EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

DIRECTIONSHIP

JB as he is called by his friends is an ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical social-ecological systems. João has been working in the Amazon since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, protected areas, and community management of natural resources. João found his professional happiness in trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human well-being, and believes that a sustainable destiny for the Amazon will only be possible if conservation ensures quality of life for local communities.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
President
JB as he is called by his friends is an ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical social-ecological systems. João has been working in the Amazon since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, protected areas, and community management of natural resources. João found his professional happiness in trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human well-being, and believes that a sustainable destiny for the Amazon will only be possible if conservation ensures quality of life for local communities.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
President
Born in Belém, Brazil, Carlos Peres was exposed to Amazonian natural history from age seven and his father's 5,000-ha landholding in eastern Pará, consisting largely of undisturbed primary forest, became a childhood playground. For the last 30 years he has been studying wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests, the population ecology of key tropical forest resource populations, and the biological criteria for designing large nature reserves. He currently co-directs four ecology and conservation research programs in Amazonian forests, including the ecology of key timber and non-timber forest resources; patterns of vertebrate assemblage structure in Amazonian forests; the biological dynamics of hyper-disturbed and fragmented forest landscapes, and the biodiversity consequences of land-use change. He has published ~400 papers on neotropical forest ecology and conservation at scales ranging from populations to landscapes, and to entire continents. He has received several international awards including the "Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Award" from the Bay and Paul Foundation, USA (1995), and the "Environmentalist Leader for the New Millennium" by Time Magazine and CNN network (2000). He is a Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology and divides his time between Norwich and fieldwork at multiple field sites in neotropical forests.
CARLOS A. PERES
Vice President
Born in Belém, Brazil, Carlos Peres was exposed to Amazonian natural history from age seven and his father's 5,000-ha landholding in eastern Pará, consisting largely of undisturbed primary forest, became a childhood playground. For the last 30 years he has been studying wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests, the population ecology of key tropical forest resource populations, and the biological criteria for designing large nature reserves. He currently co-directs four ecology and conservation research programs in Amazonian forests, including the ecology of key timber and non-timber forest resources; patterns of vertebrate assemblage structure in Amazonian forests; the biological dynamics of hyper-disturbed and fragmented forest landscapes, and the biodiversity consequences of land-use change. He has published ~400 papers on neotropical forest ecology and conservation at scales ranging from populations to landscapes, and to entire continents. He has received several international awards including the "Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Award" from the Bay and Paul Foundation, USA (1995), and the "Environmentalist Leader for the New Millennium" by Time Magazine and CNN network (2000). He is a Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology and divides his time between Norwich and fieldwork at multiple field sites in neotropical forests.
CARLOS A. PERES
Vice President
Many researchers arrive in a new area of ​​study, develop their projects, and leave soon after the data is collected, perhaps never to return. When he arrived in Juruá in 2013, Hugo decided he didn't want to leave because he had built very strong bonds there. The desire to stay and contribute to the long-term development of the region was fertile ground for founding the Instituto Juruá together with the other researchers who were already working on the Juruá River. As financial director, he seeks to implement management tools that are increasingly efficient, less bureaucratic and transparent.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Financial Director
Many researchers arrive in a new area of ​​study, develop their projects, and leave soon after the data is collected, perhaps never to return. When he arrived in Juruá in 2013, Hugo decided he didn't want to leave because he had built very strong bonds there. The desire to stay and contribute to the long-term development of the region was fertile ground for founding the Instituto Juruá together with the other researchers who were already working on the Juruá River. As financial director, he seeks to implement management tools that are increasingly efficient, less bureaucratic and transparent.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Financial Director

TECHNICAL TEAM

