EFPU staff

Rodrigo J. Gonçalves

Rodrigo J. Gonçalves




CONICET Assistant Investigator

Vicedirector (ad honorem) of Estación de Fotobiología Playa Unión

Academic degrees

2008 - Doctor in Biology. Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Río Negro, Argentina). Ph.D. Thesis: "Effects of ultraviolet radiation on motility and feeding of planktonic crustaceans". Director: E. Walter Helbling (Ph. D.)

2002 - Licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas. Universidad Nacional de La Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Chubut, Argentina). Subject: "Effects of ultraviolet radiation and importance of protective compounds and repair mechanisms on zooplanktonic species". Director: E. Walter Helbling (Ph. D.)

Interests and research

Effects of ultraviolet solar radiation on aquatic ecosystems, with special attention to zooplankton ecology.


TOEFL (ETS, 2001)

TWE (ETS, 2001)

First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge, 1996)

Selected publications

Hernández Moresino RD, Gonçalves RJ, Helbling EW (2011) Effects for UVR on sensitivity and motility in different stages of crab larvae from coastal Patagonia (Argentina). Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology. In press.

Gonçalves RJ, Villafañe VE, Medina CD, Barbieri ES, Helbling EW (2011) Plankton dynamics and photosynthesis responses in a eutrophic lake in Patagonia (Argentina): influence of grazer abundance and UVR. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 39(1)

Gonçalves RJ, Souza MS, Aigo J, Modenutti B, Balseiro E, Villafañe VE, Cussac V, Helbling EW (2010) Responses of plankton and fish from temperate zones to UVR and temperature in a context of global change. Ecología Austral 20:129-153

Gonçalves RJ, Barbieri ES, Villafañe VE, Helbling EW (2007) Motility of Daphnia spinulata as affected by solar radiation throughout an annual cycle in mid-latitudes of Patagonia. Photochemistry and Photobiology 83: 824-832.

Richter PR, Häder DP, Gonçalves RJ, Marcoval MA, Villafañe VE, Helbling EW (2007) Vertical migration and motility responses in three marine phytoplankton species exposed to solar radiation. Photochemistry and Photobiology 83: 810-817.

Richter PR, Gonçalves RJ, Marcoval MA, Helbling EW, Häder D-P (2006) Diurnal changes in the composition of Mycosporine-like amino Acids (MAA) in Corallina officinalis. Trends in Photochemistry and Photobiology 11: 33-44.

Helbling EW, Barbieri ES, Marcoval MA, Gonçalves RJ, Villafañe VE (2005) Impact of solar ultraviolet radiation on marine phytoplankton of Patagonia, Argentina. Photochemistry and Photobiology 81: 807-818.

Helbling EW, Gao K, Gonçalves RJ, Wu H, Villafañe VE (2003) Utilization of solar UV radiation by coastal phytoplankton assemblages off SE China when exposed to fast mixing. Marine Ecology Progress Series 259: 59-66.

Gonçalves, R.J., V.E. Villafañe, Helbling, E. W. (2002) Photorepair activity and protective compounds in two freshwater zooplankton species (Daphnia menucoensis and Metacyclops mendocinus) from Patagonia, Argentina. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 1: 996-1000

(Last update: August 2011)

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