Who We Are

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Carlos Alfredo Joly

Principal Investigator

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Carlos Alfredo Joly graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of São Paulo/USP (1976), obtained his MSc in Plant Biology at the State University of Campinas/UNICAMP (1979) and his PhD in Botany at the Univ. St. Andrews/UK (1982). Since 1998 he is full professor in Plant Ecology at the Department of Plant Biology, Biology Institute, State University of Campinas, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Since 2005 he is coordinating a Long Term Ecological Research (Brazilian PELD) focusing on floristic, structure and functioning of the Atlantic Rainforest along an altitudinal gradient at Nuclei Picinguaba and Santa Virginia, Serra do Mar State Park/PESM (http://www2.ib.unicamp.br/projbiota/gradiente_funcional/index.html).

Since 2009 he is the Chairman of the BIOTA/FAPESP Research Program (www.biota.org.br and http://www.bv.fapesp.br/en/17/biodiversity-research-biota/).

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Jos Barlow

Principal Investigator

Lancaster University

Jos Barlow research focusses on biodiversity responses to environmental change in tropical ecosystems. It aims to understand how human-dominated tropical forest landscapes can be managed to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services while maintaining the livelihoods of rural peoples. He has worked on a wide range of taxa, and has studied ecological issues in many different management systems, including selectively logged native forests, agroforests, fast-growing timber plantations, slash-and-burn, cattle ranching and mechanised agriculture.

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Marcos Aidar

Brazil project member

Instituto de Botânica

Dr. Marcos P.M. Aidar, Institute of Botany and Botanic Gardens, São Paulo State, Brazil. He has a background in plant biology, expertise in plant ecophysiology. He is interested in plant nitrogen – carbon relations, nitrogen cycling, biosphere – atmosphere interactions, plant water relations and photosynthesis.

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Luiz Aragão

ECOFOR project partner

National Institute for Space Research in Brazil (INPE)

Luiz Aragão is the leader of the Tropical Ecosystems and Environmental Sciences laboratory (TREES) based at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil (INPE). His research focuses on understanding the impacts of environmental changes on the functioning of tropical forests, including fires and the carbon cycle. Luiz worked at the University of Oxford (2004-2009) and University of Exeter (2009-2013) before joining INPE. He is the coordinator of the Fire-Associated Transient Emissions (FATE) network.

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Yvonne Vanessa Bakker

PhD student

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Yvonne Vanessa Bakker is a biologist (2002) with Masters in Ecology (2015). She is a Ph.D student in Ecology at the State University of Campinas (Brazil) on the project Influence of vascular epiphytic community in the dynamics of nitrogen and phosphorus in Atlantic Forest Forest. Her master degree project aimed to quantify the biomass of vascular epiphytes in a seasonally flooded coastal forest (also known as Restinga) through the development of an allometric model. She has experience in Plant Taxonomy (Passifloraceae), Ecosystem Ecology and Botany Illustration. She is collaborating with the Biota-FAPESP Project Functional Gradient in the installation and maintenance of permanent plots in the region of the Atlantic Forest State Park of Serra do Mar, in São Paulo.​

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Erika Berenguer

Senior Research Associate

Lancaster University

I am interested in the resilience of tropical forests in human-modified landscapes. Specifically, I investigate how human disturbances, such as selective logging and wildfires, impact carbon stocks and biodiversity in the Amazon.

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Heloísa Bortolin Bruno

Masters student

Institute of Botany

Heloísa Bortolin Bruno is a biologist (2014), Master student in Biodiversity and Environment at the Institute of Botany, São Paulo State. She is interested in plant ecophysiology, more specifically about lignin investment in leaf. Her purpose is analyse  the ecological strategies of the communities and the functioning of the ecosystem through the plants leaf traits.

 

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Lucas de Siqueira Cardinelli

PhD student

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Lucas is a forestry engineer (2013), MSc in Botany (2016, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil) and has worked with forest ecology and forest restoration. He is especially interested in the soil-plant relationship and changes in soil properties and functioning over a disturbance gradient in the Atlantic Forest.

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Fabio Fernandes Carvalho

Masters student

Institute of Botany

Fabio Fernandes Carvalho is a biologist (2012), Master student in Biodiversity and Environment at the Institute of Botany, São Paulo State. He works with plant ecophysiology, photosynthetic nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency. His purpose is to study ecosystem functioning through plant leaf traits and ecological strategies of the plant communities.

