Keltony Aquino

Life Sciences

Keltony Aquino is a researcher committed to preserving coastal ecosystems and passionate about marine biodiversity. His project expands knowledge about coastal ecosystems, including in this equation the role played by permanently dry areas and their terrestrial fauna. He graduated in biological sciences from the Federal University of Espírito Santo; his roots in the biology of decapod crustaceans opened the doors to a master’s degree in ecology and natural resources at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro. In this institution, he also completed his doctorate in the same area. His academic journey contributed to his in-depth knowledge of ecology and shaped him as an educator when Aquino was a scholarship holder in the Institutional Teaching Initiation Scholarship Program (PIBID). Later, the biologist also joined the team at the Natural History Museum of the South of the State of Espírito Santo. He is a postgraduate fellow at the Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro. His project is essential to understanding coastal erosion and the factors that impact these delicate ecosystems and providing fundamental data for managing and conserving precious sandy beaches.


Do coastal erosion and urban development affect ecological patterns and processes on sandy beaches?
Science / Life Sciences

Marine physical factors mainly influence ecological patterns on sandy beaches. However, most research focuses on benthic invertebrates in the intertidal zone, ignoring permanently dry areas and their terrestrial fauna. These organisms play a vital role as indicators of the health of the coastal ecosystem, which faces threats from urban development and coastal erosion. This research aims to describe the structure, taxonomic and functional composition of arthropod communities in the supralittoral zone on several beaches in Rio de Janeiro. This will help us understand how natural factors, such as erosion and anthropogenic influences, affect these communities. This data will be valuable for monitoring, spatial analysis, coastal beach management and conservation efforts. The study aims to establish a solid foundation for protecting coastal biodiversity, considering current and future human interventions. It is a fundamental scientific approach to preserving coastal ecosystems and their species.

Amount invested

Grant Serrapilheira 2023: R$ 100.000,00
Grant Faperj 2023: R$ 559.805,00

Open Calls

Chamada conjunta de apoio a pós-docs negros e indígenas em ecologia nº 1