The Principal Investigator

Prof. Marco A. R. Mello, Ph.D.

Photo by Reinaldo Mizutani, taken at USP São Carlos during the talk “The Scientist’s Journey“.

I am a Brazilian biologist with a Ph.D. in ecology, worked as an associate researcher at Ulm University, Germany, and currently work as an associate professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. My research focuses on ecological synthesis. In other words, I aim to help connect the dots between data and ideas. My primary goal is to unveil the assembly rules of ecological systems formed by species interactions. I also have a strong commitment to training young scientists and popularizing scientific knowledge.

See my full publication list.

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Current positions

Main interests

  • Science, philosophy, buddhism, photography, and martial arts.

Scientific societies

  • Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (alumnus)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (alumnus)
  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (member)
  • Ecological Society of America (member)
  • American Society of Mammalogists (member)
  • Brazilian Society of Mammalogists (member)
  • Brazilian Bat Research Society (former president, 2013-2015)


I had the honor of being educated as a scientist by Prof. Elisabeth Kalko, who passed away in 2011. My work is dedicated to the memory of my great mentor and friend. Although she is not among us anymore, she will live forever in our hearts and minds. We published a special issue of Chiroptera Neotropical in honor of her memory in 2013.

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