Lagos/ENSP/Fiocruz, RJ, Brazil. February 2010–September 2012.
Internship. Animal care of the resident dolphins (feeding, cleaning and training with medical, physical and cognitive-behavioral approaches). Mote Marine laboratory, FL, United States. January–February 2010.
Volunteer. Teaching Assistant and Technical Position in the Reef Exhibition (School Support Program and Edge of The Reef Program). Waikiki Aquarium, HI, US. April–May 2007.
Volunteer. Monitoring and analysis of the southern-right-whales (Eubalaena australis) behavior. Organización para la Conservación de Cetáceos, La Paloma, Uruguay. July–August 2005.
Laboratory. Population genetics of Whitemouth croaker (Micropogonias furnieri). Molecular Biodiversity Laboratory, UFRJ, RJ, Brazil. January–August 2006.
Internship. School teaching practice. Instituto Metodista Bennett, RJ, Brazil. August–November 2005.
Teaching Assistant. FUNDII: Fundamentals of Biology II. Department of Biological Sciences. Santa Ursula University, RJ, Brazil. August–December 2003.
Affiliated with: 
Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory (GEMM Lab)
Ph.D. Student - Wildlife Science
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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