JB as he is called by his friends is an ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical social-ecological systems. João has been working in the Amazon since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, protected areas, and community management of natural resources. João found his professional happiness in trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human well-being, and believes that a sustainable destiny for the Amazon will only be possible if conservation ensures quality of life for local communities.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
General Coordinator
JB as he is called by his friends is an ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical social-ecological systems. João has been working in the Amazon since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, protected areas, and community management of natural resources. João found his professional happiness in trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human well-being, and believes that a sustainable destiny for the Amazon will only be possible if conservation ensures quality of life for local communities.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
General Coordinator
Hugo Costa is a biologist with a master's degree in Zoology from the Emílio Goeldi Museum, and is currently a doctoral student in Ecology at the National Institute for Amazon Research. He has been working for 13 years and in the mid Juruá since 2013. In the coordination of scientific research, Hugo has the role of dialogue between the associated researchers and the Instituto Juruá team for the development of cutting-edge research that can support actions for the management of natural resources by rural communities.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Scientific Research Coordinator
Hugo Costa is a biologist with a master's degree in Zoology from the Emílio Goeldi Museum, and is currently a doctoral student in Ecology at the National Institute for Amazon Research. He has been working for 13 years and in the mid Juruá since 2013. In the coordination of scientific research, Hugo has the role of dialogue between the associated researchers and the Instituto Juruá team for the development of cutting-edge research that can support actions for the management of natural resources by rural communities.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Scientific Research Coordinator
Andressa Scabin is a biologist with a Masters and PhD in Ecology with an emphasis on tropical forest ecology. Andressa has been working in project coordination at Instituto Juruá since 2021 and aims to support community-based natural resource management initiatives. In addition, she has provided support in communication activities and in the education front that offers courses and educational activities for local residents in Mid Juruá. Andressa is also interested in developing projects related to the establishment of new production chains, agroforestry, and scientific tourism.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Coordinator of Community-Based Protected Area
Andressa Scabin is a biologist with a Masters and PhD in Ecology with an emphasis on tropical forest ecology. Andressa has been working in project coordination at Instituto Juruá since 2021 and aims to support community-based natural resource management initiatives. In addition, she has provided support in communication activities and in the education front that offers courses and educational activities for local residents in Mid Juruá. Andressa is also interested in developing projects related to the establishment of new production chains, agroforestry, and scientific tourism.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Coordinator of Community-Based Protected Area
Almira Silva holds a Technology Degree in Environmental Management - UEA and is a postgraduate in Management and Education - UNIASSELVI. Almira has been working for a long time to defend rural communities, leading important sustainability projects. Almira knows all the rural communities in Mid-Juruá and has an excellent relationship with local leaders and associations.
ALMIRA NASCIMENTO
Local Coordinator
Almira Silva holds a Technology Degree in Environmental Management - UEA and is a postgraduate in Management and Education - UNIASSELVI. Almira has been working for a long time to defend rural communities, leading important sustainability projects. Almira knows all the rural communities in Mid-Juruá and has an excellent relationship with local leaders and associations.
ALMIRA NASCIMENTO
Local Coordinator
Eduardo is a biologist holding a master’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in ecology. His career path was mainly developed in the Amazon, researching social-ecological systems in protected areas and indiginous land. He coordinated the Programa de Monitoramento e Uso de Fauna (PROMUF) for Instituto Piagaçu. He has worked for Fundação Pró-TAMAR in Fernando de Noronha, on the island of Trindade on the coast of Espirito Santo, and for the Instituto Argonauta on the coast of São Paulo. He is also a founding member of the Aliança para a Conservação da Onça-pintada na Amazônia.
EDUARDO VON MÜHLEN
Territorial Management and Sociobioeconomics Coordinator
Eduardo is a biologist holding a master’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in ecology. His career path was mainly developed in the Amazon, researching social-ecological systems in protected areas and indiginous land. He coordinated the Programa de Monitoramento e Uso de Fauna (PROMUF) for Instituto Piagaçu. He has worked for Fundação Pró-TAMAR in Fernando de Noronha, on the island of Trindade on the coast of Espirito Santo, and for the Instituto Argonauta on the coast of São Paulo. He is also a founding member of the Aliança para a Conservação da Onça-pintada na Amazônia.
