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Bruno Vilela de Moraes e Silva

Curriculum Vitae

CURRENT POSITION

Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: August 24, 1987 Citizenship: Brazil Gender: Male


Email: bvilela@wustl.edu Website: http://bvilela.weebly.com/
Phone: +1 314 537-3502 Citations: Vilela, B.; Silva, B.V.M.
Professional address: Dept of Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis. One
Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1137. St. Louis, MO 63130-4899.

EDUCATION
Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, USA
Postdoctoral Research, 2016 – present.

Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, Goias, Brazil (with a co-tutorship at University of


Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain)
Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolution, 2012 - 2016

Federal University of Alagoas, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil


M.S. in in Biological Diversity and Conservation in the tropics, 2010 - 2012
Bachelor and Licentiate in Biological Sciences, 2005 - 2009

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Portuguese: native speaker


English: excellent command / highly proficient in spoken and written
Spanish: excellent command / highly proficient in spoken and written
French: basic communication skills / working knowledge

RESEARCH INTRESTS
Macroecology; Biogeography; Conservation Biology; Biostatistics; Quantitate ecology; R
programming; Ecological Modelling; Phylogenetic Comparative Methods; Species
Distribution Models; Cultural Evolution; Herpetology.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Postdoctoral research
May 2016 – now: Department of Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis (research
adviser: Dr. Carlos Botero).
Research on Human Cultural Macroecology and Macroevolution.
Doctoral research
July 2014 – February 2016: Department of Life Sciences, University of Alcalá (research
adviser: Dr. Miguel Ángel Rodríguez).
Research on Macroecology, Biogeography, Conservation Biology and Phylogenetic
Comparative Methods.
Development of R packages for data gathering, handle and analysis in Ecology.
February 2012 – February 2016: Department of Ecology, Federal University of Goiás
(research adviser: Dr. Levi Carina Terribile).
Research on Macroecology, Biogeography, Conservation Biology, Landscape
Ecology and Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Development of R packages for data gathering, handle and analysis in Ecology.
Master research
February 2010 – February 2012: Department of Biodiversity, Federal University of
Alagoas (research adviser: Dr. Miguel Trefaut Urbano Rodrigues and Dr. Gabriel Omar
Skuk Sugliano).
Research on Animal Behavior, Herpetology, Species Distribution Models, Climate
Change and Conservation Biology.
Undergraduate research
August 2005 – January 2010: Natural History Museum of the Federal University of
Alagoas (research adviser: Dr. Gabriel Omar Skuk Sugliano).
Research on Herpetology.

JOURNAL REFEREE EXPERIENCE


Since 2014 and onwards – I have refereed papers in the journals:
Global Ecology and Biogeography; Journal of Biogeography; Ecography; PloS One; Acta
Oecologica; Animal Biodiversity and Conservation; PeerJ; Zoologia; Brazilian Journal of
Biological Sciences; Herpetology Notes; Frontiers in Biogeography; South American
Journal of Herpetology.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor: Basic R programming course for graduate students of the program of Ecology,
Conservation and Restauration of Ecosystems at the department of Life Science of the
University of Alcalá, Spain.
Co-Instructor: Basic R programming course for graduate students of the program of
Ecology and Evolution at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil.
Co-Instructor: Introduction to the Methods of Richness Estimation and Analysis of
Biodiversity course and Quantitative Ecology (biostatistics) applied to Conservation
Biology course at the Institute of Ecological Research (IPE – SP), Brazil.
Teaching Assistant: Biostatistics, R programing and Multivariate Statistics classes for
undergraduate students at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil.
Teaching Assistant: Biology of amphibians classes for undergraduate students the Federal
University of Alagoas, Brazil.

AWARDS AND GRANTS


Winner of the Brazilian best thesis award in biodiversity, CAPES, 2017. ($14,712.192
USD; converted values)
GBIF, Ebbe Nielsen Prize, 2015. Software selected as finalist. ($1,000 USD)
CAPES, Science Without Borders Research Grant, 2014-2015. “Macroecology of
Colubroidea Snakes”. ($21,168.64 USD; converted values).

R PACKAGES ON CRAN
Kass, J.; Vilela, B.; Aiello-Lammens, M. E.; Muscarella, R.; Anderson, R. P. Wallace:
Harnessing Digital Biodiversity Data for Predictive Modeling, Fueled by R. 2015.
Vilela, B.; Villalobos, F. letsR: Tools for data handling and analysis in macroecology. 2014.
Aiello-Lammens, M. E.; Boria, R. A.; Radosavljevic, A.; Vilela, B.; Anderson, R. P.
spThin: Functions for Spatial Thinning of Species Occurrence Records for Use in
Ecological Models. 2014.
PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed manuscripts
Kass, J.; Vilela, B.; Aiello-Lammens, M. E.; Muscarella, R.; Merow, C.; Anderson, R. P.
Wallace: a flexible platform for reproducible modeling of species niches and
distributions built for community expansion. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Early
view (DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12945). 2017.
Singh, M.; Friess, D. A.; Vilela, B.; Alban, J. D. T.; Monzon, A. K. V.; Veridiano, R. K. A.;
Tumaneng, R. D. Spatial relationships between above-ground biomass and bird species
biodiversity in Palawan, Philippines. Plos One, v.12 (12), pp e0186742, 2017.