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Juliana Sampaio Farinaci

Post-doctoral Fellow

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Juliana Sampaio Farinaci is a biologist, MSc. on “Population Genetics and Evolution”, and DSc. on “Environment and Society”, currently a post-doc fellow at the University of Campinas (NEPAM/UNICAMP). She is interested in participatory research methods and spatially explicit information (e.g., GIS) to explore issues involving the integration between nature conservation and social development.

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Sophie Fauset

Post-doctoral Fellow

University of Leeds

I am interested in the responses of tropical forests to human and natural disturbances at various scales, from species composition to physiology. I am a post-doc with the ECOFOR project, focussed on ecophysiological modelling.

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Filipe França

Research Associate

Lancaster University

I am an ecologist interested in understanding of the ecological impacts of land-use change in tropical forests. Specifically, my research focuses on the impacts of human activities, such as selective logging and wildfires, on biodiversity and ecological processes in the Amazon. Within the ECOFOR project, the focus of my research is on understanding the impacts of ENSO-induced fires on biodiversity and associated ecological processes across a gradient of forest modification in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Toby Gardner

ECOFOR Project Partner

Stockholm Environment Institute

Toby works at the Stockholm Environment Institute where he has been a research fellow since January 2014. He has over ten years’ experience working on science and science-policy issues related to sustainability, with a strong emphasis on the management and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in multiple-use agriculture-forestry landscapes, and the difficulties of balancing environmental concerns with rural development priorities. Before joining SEI Toby was at the University of Cambridge for five years, where he helped found the Sustainable Amazon Network, a large interdisciplinary research consortium focused on understanding land-use sustainability challenges facing rural development in the eastern Brazilian Amazon. Toby is actively involved in a number of international science-policy fora, including around the issues of REDD+, sustainable forest management and biodiversity offsets. He has published extensively on issues relating to biodiversity, environmental sustainability land-use change in the tropics with over 80 peer-reviewed publications.

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Leonardo Hamachi

PhD student

Institute of Botany

Leonardo Hamachi is biologist (2011) and Msc in Plant Physiology at University of São Paulo. He is currently PhD student at Institute of Botany, São Paulo State. His studies were focused on leaf physiology and ecophysiology. He aims to investigate leaf venation and its relations with functional groups in a human-disturbed gradient of the Atlantic Forest, as well as the influence of venation on water and carbon metabolism.

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Jolana Hanušová

ECOFOR project administrator

Lancaster University

Jolana works as the Ecofor administrator. She has an MA in English and Portuguese philology from the Palacký University, Czech Republic. She has worked on several administrative positions and also volunteered on an ecological/ agricultural project in the Brazilian sertão. Apart from her role with ECOFOR she is also part of a research project studying the use of languages in four superdiverse British cities.

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Alexander Lees

ECOFOR project partner

Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

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Alex is an ecologist focusing on the impacts of land-use change on the taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity of tropical bird communities. He is currently a Post-doctoral fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, USA.

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Gareth Lennox

Senior Research Associate

Lancaster University

I am a senior research associate at Lancaster University. I use mathematical and statistical modelling approaches to address questions in conservation planning and theoretical ecology. Within the Ecofor project, the main focus of my research is on developing and combining spatial models of biodiversity and socio-economics to identity areas in the Brazilian state of Pará that offer the greatest potential for conservation of the remaining primary forests.

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Yadvinder Malhi

UK project member

University of Oxford

I am an ecosystem scientist who explores the functioning of the biosphere and its interactions with the atmosphere. I have a particular fascination with and love for tropical forests.

I am Professor of Ecosystem Science at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Programme Leader of the Ecosystems Group at the Environmental Change Institute and the Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. I am Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, a network of university departments, NGOs and local businesses that seeks to address the major issues facing the future of tropical forests in the 21st century.

The broad scope of my research interests is the impact of global atmospheric change on the ecology, structure and composition of terrestrial ecosystems, and in particular temperate and tropical forests. This research addresses fundamental questions about ecosystem function and dynamics, whilst at the same time providing outputs of direct relevance for conservation and adaptation to climate change. We apply a range of techniques including field physiological studies, large-scale and long-term ecological monitoring, satellite remote-sensing and GIS, ecosystem modelling, and micrometeorological techniques.

My team has a reputation in collecting intensive field data from fascinating but sometimes tough and remote forests, and linking these data to models and satellite data to address global issues surrounding tropical forests.

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Mauro Alexandre Marabesi

Post-doctoral Fellow

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

I am a biologist with specialization in Plant Physiological Ecology. My interest is in plant and community resource use efficiency and gas exchange. My goal in this project is to understand how the economics of resource use is linked to human modification of the Atlantic Forest.

