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Earth System Governance Project - ESG
Earth System Governance Project - ESG

Bio, Publications

Co-authored 31 research papers, 12 books or book chapters and 12 technical reports/assessments on topics ranging from marine ecology and ethnoecology to, most recently, the theory and practice of Ocean governance. Beyond academia, he is also actively involved in building knowledge networks across coastal Brazil, using web-based social media tools and cross-disciplinary facilitation approaches to advance new types of voluntary engagement for improved governability of emerging oceans issues.

Academic Education
2010 – 2014 PhD in Environment and Society at Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas Ambientais Campinas State University (São Paulo state, Brazil).
2006 – 2007 Msc. in Conservation at University College London (London, United Kingdom)
2000 – 2004 Bsc. in Oceanography at University of Vale do Itajaí (Santa Catarina state, Brazil).

2014 Best Presentation - Pesca-Kucha (Second World Small Sc ale Fisheries Congress)
2007 Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation, Duke University (USA)
2004 Student Merit Award, UNIVALI
2003 Scientific Merit Award, Santa Catarina Foundation for Science and Technology
2002 Honours, Brazilian Zoological Society
1999 Honours, Brazilian Ministry of Defense

Selected Publications


Gerhardinger, L.C., et al.  Healing Brazil's Blue Amazon: The role of knowledge networks in nurturing cross-scale transformations at the frontlines of ocean sustainability. Frontiers in Marine Science. In press.


Gerhardinger, L. C.; Mesquita, B.; Mattos, S.M.G. de; Mendonça, J.T.; Vila-Nova, D.; Bossolani, A.; Scherer, R. 2017. Small Scale Fisheries in Brazil: A Strong, Cohesive Voice. SAMUDRA REPORT, v. 76, p. 39-44.

Zapelini, C.; Giglio, V.J.; Carvalho, R.C.; Bender, M.G.; Gerhardinger, L.C.. 2017. Assessing Fishing Experts' Knowledge to Improve Conservation Strategies for an Endangered Grouper in the Southwestern Atlantic. Journal of Ethnobiology, v. 37, p. 478-493.


Ternes, M.L.F.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Schiavetti, A. 2016. Seahorses in focus: local ecological knowledge of seahorse-watching operators in a tropical estuary. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine , v. 12, p. 52.

Giglio, V.J.; Luiz, O.J.; Reis, M.S.; Gerhardinger, L.C. 2016. Memories of sawfish fisheries in a southwestern Atlantic estuary. Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, v. 36, p. 28, 2016.


Gerhardinger, L.C; de Castro, F.; Seixas, C.S. (2015) Scaling-up small-scale fisheries governability through Marine Protected Areas in Southern Brazil. In: Governing the Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries (Eds: Jentoft, S.; Chuenpagdee, R.). Springer Verlag, Amsterdam.​

Gorris, P.; Glaser, M.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Ferreira, B.P. 2015. Exploring strengths and weaknesses of regional marine protected area governance using a network approach: A case study from north-eastern Brazil. In: Philipp Gorris. (Org.). Entangled? Linking governance systems for regional-scale coral reef management: Analysis of case studies in Brazil and Indonesia. 1ed.: IRC-Library, Information Resource Center der Jacobs University Bremen, 2015, v. 1, p. 195-227.

Pinheiro, H T. ; Di Dario, F.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; De Melo, M.R.S.; De Moura, R.L.; Reis, R.E.; Vieira, F.; Zuaznon, J.; Rocha, L.A. 2015. Brazilian aquatic biodiversity in peril. Science (New York, N.Y.), v. 350, p. 1043-1044.

Giglio, V.J.; Luiz-Junior, O.; Gerhardinger, L.C. (2015). Depletion of marine megafauna and shifting baselines among artisanal fishers in eastern Brazil. Animal Conservation, doi:10.1111/acv.12178.

Rodrigues, R.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Chamy, P.; Seixas, C.S. (2015). Governança dos oceanos na Rio+20: o debate sobre áreas marinhas protegidas na perspectiva da gestão compartilhada [Ocean governance at Rio+20: the debate on marine protected areas from a collaborative management perspective]. In: Governança Ambiental no Brasil: Entre o Socioambientalismo e a Economia Verde [Environmental Governance in Brazil: Between the Social-environmentalism and the Green Economy] (Eds: de Castro, F.; Futemma, C.). Campinas.​


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Martins, G.C.; Moreira, A.P.T.; Curti, C.; Seixas, Cristiana. S. (2014). Socioecological resilience at Céu do Patriarca Ecovillage - South Brazil. Part II (Emerging Ecocultures), Chapter 8. In: (Bohm, S.; Pervez, Z.; Pretty, J.) Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities. Earthscan, Routledge. University of Essex, 295pp.

