Associate Researchers

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André Junqueira Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

André is an ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at ICTA-UAB. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (Wageningen University), an MSc. in Biological Sciences - Botany (National Institute for Amazonian Research) and a BSc. in Biological Sciences (University of São Paulo). He is broadly interested in interdisciplinary research on the fields of ethnoecology, traditional resource management systems, ecology of agroecosystems, and historical ecology. His current research at the LICCI Project (Local Indicators of Climate Change Impacts) focuses on understanding the complementarities between traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge on climate change.

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Ana is an ecologist and hold a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Oxford (England). She is currently a professor at the Federal University of Alagoas working at the 21st Century Conservation Laboratory (Lacos21). Ana works mainly on the following themes: conservation of biodiversity, Management of Conservation Units, Cultural Ecosystem Services, Mapping of knowledge, Culturonmics and scientific dissemination.

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Camila Duarte Ritter University of Duisburg-Essen

Camila is a biologist with an interest in ecological issues, such as how to understand the observed diversity patterns of the Amazonia. She graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2009), when she worked with butterfly communities. she did a master's degree (2011) at the National Institute for Research in the Amazonia - INPA working with the impact of fires in seasonally flooded forests by black water rivers, igapós, in bird populations. She worked with phylogeography and landscape genetics of Elaenia ruficeps (Aves - Tyrannidae). She did her PhD (2018) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, working with the diversity of the Amazonia using environmental DNA in soil, litter, and insects’ samples. She did post-doc at Duisburg-Essen University, Germany, working with ecological co-occurrence networks with environmental DNA data. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Integrated Aquaculture and Environmental Studies Group-GIA, working with environmental DNA analysis for monitoring fish among other projects.

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Carine Emer

Carine is an ecologist with a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos), a master in Ecology (National Institute for Amazonian Research), plus a 4-y experience as postdoctoral researcher at São Paulo State University and Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain. She has broad interests in Ecology, Evolution, and the Conservation of Biodiversity, and has worked on several ecosystems across the globe. She combines network ecology and evolutionary thinking to natural history and statistical tools to understand how animal-plant interactions, and their associated ecological processes and ecosystem services, are responding to the challenges imposed by human-made activities and Earth-transformations.

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Carolina Freitas

Carolina Freitas has been working in the Amazon since 2011, with a focal interest in how local people use natural resources, and on their strategies to achieve sustainability. Her main professional goal is to find alternatives to reconcile biodiversity conservation with local people’s welfare. She believes one of the best ways to develop effective conservation is by having local people at the forefront of management initiatives, through community-based management or participatory approaches. Carolina has a master’s and a PhD in Ecology, and her current work addresses pirarucu (Arapaima sp.) co-management, an example of successful community-based fishery management, which is now expanding across Amazonia.

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Felipe Rossoni Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN)

Felipe is a biologist (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS) and has a master's degree in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – INPA). He has worked for 15 years in the Brazilian Amazon with research and community outreach in conservation projects, mainly with participatory systems for the management of natural resources in protected areas. He has experience in the implementation and maintenance of participatory fisheries management systems, with riverine communities and indigenous people. He is an OPAN indigenist and in recent years he has dedicated himself to strengthening the value chain of managed pirarucu.

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Flávia Costa National Institute of Amazonia Reasearch

Flávia is a researcher at the National Institute for Amazonia Research (INPA, Manaus), where she also developed her PhD in Ecology . She is a biologist and have a master degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of São Paulo. She has been working in the Amazon for 25 years, developing research in Plant Ecology, with a focus on historical ecology, functional ecology and forest dynamics, to understand how human actions have changed Amazonian forests in the past, are changing in the present and the consequences for the future. The greatest interest at the moment is to understand the functioning of forests with surface water table, to determine whether they can act as havens for biodiversity and ecosystem services as drought conditions become more frequent due to climate change.

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Franciany Braga Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB)

Franciany is a biologist and PhD candidate in Zoology at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), being part of the UFPB Mammals Laboratory. She develops research in socio-ecological systems, biodiversity conservation, anthropic impact on fauna and community-based management of hunting in the Amazon and sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is also part of the Fauna Network, a researcher group engaged in the conservation and management of Amazonian fauna.

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Hani El Bizri Manchester Metropolitan University

Hani is a biologist, with an MSc in Animal Health and Production from the Federal Rural University of Amazon (UFRA). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK. Hani has been working in the Amazon since 2007, studying the ecology and reproductive biology of game mammals through a community-based approach. His main goal is to refine population data for game species in order to implement robust and sustainable hunting management strategies. He is also interested in understanding the social, biological and economic drivers of wild meat consumption and trade in the Amazon. In 2016, Hani was awarded the Green Talents Award, offered by the German Ministry of Research and Education, for his career path on behalf of hunting sustainability in the Amazon.

