M.Sc. 2002 with Vera M. F. da Silva; Ph.D. 2008 with Izeni Farias and Vera M. F. da Silva
Andréa works in the area of conservation of aquatic mammals, and in particular on the conservation of peixe-boi da Amazônia, the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis). During her Masters, Andréa collected mtDNA d-loop data to investigate the distribution of genetic diversity in manatees among different regions of the Amazon basin. For her Ph.D. project carried out in the joint INPA/UFAM Genetics, Conservation and Evolutionary Biology program she conducted fine-scaled molecular population analyses using microsatellite DNA data. These analyses also investigated hybridization events between Trichechus inunguis and Trichechus manatus in the Amazon delta. Results of the molecular studies are being applied towards the management and conservation of this species. In 2004 Andréa was the winner of the Sílvio de Almeida Tolede Filho prize, a prize honoring best conservation work in the area of Genetics, Evolution and Breeding of Animals at the annual meeting of the Brazilian Society of Genetics held in Florianópolis, SC. Currently Andréa is a professor at the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA).