The doctoral candidate of the Postgraduate Program in Environment and Development (PPGAD) of Univates Samuel Renner participated, in July, of the International Congress of Odonatology. The event, hosted by the Worldwide Dragonfly Association, brought together about 100 specialists from the Odonata insect group in the city of Cambridge, England, from July 15th to July 20th.
At the congress, Renner presented a paper referring to a research developed in the Institution that investigates the communities of this order of insects in the Pampa biome. "It was a great honor to attend the event and present part of our project, representing PPGAD and Univates. This type of participation is important for making new contacts and possible new international cooperation”, says Renner.
In addition to the event, the researcher embarks next month for Sweden, where he will conduct research at the University of Halmstad through a sandwich doctorate scholarship. The incentive was received through the Foreign Visiting Professor Program (PVE), of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes). The cooperation involves Professors Eduardo Périco, coordinator of the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Univates, and Göran Sahlén, of the University of Halmstad, one of the pioneers in the research on the order Odonata in the world.
The research that has been carried out by the doctoral candidate Renner is entitled "Effects of landscape structure on taxocenosis of Odonata (Insecta) in the biome of Pampa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil." It is held at Univates Ecology and Evolution Laboratory in partnership with the Swedish educational institution. The next stage of the study will compare the wealth and diversity of Odonata communities between Sweden and Brazil.
Text: Ana Amélia Ritt
Translation: Makeli Aldrovandi