EDUARDO VON MÜHLEN
Territorial Management and Sociobioeconomics Coordinator
Almir is a resident of the city of Carauari and has extensive experience in conducting expeditions with our research boat along the Juruá River. He is responsible for coordinating field activity logistics for Instituto Juruá to ensure efficiency and safety.
ALMIR ROGÉRIO NASCIMENTO
Logistics Responsible
Almir is a resident of the city of Carauari and has extensive experience in conducting expeditions with our research boat along the Juruá River. He is responsible for coordinating field activity logistics for Instituto Juruá to ensure efficiency and safety.
ALMIR ROGÉRIO NASCIMENTO
Logistics Responsible
Nathália Messina holds a master's degree in Urban Development (UFPE), a technical degree in Agroecology (SERTA-PE), and graduations in Tourism (UVV-ES) and Architecture & Urbanism (Univix-ES). For the last five years, she has been dedicating herself to the 3rd Sector with socio-environmental collaborative projects, applied research, and agroecological praxis. In Pernambuco-Br, she co-created the Jardim Secreto do Poço da Panela community garden. In Espírito Santo-Br she co-created and co-manajed the RUCA Agroecology. In Amazonas-Br, she works as a socio-environmental analyst at the Juruá Institute.
NATHALIA MESSINA
Socio-environmental Analyst
Nathália Messina holds a master's degree in Urban Development (UFPE), a technical degree in Agroecology (SERTA-PE), and graduations in Tourism (UVV-ES) and Architecture & Urbanism (Univix-ES). For the last five years, she has been dedicating herself to the 3rd Sector with socio-environmental collaborative projects, applied research, and agroecological praxis. In Pernambuco-Br, she co-created the Jardim Secreto do Poço da Panela community garden. In Espírito Santo-Br she co-created and co-manajed the RUCA Agroecology. In Amazonas-Br, she works as a socio-environmental analyst at the Juruá Institute.
NATHALIA MESSINA
Socio-environmental Analyst
Graduated in fisheries engineering from UFAM with a master's degree in freshwater biology and inland fisheries-BADPI/INPA. She worked for 3 years as a fishing engineer/rural extension worker at IDAM in the Alto Solimões region supporting the participatory management of arapaima. She is a Professor of sequential courses in the area of ​​fish technology and fish farming at CETAM, as well as training courses in sport fishing at FAS. She also has experience as a logistics analyst for the Cidades Florestais project developed by IDESAM. She works as a specialist in arapaima management at Instituto Juruá developing research related to arapaima and institutional administrative support.
SIMELVIA VIDA
Education and Training Coordinator
Graduated in fisheries engineering from UFAM with a master's degree in freshwater biology and inland fisheries-BADPI/INPA. She worked for 3 years as a fishing engineer/rural extension worker at IDAM in the Alto Solimões region supporting the participatory management of arapaima. She is a Professor of sequential courses in the area of ​​fish technology and fish farming at CETAM, as well as training courses in sport fishing at FAS. She also has experience as a logistics analyst for the Cidades Florestais project developed by IDESAM. She works as a specialist in arapaima management at Instituto Juruá developing research related to arapaima and institutional administrative support.
SIMELVIA VIDA
Education and Training Coordinator
Graduated in Biological Sciences at the Amazonas State University (UEA) in the Centro de Estudos Superiores de Tabatinga (2021). Mastering in the Graduate Program in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries (PPG BADPI) by the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA). He has experience in management and conservation of arapaima, diversity and ichthyological composition in Amazon floodplain lakes. Develops research with taxonomy and genetics of arapaima at the Laboratory of Evolution and Animal Genetics at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM).
VALDENOR MAGALHÃES SILVA
Fishery Management Analyst
Graduated in Biological Sciences at the Amazonas State University (UEA) in the Centro de Estudos Superiores de Tabatinga (2021). Mastering in the Graduate Program in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries (PPG BADPI) by the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA). He has experience in management and conservation of arapaima, diversity and ichthyological composition in Amazon floodplain lakes. Develops research with taxonomy and genetics of arapaima at the Laboratory of Evolution and Animal Genetics at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM).
VALDENOR MAGALHÃES SILVA
Fishery Management Analyst
Sarah Farias is an economist (Federal University of Amazonas, 2012) and a budget analyst. She operates in the control, monitoring of balance sheets, and decision-making throughout the execution process of projects within the third sector. She has worked in governmental public spheres (Superintendence of the Manaus Free Trade Zone, 2013), non-governmental and private spheres (Mamirauá Institute, Indigenous Coordination of the Brazilian Amazon, Indigenous Fund of the Brazilian Amazon, and Amazon Network Foundation). She currently works in the financial management support at Instituto Juruá - IJ.
SARAH FARIAS
Financial and Administrative Analyst
Sarah Farias is an economist (Federal University of Amazonas, 2012) and a budget analyst. She operates in the control, monitoring of balance sheets, and decision-making throughout the execution process of projects within the third sector. She has worked in governmental public spheres (Superintendence of the Manaus Free Trade Zone, 2013), non-governmental and private spheres (Mamirauá Institute, Indigenous Coordination of the Brazilian Amazon, Indigenous Fund of the Brazilian Amazon, and Amazon Network Foundation). She currently works in the financial management support at Instituto Juruá - IJ.
SARAH FARIAS
Financial and Administrative Analyst
Karina graduated in Social Communication with a major in Public Relations. She is a specialist in Municipal Public Management, and has an MBA in Project Management. She is an expert in project management and has worked for more than 10 years in this area, mainly in the public and third-party sectors. She is currently a project consultant and has performed various services for public and third sector organizations such as fundraising, elaboration of projects, programs and proposals, resource management, and budget management.
KARINA PEIXOTO DE SOUZA
Financial Analyst
Karina graduated in Social Communication with a major in Public Relations. She is a specialist in Municipal Public Management, and has an MBA in Project Management. She is an expert in project management and has worked for more than 10 years in this area, mainly in the public and third-party sectors. She is currently a project consultant and has performed various services for public and third sector organizations such as fundraising, elaboration of projects, programs and proposals, resource management, and budget management.
KARINA PEIXOTO DE SOUZA
Financial Analyst
Edimar is a resident of the Novo Horizonte community, located in the Mid-Juruá Extractive Reserve. He has a technical course in Sustainable Production in Conservation Units and a course in Social Technologies. At Instituto Juruá, Edimar organizes the arapaima counting in several lakes and offers courses in arapaima counting methodology and monitoring tools.
EDIMAR COSTA
Sustainable Production Technician
Edimar is a resident of the Novo Horizonte community, located in the Mid-Juruá Extractive Reserve. He has a technical course in Sustainable Production in Conservation Units and a course in Social Technologies. At Instituto Juruá, Edimar organizes the arapaima counting in several lakes and offers courses in arapaima counting methodology and monitoring tools.
EDIMAR COSTA
Sustainable Production Technician
Silas is a great community leader and the president of ARLBS, an important local association focused on the sustainable development of family agriculture in the Lower Juruá Region of Lago Serrado. Silas is also part of our team, playing an important role in our activities due to his great experience as a fisherman and community leader. Silas is responsible for helping us involve local communities in fishing agreements.
JOSÉ ALVES DE MORAES (SILAS)
Community Management Specialist
Silas is a great community leader and the president of ARLBS, an important local association focused on the sustainable development of family agriculture in the Lower Juruá Region of Lago Serrado. Silas is also part of our team, playing an important role in our activities due to his great experience as a fisherman and community leader. Silas is responsible for helping us involve local communities in fishing agreements.
