Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement

Flavio Ribeiro

Flavio Ribeiro

Postdoctoral Scientist

Flavio joined Mote in March 2019. His main research interest is on the understanding of ecological and biological aspects of aquatic organisms and how this knowledge can be applied into the improvement of aquaculture technology. During his Master in Brazil, Flavio investigated the mechanisms of compensatory growth in fat snook and how this could be applied as a feeding strategy in aquaculture. Moving towards his Ph.D. in Australia, he developed a methodology based on biological concepts to predict the vulnerability and alleviate the impact of intracohort cannibalism in barramundi aquaculture.  After his Ph.D., Flavio gained Postdoctoral experience back in Brazil, firstly by managing an aquaculture experimental facility and collaborating in fish nutrition studies, and secondly, by implementing his own research project on cannibalism in freshwater fish species native to South America. At Mote, Flavio is joining the Fisheries & Aquaculture Team to help improve marine fish aquaculture techniques and, more specifically, to investigate a variety of attributes that can promote wild-type attributes in hatchery-reared fish for stock enhancement purposes. 


Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, 2015. Flinders University, 2015, Australia

M.Sc. In Aquaculture, 2007. Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

B.Sc. in Oceanography, 2004. Itajaí Valley University, Brazil


Ribeiro, F. F., Qin, J. G. (2016) Bioenergetics of cannibalism in juvenile barramundi (Bloch): exploring growth advantage of fish fed live prey and formulated diet. Aquaculture Research, v.47(7), p.2324-2333. doi:10.1111/are.12685

Ribeiro, F. F., Forsythe, S., Qin, J. G. (2015) Dynamics of intracohort cannibalism and size heterogeneity in juvenile barramundi (Lates calcarifer) at different stocking densities and feeding frequencies. Aquaculture, v.444, p.55 – 61. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2015.03.029

Ribeiro, F. F., Qin, J. G. (2015) Prey size selection and cannibalistic behaviour of juvenile barramundi Lates calcarifer. Journal of Fish Biology, v.86, p.1549-1566. doi:10.1111/jfb.12658

Ribeiro, F. F., Qin, Jian G. (2013) Modelling size-dependent cannibalism in barramundi Lates calcarifer: cannibalistic polyphenism and its implication to aquaculture. PLOS One, v.8, p.e82488. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082488 

Souza, J. H., Fracalossi, D. M., Garcia, A. S., Ribeiro, F. F., Tsuzuki, M. Y. (2011) Growth and economic performance of juvenile fat snook fed diets containing different protein levels. Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira, v.46, p.190 – 195. 

Ribeiro, F. F., Tsuzuki, M. Y. (2010) Compensatory growth responses in juvenile fat snook, Centropomus parallelus Poey, following food deprivation. Aquaculture Research, v.41, p.e226 - e233. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2010.02507.x 

Meirelles, M. E., Tsuzuki, M. Y., Ribeiro, F. F., Medeiros, R. C., Silva, I. D. (2009) Reproduction, early development and larviculture of the barber goby, Elacatinus figaro (Sazima, Moura & Rosa 1997). Aquaculture Research, v.41, p.11 - 18. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2009.02295.x

Awards & Honors

Best Abstract Award, World Aquaculture 2014, Adelaide, Australia

Best Student Poster, Latin American Conference on Aquaculture of Native Fish Species, 2006, Mexico