Douglas Riff


Born in Rio de Janeiro (19 November 1979).
I introduced myself to paleontology in 1998 after attending a lecture by one of the most captivating paleontologists and speakers I have ever met, Dr Castor Cartelle. Even interested by fossils since infancy, until that moment I was discovering other areas of the Biology (I was in my second year of the graduation in Biology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), and having a closest contact with areas such marine biology (meiofauna), entomology, forest ecology, environmental education. The lecture of Dr Cartelle renewed my original interest to become a professional paleontologist and, a day after, I searched a former student of him, Dra Lilian Bergqvist, at the Geosciences Institute of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where I stayed until 2000. So I changed to the Paleovertebrate´s Sector of the National Museum (of the same University), where I started under advise of Dr Alexander Kellner. Graduated in January 2001, at Museum I completed also the master and PhD, in Zoology. There, my research was focused on fossil crocodiles, a theme that have been my pivot ever since. Dinosaurs, Amazonian and Antarctic evolution and past biotas and Teaching are also subjects of my great interest and dedication.

Since November 2008 I teach and research at the Biology Institute of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State, where I coordinate the paleontology´s lab.

Paleontology Taxonomy Zoology

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Associate Professor

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
November 2008
Instituto de Biologia

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