Gerhardinger, L.C; Gonçalves, L.; Motta, F.S.; Schneider, S.; Carvalho, F.G.; Vila-Nova, D. (2014). Setting and Implementing a Programmatic Agenda for Coastal-Marine Networks in Brazil. In:(Eds: McConney, P., Medeiros, R.P., Pena, M. (2014)) Enhancing Stewardship in Small-Scale Fisheries: Practices and Perspectives. CERMES Technical Report No. 73 Special Edition.

Giglio, V.J.; Alves, J.A.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Carvalho, F.C; Daros, F.A; Bertoncini, A.A. (2014). Habitat use and abundance of goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara (Lichtenstein, 1822) (Perciformes: Serranidae) in Brazil: a participative survey. Neotropical Ichthyology, 12(4):803-810, doi:10.1590/1982-0224-(2013)0166

Gerhardinger, L.C. & Herbst, D.F. 2014. Book Review: Centering Animals in Latin American History (Eds. Few, M; Tortorici, Z.). European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 91:141-168

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Andrade, J.; Aziz, J.; Gandini, F.; Gonzaga, N.; Lianza, S.; Mesquita, B.; Raseira, M.; Schärer, R. Mendonça, J.T. (2014). Building a national network in support of artisanal fisheries in Brazil. Presented at the 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress. Merida, Mexico, 21-26 September 2014.

Muller, M.N.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; de Lamboy, C.; Ummus, R. 2014. A call for a continued Future Ocean Dialogue – From Science to Society. Workshop white-paper, Oceanographic Institute – University of São Paulo (November/2014).


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Carvalho, F.G. (2013). Crise no sistema de governança costeira-marinha catarinense: reflexões sobre o licenciamento ambiental e o papel dos cientistas [Crisis in Santa Catarina state coastal-marine governance: reflections about environmental licensing and the role of scientists]. Reconstruindo paisagens: desafios  sócio-espaciais para  a Grande Florianópolis [Rebuilding landscapes: social-spatial challenges for the Florianópolis metropolitan area]. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. 405pg

Zondervan, R.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Noronha, I.T.; Spalding, M.; Young, O. (2013). Ocean Governance in the Anthropocene. Global Change, v. October, p.24

Macedo, H.; Vivacqua, M.; Castro-Lima, H; Gerhardinger, L.C. (2013). Governing wide coastal-marine protected territories: a governance analysis of the Baleia Franca Environmental Protection Area in South Brazil. Marine Policy, 41:118-125


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Godoy, E.A.S.; Jones, P.J.S.; Sales, G.; Ferreira, B.P. (2011). Marine Protected Dramas: The Flaws of the Brazilian National System of Marine Protected Areas. Environmental Management, 47:630–643.

Gerhardinger LC, Inui R, Matarezi J, Hansen C, and Vivacqua M. (2011). Pirajubaé Marine Extractive Reserve – governance analysis. Pages 194- 205 in PJS Jones, W Qiu and EM De Santo (Eds) Governing Marine Protected Areas: getting the balance right – Volume 2. Technical Report to Marine & Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UNEP, Nairobi.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Borgonha, M.; Bertoncini, A.A (Org.). (2011). Memórias do Mar: Biodiversidade, Conservação e Cultura no Litoral Brasileiro [Sea Memories: Biodiversity, Conservation and Culture in the Brazilian Littoral]. Ecomares. 


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Godoy, E.A.; Dapper, C.G.; Campos, R.; Marchioro, G.B.; Sforza, R.; Polette, M. (2010) Mapeamento participativo da paisagem marinha no Brasil experiências e perspectivas [Collaborative seascape mapping in Brazil: experiences and perspectives]. In: Albuquerque, U.P.; Lucena, R.; Cunha, Luiz Vital Fernandes Cruz da. (Org.). Métodos e Técnicas na Pesquisa Etnobiológica e Etnoecológica [Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiological and Ethnoecological Research]. Recife: NUPEEA, v.1, p. 109-149. 2009

Gerhardinger, L. C.; Hostim-Silva, M.; Medeiros, R.P.; Matarezi, J.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Freitas, M.O.; Ferreira, B,P. (2009). Fishers resource mapping and goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara (Serranidae) conservation in Brazil. Neotropical Ichthyology, 7(1):93-102.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Godoy, E.A.S.; Jones, P.J.S. (2009). Local ecological knowledge and the management of marine protected areas in Brazil. Ocean & Coastal Management, v.52, p.154-165. 


Irigoyen, A.J.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Carvalho-Filho, A. (2008). On the status of the species of Acanthistius (Gill, 1862) (Percoidei) in the South-West Atlantic Ocean. Zootaxa, 1813: 51–59.

Craig, M. T., Graham, R.T.; Torres, R.A.; Hyde, J.R.; Freitas, M.O.; Ferreira, B.P.; Hostim-Silva, M.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Bertoncini, Á.A.; Robertson, D.R. (2008). How many species of goliath grouper are there? Cryptic genetic divergence in a threatened marine fish and the resurrection of a geopolitical species. Endangered Species Research, 7:167-174.