JOSÉ ALVES DE MORAES (SILAS)
Community Management Specialist
Phamela is a woman, Amazonian, born in Manaus. She has a degree in Biological Sciences, a master's in Zoology, and is a socio-environmental activist. She has experience in the areas of zoology, conservation, socio-environmental education, and public communication of science. She has worked as an institutional articulator promoting partnerships in projects and educational actions about sustainable practices, and for the promotion of socio-environmental justice in the territories. Her work is focused on critical and anti-colonial socio-environmental education, and she sees in the Instituto Juruá a possibility for transformation.
PHAMELA BARBOSA COELHO
Socio-Environmental Educator
Phamela is a woman, Amazonian, born in Manaus. She has a degree in Biological Sciences, a master's in Zoology, and is a socio-environmental activist. She has experience in the areas of zoology, conservation, socio-environmental education, and public communication of science. She has worked as an institutional articulator promoting partnerships in projects and educational actions about sustainable practices, and for the promotion of socio-environmental justice in the territories. Her work is focused on critical and anti-colonial socio-environmental education, and she sees in the Instituto Juruá a possibility for transformation.
PHAMELA BARBOSA COELHO
Socio-Environmental Educator
Maria Cunha lives at São Raimundo community, in the Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve. She is a technician of sustainable production in conservation units, volunteer environmental agent and reading mediator for the Association Vagalume. Currently she is part of the communication team of the Juruá Institute, collaborating with textual productions, interviews and podcasts.
MARIA CUNHA
Local communicator and educator
Maria Cunha lives at São Raimundo community, in the Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve. She is a technician of sustainable production in conservation units, volunteer environmental agent and reading mediator for the Association Vagalume. Currently she is part of the communication team of the Juruá Institute, collaborating with textual productions, interviews and podcasts.
MARIA CUNHA
Local communicator and educator
Camila arrived in the Amazon in 2009 to do her master's degree and has never stopped working with this magnificent forest. She has a special interest in understanding the formation patterns and diversity of Amazonian environments, such as open areas and seasonally flooded forests. Camila believes in scientific development as a tool for conservation and bettering the quality of life of the communities.
CAMILA DUARTE RITTER
Researcher
Camila arrived in the Amazon in 2009 to do her master's degree and has never stopped working with this magnificent forest. She has a special interest in understanding the formation patterns and diversity of Amazonian environments, such as open areas and seasonally flooded forests. Camila believes in scientific development as a tool for conservation and bettering the quality of life of the communities.
CAMILA DUARTE RITTER
Researcher
Born in Carauari, from the community Gumo do Facão, where she was raised with the values of the Amazon riverside culture. Raimunda Antónia Gomes de Souza, better known as Tonia, is a nursing technician at Instituto Shalom and logistics assistant at Instituto Juruá. She has been working on expeditions along the Juruá River for 8 years, with our research boat Hylea, providing technical and logistical support to the team on board, mainly with food and health matters; and looking after the physical assets of Instituto Juruá in Carauari-AM.
RAIMUNDA ANTÓNIA GOMES DE SOUZA
Logistics Assistant
Born in Carauari, from the community Gumo do Facão, where she was raised with the values of the Amazon riverside culture. Raimunda Antónia Gomes de Souza, better known as Tonia, is a nursing technician at Instituto Shalom and logistics assistant at Instituto Juruá. She has been working on expeditions along the Juruá River for 8 years, with our research boat Hylea, providing technical and logistical support to the team on board, mainly with food and health matters; and looking after the physical assets of Instituto Juruá in Carauari-AM.
RAIMUNDA ANTÓNIA GOMES DE SOUZA
Logistics Assistant
Raphael Chicayban has a degree in publicity and advertising and a post-graduate degree in cinema. He has worked in the communications market for 10 years, specializing in creative planning, project coordination and film production. At Instituto Juruá, Raphael works with creative planning and social media management. Raphael believes that good communication depends on a strong sense of community, the basis for solid, fraternal and profound relationships.