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Helder Espírito-Santo

Helder Espírito-Santo is an ecologist studying fish behaviour and population dynamics in the Amazon. Since arriving in Manaus, in 2005, Helder is deepening our understanding of how the seasonality of Amazonian environments regulates the life-history strategies of fish and how such strategies affect abundance changes in natural populations over time. With a research background in terra-firme forest streams, he has gradually expanded his area of study, now working from the Atlantic Coast to the floodplain areas of the Central and Western Amazon. Helder believes in the power of knowledge as a tool to free people, and because of that, he is an enthusiast of Scientific Education. He hopes to help Instituto Juruá to reach its beautiful mission by generating and spreading scientific knowledge throughout the Amazon.

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Izeni Farias Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM)

Izeni is a biologist, holds a MSc in Freshwater Biology and Fisheries and inland fishing (National Institute of Amazonian Research), a PhD in Biological Sciences (Federal University of Pará). Currently, she is a professor at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) and coordinator from the Laboratory of Evolution and Animal Genetics (LEGAL) where its research group obtains DNA sequencing data (mtDNA and Genomics) from the Amazon fauna to answer questions related to conservation genetics, molecular ecology and phylogeography.

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João Henrique Fernandes Amaral University of California

João Henrique is a biologist and hold a MSc in Freshwater Biology and Continental Fisheries and a Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology by the National Institute for Amazon Research. João Henrique has academic and professional research experience in the ecology of tropical freshwater ecosystems with an emphasis in limnology, biogeochemistry and ecological processes. Currently, he is a postdoc, at the Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara USA, where he is investigating Amazon floodplain metabolism and greenhouse gases dynamics.

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Jorge Luiz Rodrigues Filho Santa Catarina State University (UDESC)

Jorge is a biologist and holds a PhD in Ecology at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). Currently, he is a professor at the University of Santa Catarina State (UDESC), where he coordinates the Lab. of Applied Ecology and Conservation (LEAC). His main research interests are quantitative ecology, fish ecology, evaluation of fisheries resources, and fisheries management.

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John Terborgh Duke University

John Terborgh is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science in Duke University and has current affiliations with the University of Florida – Gainesville and James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. His work focuses on tropical ecology, particularly plant-animal interactions and trophic cascades. He has conducted research in the West Indies, South America, Africa, Malaysia, and New Guinea and has published more than 300 articles and 8 books. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship In 1992 and became a MacArthur Fellow in the same year. He was awarded the Daniel Geraud Elliot Medal by the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. He has served on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and in 1999 he founded ParksWatch, an organization dedicated to monitoring and publicizing the status of parks in developing countries. He has remained active in research and conservation to the present.

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Leandro Castello Virginia Tech University

Leandro has a degree in oceanology (UFRG) and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology (College of Environmental Science). He has experience in fisheries resources and fisheries engineering, with an emphasis on Management and Conservation of Fisheries Resources. He studies the ecology and conservation of fish and fisheries in relation to global change processes. His first researches focused on the pirarucu migration, reproduction, abundance and population dynamics, as well as the skills and knowledge of pirarucu fishermen. More recently, he sought to understand how fishing in the Amazon depends on soil cover and river hydrology. Leandro teaches Fishing Techniques and Systems Ecology and Conservation at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech; he is a member of the faculty of the Global Change Center.

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Leonardo Pereira Kurihara Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN)

Léo is a Biologist and works as a project manager for Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN). He holds a master's degree in Agriculture from the Humid Tropics from the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA). He was a founding partner of Espaço Cultural Muiraquitã, in Manaus (AM), and has worked for more than 15 years in the Amazon, working on projects related to the use of natural resources in partnerships with indigenous peoples and riverine communities in the Negro, Solimões, and Juruá river basins.

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Lisa Davenport University of Florida

Lisa Davenport is a research scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville. She is also an adjunct research fellow in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. Lisa has a BSc. in physics (Colorado College), a MSc. of environmental management (Duke University), and a Ph.D. in Biology (University of North Carolina). She collaborated on numerous research studies in tropical countries and was a founding member of ParksWatch, an NGO dedicated to highlighting the plight of tropical “paper parks”. Her current research focuses on animal movement and migration within the Amazon Basin.

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Mark Abrahams Bristol Zoo Gardens

Mark Abrahams is an interdisciplinary applied Conservation Scientist, working mainly in the tropics. He uses methods from the natural and social sciences and conducts both field-based and Geographical Information System (GIS) data collection and analyses. He attempts to integrate ecological data derived from camera traps, with interview data. His research interests revolve around reconciling human needs with biodiversity conservation. Mark has an MSc in the Philosophy of Property Ownership (Nottingham University), an MSc in Conservation Science (Imperial College London) and a PhD focusing on Amazonian subsistence hunting at the University of East Anglia.


