Being born where the Brazilian savannah meets the rainforest, Alexandre (Ale) has always been fascinated with biological diversity. This fascination led him to study Biological Sciences, and during his degree he started working with freshwater fishes. Although these fishes taught him a lot, he decided to fulfill a passion for the sea and went on a search for more salty environments.

In 2015, he earned a MSc degree in Ecology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, examining evolutionary processes related to the latitudinal distribution of reef fish biodiversity. Between 2015 and 2016 he was hired as a lecturer of Ecology and Vertebrate Zoology at the same university.

Then, to dive deeper into the evolution of coral reefs, he decided to make a move far from home and settled in Australia. He finished his PhD at JCU in early 2021 under the supervision of Dr Peter Cowman and Prof David Bellwood, examining the evolution, macroecology and biogeography of coral reef fishes from a trophic perspective. Now, as a Post Doc at the Reef Function Hub, Ale is investigating the evolution of key functions in coral reef organisms and its consequences for present-day biodiversity patterns.

  • Ale is fascinated with biological diversity, having particular interest in the interplay between ecology and evolutionary biology, and how they define patterns of species distributions. In his research, Ale employs techniques ranging from molecular phylogenetics to palaeontology and ecological modelling with the goal of answering questions about macroecology, macroevolution and biogeography. Ale's current research focuses on coral reefs due to their astonishing biodiversity and complexity, which makes them particularly insightful study systems.
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  • 2021 - PhD thesis passed with cum laude

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 23+ research outputs authored by Dr Alexandre Siqueira Correa from 2016 onwards.


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  • Assessing the movement, habits, and functional roles of nocturnal fishes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The evolution of diet, habitat, and morphology in reef fishes (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Fish-coral associations: inter-relationships across time and space (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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