RAPHAEL CHICAYBAN
Institutional Communicator
Raphael Chicayban has a degree in publicity and advertising and a post-graduate degree in cinema. He has worked in the communications market for 10 years, specializing in creative planning, project coordination and film production. At Instituto Juruá, Raphael works with creative planning and social media management. Raphael believes that good communication depends on a strong sense of community, the basis for solid, fraternal and profound relationships.
RAPHAEL CHICAYBAN
Institutional Communicator
Born in Manaus. Has a degree in Administration from the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). Has experience in administrative, financial and purchasing areas. Has worked in public governmental, non-governmental and private spheres. Her activities are focused on the administrative area.
Tatiane Cunha
Administrative Assistant and Purchasing
Born in Manaus. Has a degree in Administration from the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). Has experience in administrative, financial and purchasing areas. Has worked in public governmental, non-governmental and private spheres. Her activities are focused on the administrative area.
Tatiane Cunha
Administrative Assistant and Purchasing
Fernanda Araújo de Moraes is a resident of the Lago Serrado community, with a Technical degree in Administration from CETAM and currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Management Technology at UFAM. She is serving her second term as president of the Agroextractivist Residents Association of the Lower and Middle Juruá - AMAB. She coordinates the managed Arapaima fishery within the fishing agreement area in the Lower and Middle Juruá region, bringing improvements to the quality of life through income generation and the inclusion of families in this promising chain, thus contributing to environmental preservation. Fernanda is currently participating in the Middle Juruá Leadership Formation course and has recently joined the team at the Juruá Institute to manage a Community-Based Protected Area being developed within AMAB's area of operation.
FERNANDA ARAÚJO DE MORAES
Community-Based Protected Area Manager
Fernanda Araújo de Moraes is a resident of the Lago Serrado community, with a Technical degree in Administration from CETAM and currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Management Technology at UFAM. She is serving her second term as president of the Agroextractivist Residents Association of the Lower and Middle Juruá - AMAB. She coordinates the managed Arapaima fishery within the fishing agreement area in the Lower and Middle Juruá region, bringing improvements to the quality of life through income generation and the inclusion of families in this promising chain, thus contributing to environmental preservation. Fernanda is currently participating in the Middle Juruá Leadership Formation course and has recently joined the team at the Juruá Institute to manage a Community-Based Protected Area being developed within AMAB's area of operation.
FERNANDA ARAÚJO DE MORAES
Community-Based Protected Area Manager

RESEARCHERS

Andressa Scabin é bióloga e tem mestrado e doutorado em ecologia com ênfase em ecologia de florestas tropicais. Andressa vem atuando na Amazônia desde 2007, com interesse em entender como as atividades humanas impactam as florestas tropicais. Iniciou suas atividades no Projeto Médio Juruá em 2016, através de sua pesquisa de doutorado que investigou os efeitos da caça de animais silvestres na comunidade de vertebrados, na dinâmica florestal e estoques de carbono. Atualmente tem apoiado pesquisas científicas de diferentes áreas do conhecimento tanto em ambientes terrestres quanto aquáticos.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Researcher in Tropical Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Andressa Scabin é bióloga e tem mestrado e doutorado em ecologia com ênfase em ecologia de florestas tropicais. Andressa vem atuando na Amazônia desde 2007, com interesse em entender como as atividades humanas impactam as florestas tropicais. Iniciou suas atividades no Projeto Médio Juruá em 2016, através de sua pesquisa de doutorado que investigou os efeitos da caça de animais silvestres na comunidade de vertebrados, na dinâmica florestal e estoques de carbono. Atualmente tem apoiado pesquisas científicas de diferentes áreas do conhecimento tanto em ambientes terrestres quanto aquáticos.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Researcher in Tropical Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Camila is a biologist, she graduated from UFSM (2009), with an interest in ecological issues and how to understand the patterns of the diverse Amazon. She has a master's degree from INPA (2011), having worked with the impact of fires in seasonally flooded forests, known as igapós. She obtained her PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2018), investigating the diversity of the Amazon with environmental DNA. She also completed her post-doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2021), Germany, working with ecological networks of co-occurrence with environmental DNA data. She is currently a researcher at Instituto Juruá.
