Mariana Rocha de Souza
mrds@hawaii.edu
 
 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
 
 

 
 
Research Interests
 
I am broadly interested in a wide range of topics dealing with the ecology and evolution of marine organisms. My previous research, during the master and undergraduate studies has been primarily focused in the taxonomy and systematics of Scyphozoa. Currently, I am interested in investigating the Symbiodinium community composition in different organisms (corals, clams, anemones, jellies) and how it affects their resilience to environmental changes. 
 
 
Education
 
B.Sc in Biology, and Teacher Licensure; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010)
Msc. Oceanography, specialization in Marine Biology and Ecology, University Aix Marseille, France, (2013)
PhD student in Environmental System, University of California, Merced - transferred to
PhD in Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, in progress

 
 
Publications
 
Souza, M.R., Ul-Hasan, S. & Keeney, B.D. (2016) The impact of host dispersal on parasite diversity. Frontiers of Biogeography 7(4): 135-137.

Re-description of Mastigias papua (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) with designation of neotype and recognition of two aditional species. Manuscript in preparation.
 
 
 
Teaching Experience

Teaching assistant, Dept. of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2016-current)
Teacher assistant, Dept. Environmental Systems, University of California, Merced (2013-2014)
Science teacher 6th grade, Aplicação school of University of São Paulo, 2009
Teacher assistant, Dept. Biology, University of São Paulo, 2008
 
 
Mentoring

2015: Kameron Jones, University of California, Merced
2015: Judith Bayardo-Guzman, University of California, Merced
 
 
Funding Sources
 
Environmental System UCMerced Summer Grant
UC Merced Miguel Velez Scholarship
Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Research Grant
Science without Borders and LASPAU (Affiliated with Harvard University)
Travel Award of the Region PACA, France
Hydrozoan Society Travel Haward
São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP
National Concil for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq