Bia Dias

(PhD. Candidate, ECo)


Temporal and spatial analysis of marine ecosystems.


Lenfest Ocean Program
CAPES Foundation

Contact information
e-mail: bdossantosdi

Jordaan Lab webpage

Project Description:

My project has two main components: temporal analysis and the spatial analysis of marine ecosystems. It includes analyzing the impacts of forage fishes biomass restoration in Northeast US marine ecosystem,with the objective to reconnect watersheds and ocean, there is the rise of dam removal policies in Northeast US. Several studies have focused on anadromous fish habitat restoration; however, few have talked about the effects of increase anadromous forage fish biomass on marine ecosystems. Thus, my main research goal is to answer the “what if” question regarding alosine biomass restoration. I am also working on spatial management of species of concern in Northern Brazil, which will give tools for the Extractive Reserve of Soure management plan design. I am developing this work at University of Massachusetts Amherst under the orientation of Dr. Jordaan.

Publications and conference abstracts

Dias, B.S., Frisk, M.G. and Jordaan, A. (in Review). Opening the tap: Increased riverine connectivity strengthens marine food web pathways.

Dias, B.S. and Jordaan, A. (2017). A marine ecosystem perspective of anadromous forage fish. ICES ASC Fort Lauderdale, US (Oral Presentation).

Dias, B.S., Martins, B.M.L., Sousa, M.E.M., Cardoso, A.T.C. and Jordaan, A. (2017). First steps towards including sea turtle research in Extractive Marine Reserve of Soure management plan. ISTS, Las Vegas, US (Oral Presentation).

Dias, B. S., A Jordaan. (2016). Going with the flow: Employing network analysis to explore Northeast US shelf ecosystem consequences of alternative anadromous forage biomass scenarios. ICES ASC, Riga, Latvia (Oral Presentation).

Jordaan, A., Klein, E.S., Alexander, K., Leavenworth, W.B., Mattocks, S., Dias, B.S., and Frisk, M.G. (2016). What four years of ecosystem modeling using historical data has told us about changes to the Northeast Atlantic ecosystem. ICES ASC, Riga, Latvia.

Dias, B.S., Mattocks, S., Jordaan, A. (2016) The effects of anadromous forage fish biomass restoration on NE US marine ecosystem. ISEM, Townson, Maryland, US (Poster presentation).

Dias, B.S., Jordaan, A., Mattocks, S. (2016) What if? The effects of anadromous forage fish biomass restoration. CCFFR/SCL, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (Oral presentation).

Dias, B.S. and Jordaan A. (2014)  Sea turtles of the Amazon: First steps towards a conservation network. 34th International Sea Turtle Symposium. New Orleans, LA, US (Poster Presentation).

Dias, B., Rodriguez-Baron, J., Koch, V. (2012). Then years of black sea turtle research and conservation at two coastal lagoons in Northwest Mexico. What do we know? 32nd International Sea Turtle Symposium. Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico (Oral Presentation).

Najera-Hillman, E., B. Dias, V. Koch, G. Hinojosa. (2010). Survival and abundance estimates for green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Estero Banderitas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, California, USA.

Dias, B., V. Koch, E. Najera-Hillman, G. Hinojosa, J. H. Wang, S. Fisler, Y. Swimmer. (2010).Growth rates and body condition index of East Pacific green turtle (Chelonia mydas) at four monitoring sites in Baja California Sur. 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, California, USA (Oral Presentation).

Esliman, A.,  Dias, B., Lucero.,J. (2010). Increasing of the monitoring sites and capture efforts of sea turtles in Northwest Mexico, more than a decade of Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias. 31st International Sea Turtle Symposium. San Diego, California, USA.

Dias, B., Koch, V., Lucero, J. (2010). Mark-recapture for evaluating the status of green sea turtle Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus 1758) in Baja California Sur, Mexico feeding grounds . I Conservation Science Symposium. Loreto, Baja California Sur. Mexico (Oral presentation).

Cohen, M. C. L., Lara, R. J., Smith, C. B., Angélica, R. S., Dias, B. S., & Pequeno, T. (2008). Wetland dynamics of Marajó Island, northern Brazil, during the last 1000 years. Catena, 76(1), 70-77.

Academic Honors and Awards

ICES ASC travel grant, 2017.

ISTS travel grant, 2017.

ICES ASC travel grant, 2016.

Recipient, Science without Borders Scholarship- CAPES, 2013-2017

Grado de Maestra en Ciéncias con Mención Honorífica por la UABCS. Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2011.

Recipient, CONACyT scholarship, UABCS- Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, 2009-2011

Recipient, CONACyT Mixed scholarship, UABCS- Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, 2010

Recipient, Capes/CNPq scholarship, UFPA- Federal University of Para, 2006-2007