MSc. Allan Souza, Ph.D.

postdoctoral fellow


Date and place of birth:
04. 07. 1982, Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil)


Education and academic employment:

2001/05 BSc. in Biological Sciences – Marine Biology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil (Action of the octocorals Renilla mülleri (Koliker, 1872) sclerites as physical defense against predators, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Renato Crespo Pereira).

2005/07 MSc. in Biological Sciences – Zoology, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil (Habitat use, territorial and feeding behavior of Stegastes rocasensis (Emery, 1972) at Fernando de Noronha PE, Southwestern Atlantic, supervisor: Profª. Drª. Ierecê Lucena).

2008/13 Ph.D. in Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal (Abundance, structure and distributional patterns of core secondary producers in a temperate estuary: Driving factors and climate change scenario simulations, supervisors: Drª. Irene Martins & Prof. Dr. João Carlos Marques).

2014/15 Science and Management scholarship, CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Porto, Portugal.

2015/16 Post-doctoral fellowship, Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso, University of Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal.



2001 Third seminar about the marine enviroment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
         Third seminar of young scientists, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2002 Fourth National Encounter of Biologists, Ouro Preto, Brazil
         First Biology’s Week Bio-UFF, Niterói, Brazil
2003 First Marine Biology Symposium, Niterói, Brazil
         Update week in Marine Biology, Santos, Brazil
2004 Second Biology’s Week Bio-UFF, Niterói, Brazil
2006 First Brazilian Congress of Marine Biology, Niterói, Brazil
2007 I Workshop Brasileiro de Mergulho Científico, Natal, Brazil
2009 BIOLIEF - World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Porto, Portugal
         II International Symposium in Marine Sciences, Vigo, Spain
2010 ECSA 47 Estuarine Coastal Science Association Symposium, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
         Student Conference on Conservation Science, Cambridge, United Kingdom
         AQUASHIFT Life in Warming Waters, Kiel, Germany
2011 ECCLIMA - Estuaries in a Changing Climate, Porto, Portugal
2012 ECSA 50 - Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association Congress, Venice, Italy
2013 VII Simpósio Ibérico sobre a Bacia Hidrográfica do Rio Minho, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal
2015 XV European Congress of Ichthyology, Porto, Portugal
         TiBE - Global Biodiversity Change: From Genes to Ecosystems, Vila do Conde, Portugal
2016 ClimeFish Workshop: Modeling of freshwater fisheries, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Scientific and professional experience:
Present job: Post doctoral fellow at the Department of Fish and Plankton Ecology of the Institute of Hydrobiology, Biological Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, České Budějovice.

Research interests include ecology of aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish, their population dynamics and ecological modeling.


Skills and interests:
Languages: Portuguese (native speaker), English (advanced), Spanish (intermediary), German (basic).
Computer skills: R, LaTeX, STELLA, PRIMER-E.
Field work skills: Beam trawling, macroinvertebrate sampling, visual censuses of fishes, SCUBA and free diving.
Interests: Boxing, archery and reptiles.


Scientific publications (impact factor):

1 - Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Rosa RS (in press) Community structure of reef fishes in shallow waters of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago: effects of different levels of environmental protection. Marine and Freshwater Research. doi:10.1071/MF16071.
2 - Novais A, Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Pascoal C, Sousa R (2016) Effects of the invasive clam Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774) on an estuarine microbial community. Science of the Total Environment 566-567: 1168-1175. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.167.
3 - Novais A, Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Pascoal C, Sousa R (2015) From water to land: How an invasive clam may function as an unusual resource pulse to terrestrial invertebrates. Science of the Total Environment 538: 664-671. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.106.
4 - Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Modesto V, Guilhermino L, Sousa R (2015) Differences in the macrozoobenthic fauna colonizing empty bivalve shells before and after invasion by Corbicula fluminea. Marine and Freshwater Research 66(6): 549-558. doi:10.1071/MF14004.
5 - Novais A, Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Pascoal C, Sousa R (2015) Facilitation in the low intertidal: effects of an invasive species on the structure of an estuarine macrozoobenthic assemblage. Marine Ecology Progress Series 522: 157-167. doi:10.3354/meps11168.
6 - Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Sousa R (2015) Contrasting decay rates of freshwater bivalves' shells: Aquatic versus terrestrial habitats. Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 51: 8-14. doi:10.1016/j.limno.2014.10.002.
7 - Souza AT, Dias E, Campos J, Marques JC, Martins I (2014) Structure and production of a remarkable abundant population of the common goby Pomatoschistus microps (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae) in a temperate estuary. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97: 701-715. doi: 10.1007/s10641-013-0172-0.
8 - Souza AT, Dias E, Marques JC, Antunes C, Martins I (2014) Population structure, production and feeding habit of the sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus (Actinopterygii: Gobiidae) in the Minho estuary (NW Iberian Peninsula). Environmental Biology of Fishes 98: 287-300. doi:10.1007/s10641-014-0259-2.
9 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI (2014) Behavioral changes of a Brazilian endemic damselfish Stegastes rocasensis when guarding eggs. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97: 1295-1303. doi:10.1007/s10641-013-0215-6.
10 - Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Antunes C, Guilhermino L, Sousa R (2014) Influence of the invasive Asian clam Corbicula fluminea (Bivalvia: Corbiculidae) on estuarine epibenthic assemblages. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 143: 12-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.03.017.
11 - Souza AT, Dias, E, Nogueira A, Campos J, Marques JC, Martins I (2013) Population ecology and habitat preferences of juvenile flounder Platichthys flesus (Actinopterygii: Pleuronectidae) in a temperate estuary. Journal of Sea Research 79: 60-69. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2013.01.005.
12 - Pereira PHC, Leal ICS, Araújo ME, Souza AT (2012) Feeding association between reef fishes and the fire coral Millepora spp. (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Marine Biodiversity Records 5: e42. doi:10.1017/S1755267212000073.
13 - Gitirana HM, Souza AT (2012) Notes on spatial distribution and foraging behavior of green turtles in Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Northeastern Brazil. Marine Turtle Newsletter 112: 9-12.
14 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Rosa IL (2011) Habitat use, feeding and territorial behavior of a Brazilian endemic damselfish Stegastes rocasensis (Actinopterygii: Pomacentridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 91: 133-144. doi:10.1007/s10641-010-9765-z.
15 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Medeiros PR, Sampaio CLS, Floeter SR (2011) Unusual colour patterns of territorial damselfishes (Pomacentridae: Stegastes) in the Southwestern Atlantic. Marine Biodiversity Records 4: e101. doi:10.1017/S1755267211001035.
16 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Campos J, Marques JC, Martins I (2011) Differences in the neighborhood: Structural variations in the carapace of shore crabs Carcinus maenas (Decapoda: Portunidae) Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 95(4): 424-430. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.06.021.
17 - Sousa R, Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Antunes C, Guilhermino L (2011) Rapid decline of the greater European peaclam at the periphery of its distribution. Annales de Limnologie – International Journal of Limnology 47(3): 211-219. doi:10.1051/limn/2011041.
18 - Medeiros PR, Grempel RG, Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Rosa RS (2010) Non-random reef use by fishes at two dominant zones in a tropical, algal-dominated coastal reef. Environmental Biology of Fishes 87: 237-246. doi:10.1007/s10641-010-9593-1.
19 - Medeiros PR, Souza AT, Ilarri MI (2010) Habitat use and behavioural ecology of the juveniles of two sympatric damselfishes (Actinopterygii: Pomacentridae) in the South-western Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology 77, 1599-1615. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02795.x.
20 - Ilarri MI, Souza AT, Medeiros PR, Grempel RG, Rosa IL (2008) Effects of tourist visitation and supplementary feeding on fish assemblage composition on a tropical reef in the Southwestern Atlantic. Neotropical Ichthyology 6: 651-656. doi:10.1590/S1679-62252008000400014.
21 - Horta PA, Bucchmann F, Souza AT, Bouzon Z, Oliveira EC (2008) Seaweed from Carpinteiro Rocky Shoal - With the addition of Rhodymenia delicatula (Rhodophyta) to the Brazilian flora. Ínsula (Florianópolis) 37: 53-65. doi:10.5007/2178-4574.2008v37p53.
22 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Medeiros PR, Grempel RG, Rosa RS, Sampaio CLS (2007) Fishes (Elasmobranchii and Actinopterygii) of Picãozinho reef, Northeastern Brazil, with notes on their conservation status. Zootaxa 1608: 11-19.
23 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Valentim LPF (2007) A hitch-hiker octopus on a southern stingray at Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, SW Atlantic. Coral Reefs 26: 333. doi:10.1007/s00338-007-0199-9.
24 - Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Medeiros PR, Sampaio CLS, Horta PA (2007) Small distances, great differences: a case study involving the biomass of reef seaweeds and fishes in the coast of Paraíba, Northeast of Brazil. Biotemas 20(2): 9-13.
25 - Medeiros PR, Grempel RG, Souza AT, Ilarri MI, Sampaio CLS (2007) Effects of recreational activities on the fish assemblage structure in a northeastern Brazilian reef. Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences 2(3): 288-300.
26 - Clavico EEG, Souza AT, Gama BAP, Pereira RC (2007) Antipredator defense and phenotypic plasticity of sclerites from Renilla muelleri, a tropical Sea Pansy. Biological Bulletin 213: 135-140.
27 - Sampaio CLS, Medeiros PR, Ilarri  MI, Souza AT, Grempel RG (2007) Two new interspecific associations of the hairy blenny Labrisomus nuchipinnis (Teleostei: Labrisomidae) on the South Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 5659: 1-3.