Mata, R. A.; Tidon, R.; Oliveira, G.; Vilela, B.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Terribile, L. C.
Stacked species distribution and macroecological models provide incongruent
predictions of species richness for Drosophilidae in the Brazilian savanna. Insect
Conservation and Diversity. Early view (DOI: 10.1111/icad.12240). 2017.
Hawkins, B.; Leroy, B.; Rodríguez, M.; Singer, A.; Vilela, B.; Villalobos, F.; Wang, X.
Structural bias in aggregated trait variables driven by repeated species co-occurrences:
a pervasive problem in community and assemblage data. Journal of Biogeography. V.
44(6), pp 1199-1211, 2017.

Silva, D.P.; Vilela, B.; Buzatto, B.; Moczek, A.; Hortal, J. Contextualized niche shifts upon
independent invasions by the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus. Biological Invasions, v.
18 (11), pp 3137–3148, 2016.

Vilela, B., Villalobos, F. letsR: a new R package for data handling and analysis in
macroecology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, v. 6 (10), pp 229-1234, 2015.

Aiello-Lammens, M. E.; Boria, R. A.; Radosavljevic, A.; Vilela, B.; Anderson, R. P.


spThin: an R package for spatial thinning of species occurrence records for use in
ecological niche models. Ecography (Copenhagen), v. 38 (5), 2015.

Silva, D. P.; Vilela, B.; De Marco Junior, P.; Nemesio, A. Using Ecological Niche Models
and Niche Analyses to Understand Speciation Patterns: The Case of Sister Neotropical
Orchid Bees. Plos One, v. 9, pp e113246, 2014.

Vilela, B.; Villalobos, F.; Rodriguez, M. A.; Terribile, L. C. Body Size, Extinction Risk
and Knowledge Bias in New World Snakes. Plos One, v. 9, pp e113429, 2014.

Vilela, B.; Lisboa, B. S.; Nascimento, F. A. C. Reproduction of Agalychnis granulosa Cruz,


1989 (Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Natural History, v. 49, pp 1-9, 2014.
Maciel, A. O.; Vilela, B.; Nascimento, F.A.C.; Borges-Nojosa, D. M.; Lima, D. C. First
records of Chthonerpeton arii Cascon and Lima-Verde, 1994 (Amphibia:
Gymnophiona: Typhlonectidae) out of the type locality. Check List (São Paulo. Online),
v. 9, p. 818-819, 2013.

Araújo-Neto; Vilela, B.; Galdino, J. Y. A.; Nascimento, F.A.C.; Lisboa, B. S. New records
and geographic distribution map of Dendropsophus haddadi (Bastos and Pombal, 1996)
(Anura: Hylidae) with comments on color patterns. Check List (São Paulo. Online), v.
8, p. 248-250, 2012.

Vilela, B.; De Lima, M. G.; Gonçalves, U.; Skuk, G. O. S. Siphlophis compressus (Daudin,
1803) (Squamata: Dipsadidae): First records for the Atlantic forest north of the São
Francisco river, northeastern Brazil. Cuadernos de Herpetología, v. 25, p. 23-24, 2011.

Accepted manuscripts

Vilela, B.; Nascimento, F.A.; Vital, M.V.C. Impacts of climate change on small-ranged
amphibians of the northern atlantic forest. Oecologia Australis. (Invited submission for
the special edition in macroecology and spatial ecology).

Manuscripts under review

Kvanagh, P.*; Vilela, B.*; Haynie, H.; Ribeiro, M. S. L.; Botero, C.; Gavin, M.
Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces driving the origin of agriculture.
Under review in Nature Human Behavior. * Joint first authors.
Kavanagh, P.; Haynie, H.; Bowern, C.; Ember, C.; Gray, R.; Jordan, F.; Kirby, K.;
Kushnick, G.; Low, B.S.; Vilela, B.; Botero, C. The Global Geography of Human
Subsistence. Under review in Royal Society Open Science.
Silva, D.P.; Dew, R.; Vilela, B.; Stevens, M.I.; Schwarz, M.P. No deaths in the desert:
predicted responses of an arid-adapted bee and its two nesting trees suggest resilience
in the face of warming climates. Under review in Insect Diversity and Conservation.

