Curriculum vitae

Knowles Lab, Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biological Science Building, University of Michigan
Moritz Lab, Division of Ecology and Evolution
Research School of Biology, Australian National University- ANU
RN Robertson Building #46- 46 Sullivans Creek Road
Canberra, ACT- AUSTRALIA 2601


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Formal Education/Degree

2020-Current  Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Division of Ecology and Evolutionary
                 Biology, University of Michigan, United States . Advisor: Lacey Knowles

2016-2020  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

Australian National University, ANU, Australia.

2016 – 2020    Research assistant. I assisted on the Craig Moritz lab activities, including lab work, sequencing of genetic data, statistical analysis and scientific paper and report writing.
2016 – 2020    Teaching and demonstrating. I worked together with Professors at the university assisting on classes.

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
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
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
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
Fenker, J.; Moritz, C. Does dispersal rates predict the scale of phylogeographic structure? Evolution-Joint Congress. Oral presentation
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.


2020 ANCLAS Research Grant, Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, The Australian National University ($4000 AUD)
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)
 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.