Paulo Yukio Gomes Sumida

Obtained his BSc in Biology at Mackenzie University in 1989 and the MSc in Biological Oceanography at the University of São Paulo in 1994. In 1998, obtained a PhD in Biological Oceanography under the supervision of Professor Paul Tyler at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, then Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC). After leaving the UK, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Craig Smith Lab in the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2000, returned to Brazil to assume a position as Assistant Professor at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo. In 2007, after defending his Livre-Docência, became Associate Professor and occupies this position since.

Technical Staff

Arthur Ziggiatti Güth

Arthur concluded his bachelor in Biological Sciences at the State University of Campinas in 1997 and his M.Sc. in Ecology in 2004 in the same university. He is currently a biologist and researcher at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo and member of the Costa Brasilis Institute for Socio-environmental Development (NGO). His research experience includes Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, specially benthic ecology, marine habitat mapping, phytal communities, environmental education, peracarid crustaceans and outreach.

Associated Researcher

Daniel de Matos Couto

Obtained his BSc in Oceanography at the University of São Paulo in 2017. He has been at LAMP since the beginning of 2016, and has already worked at the Primary Production Laboratory and the Oceanographic Instrumentation Laboratory. He did his undergraduate work on the endofauna of whale bones in the Southwest Atlantic Deep Sea, this work is associated with the BioSuOr Project. He is currently working on the Environmental Characterization of Deepwater Corals in the Santos Basin, an ANP project (National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels).

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Miguel Mies

Holds Bachelor and PhD degrees in Oceanography obtained at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of the University of São Paulo (IO-USP). Currently acts as (i) associate researcher at IO-USP, registered as supervisor and co-supervisor in the Graduation in Oceanography program, and ministers the "Marine Larval Ecology" course; (ii) research coordinator at the Coral Vivo Project; (iii) member of the World Aquaculture Society, also acting as session chair in the "Giant Clam" sessions; and (iv) executive coordinator of the "GT7 - Coral Reefs", part of the Government's Group for Evaluation and Assessment of the oil spill in the Brazilian coast. Has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, has also reviewed for more than 20 indexed journals, and holds three national and international scientific awards. Currently serves as an editorial board member for the "Coral Reef Research" chapter of the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. The main lines of research are: coral reef ecology; Symbiodiniaceae molecular biology; reef invertebrate larvae; coral reef aquaculture; climate change impacts on coral reefs. 
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Thomás Nei Soto Banha

BSc in Oceanography from the Federal University of Pará (2016) and MSc in Oceanography from the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (2018). Has experience with Symbiosis, Symbiodinium, Climate Change, Coral Bleaching and Macrozoobenthos and Scyphozoa Ecology.


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Camila Fernanda da Silva

Holds a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (2007). M.Sc. (2013) and PhD (2017) in Ecology obtained at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). She is currently an associate researcher at the Department of Animal Biology of the State University of Campinas and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Oceanographic Institute of Sao Paulo University (IO/USP). She has experience in Marine Biology and Ecology, focused on the benthic macrofauna. Acts especially with Annelida systematics, with emphasis on the family Capitellidae, and currently she’s working on mapping benthic deep-sea ecosystems and the biology of their associated fauna.

Linda Waters

I obtained two BS degrees, in Zoology and Physics, in 1997 from the University of Florida, USA. Between undergraduate and graduate school, I worked as an environmental scientist (atmospheric and oceanographic flow modeling), computer scientist (analysis of WAN networks), and animal technician (primate behavior and tracking). I obtained my Ph.D. in Marine Science in 2014 under Dr. Thomas Wolcott at North Carolina State University, USA. I moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015 for a post-doctoral position under Dr. Alex Turra. I then moved to my current post-doctoral position under Dr. Sumida in 2018 on Environmental Characterization of Deepwater Corals in the Santos Basin. I specialize in data interpretation, in which I integrate biological, physical and chemical data collection, processing and analysis. Current projects include automation of 3D reconstructions of deep reefs to correlate physical and biological parameters, extraction of overlay data from ROV videos, installation of a deep sea observation lander, and analysis of dominant bottom currents over reefs in the Santos Basin.


Bruno Henrique de Moraes e Souza

Graduated in Biological science at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (2014) and MSc in Oceanography at the Instituto Oceanográfico da Universidade de São Paulo (2018). Bruno began to work at Lamp in 2014 as associated researcher and have been working with diversity, ecology and phylogeny of mollusks from chemosynthetic environments. Currently is studying mollusks inhabiting cold seeps in his PhD. Has experience with marine ecology and biology of benthic animals.

