Laís de Carvalho Teixeira Chaves, PhD

TCC Faculty & Program Director
Coral Reef Ecology
Lionfish Control & Management
Marine Science & Conservation Working Group

Brazil CAPES Science Without Borders Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Marine Ecology Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University - Canada

Skype: chaveslais

PhD, Oceanography
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
MSc, Marine Biology
Universidade Federal Fluminense
BSc, Biological Sciences/Zoology
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


Research and Teaching Experience / Pesquisa e Experiencia de ensino
For the past 10 years I have been involved in reef fish community and ecology studies, taking part in research projects along the Brazilian Coast. During these years I had also instructed Reef Fish Ecology courses for undergraduate students. I have been involved in the Coral Reef Ecology field course since 2010.

Nos últimos 10 anos estive envolvida em estudos sobre comunidade e ecologia de peixes recifais, participando de projetos de pesquisa ao longo da costa brasileira. Ao longo desses anos, também ministrei o mini-curso Ecologia de peixes recifais para alunos de graduação 

Research Interests / Interesses de Pesquisa
My main interests comprise coral reef ecology and conservation, as much as of other tropical marine ecosystems such mangroves, algal beds and seagrass. I am also a member and co-founder of the NGO Instituto Mar Adentro.

Meus principais interesses englobam a ecologia e conservação de ambientes recifais, assim como outros ecossistemas marinhos tropicais, como mangues, bancos de algas e gramas marinhas. Eu também sou membro e sócia-fundadora da ONG Instituto Mar Adentro.

Recent Research Contributions

Chaves, L., Feitosa, J. Ormond, C, & Côte, I. 2014. The invasion of the Indo-Pacific lionfish off Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama: Are fishers doing their part? Oral presentation at the 67th Annual Conference of the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute,  Bridgetown, Barbados.

Scott, A., Marty, M., Chaves, L. & Ormond, C. 2014. Feeding selection of a corallivorous and herbivorous parrotfish on a Panamanian coral reef. Poster presented at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress of the Society for Conservation Biology, Glasgow, Scotland.

Wooster, M K., Marty, M., Chaves, L., Ormond, C., & Pawlik, J.R. 2014. Quantifying sponge associational refugia in the absence of spongivores. Poster presented at 43rd Benthic Ecology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Hannon, M.C., Marty, M.J., Chaves, L., Ormond, C.G.A., & Cowart, J.R. 2013. Distasteful disappearing act: Evidence for a trade-off between anti-predatory strategies in Sabellid worms. Poster at 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting.

Cowart, J.R., Chaves, L., Marty, M.J., Ormond, C.G.A., Gonzalez, M., Olsson, S., Hannon, M.C. 2013. Food selection and trophic roles of two Atlantic surgeonfish Acanthurus tractus and Acanthurus chirurgus on coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, PanamáPoster at 42nd Benthic Ecology Meeting.

Gonzalez, M.M., Reynolds, N., Chaves, L., Marty, M.J., Ormond, C.G.A., McGinty, E.S., Green, S.J. 2013. Monitoring and managing the invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Poster at 4th Congresso Brasileiro de Biologia Marinha.

Cline, T., Chaves, L., Marty, M.J., Ormond, C.G.A. 2013. Determining the Effects of Competition on Territory Size of the Dusky Damselfish Stegastes adustus off Bocas del Toro Archipelago: a density-dependent Scenario. Poster at 4th Congresso Brasileiro de Biologia Marinha.

Fehr, A., Krongrad, L., Duscher, A., Chaves, L., Fleming, E., Feitosa, J., George, A., Gloeckler, K., Irvine, A., Marty, M.J., McGinty, L., Nagy, M., Ormond, C., Otto, G., Paullin, C., Seely, T., Van Heukelem, L., and Withers, A. 2012. Assessment of the lionfish invasion off Bocas Del Toro Archipelago. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium.

Chaves, L., Ormond, C., McGinty, L., Marty, M.J., Nagy, M., Fehr, A., Paullin, C., Krongrad, L., Withers, A., and Padovani, B. 2011. Habitat segregation among damselfish in Bocas del Toro coral reefs, Panama: Effects of depth and wave exposure. 3rd Brazilian Congress of Marine Biology.