Conference abstracts
Tuff, T.*; Vilela, B.*; Fristoe, T.; Gavin, M.; Gray, R.; Kvanagh, P.; Haynie, H.; Botero, C.
Cultural transmission shape phylogenetic trees. In: 8th biennial conference of the
international biogeography society, 2017, Tucson. Conference Program and Abstracts,
2017.*Joint first authors.
Kvanagh, P.*; Vilela, B.*; Haynie, H.; Ribeiro, M. S. L.; Botero, C.; Gavin, M. Did
demographic changes drive the rise of agriculture? Predicting potential population
densities of foraging societies in prehistory. In: 8th biennial conference of the
international biogeography society, 2017, Tucson. Conference program and abstracts,
2017.*Joint first authors.
Vilela, B.; Fristoe, T.; Tuff, T.; Gavin, M.; Kvanagh, P.; Haynie, H.; Gray, R.; Botero, C.
The relative role of history and ecology on the spread of farming. In: 8th biennial
conference of the international biogeography society, 2017, Tucson. Conference
program and abstracts, 2017.
Vilela, B.; Molina, R.; Saiz, J. C. M.; Rodriguez, M. A. Evolutionary history underlies
current extinction risks in the Iberian Flora. In: VII Congreso de biología de la
conservación de plantas, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Libro de resumenes del VII Congreso de
biología de la conservación de plantas, 2015.
Vilela, B.; Villalobos, F. letsR: a new R package for data handling and analysis in
macroecology. In: 7th International Conference of the International Biogeography
Society, 2015, Bayreuth. Conference Program and Abstracts of the IBS 2015, 2015.
Leal, C. M.; Vilela, B.; Elmoor-Loureiro, L. M. A.; Silva, W. S.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.;
Bonecker, C. C. Padrão de tamanho do corpo das espécies de cladóceros continentais
do Novo Mundo: importâncias das relações filogenéticas, do espaço geográfico e do
ambiente. In: XV Congresso Brasileiro de Limnologia, 2015, Maringá - PR. Anais do
XV Congresso Brasileiro de Limnologia, 2015
Rattis, L.; Dobrovolski, R.; Gouveia, S.; Souza, K.; Vilela, B.; Loyola, R. D. Spatial
correlation between habitat destruction and extinction risk of vertebrates in Brazil. In:
International Biogeography Society 6th Biennial Meeting, 2013, Miami. Conference
program and abstracts of the International Biogeography Society 6th Biennial Meeting
9-13 January 2013, Miami, Florida, USA. Published as frontiers of biogeography vol. 4,
suppl. 1 – December, 2013.
Vilela, B.; Almeida, J. P. F. A.; Mott, T. Modelagem da distribuição potencial de
Agalychnis grupo aspera (ANURA, HYLIDAE). In: VI Congresso brasileiro de
herpetologia, 2013, Salvador. VI Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia - Anais, 2013.
Mata, R. A.; Tidon, R.; Oliveira, G.; Vilela, B.; Diniz-Filho, J. A. F.; Terribile, L. C.
Geographical patterns of Drosophilidae richness in the Brazilian Savannas. In: VIII
Simpósio de Ecologia e Evolução de Drosophila, 2013, Porto de Galinhas. VIII
Simpósio de Ecologia e Evolução de Drosophila, 2013.
Vilela, B.; Lisboa, B. S.; Nascimento, F.A.C.; De Lima, M. G. Levantamento preliminar
da riqueza de anfíbios anuros no Estado de Alagoas, Brasil . In: IX Congresso
Latinoamericano de Herpetologia, 2011, Curitiba. Anais do IX Congresso
Latinoamericano de Herpetologia, 2011.
Silva, B. V. M.; Lisboa, B. S.; Skuk, G. O. S. Notas sobre la reproducción de Agalychinis
granulosa (Cruz, 1989) (ANURA:HYLIDAE). In: XI Congreso Argentino de
Herpetología, 2010, Buenos Aires. Libro de resúmenes del XI Congreso Argentino de
Herpetología, 2010.
Silva, F. O. L.; Silva, B. V. M.; Lima, M. G.; Skuk, G. O. S. Conhecimento atual da
anurofauna do litoral norte de Alagoas. In: IV Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia,
2009, Pirenópolis. Anais do IV Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia, 2009.
Lima, M. G.; Silva, F. O. L.; Silva, B. V. M.; Skuk, G. O. S. Herpetofauna de serapilheira
da Reserva da Biosfera da Mata atlântica do Sítio Pau Brasil, em Coruripe, Alagoas,
Brasil. In: III Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia, 2007, Belém-PA. Anais do III
Congresso Brasileiro de Herpetologia, 2007. v. 18. p. 068-068.
Silva, U. G.; Sena, G. A. B.; Nascimento, F.A.C.; Silva, S. T.; Silva, F. O. L.; Silva, B. V.
M. A Fauna de Répteis Arborícolas de um Fragmento Florestal da Área Metropolitana
de Maceió, Alagoas, Brasil. In: XV Encontro de Zoologia do Nordeste, 2005, Salvador.
Livro de Resumos do XV Encontro de Zoologia do Nordeste, 2005. v. 1. p. 374-375.