Marine ecology

Impacts of climate change on organisms and ecosystems.

Silas C. Principe

Silas C. Principe

PhD Candidate - Oceanography

Instituto Oceanográfico/Universidade de São Paulo


I have a degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP), Campus do Litoral Paulista. I worked during graduation at the Laboratory of Ecology and Animal Behavior where I developed my main line of research in ecology of coastal environments. I did an internship in the United Kingdom at the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University through an internship and research grant abroad (BEPE # 2012 / 17713-7) by FAPESP. Master in Zoology by the Institute of Biosciences of Botucatu (IB-UNESP) and PhD in Biological Oceanography by the Oceanographic Institute of USP.


  • Marine Ecology
  • Niche modelling
  • Ecophysiology
  • GIS


  • PhD in Biological Oceanography, 2019-actual

    Stanford University

  • MSc in Zoology, 2016

    Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) - Instituto de Biociências - Campus de Botucatu

  • BSc in Biological Sciences/Marine Biology, 2014

    Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) - Instituto de Biociências - Campus do Litoral Paulista










Meio De Cultura

Role: coordinator The outreach project “Meio de Cultura” (culture medium, in free translation) is an extension activity at UFSCar Sorocaba, a public federal university from Sorocaba, São Paulo state, Brazil.

Coral Reefs

Despite being one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems of the world, coral reefs are also one of the most threatened in the Anthropocene.

Thermal biology of fiddler crabs

Marine organisms are facing unprecedent challenges due to climate change. Understand how those changes, especially temperaure increase, will affect organisms is essential.

Recent Publications

Predicted Shifts in the Distributions of Atlantic Reef-Building Corals in the Face of Climate Change

Many species drive the diversity of ecosystems by adding structural complexity to the environment. In coral reefs, stony corals act as …

Advancing Through the Pandemic From the Perspective of Marine Graduate Researchers: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a new social and academic reality to researchers worldwide. The field of marine …

Development of a conceptual framework for the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Mexican Caribbean

Coral reefs and mangroves support rich biodiversity and provide ecosystem services that range from food, recreational benefits and …

Point-of-care testing for measuring haemolymph glucose in invertebrates is not a valid method

Blood glucose is widely used as a physiological parameter for vertebrates and invertebrates. However, its measurement in the field is …

Effects of water loss and temperature increase in fiddler crabs

Temperature is one of the main environmental constraints to organism distribution, affecting physiology and survival. Organisms that …

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