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Maria Gasalla

University of Sao Paulo, Oceanographic Institute
Started my career as a marine biologist, followed by a MSc in Biological Oceanography. Became a specialized fisheries scientist with my first permanent position in a public research institution in Brazil after previous training in two Spanish institutions. This brought me to a broad new vibrant international experience and capacity building (Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Argentina, etc). My interest expanded to social sciences and developed several studies on fisheries economics, maritime anthropology, and human ecology related to coastal and marine ecosystems. Since 2005, I am a professor of the University of São Paulo, lecturing in undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising PhD, MSc and BSc students (high scored and with several international awards), while also coordinating scientific projects in ocean and coastal sciences (with emphasis on fisheries). International career developed further as I interacted in several international research consortia, networks, projects, events, scientific steering committees and institutes, gaining experience in all of the world's continents. I was a Brazilian scientist officially representing Brazil at the UN Oceans Conference in 2016 being a member of the University of Sao Paulo's Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA-USP) where I am still engaged covering some topics on SDGs. You can find my lab's homepage at for updates of our recent publications, books, projects, awards, and initiatives in the South Atlantic and other oceans.
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Sustainable use-Coordinating lead author
Scenarios and models task force-Expert
Workshop on modelling Nature Future Scenarios-Expert
IPBES IPCC co-sponsored workshop on biodiversity and climate change-Expert