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.
For my Ph.D. dissertation, I am focused on the role of the coral-algae interaction in coral health. 



Education

2016-present  Ph.D. Marine Biology
                          Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawai’I at Manoa (UHM)
                          Thesis: Role of free-living and endosymbiont Symbiodiniaceae in coral health
                          Advisor: Dr. Ruth D. Gates, currently Rob Toonen

2013                 M.S. Oceanography, with an emphasis in Marine Biology and Ecology
                          Universite Aix Marseille, France
                          Thesis: Redescription of Mastigias papua (Scyphozoa, Rhizostomeae) with a designation of a neotype and recognition of two
                          additional species              
                          Advisor: Dr. Michael Dawson at University of California, Merced

2009                 B.S. Biological Sciences and Science Teacher Licensure
                          University of Sao Paulo-USP, Brazil
                         
 
 
Publications

Jury, C.,  Bahr, K., Grottoli, A., Nelson, A., McLauchlan, R.,  Price, J., Souza, M.R., Smith, C., Sparagon, W., Squair, C., Timmers, M., Vicente, J., Yamase, N., Toonen, R. (in preparation) Coral reef community responses to long-term experimental ocean acidification and warming. 

Souza, M.R. & Rob Toonen (in preparation). Spatial and temporal variation of free-living Symbiodiniacae in Kaneohe Bay.

Kitchen, R., Piscetta, M., Souza, M.R., Lenz, B., Wall, C. & Gates, R. 2020. Symbiont transmission and reproductive mode influence responses of three Hawaiian coral larvae to elevated temperature and nutrients. Coral Reefs.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-020-01905-x

Souza, M.R. & Dawson, N.M. (2018) Redescription of Mastigias papua (Scyphozoa, Rhizostomeae) with designation of a neotype and recognition of two additional species. Zootaxa 4457(4): 520-536.

Depper, L.G., Lang, T., Souza, M.R. & Mechels, B. (2017) Remaining the National Park Service to be a Resilience Agency. The George Wright Forum, 34(1): 53-61. 

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.

 
 
 
Teaching Experience

Department of Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2018-2020                  Invited speaker: Coral reefs class
Spring 2017-19          Teaching Assistant, Marine Ecology and Evolution
Fall 2018                     Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Biology- SEA PHAGES
Fall 2016                     Teaching Assistant, Ecology and Evolution
            
Department of Biology, University of California, Merced
Fall 2014-15               Teacher Assitant, Introduction to Biology

Department of Biology, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Fall 2009                     Undergraduate assistant, Invertebrate Biology

Aplicação School FEUSP- Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Spring 2008                Undergraduate assitant, Introduction to Biology

 

 
Mentoring

Michelle Layfield, undergraduate Saddle Back College (CA) (2019) 
Rebecca Kitchens, Master Student at Northest University (2018)
Madeline Piscetta, Master Student University of Miami (2018)
Caroline Hobbs, Master Student at Yale University (2017)
Dennis Conetta, Master Student at Northest University (2017)
2015: Kameron Jones, undergraduate University of California, Merced
2015: Judith Bayardo-Guzman, undergraduate University of California, Merced
 


 
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards 
 
2019: Peter Castro HIMB Scholarship
2019: STRF Smithsonian Short-Term Fellowship
2019: Maile Mentorship Bridge Program’s National Science Foundation
2014-18: Laspau, Science Without Border 
2018: Ashley Marie Memorial Research Fund Scholarship
2018: Clear Reef Funds 
2018: The Colonel Willys E. Lord, DVM & Sandina L. Lord Endowed Scholarship 
2017: SACNAS travel and registration
2016: Environmental Systems UCMerced Summer Grant
2016: UC Merced Miguel Velez (MV) Scholarship 
2015: Society of Systematic Biologists Graduate Research Grant
2013: Bourse de Mobilite de la Region PACA
2010: VII Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society traveling grant 
2010: VII Workshop of the Hydrozoan Society (3rd best poster presentation)
2010: Scientific Symposium USP (Honorable mention for poster presentation)
2009-2010: São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) 
2008-2009: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) 



 
                                                                                              Science Education & Outreach Activities
2020
Podcast: “So you want to be a Marine Biologist” available at Marinelife.Bio and Spotify

2019
HPR interview: Marine scientists track coral bleaching in real-time
SymbioSEAS: art and science collaboration: talk about coral reproduction and art piece developed with an artist about my research project
Guest Lecturer: Zoo 410- Corals and Coral Reefs

2018
Activity Leader: “Mystery in a droplet of water” Annual Expanding Your Horizons Annual Teen Girls Conference UH, Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Guest Speaker: Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco, CA through “Skype a Scientist” program
HIMB tour guide: Patty Wright Halau 
Mentor: Elle Ishihara, high school student at Sacred Hearts Academy, on her coral bleaching project
Workshop leader/organizer: Ocean Matters Hawaii, high school program
Guest Speaker: Crest View Elementary, Brooklyn Park, MN, through “Skype a Scientist” program
Guest Speaker: Cumberland County Elementary, Cumberland, VA, through “Skype a Scientist” program

2017
Invited Speaker and HIMB tour guide: “Study Hawaii” group for International Education Week
ComScieCom: participant of the conference at Havard University
Guest Speaker: Structural School, Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, through “Skype a Scientist” program
Invited Speaker: Chasing Coral Screening, University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
Invited Speaker: “What is like to be a marine biologist?” Maple Bear, Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
Invited Speaker: “Marine Biology Career” Objetivo Scholl, Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
Invited Skeaper: “What is a coral?” class on Sacred Heart Academy in Kaimuki
Guest Speaker: World View High School, Bronx, NY, through “Skype a Scientist” program
Activity Leader: “Mystery in a droplet of water” Annual Expanding Your Horizons Annual Teen Girls Conference UH, Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Activity Leader: stand with activities for the public during Chasing Coral Screening at the Waikiki aquarium
Judge: Science Fair at Windward District Science Fair
Activity leader: Workshop “Science of the Sting” partnered with the Waikiki Aquarium and the John A. Burns School of Medicine 
Judge: Science Fair at Central District Science Fair
Gates lab tour: Coral Reef Ecology course at the Evergreen State College, Washington
Invited Speaker and HIMB tour guide: full-day workshop, teaching about coral reefs and current research to high school educators
Invited Speaker: “Nerd Nite Honolulu” at Anna O’brien’s Honolulu, HI, “5 facts about Jellyfish, you know that jam”
Mentor: “Brasa” program to encourage and assist Brazilian high school kids to study abroad