Rodolfo Silva

Life Sciences

Rodolfo Leandro Nascimento Silva is a scientist who navigates the mysteries of ocean biodiversity. Born in Maceió, his childhood was marked by an innate curiosity for science, initially with the observation of ants and, later, with a deep fascination with the wonders of marine ecology.

A pioneer in a low-income family, Silva earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the Federal University of Alagoas. In this institution, he soon obtained a master’s degree in biological diversity and conservation in the tropics. He later went to Rio de Janeiro, where he completed his doctorate in biodiversity and evolutionary biology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He also completed two postdoctoral periods, one at UFRJ and the other at the Federal University of Espírito Santo.

The biologist loves his hometown and the Jaça neighbourhood on the outskirts of Maceió. Furthermore, he retains his passion for Centro Sportivo Alagoano, his favourite team. After almost a decade of living in Rio, Silva confesses a troubled and ambiguous relationship with the beauty and chaos of the capital of Rio de Janeiro. His musical tastes include playing, dancing, and singing maracatu de baque virado, maintaining a space for rap, samba, reggae, and rock’n’roll. The biologist also continually invests in racial literacy and political training to expand the narrow limits that prevent many from entering the scientific and academic perimeter.


Diário de bordo: narrativas científicas na década do oceano
Ciências da Vida, Podcast

“Diário de bordo: narrativas científicas na década do oceano” busca construir narrativas sobre o fazer científico a partir de um diário produzido durante uma pesquisa de campo feita pelo biólogo Rodolfo Nascimento. A pesquisa acontecerá em 2024, com uma expedição que fará coletas e identificação de material biológico em diversos pontos do litoral brasileiro, reunindo uma equipe multidisciplinar para descrever o funcionamento da biodiversidade marinha e seus mecanismos.

Em parceria com Nathália Cariatti, da NCF Produções, e Lucas Andrade, do Alô, Ciência, o projeto transformará a pesquisa de campo também em um diário de bordo sonoro e visual, na forma de um podcast e de um mapa interativo, que levarão para o público o cotidiano e a vida de um cientista brasileiro em campo.

Amount invested

Grant 2024: R$30.000,00
What governs the dimensionality of coastal marine communities along the Southwest Atlantic?
Science / Life Sciences

Scientists study biodiversity using metrics (e.g. species in a location), which capture only part of the information contained in biodiversity. This fragments the concept, which is, by nature, one. Interestingly, without integration, the more fragments we access, the further we are from understanding biodiversity. Dimensionality – the number of dimensions necessary to describe biodiversity in an effective and non-redundant way – was proposed as a solution to this paradox. Some places and biological communities have greater dimensionality than others, although it is unknown why. This is an essential question for theory and practice in ecology and conservation and is at the forefront of biodiversity studies. In this project, I will use the intimate relationship between marine benthic organisms and their habitats to answer this question.

Amount invested

Grant Serrapilheira 2023: R$ 100.000,00
Grant Faperj 2023: R$ 671.600.00

Open Calls

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