Ann Arbor, MI – UNITED STATES
Moritz Lab, Division of Ecology and Evolution
2020-Current Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Division of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of Michigan, United States . Advisor: Lacey Knowles
2016-Current PhD candidate; Ecology and Evolution Division, Australian National University, ANU, Australia. Advisor: Craig Moritz
2010 – 2012 Master’s in Biologia Animal; Universidade de Brasília, UNB, Brasil. Advisor: Cristiano de Campos Nogueira
2006 – 2009 Graduation in Biology; Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, PUC/PR, Brasil. Advisor: Dr. Júlio César de Moura-Leite
Fluent in Portuguese. Intermediate level of Spanish. Advanced level of English.
Professional Experience/ Employment History
Universidade de Brasília, UNB, Brasil.
2014 – 2015 Research assistant on the list of threatened lizards and amphisbaenians from Brazil, joint with Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio).
2012 – 2013 Research assistant at the Genética e Biodiversidade lab, helping with
standard lab maintenance and collaboration in the develop of works related to phylogeography of Neotropical herpetofauna.
Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, ICMBio, Brasil.
2013 – 2014 Scientific support with the Coordenação de Avaliação do Estado de Conservação da Biodiversidade (RAN/Coabio).
Museu de História Natural Capão da Imbuia, MHNCI, Brasil.
2008 – 2008 Intern at the Herpetology Collection, helping in the maintenance of the collection, organisation and classification of specimens
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, PUC/PR, Brasil.
2008 – 2009 Scientific Initiation (PIBIC), with Museu the História Natural Capão da Imbuia, related to morphology and biogeography of snakes in Parana state.
Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba, P/CURITIBA, Brasil.
2007-2007 Intern at Zoológico Municipal de Curitiba, Paraná, with environmental education, zoo-therapy and cantonment with children focus on teach them about the environment and conservation
Secretaria Municipal do Meio Ambiente, SMMA, Brasil.
2008 – 2008 Intern at the department of Environmental Education, with focus on community services.
Teaching & training
2018-2020: Australian National University, Demonstrator, BIOL1008: Human Biology
2018-2020: Australian National University, Demonstrator, BIOL2151: Genetics
2018-2020: Australian National University, Demonstrator, BIOL1009: Diversity of Life
2018-2019: Australian National University, Demonstrator, BIOL8702: Advanced Research Techniques- Master course
2018: Australian National University, Demonstrator, BIOL8291: Research Presentation Skills- Master course
2017-2018: Australian National University, Demonstrator, ENVS1003: Introduction to Environmental and Social Research
2013: Universidade de Brasilia, Lecturer: Biologia dos Répteis “Biology of Reptiles”
2011: Universidade de Brasilia, Demonstrator: Biologia dos Répteis “Biology of Reptiles”
Most recent Presentations of Work
2020 Fenker, J.; Esquerre,D; Aragão, A; Colli, G; Rabosky, D. Investigating patterns of ecomorphological diversification and convergence in savannas from Australia and Brazil. 9th World Congress of Herpetology, New Zealand. Oral presentation
2019 Fenker, J.; Melville, J; Moritz, C. How landscape features influence the genetic diversity of lizards with different habitat specialization in Australia. Evolution Meeting, United States. Oral presentation
2018 Fenker, J. et al. Evolutionary history of Neotropical savannas geographically concentrated species. Australian Herpetological Meeting. Oral presentation
2018 Fenker, J.; Moritz, C. Does dispersal rates predict the scale of phylogeographic structure? Evolution-Joint Congress. Oral presentation
2018 Fenker, J.; Moritz, C. How dispersal rates influence beta diversity of species. Genetics Society of AustralAsia. Oral presentation
2015 Tedeschi, LG.; Fenker, J.; Nogueira, CC.; Giugliano, LG. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Psomophis, and the history of Diagonal Neotropical Open Areas. Evolution Meeting. Oral presentation
2014 Fenker, J.; Tedeschi JG.; Nogueira, CC.; Pyron, RA. Phylogenetic Diversity and Conservation of South American Pitvipers. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). Poster presentation
2013 Fenker, J.; Tedeschi JG.; Moura-Leite, JC. Estatus de conservación de los lagartos paranaenses (Reptilia, Squamata). XIV Congreso Argentino de Herpetologia.
2012 Fenker, J.; Tedeschi JG.; Nogueira, CC. Phylogenetic diversity, habitat loss and conservation priorities in Neotropical pitvipers. 7th World Congress of Herpetology.
2019 Australian Biological Resources Study,Department of the Environment and Energy, International Student Travel Grant ($1500 AUD)
2019 The Australian National University: Vice Chancellor’s Higher Degree Research Travel Grant ($1500 AUD)
2018 Graduate Travel Award, Society for the Study of Evolution ($500 USD)
2016 Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), International Student PhD Research Fellowship ($184,500 AUD)
2014 Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal (FAPDF), International Student Travel Grant ($8000 BRL)
2013 Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal (FAPDF), International Student Travel Grant ($8000 BRL)
2012 Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal (FAPDF), International Student Travel Grant ($8000 BRL)
2010 Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Master’s Student Fellowship ($28,800 BRL)
2009 Programa Institucional de Bolsas de Iniciação Científica (PIBIC), Graduate Research Fellowship ($3000 BRL)
2017 – 2020 Ecology and Evolution Division HDR Representative, Research Training Committee, Research School of Biology, ANU
2019 Coordinator of the workshop “Presentation Skills”, open to the Division of Ecology and Evolution at the Australian National University, Australia
2018 Organization of the workshop ”SNPs in population- and phylo-genomics”, at the University of Canberra.
2018 Speaker during visit of the National Youth Science Forum at the Australian National University.
2017 Mentor at the 50fifty program mentoring program, which promotes gender equality in science, technology, engineering, and maths at the Australian National University.
Skills and Certifications
Highly experienced with statistical modelling (including linear regression, logistic regression, multivariate techniques, mixed effects models) and interpretation of complex data. Experienced with genomic analysis. Types of data include image, spatial, multivariate, discrete and continuous data.
Advanced experience with R, mapping and georeferencing in ArcGIS and Google Earth Pro. I am also confident with sequence alignment and editing of genetic data, from mitochondrial to next generation sequence. Working in museums and assisting in tissue collections management, I worked on the construction and maintenance of databases in the FileMaker Pro and Sequel Pro programs. I am also adept at Microsoft Office.
I assisted in many systematic reptiles’ surveys in remote places, collecting morphological measurements and preparing species, developing physiological experiments and getting data of the environmental conditions. In 2016 I helped the North Territory Government in a survey on Litchfield National Park, collecting information of all the fauna and fauna, using traps and active observation. Participated on one fieldwork season at the Kakadu and Nitmaluk National Park. In 2019, I was one of the coordinators of the Bush Blitz surveys, looking for reptiles around the Australia Capital Territory.
Standard Automobile Drivers License, Senior First Aid, Chemical Safety.