Caroline is a biologist specialised in animal behavior and welfare. She did a MSc and a PhD in Zoology at Unesp University (Brazil) by investigating choices, preferences, and motivations of fish species. Part of her PhD was developed at Pennsylvania State University (USA).
In 2016, together with Gilson Volpato, Caroline proposed the Preference Index to evaluate animal preference responses, including fishes, in a more reliable way. She also graduated as a specialist in scientific journalism and mantains a blog about animal behaviour and welfare. Living in Brazil, she works as an independent researcher and is interested in fish preference and motivation to access environmental resources and how to use this to improve the welfare of these animals.
Caroline is part of the team behind FishEthoBase since November 2020, creating and updating fish profiles. She also collaborates with other team members on scientific research and dissemination.