I am a marine biologist with research interests encompassing spatial ecology, quantitative marine ecology, climate change, and conservation. My research is characterised by novel integration of multiple disciplines to tackle fundamental questions in marine conservation science. My current research is in collaboration with the Brazilian Network for Climate Change, where I am investigating the impacts of climate change on the distribution of marine species in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean, and how this will affect spatial priorities for conservation in ecologically significant areas (EBSAs).
I completed my PhD in Biological Oceanography in 2015 through the Federal University of Rio Grande (Brazil) under the supervision of Professor José Henrique Muelbert. As part of my PhD I worked for six months with Professor Hugh Possingham at The University of Queensland to investigate how to incorporate estuarine dynamics and information of different life stages into marine spatial planning.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=c3ag0gcAAAAJ&hl=en
Researcher ID: G-9435-2012
Costa, M.D.P., Muelbert, J.H. 2016. Long-term assessment of temporal variability in spatial patterns of early life stages of fishes to facilitate estuarine conservation. Marine Biology Research, DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2016.1213397.
Costa, M.D.P., Possingham, H.P., Muelbert, J.H. 2015. Incorporating early life stages of fishes into estuarine spatial conservation planning. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2584
Costa, M.D.P., Muelbert, J.H., Vieira, J.P. & Castello, J.P. 2015. Dealing with temporal variation and different life stages of whitemouth croaker Micropogonias furnieri (Actinopterygii, Sciaenidae) in species distribution modeling to improve essential estuarine fish habitat identification. Hydrobiologia. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2348-4
Costa, M.D.P., Muelbert, J.H., Morales, L.E., Viera, J.P., Castello, J.P. 2014. Estuarine early life stage habitat occupancy patterns of whitemouth croaker Micropogonias furnieri (Desmarest, 1830) from the Patos Lagoon, Brazil. Fisheries Research, 160: 77-84.