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About Vânia Coelho

Dr. Coelho is a tenured professor in the department of natural sciences and mathematics. She has a master’s degree in ecology and a Ph.D. in zoology, both from University of São Paulo, Brazil. She completed most of her doctorate research while she was working as a visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Coelho held a post-doctoral research scientist position initially, and later an associate research scientist position, at Columbia University. She started working at Dominican in 2002. In 2007, she received the “Excellence in Education” Service Award from the City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, San Rafael, CA. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Coelho served as faculty coordinator for Dominican’s Center for Sustainability. In 2012, she led a campus-wide sustainability assessment that resulted in a Bronze rating in 2013 for Dominican from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Her current research focus is on coral reef ecology; she is particularly interested in management strategies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change on corals. Past funding for her research included grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service. Dr. Coelho teaches Bio Research Methodology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Sciences, International Field Biology and Marine Biology.

Positions

2016 Present Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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20102016 Associate Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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20092013 Faculty Coordinator, Dominican University of California Center for Sustainability
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20022010 Assistant Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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20022007 Associate Research Scientist, Central Caribbean Marine Institute
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19992002 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University ‐ Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Biosphere 2 Center Earth Institute
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19971999 Visiting Graduate Researcher, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution ‐ Department of Systematic Biology, Invertebrate Zoology
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19961999 Graduate Researcher, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ‐ Department of Zoology
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19931995 Graduate Researcher, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ‐ Department of Ecology
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests


Honors and Awards

  • School of Health and Natural Sciences Faculty Development Mini-Grant, 2016
  • School of Health and Natural Sciences Summer Research Grants, 2013 and 2015
  • Dominican Strategic Initiative Grant, 2011 - 2012
  • NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Grant, 2009 - 2012
  • Excellence in Education Award, City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors Project Aware Grant, 2006
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Dominican University of California Honorary Member, 2005
  • Carnegie Centennial Grant, 2005
  • National Park Service Grant, 2004 - 2005
  • National Park Service Grant, 2004
  • Dominican University of California Research Grant, 2003 and 2006 - 2009
  • The Crustacean Society Research Talk Honorable Mention, 1998
  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, 1998
  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, 1996 - 1999
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico Fellowship, 1996
  • Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Fellowship, 1993 - 1995

Courses

  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Bio Research Methodology
  • Environmental Field Studies
  • Earth Science: Marine World, Honors Program
  • Marine Biology
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • International Field Biology

Education

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1999 Ph.D., University of São Paulo, Brazil ‐ Zoology
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1996 M.S., University of São Paulo, Brazil ‐ Ecology
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1992 B.S., University of São Paulo, Brazil ‐ Biology
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Contact Information

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

415.458.3745

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Reports (2)