Vania Coelho, PhD

Vania is a tenured professor of biology. She has a master’s degree in ecology and a PhD in zoology. After completing her doctorate, she held a post-doctoral research scientist position initially, and later an associate research scientist position at Columbia University before accepting an assistant professor position at Dominican in 2002. In 2007, she received the “Excellence in Education” service award from the City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. From 2009 to 2013, she 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. Past funding for her research included grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service.


University of São Paulo, Brazil, PhD, Zoology    
University of São Paulo, Brazil, MS, Ecology
University of São Paulo, Brazil, BS, Biology

Research Interests

Vania is interested in coral reef ecology, particularly in management strategies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change on corals.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Education Award, City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 2007

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