About

I started my research career in Brazil, country that has my heart. I have an undergraduate degree on Biological Sciences through the Universidade Federal de São Carlos campus Sorocaba. While in undergrad, I was introduced to scientific research where we developed a couple of nanosensors with medical applications (1,2).Then, I decided to switch fields to focus my career on conservation biology. I had the opportunity to collaborate with landscape ecologists on a study on how different land planning scenarios could impact the conservation of key ecosystems on maintaining functional landscapes (3). Later, I was an intern on the MBM and IAC herbaria, where I had hands-on experience on how to collect, properly store, and identify plants. On the last years of my undergraduate course I had the opportunity to do an internship at the Angatuba Ecological Station, a protected area in Brazil. There, I started to be aware of the impacts of plant invasion. This protected area holds an ecotone of Cerrado savanna and Atlantic semi-deciduous forest, which provides unique associated biodiversity (4). The Cerrado is, however, extremely threaded by the invasion of slash pine, introduced in the region for timber production decades ago. Motivated to understand better invasion processes and provide managers with meaningful recommendations, my research career has been focused on biological invasions since then.

I continued in academia by pursuing a Master degree in Plant Biodiversity and Environment (minor in Vascular Plants) under Dr. Eduardo Pereira Cabral Gomes advise. During my Master, we investigated whether distance to a botanical garden could be a surrogate to plant invasion in a rain forest remnant and defined management priorities to this protected area (5). Currently in my Ph.D., I investigate whether temperate forests can be resistant to invasive plant species, by understanding how forests are structured when invaded. My broad interests rely on investigating plant community ecology principles and how this knowledge can be applied to the management of invaded ecosystems (6). You can find the complete list of my publications below:


Peer-Reviewed:

8. Nagy, R. C., [...], Petri, L., et al.. 2021. Harnessing the NEON data revolution to advance open environmental science with a diverse and data-capable community. Ecosphere 12(12):e03833. 10.1002/ecs2.3833

7. Gill, N. S., Mahood, A. L., Meier, C. L., Muthukrishnan, R., Nagy, R. C., Stricker, E., Duffy, K. A., Petri, L., and Morisette, J. T.. (2021). Six central questions about biological invasions to which NEON data science is poised to contribute. Ecosphere 12(9):e03728. 10.1002/ecs2.3728

6. Ibáñez, I., Liu, G., Petri, L., Schaffer-Morrison, S., & Schueller, S. (2021). Assessing vulnerability and resistance to plant invasions: A native community perspective. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 14(2), 64-74. doi:10.1017/inp.2021.15

5. L Petri, S Aragaki, E P C Gomes (2018). Management priorities for exotic plants in an urban Atlantic Forest reserve. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062017abb0317

4. K de Mello, L Petri, E C Leite, R H Toppa (2014). Environmental scenarios for land planning of permanent preservation areas in Sorocaba, SP. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-67622014000200011

3. L Petri, B H S Prado, A Z Antunes, B C Oliveira (2013). King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa (Linnaeus, 1758) (Aves, Cathartidae) nesting in a manmade structure. Biota Neotropica. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-06032013000200040

2. M L Moraes, L Petri, V Oliveira, C A Olivati, M C F de Oliveira, F V Paulovich, O N F Oliveira, M Ferreira (2012). Detection of glucose and triglycerides using information visualization methods to process impedance spectroscopy data. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2012.02.046

1. L Petri, M Ferreira, M L Moraes (2011). Toward Preserving the Structure of the Antigenic Peptide p17-1 from the HIV-1 p17 Protein in Nanostructured Films. https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.4216

Educational:

2. L Petri, B H S Prado. Biodiversidade em quadrinhos: nem tudo é o que parece ser (2016). 3rd volume. (Environmental Education Resource) ISBN: 978-85-64808-12-6

1. B H S Prado, L Petri, F O Garcia (2015). Management Plan of Angatuba Ecological Station: executive summary. ISBN: 978-85-8191-044-0

In my spare time, I love to hang out with my cats, play Capoeira, hike and do some gardening