Dr. Petry has been with The Nature Conservancy for over 14 years as the Latin American region Senior Freshwater Scientist. Paulo has broad experience on Neotropical freshwater ecology and biogeography of freshwater fishes, having spent 15 years working in the Amazon basin as a researcher for the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) in Manaus Brazil, held a research associate appointment with the fish division at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL working on freshwater fishes of South America and currently is an associate in ichthyology with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.
Paulo provides science and analysis support to all the conservation programs in the Latin American Region, from Mexico to Chile, for freshwater conservation planning and implementation of watershed monitoring protocols.
Paulo participated in several international projects and initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation and the European Union. He holds a BS in Biological Oceanography, MSc. in Aquatic Biology and a PhD in Fisheries Sciences from Oregon State University, USA. Besides freshwater conservation, Paulo’s research interests include the effects of flood pulses of large tropical rivers on fish communities, taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of freshwater fishes in the Neotropics and the evolution of river landscapes. Paulo has published many peer reviewed articles and book chapters.