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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


Grants

2016 Performance Assessment Focusing on Coral Reef Protection by the Tourism Industry in the Coral Triangle Region
School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHNS), Dominican University of California
SHNS Faculty Development Mini-Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$1,600
2015 Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change on Acropora Corals
School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHNS), Dominican University of California
SHNS Summer Research Grants
$4,000
2013 Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change on Acropora Corals
School of Health and Natural Sciences (SHNS), Dominican University of California
SHNS Faculty Development Mini-Grant
$4,000
2011 - 2012 Assessment of Campus-Wide Sustainability Initiatives Using the Premier National Rating System
Dominican University of California
Dominican Strategic Initiative Grant
2009 - 2012 Preventing Bleaching through Shading in Three Branching Coral Species Commonly Found in Indo-Pacific Reefs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Charles Birkeland (Co- PI), Douglas Fenner (Co- PI), Peter Craig (Co- PI)
$48,000
2006 - 2009 Dominican Research Grants
Dominican University of California
2006 Coral Disease Management and Monitoring in Little Cayman
Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PADI Project Aware Grant
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Carrie Manfrino (PI)
$2,000
2005 Centennial Celebration of the Carnegie Laboratory, Dry Tortugas, Florida. Field Trip and Symposium on the Past, Present and Future of Research in the Tortugas, Key West, Florida
Carnegie Centennial Organizing Committee,
Carnegie Centennial Grant Grant
2004 - 2005 Barring Non- Native Plant Invasions into California’s National Parks by Human Activities
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)
National Park Service Grant
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Mietek Kolipinski (PI), Sibdas Ghosh (Co- PI)
$100,000
2004 Tomales Bay Invertebrate Biodiversity Inventory
United States Department of the Interior, NPS
National Park Service Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Diara Spain (Co-PI)
$9,000
2003 Dominican Research Grants
Dominican University of California
1996 - 1999 Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo Fellowship
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
$52,000
1998 Grant to attend the Fourth International Congress on Crustacea in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
1996 Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico Fellowship
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
$12,000
1993 - 1995 Master of Science fellowship
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
$21,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2002 - 2007 Board Member, Central Caribbean Marine Institute Scientific Advisory Board
2002 - 2004 Board and Founding Member, Dominican University of California Woman in Science Center
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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Education Award, City of San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Dominican University of California Honorary Member, 2005
  • The Crustacean Society Research Talk Honorable Mention, 1998

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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