Name: Vanessa Graziele Staggemeier
Age: 34
Birthday: September 24th

B.Sc.Ed. in Biological Sciences 
São Paulo State University  (2002-2005)

M.Sc. Plant Biology 
São Paulo State University (2006-2008)
During my Master’s course I went to the Federal University of Goiânia, where I learned phylogenetic comparative methods with Dr. José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho.
His contribution was crucial to my understanding on how phylogenetic relatedness affects morphological and phenological traits of flowers and fruits.
(for more details see Master’s Degree)
About Me
Curriculum Vitae
I was born in 1983, in the city of Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
In 1989 my parents moved to Atibaia, a small city in the countryside of São Paulo, where I lived until 2002, when I started my undergraduate course in Biological Sciences at São Paulo State University (UNESP - Rio Claro).
During my undergraduate course I also published some studies on the reproductive biology of birds.
Furthermore, I wrote a review on factors that affect frugivory by birds, and found out that anthropic pressures reduce removal and consumption of fruits by birds.
(for more details see Bachelor’s Degree)
Myrtaceae is the most important plant family in the Atlantic Forest and one of the most important in the Neotropics.
In our studies we aimed to: (1) test whether phylogenetic relatedness affects the flowering and fruiting phenology; and (2) describe how ecological aspects (abiotic factors and morphological restrictions) influence the temporal variation in reproductive events.
In 2006 I was admitted to the Plant Biology Graduate Program and had Dr. L. Patrícia C. Morellato as my advisor. She coordinates the Plant Phenology Laboratory (Department of Botany - UNESP/Rio Claro). Phenology Lab is the greatest center of plant phenological research in South America.
Currently, I am also studying for the doctoral exams (TOEFL, GRE, Biology GRE), since I intend to apply for American and British universities.
 Since 2007 Dr. Marcos Sobral has helped me with the identification of Myrtaceae and Dr. Eve Lucas has supported me on phylogenetic matters.
Dr. Eve Lucas coordinates various studies on Myrtaceae phylogeny in Kew Gardens (Richmond, England) and has been always helpful in answering my questions and giving me information on the phylogeny of these wonderful plants.
From September 2008 to February 2010 I have been granted a technician training fellowship by FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) to learn more about methods to study phenology.
Gallery Welcome Publications Research
Contact information: 
skype: nessa_bio2002
mobile phone: 55 11 7268 7329
address: Laboratório de Fenologia, Departamento de Botânica, Av. 24A, 1515, Bela Vista, Rio Claro/SP, Brazil. CEP 13506-900, C.P.199mailto:v.staggemeier@gmail.comshapeimage_10_link_0
My interest in scientific research started in 2003 when I met Dr. Mauro Galetti (coordinator of LABIC - Department of Ecology - UNESP/Rio Claro) and his workgroup.
I worked with them for three years. They introduced me to Cardoso Island State Park (Parque Estadual da Ilha do Cardoso - PEIC), an amazing place!
PEIC is located in southeastern São Paulo state and has 11,500 ha of well-preserved ecosystems.
In PEIC, I studied the reproductive phenology of plants and bird-plant interactions.
(for more details see Bachelor’s Degree)
Despite loving Brazilian forests, I would be also pleased to carry out fieldwork in other ecosystems.
 I have some ideas for projects and questions that I hope to answer in the next years. I am open for new ideas, and I am also ready to join an ongoing research, as long as it comprises some of the previously mentioned topics.
I am not only looking for a good advisor, but also for a strong workgroup, where I can collaborate and exchange ideas with colleagues.
Thank you for reading this not so short biography.
For further information, e-mail me:
I would like to use my background in phenology, plant-animal interactions and phylogenetic comparative methods for my future PhD.
Thus, I am looking for a program that comprises ecology, evolutionary biology, population dynamics and phylogeny.
I am a natural born curious person and a very disciplined and focused student.
I love to study and acquire knowledge. I go truly deep in my studies. Making science is a wonderful challenge, which makes my life much more exciting!
In the second half of my Master’s research, we worked with Dr. Paulo Guimarães Jr. (University of São Paulo). We studied how the seed dispersal network of Myrtaceae is structured in the Atlantic Forest.
(for more details see Master’s Degree)
In August 2008 I got my Master’s degree.
During this period I have expanded my research on Myrtaceae, studying the reproduction of this family in other two areas of Atlantic Forest (Saibadela and Ubatuba, both in the state of São Paulo) in addition to Cardoso Island.
(for more details see Current Activities)
In my master’s research we continued the field study in Cardoso Island, investigating the reproduction of Myrtaceae.
In Phenology Lab I learned a lot about plant ecology and interacted with people who greatly contributed to my development as scientist.
My advisor always encouraged me to be independent in all phases of scientific work and I think that turned me a more complete professional.
Morellato and her Lab’s members develop studies in Atlantic Rain Forest, Semidecidual Forest and Cerrado vegetation.