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Dr. Gabriella Damasceno


Dr. Gabriella Damasceno

room 2.02.0
Institut für Biologie / Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten
Große Steinstraße 79/80
06108 Halle (Saale)

[Research Interests]

  • I am an applied  ecology with training in the management of tropical savannas, both as  pristine ecosystems as well as in their restoration when invaded by  alien plants.
  • Beyond that, I'm marveled by the possibilities big  data platforms have been opening up for ecology. I believe that the  integration of knowledge from distinct disciplines is crucial to solving  the challenges biodiversity is facing, and integrating big data  approaches with applied ecological questions is a promising pathway I  see ahead.

[Curriculum Vitae]

  • 2022 – present: Post-doctoral researcher
    • German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
    • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
    • Project: sPlot – The Global Vegetation Database
  • 2018 - 2022: PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
    • São Paulo State University, Brazil
    • Thesis title: Invasion by African grasses and restoration of Cerrado open physiognomies: a state-and-transition approach
  • 2015 - 2017: Master's in Ecology and Biodiversity
    • São Paulo State University, Brazil
    • Dissertation  title: How fire at different times a year affect the relationship  between invasive grasses and the Cerrado native vegetation?
  • 2008 - 2012: Undergraduation in Biological Sciences
    • University of Brasília, Brazil



  • García-Díaz,  P., Montti, L., Powell, P. A., Phimister, E., Pizarro, J. C., ...,  Damasceno, G., ... & Lambin, X. (2022). Identifying Priorities,  Targets, and Actions for the Long-term Social and Ecological Management of Invasive Non-Native Species. Environmental management, 69(1), 140-153.
  • García-Díaz,  P., Cassey, P., Norbury, G., Lambin, X., Montti, L., ..., Damasceno,  G., ... & Tomasevic, J. A. (2021). Management policies for invasive  alien species: addressing the impacts rather than the species.  BioScience, 71(2), 174-185.
  • Damasceno, G., & Fidelis,  A. (2020). Abundance of invasive grasses is dependent on fire regime and  climatic conditions in tropical savannas. Journal of Environmental  Management, 271, 111016.
  • Lambin, X., Burslem, D., Caplat, P.,  Cornulier, T., Damasceno, G., Fasola, L., ... & Verdugo, C. (2020).  CONTAIN: Optimising the long-term management of invasive alien species using adaptive management. NeoBiota.
  • Damasceno, G., Souza, L., Pivello, V. R., Gorgone-Barbosa,  E., Giroldo, P. Z., & Fidelis, A. (2018). Impact of invasive  grasses on Cerrado under natural regeneration. Biological Invasions,  20(12), 3621-3629.
  • Dornelas, M., Antao, L. H., Moyes, F.,  Bates, A. E., Magurran, A. E., Adam, D., ... & Murphy, G. (2018).  BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene.  Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7), 760-786.