Residency Period: 08/01/2011 to 07/31/2012

Professor Geraldo Wilson Fernandes is a professor of Ecology at the Institute of Biological Sciences at UFMG and CNPq scholarship holder 1. He graduated in Biological Sciences from UFMG (1983), did a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University (1987) in Ecology and obtained a Ph.D. degree from the same university (1992) in Evolutionary Ecology. He has been visiting professor at Darmstadt Technish Universität and University of Alberta on several occasions on projects on tropical forests and climate change. He was one of the editors of a book published by Wiley & Sons (1991) on interactions between animals and plants and the author of more than 300 articles and book chapters, with more than 50 graduate students in the country and abroad.


Understand the objectives of the project:

1) Putting together a proposal to implement and enable the start of operations of an institute of excellence, and unprecedented in South America, Centered on research on the effect of global climate change on the biodiversity of flora and fauna in Brazil, with a special focus on mountains, especially the Serra do Espinhaço. The Institute already exists and has the support of the Science and Technology Secretariat of the State of Minas Gerais, UFMG, and Fiocruz, among many others. The initiative is pioneering and innovative in all its aspects;

2) Put together at least four proposals for workshops on different topics, to be held in Minas Gerais (Cerrado Ecology, Environmental Services, Earth Observation Institute, Rupestrian Fields).

3. Finalize proposal and start work that results in the publication of a book on the state of the art of animal-plant interactions, to be published simultaneously in English, Portuguese and Spanish in 2012/2013.

4. Put together a proposal and start a book on the state of the art of studies on plant tumors in Brazil, to be published in 2012.

5) Co-edit a book on ecological modeling and evolution together with editors from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, University of Griffits (Australia) and Pennsylvania State University (USA).

6) Start the activities of the interinstitutional doctoral program in Evolution and Modeling together with at least 5 Universities in the State of Minas Gerais and many others abroad.

7) Continue with the implementation of the ComCerrado/MCT Nucleus at UFMG. There are countless expected results, considering the scope of the proposal. But in general it can be said that the implementation of the various projects will be considered as expected results.