Tainã Gonçalves Loureiro


I am a conservation biologist with a love for nature and science. I was born and raised in Brazil, a country with a wide coast and with a rich hydrography. At young age I developed a passion for aquatic environments, which led me to pursue knowledge to build a solid academic background.

My curiosity about aquatic species, and aquatic ecology in general, oriented my BSc in Biological Sciences. During the five years of my undergraduate studies I developed solid skills in a wide range of Biological Sciences' fields. From Physiology and Biochemistry, to Ecology and Zoology, I developed a mindset oriented towards aquatic environments and aquatic species.

Caged settlement plates to verify species composition and growth without predation

Field work. Caged settlement plates to verify species composition and growth without predation.

During my studies I found my second passion on the Invasion Biology field. On my post-grad studies I had the opportunity to unite this exciting field with my previous knowledge on aquatic environments.

Both my MSc and Ph.D. researches, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, examined the invasion process of the freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii in Brazil, focusing on: (1) invasive distribution, (2) introduction pathway, (3) population modelling, (4) population genetics, (5) impact and (6) management.

Right after my PhD I got the wonderful opportunity to join the CIB team as a post-doc and I am currently interested in why some marine alien species become established while other don’t and how the biotic interactions among species as well as climate change can influence the invasion success of alien fouling species.

Current project

Taking pictures of the settlement plates collected from the sea water

Taking pictures of the settlement plates collected from the sea water.

International shipping and recreational boats are constantly moving species among places beyond their native ranges and the establishment of invasive populations can cause massive economic and ecological losses. Among the marine alien species, the fouling community is composed by organisms that accumulate on underwater surfaces and account for 42% of the marine alien species known from South Africa. In this scenario, my current researches can be divided in three main topics:

  1. Develop and test a standardised approach for short and long term monitoring of alien fouling species in order to contribute to early identification of this animals, allow the tracking of spread and quantify ecological changes related to their establishment.
  2. Explore the biotic interactions among alien and native species that might resist or facilitate the establishment of invasive populations.
  3. Investigate the climate changes' potential effects on alien fouling biota by analysing their responses to changes on temperature and pH.

Journal Publications

Underwater sampling

Underwater sampling.

Book Chapters