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I am a biologist with PhD in Marine Biology from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF),
where I developed my thesis studying different aspects of the biology of nominally
herbivorous reef fishes. During that time, I evaluated the influence of herbivorous fishes on
the reef benthic community on Southeastern Brazil and also analyzed nutritional aspects on
herbivores diets in New Zealand with Dr. Kendall Clements (University of Auckland, New
Zealand). Afterwards, I turned my research focus to macroecology during a two-year
postdoc in France working with Dr. Michel Kulbicki (IRD, France) on a project to investigate
patterns of the distribution of different groups of herbivorous fishes.

Currently, I’m a postdoctoral researcher (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ)
investigating the drivers of herbivorous fish assemblages across multiple spatial scales,
from a local to a global perspective. I also coordinate the monitoring program of reef fish
assemblages in the Arraial do Cabo Marine Reserve (RESEXMar) as part of the Project
Costão Rochoso.


Quimbayo JP, Dias MS, Schlickmann ORC, Mendes TC. Fish cleaning interactions on a
remote island in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Marine Biodiversity, 47: 603-608. PDF

Giglio VJ, Ternes MLF, Mendes TC, Cordeiro CAMM, Ferreira CEL. 2017. Anchoring
damages to benthic organisms in a Southwestern Atlantic scuba dive hotspot: a note of
concern. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 21: 311-316. PDF | Versão em português

Quimbayo JP, Mendes TC, Kulbicki M, Floeter SR, Zapata FA. 2017. Unusual reef fish
biomass and functional richness at Malpelo, a remote island in the Tropical Eastern Pacific.
Environmental Biology of Fishes, 100: 149–162. PDF | Press release (português / english /

Cordeiro CAMM, Mendes TC, Harborne AR, Ferreira CEL. 2016. Spatial distribution of
nominally herbivorous fishes across environmental gradients on Brazilian rocky reefs.
Journal of Fish Biology, 89: 939–958. PDF

Mendes TC, Cordeiro CAMM, Ferreira CEL. 2015. An experimental evaluation of macroalgal
consumption and selectivity by nominally herbivorous fishes on subtropical rocky reefs.
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 417: 146–152. PDF

Luiz OJ, Mendes TC, Barneche DR, Ferreira CGW, Noguchi R, Villaça RC, Rangel CA,
Gasparini JL, Ferreira CEL. 2015. Community structure of reef fishes on a remote oceanic
island (St. Peter and St. Paul’s Archipelago, equatorial Atlantic): the relative influence of
abiotic and biotic variables. Marine and Freshwater Research, 66: 739–749. PDF

Longo GO, Morais RA, Martins CDL, Mendes TC, Aued AW, Cândido DV, de Oliveira JC,
Nunes LT, Fontoura L, Sissini MN, Teschima MM, Silva MB, Ramlov F, Gouvea LP, Ferreira
CEL, Segal B, Horta PA, Floeter SR. 2015. Between-habitat variation of benthic cover, reef
fish assemblage and feeding pressure on the benthos at the only atoll in South Atlantic:
Rocas Atoll, NE Brazil. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127176. PDF | Press release (português / english)

Mendes TC, Mazzei RCB, Correal GO, Ferreira. 2011. A new possible case of mimicry
between two Brazilian endemic reef fishes. Marine Biodiversity Records, 4: e29. PDF

Mendes TC, Villaça RC, Ferreira CEL. 2009. Diet and trophic plasticity of an herbivorous
blenny Scartella cristata of subtropical rocky shores. Journal of Fish Biology, 75:1816–1830.

Vasconcelos MA, Mendes TC, Fortes WLS, Pereira RC. 2009. Feeding and decoration
preferences of the Epialtidae crab Acanthonyx scutiformis. Brazilian Journal of
Oceanography, 57: 137–143. PDF

email: tcmendes@gmail.com | lattes curriculum | my citations | ResearchGate