Vania Coelho, PhD

Dr. Coelho is a tenured professor in the department of natural sciences and mathematics. She has a master’s degree in ecology and a Ph.D. in zoology, both from University of São Paulo, Brazil. She completed most of her doctorate research while she was working as a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Coelho held a post-doctoral research scientist position initially, and later an associate research scientist position, at Columbia University. She started working at Dominican in 2002. In 2007, she received the “Excellence in Education” Service Award from the City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, San Rafael, CA. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Coelho served as faculty coordinator for Dominican’s Center for Sustainability. In 2012, she led a campus-wide sustainability assessment that resulted in a Bronze rating in 2013 for Dominican from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Her current research focus is on coral reef ecology; she is particularly interested in management strategies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change on corals. Past funding for her research included grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service. Dr. Coelho teaches Bio Research Methodology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Sciences, International Field Biology and Marine Biology.

Professor

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Office:  Science Center #124
Lab:  Science Center #121 and #125
415-458-3745
vania.coelho@dominican.edu

Academic Area

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Zoology, University of São Paulo, Brazil 
  • M.S. Ecology, University of São Paulo, Brazil 
  • B.S. Biology, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Teaching & Research

Dr. Coelho's current research focus is on conservation ecology of marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. Her interests include the role of protected reserves in ecosystem conservation, management strategies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change on corals, community involvement in conservation and restoration efforts, public education and awareness, and sustainability issues. In addition, she is interested in the influence of top-down and bottom-up processes in the structuring of marine epifaunal communities associated with plants, especially in tropical environments. She has also researched different aspects of ecology and evolutionary biology of marine crustaceans including behavior, functional morphology, natural history, systematics, and population ecology. Dr. Coelho’s courses reflect her interests and expertise in conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, marine ecosystems, global biodiversity, as well as, scientific research.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (*student authors)

COELHO VR, Fenner D, Caruso C, Bayles B, Huany Y, Birkeland C. 2017. Shading as a mitigation tool for coral bleaching in three common Indo-Pacific species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 497: 152-163.

Huang Y, COELHO VR. 2017. Sustainability performance assessment focusing on coral reef protection by the tourism industry in the Coral Triangle region. Tourism Management 59: 510-527

Huang YT, COELHO VR, Massoud J, Briski S, Toepel A*, Silva M*. 2014. A mathematical decision-making procedure to assist in the development of sustainability plans based on the STARS framework. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 5(3): 292-312

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (*student authors)

Huang Y, COELHO VR. 2016. Sustainability performance assessment focusing on coral reef protection by the tourism industry in the Coral Triangle region. P 595. Thirteenth Coral Reef Symposium. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hills JN*, Llenos AL*, Coddington NC*, COELHO VR. 2016. The effects of varying thermal stress and light intensity on the growth of Orbicella faveolata. Thirtieth National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, North Carolina.

Wiecks N*, Contreras L*, Vernacchia J*, COELHO V. 2016. The effects of artificial shading on coral bleaching due to thermal stress in the endangered coral species Orbicella faveolata. Thirtieth National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information about Dr. Coelho's professional background visit:

https://works.bepress.com/vania-coelho/