Tania Tarabini Castellani


Biologist, with Masters and Doctorate degrees in Ecology. Professor at the Santa Catarina Federal University from 1984 to 2018.

Tania Tarabini Castellani was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1958. She studied at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Ecology at the Campinas State University, in São Paulo. Her early research projects were focused describing the structure of restinga (coastal scrub) communities. For her Masters degree, she assessed secondary succession after fire in Seasonal Semidecidual Forest in Campinas. Tania started working as a Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 1984, although whe only received her doctorate degree years later, in 2003. Living on the coast, she was then able to resume her research on coastal scrub communities. Her Doctorate studies focused on the population dynamics of a dune colonizer plant. As a Professor at UFSC, Tania taught courses on Ecology mainly in the undergraduate Biological Sciences course and in the graduate programs in Plant Biology and Ecology. She advised undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate students and worked in the Tutorial Education Program of the Ministry of Education. At this time, Tania became acquainted with The Horus Institute through our volunteering program in a municipal park, clearing invasive pines in coastal scrub. She started collaborating with the program, telling students about it and making room for the topic of biological invasions in the Biological Sciences course. Her involvement gathered students interested in the topic, and a partnership was established between UFSC and the Institute. In 2018, Tania retired from UFSC, although she kept advising students until 2019. In 2020, she was invited to participate in the Horus Institute Board, and wishes to collaborate in disseminating knowledge on invasive species and helping people understand and care for our natural heritage.

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