Gabriel Stefanelli Silva

I have a bachelor’s degree from the São Paulo State University and a master’s from the National Institute of Amazonian Research. During my undergrad studies, I had the opportunity to research deep-sea ichthyofauna. For my master’s, I carried out a project on the behavioral ecology of a forest stream fish. Currently, I seek to understand the trophic transfer of pollutants along deep-sea food webs and the role of microplastics as vectors as part of my PhD at the University of São Paulo.

Gilberto Bergamo

Graduated in Biological Sciences (2015) and achieved the Master of Science degree (MSc) in Zoology (2018), both at the Institute of Bioscience of the University of São Paulo. Currently is a PhD student studying the evolutionary history and connectivity of polychaetes of the family Siboglinidae, inhabiting cold seeps. Has experience in taxonomy, ecology, and reproduction of annelids.

Nayara Ferreira Carvalho

Has Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences (2012) by Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) and Master's Degree in Oceanography (2016) by Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). Currently studying PhD in Oceanography at the Oceanographic Institute of the São Paulo University (IO-USP). Works mainly in the subjects: Marine Ecosystem Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, with emphasis on benthic animals.

Paulo Vinicius Ferraz Corrêa

Graduation at Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Unicamp (2013) and master's at Animal Biology, also from Unicamp (2016). Currently, I doing a PhD in Oceanography at the Instituto Oceanográfico da Universidade de São Paulo with samples collected in Rio Grande Rise. Has experience in Zoology and Ecology, mainly with Mollusca and Aplacophora.


Felipe Porfirio

Master's student at the Biological Oceanography Program at the University of São Paulo (USP), Felipe completed his undergraduation in Oceanography at the Oceanographic Institute of USP. During graduation he was a trainee of the Laboratory of Benthic Dynamics - IOUSP, where he develops his research until today, under the supervision of Prof. Paulo Sumida. In his first scientific initiation he studied the biogeochemistry of coastal sediments in the region of Ubatuba, having worked over the years in the organization and realization of several field works, oceanographic cruises, sorting and identification of organisms from marine sediment, and more recently with benthic systems monitoring through digital image analysis. In his monograph, he used used data collected by the cabled underwater observatory NEPTUNE in Canada to study the effects of an anomalous hot water mass on benthic communities from that region. He currently works in a project studying deep-sea coral environments in the Campos and Santos basins by analyzing physical and environmental data and ROV images recorded by ROVs. In his masters, he uses ocean circulation numerical models, coupled with Lagrangian models of particle transport, to study the connectivity and distribution of deep-Sea corals, also in the Campos and Santos Basins


Andre Calonni Souza

Undergrad in Oceanography at USP, worked in projects at the bioluminescence lab and now works at LAMP. Currently involved in the BIOIL project, characterizing benthic macrofauna associated with cold seeps at the Santos Basin.

Daniela Soto Rapp

Biologystudentat Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo. Analyzesthebenthic macrofauna associatedwithsubmergedwhalebones in thedeep southwestAtlanticfromtheBioSuOr project. 

Fabiana Luques Fonseca

BSc degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Mogi das Cruzes (UMC). During graduation she held two scientific initiations, working with the reintroduction of freshwater fish, landscape ecology, and remote sensing. Became part of LAMP’s team in September 2019 for her graduate internship, and is currently continuing her work with polychaetes of the Polynoidae family.

Guilherme Siqueira Toledo de Carvalho

Holds a Bachelor of Education and is currently a Bachelor's undergraduate student, both in Biological Sciences, at
São Paulo State University (USP). Currently doing an undergrad study focused in Xylophagaidae (Bivalvia)
ecology and diversity of woodfalls in the Southwestern Atlantic. Also worked previously on the anatomy of
the reproductive system anatomy in Decapodiformes (Cephalopoda) and Acestrorhynchus (Characiformes)

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Julia Metzker

Undergraduating in oceanography at the University of São Paulo (USP) and currently a trainee at LAMP, Julia is performing her first scientific initiation. She works on the BiOil Project with macrofauna associated with deep sea corals in cold seep environments, in the Santos Basin region.

Marcos Vinicius Carvalho Clemente

Undergraduate student in Oceanography at the University of São Paulo (USP). He is currently carrying out scientific initiation work with the characterization of the benthic macrofauna in the Pockmarks fields, in the Santos Basin region, on the southeast coast of São Paulo, associated with the BIOIL Project.