Ferreira, C.E.L.; Ferreira, C.G.W.; Rangel, C.A.; Mendonça, J.P.; Gerhardinger, L. C.; Carvalho-Filho, A.; Godoy, E.A.; Luiz Junior, O.; Gasparini, J.L. (2008). Reef fishes. In: Creed, J.C.; Pires, D.O.; Figueiredo, M.A.O. (Org.). Marine Biodiversity of the Ilha Grande Bay. Brasilia: Ministério do Meio Ambiente. v. 23, p. 291-322. 


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Medeiros, R.P.; Marenzi, R.C.; Godoy, E.A.; Freitas, M.O.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2007). Local Ecological Knowledge on the Planning and Management of Marine Protected Areas and Conservation of Fish Spawning Aggregations: The Experience of Meros do Brasil Project. Áreas Protegidas do Brasil,  4. Brasilia: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, v. 4, p. 106-129.

Godoy, E.A.; Daros, F.A.L.M.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Machado, L.F.; Bertuol, P.R.K.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2007). Projeto Peixes de Costão Rochoso de Santa Catarina [Santa Catarina Rocky Shore Fishes Project]. Áreas Protegidas do Brasil [Brazilian Protected Areas], 4. Bra: Ministério do Meio Ambiente [Ministry of Environment], v. 4, p. 88-105. 


Gerhardinger, L.C.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Hostim-Silva, M.; Medeiros, R.P.; Marenzi, R.C. (2006). Local Ecological Knowledge on the Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara. Neotropical Ichthyology, v. 4, p. 441-450.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2006). Local ecological knowledge and Goliath grouper spawning aggregations in the South Atlantic Ocean: Goliath grouper spawning aggregations in Brazil. Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin, v. 20, p. 33-34.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Marenzi, R.C.; Hostim-Silva, M.; Medeiros, R.P. (2006). Conhecimento Ecológico Local de Pescadores da Baía Babitonga, Santa Catarina, Brasil: Peixes da Família Serranidae [Local ecological knowledge of fishers at Babitonga bay, Santa Catarina state, Brasil: Fishes of the Serranidae family]. Acta Scientiarum. Biological Sciences, v. 28, p. 253-261.

Gerhardinger, L. C.; Freitas, M.O.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Borgonha, M.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2006). Collaborative Approach in the Research of Dusky Grouper Reproductive Biology (Epinephelus marginatus, LOWE, 1834) (Perciformes: Serranidae, Epinephelinae). Acta Scientiarum. Biological Sciences, v. 28, p. 219-226.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Freitas, M.O.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Rangel, C.A. (2006). Omobranchus punctatus (Teleostei: Blenniidae), an exotic blenny in the Southwestern Atlantic. Biological invasions, 00:1-6.

Hostim-Silva, M.; Bertoncini, A.A; Machado, L.F.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Godot, E.A.; Barreiros, J.P.; Daros, F.A.L.M. (2006). Peixes de Santa Catarina: I Arvoredo [Fishes of Santa Catarina: I Arvoredo]. Itajaí: Editora Univali. 


Hostim-Silva, M.; Bertoncini, A.A.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Machado, L.F. (2005). The Lord of the Rocks conservation program in Brazil: the need for a new perception of marine fishes. Coral Reefs, v. 24, n. 74, p. 74.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Samagaia, R.; Barreiros, J.P.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2005). A foraging association between juvenile dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus (LOWE, 1834) and the goldspotted snake eel Myrichthys ocellatus (LESUEUR, 1825). Cybium (Paris), v. 30, p. 82-84. 


Godoy, E.A.; Gerhardinger, L.C.; Daros, F.; Hostim-Silva, M. (2004). Utilization of bottom trawling and underwater visual census methodologies on the assessment of the fish communities from Arvoredo Biological Marine Reserve - SC, Brazil. SI 39 (Proceedings of the 8th International Coastal Symposium). Journal of Coastal Research, Itajaí, SC - Brazil.

Gerhardinger, L.C.; Hostim-Silva, M.; Barreiros, J.P. (2004). Empty mussel shells on mariculture ropes as potential nest places for the blenny Hypleurochilus fissicornis(PERCIFORMES: BLENNIIDAE). SI 39 (Proceedings of the 8th International Coastal Symposium). Journal of Coastal Research, Itajaí, SC - Brazil, v.1, p.1. Marenzi, R.;

Gerhardinger, L. C. (2004). Landscape Ecology and Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on Biodiversity of Coastal Environments: Case study of Morraria da Praia Vermelha, SC, Brazil. SI 39 (Proceendigs of the 8th International Coastal Symposium). Journal of Coastal Research, Itajaí, SC - Brazil, (2004).