Hello - A brief introduction from a field biologist

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Hello everybody,
My name is Fernando Passos and I would like to give a brief introduction to WildHub and everyone.I am a Brazilian professor and I have studied animals in several regions of Brazil, especially in the Atlantic Forest. I am a field biologist, passionate about fauna. Since the 1980s, I began my activities with fieldwork, which culminated in my master's and doctoral research, studying for 8 years the biology and behavior of the black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus), an endemic primate species threat of extinction. After that, I expanded my focus from primatology to other mammal species, monitoring a community of bats for 5 years in a mountainous area of ​​the Atlantic Forest, in southeastern Brazil. During this time I became a professor at the Paraná Federal University/UFPR, where I have carried out research and I have supervised studies on wildlife ecology and conservation. But I have also worked with Scientific Collections and Museums, being Curator of the Scientific Collection of Mastozoology at UFPR. For 10 years I coordinated a large project of fauna monitoring, studying amphibians, reptiles and mammals in an area of ​​PETROBRAS, which suffered a large oil spill, maintaining studies on the impact, recolonization and recovery of this fauna.

This makes it clear that I am interested in exchanging ideas about wildlife natural history, being able to teach and learn from the discussions presented here at WildHub. As I said, I am passionate about fauna, conservation and natural history, and I am very interested in discussing these topics. Greetings everyone.

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
12 days ago

A warm welcome to WildHub, Fernando! Great to have you join us and thank you for sharing your background and interests with us. Are there any work challenges you are currently facing in your job that you could use the community's help with? 

Perhaps of interest to you could be our WildHub Community Advocate role here, which can be a great experience for networking as well as shaping and supporting the conversations in our global community. Let us know if you have any questions. 

Dear Thirza,
Thank you for the welcome to WildHub. My biggest challenge now is managing the large number of undergraduate and graduate students that I am supervising. Many of these students came after the COVID-19 pandemic after I offered a Fauna Management and Conservation course every semester, from 2020 to 2023. As a result, I am guiding more than 20 students, and this is certainly a big challenge. Thank you and I make myself available for discussions.

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
9 days ago

Dear Fernando, 

Thank you for sharing this work challenge with us; it sounds like a high number of students to supervise. If our community can help you by providing a space for your many students so you can easily share information and resources between you to the many students and the students can exchange this knowledge with their peers, please let me know. You may already have such a space, but I found that moving from "1:1 communication" to "many to many communication" works more efficiently. More information about inviting others to WildHub can be found here.  

Go to the profile of Lara Reden
9 days ago

Welcome to WildHub, Fernando!

Thank you for the welcome to WildHub.

Welcome to Wildhub community 🤗.

It's nice to have you here.

I'm inspired reading this.

Thank you for the welcome