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The main goal of LECAR is to generate basic and applied knowledge of reef systems functioning and development (coral reefs, rocky
reefs and other), aiming the optimal management and conservation. The lab’s main focus is reef fish, but our interests and studies
goes beyond that. The main topics of studies include: Fish and benthos interactions, reef fish and invertebrate community structure, fish
biogeography and macroecology, reef conservation and management, reef connectivity.

Students who wish to develop projects within the LECAR are expected to possess specific qualifications of laboratory and field work.
Most experiments requires many hours of immersion in water subtropical (and tropical) requiring proper equipment and persistence.

Much of the acquired knowledge comes from reading specific literature and by their own observations, and thus it is desired that
students spend significant time on field observation and “think like a fish.” The work and projects require statistical parametric and
nonparametric analysis, being an essential requirement that students have an affinity with the most used softwares and tests. All
students are expected to be thoroughly up to date with the relevant literature to their projects, attending monthly seminars in LECAR and
presenting results in the most significant national and international forums. The work undertaken must generate publications in
international and national journals, including related outreach science. Furthermore it is important that everyone has their own initiative
to require resources from the relevant national and international agencies.

For undergraduate students is important to know that doing research demands hard work, requiring a level of dedication far beyond the
classroom. If you think you’re prepared for it, visit the LECAR.

Some advices for prospective students.

Courses: Postgraduate | Undergraduate