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Nidia Mara Marchiori

PhD student

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Nidia Mara Marchiori is a biologist (2009), Master in Plant Biology (2012) and Ph.D. student in Plant Biology at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp – Brazil). She is interested in plant ecophysiology, especially in plant nitrogen use strategies and the relationship with forest succession. Her aim is to associate rainforest structure and function to develop a new ecophysiological tool to evaluate the forest conservation status.

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Maíra Padgurschi

Post-doctoral Fellow

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

I am a biologist with MSc and PhD in Plant Science (Unicamp, Brazil). I am interested in understanding how native bamboos influence the structure, dynamics and functioning of tropical rainforests. Understanding aspects of their life history, physiology and distribution in space can help us to understand the changes in these forests both in the context of climate change and direct human activities.

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Oliver Phillips

UK project member

University of Leeds

I am interested in the floristics and ecological dynamics of tropical forests, and their fascinating roles (both responses and feedbacks) in the processes of global change.

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André Rochelle

Post-doctoral Fellow

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Biologist (2005), Master in Plant Ecology (2008) and Ph.D. in Plant Biology (2013), my research focus is plant species distribution in space and time, for that I have studied Taxonomy, Phytogeography, Geostatistics, and Landscape Ecology, especially in the Atlantic forest. Actually I am a post-doctoral fellow in UNICAMP, Brazil working with Landscape Ecology in the thematic project ECOFOR. 

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Liana Chesini Rossi

Field work coordinator – Amazon

I am a biologist with a Master’s degree in Biology, Diversity and Wildlife Management at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS – Brazil). I am interested in community ecology with emphasis on responses of flora and fauna across different land uses.

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Marina Seixas

Field work coordinator – Amazon

I am a veterinarian with a Master’s degree in microbiology at University of São Paulo. Currently, I have a special interest in ecology and conservation biology, especially on the dynamics between land-use changes and its impacts on the fauna and flora as well on regional development.

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Edson Junior Ferreira Stefani

PhD student

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Edson Junior Ferreira Stefani, is a PhD student at the Department of Plant Biology, UNICAMP (State University of Campinas), developing the project “Comparison of tree species growth rates among areas of Dense Submontane Atlantic Forest within 3 Nucleus (Caraguatatuba, Picinguaba and Santa Virgínia) of the Serra do Mar State Park. Edson got his BSc in Biology at the São Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho/UNESP in 2009; did a one year Technical Training with a FAPESP Scholarship in 2010, and got his MSc in Plant Biology at UNICAMP in 2013. His CV is available at http://lattes.cnpq.br/0058207625891489

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Joseph Tobias

UK project member

University of Oxford

I am an evolutionary ecologist and ornithologist with a particular interest in the processes driving speciation, structuring biological communities, and governing their response to change. My work is increasingly focused on more applied questions, including the role of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystem function and services, and the implications for land-use management and policy. This work draws together techniques and inspiration from animal behaviour and molecular phylogenetics to macroecology and conservation biology. My goals are to understand how biodiversity is patterned across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and to use these insights to address the challenge of managing ecosystems.

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Simone Aparecida Vieira 

Brazil project member

Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Dr. Simone Aparecida Vieira is Researcher at State University of Campinas, Environmental Research and Study Centre (NEPAM-UNICAMP) and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Program in Ecology of Institute of Biology, State University of Campinas (IB/UNICAMP). B.S. in in Agronomic Engineering, from University of São Paulo, MSc in Sciences at University of São Paulo, and a PhD and post-doc at Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA/USP). Dr. Vieira has experience in ecosystem ecology and a major theme of her research has been to study the functioning of Brazilian ecosystems, especially the Amazonian and Atlantic tropical forest, in terms of biogeochemical cycle, including here the forest structure and dynamic and their implication in carbon cycle.

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Raianny Leite N. Wanderley

PhD student

Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

Raianny Leite N. Wanderley is a PhD student in Environmental Sciences Program at University of São Paulo (PROCAM/IEE-USP), Brazil. She is graduated in Geoprocessing Technology by the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFPB), MSc in Meteorology by University of Campina Grande. Currently she is a member of Laboratory of Climate and Biosphere from Department of Atmospheric Sciences at USP. She works with Geosciences, mainly Environmental Planning, Micrometeorology, Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction, Remote Sensing and GIS analysis of satellite images to informations about Brazilian Cerrado and Atlantic forest, as well as from observational data.