Maria Rosa Darrigo Observatório do Clima

Maria Rosa She is a biologist, with a master's degree (University of São Paulo) and a Ph.D. (Unicamp) in ecology. She has worked as a professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and as a researcher at several NGOs in the Brazilian Amazon. He is very interested in public policies applied to conservation, with special attention to protected areas. He loves population ecology and demographic models, mainly to better understand the use of natural resources. She is especially interested in applied science to strengthen conservation practices. He currently works for the Observatório do Clima, helping to build strategies to deal with environmental problems in the country.

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Paulo C. M. Andrade Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM)

Paulo is an agronomist with specialization at Wildlife Management for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean Program (National University of Costa Rica). He holds an MSc in Animal Science (Escola Superior de Agricultura Luíz de Queiróz, Universidade de São Paulo) and PhD in Freshwater Biology and Fisheries (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia). He is currently a professor at the Federal University of Amazonas with experience in Animal Husbandry and a focus on animal production, mainly in the following areas: rearing and management of wild animals (turtles, capybaras, peccaries, agoutis and pacas), community-based wildlife conservation e faunal surveys.

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Priscila Lopes Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

Priscila is biologist and holds a MSc and a PhD in Ecology (University of Campinas). Part of her PhD was done at the University of California (Davis), at the Anthropology department (Evolutionary Wing). Priscila is currently professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and her main research lines are small-scale fisheries, fishers' behaviour, and strategies and fisheries co-management. She is also a co-founder of the non-profit Fisheries and Food Institute.


Rafael Assis Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

Rafael Assis is a biologist, with MSc. in Botany, and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resource Management. For over a decade, he has worked with different aspects of vegetation ecology in the Amazon, such as the forest ecology of periodically flooded forests, patterns of endemism and habitat specificity, and ecological processes involving the effects of land-use and climate change. His PhD was obtained in a collaboration between the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Rafael is the current coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Consortium (BRC), a bilateral collaboration between researchers from Brazil and Norway that develop projects in the Brazilian Amazon.



Richard is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist. He graduated in Zoology (Newcastle University) and has a doctorate in Theoretical Ecology from the University of Oxford. He works on conservation, biogeography, evolutionary theory, ecology, public understanding of environmental science, culturomics, and development and sustainable tourism. Richard is currently a Full Professor at the Federal University of Alagoas.

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Roberto Ávila Bernardes ÁVILA AMBIENTAL

Roberto is an oceanographer who graduated from the University of Rio Grande (RS) and an independent researcher. He has a Ph.D. on Ecology of Fish Communities and a master's degree in Age, Growth, Reproduction, and Fishing of marine fishing resources, both at USP's Oceanographic Institute. He coordinated field expeditions and laboratory work on the VI Antarctic Expedition aboard the N / Oc. Prof W. Besnard (USP). He was a researcher and project coordinator in the REVIZEE Program (Score South) from 1996 to 2005, and a member of the scientific committee of the São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelago Program from 1999 to 2005. He has been working in environmental diagnostics and monitoring in the coastal region of the state of São Paulo since 2006. His current interest is to develop a multidisciplinary program to assess the sustainable production of floodplain resources and to monitor species that indicate environmental quality and climate change in the Amazon.

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Torbjørn Haugaasen Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Torbjørn has worked extensively in the Brazilian Amazon for more than 20 years, as well as in other Amazonian countries and in Africa and Asia. He received his PhD from the University of East Anglia (UEA) for which he examined the structure and dynamics of plant and animal communities in a large mosaic of floodplain and terra firme forest in the Brazilian Amazon. Subsequently, he held a post-doc position based at the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and UEA. Torbjørn is currently professor at Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management in Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). His interests in tropical ecology and conservation are broad and research includes studies of plant-animal interactions, animal movements, ecology and seasonality of floodplain forests, impacts of land-use change on biodiversity, and ecology and management of non-timber forest resources.

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Whaldener Endo Federal University of Roraima (UFRR)

Whaldener is an ecologist and nature enthusiast, studying and contemplating the many different aspects related to conservation in the neotropics, particularly the ecology and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates, which includes aspects related to the sustainability of subsistence hunting, human-wildlife conflicts, and the effectiveness of protected areas in safeguarding biodiversity. He joined Projeto Médio Juruá in the first years of its existence, establishing PMJ`s first research activities in villages along the Juruá river and surrounding areas. He has a BSc in Biology from the University of São Paulo, a MSc in Ecology from the National Institute for Amazonian Research and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resources Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Whaldener is currently working as Assistant Professor (Professor Adjunto) at the Federal University of Roraima, Centre for Biological Studies (CBio-UFRR).

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