Currently, I am a research and associate professor in the department of Ecology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I was the head of the Department of Ecology of UFRGS from 2008 to 2010. I have been also participating in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Fisheries and Food (FIFO) (based in Campinas, Brazil) since 2005, where I now have the position of research director. I have been doing research on Applied Ecology, Fisheries management and ecology, Fish ecology, Human Ecology and Ethnobiology. I got my Doctor degree in Ecology in 2001, at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil and I concluded a post-doc in the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2008.