CAMILA DUARTE RITTER
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Camila is a biologist, she graduated from UFSM (2009), with an interest in ecological issues and how to understand the patterns of the diverse Amazon. She has a master's degree from INPA (2011), having worked with the impact of fires in seasonally flooded forests, known as igapós. She obtained her PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2018), investigating the diversity of the Amazon with environmental DNA. She also completed her post-doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2021), Germany, working with ecological networks of co-occurrence with environmental DNA data. She is currently a researcher at Instituto Juruá.
CAMILA DUARTE RITTER
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Born in Belém, Brazil, Carlos Peres was exposed to Amazonian natural history from age seven and his father's 5,000-ha landholding in eastern Pará, consisting largely of undisturbed primary forest, became a childhood playground. For the last 30 years he has been studying wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests, the population ecology of key tropical forest resource populations, and the biological criteria for designing large nature reserves. He currently co-directs four ecology and conservation research programs in Amazonian forests, including the ecology of key timber and non-timber forest resources; patterns of vertebrate assemblage structure in Amazonian forests; the biological dynamics of hyper-disturbed and fragmented forest landscapes, and the biodiversity consequences of land-use change. He has published ~400 papers on neotropical forest ecology and conservation at scales ranging from populations to landscapes, and to entire continents. He has received several international awards including the "Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Award" from the Bay and Paul Foundation, USA (1995), and the "Environmentalist Leader for the New Millennium" by Time Magazine and CNN network (2000). He is a Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology and divides his time between Norwich and fieldwork at multiple field sites in neotropical forests.
CARLOS A. PERES
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Born in Belém, Brazil, Carlos Peres was exposed to Amazonian natural history from age seven and his father's 5,000-ha landholding in eastern Pará, consisting largely of undisturbed primary forest, became a childhood playground. For the last 30 years he has been studying wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests, the population ecology of key tropical forest resource populations, and the biological criteria for designing large nature reserves. He currently co-directs four ecology and conservation research programs in Amazonian forests, including the ecology of key timber and non-timber forest resources; patterns of vertebrate assemblage structure in Amazonian forests; the biological dynamics of hyper-disturbed and fragmented forest landscapes, and the biodiversity consequences of land-use change. He has published ~400 papers on neotropical forest ecology and conservation at scales ranging from populations to landscapes, and to entire continents. He has received several international awards including the "Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Award" from the Bay and Paul Foundation, USA (1995), and the "Environmentalist Leader for the New Millennium" by Time Magazine and CNN network (2000). He is a Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology and divides his time between Norwich and fieldwork at multiple field sites in neotropical forests.
CARLOS A. PERES
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Clara Machado is a biologist, holds a master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Her research interests involve food security and the valuation of traditional food as tools to achieve social and sustainable development in rural communities. Clara has been supporting scientific research in ethnobotany, gender issues, and education.
CLARA MACHADO
Researcher in Ethnobotany and Education
Clara Machado is a biologist, holds a master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Her research interests involve food security and the valuation of traditional food as tools to achieve social and sustainable development in rural communities. Clara has been supporting scientific research in ethnobotany, gender issues, and education.
CLARA MACHADO
Researcher in Ethnobotany and Education
Eduardo is a biologist holding a master’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in ecology. His career path was mainly developed in the Amazon, researching social-ecological systems in protected areas and indiginous land. He coordinated the Programa de Monitoramento e Uso de Fauna (PROMUF) for Instituto Piagaçu. He has worked for Fundação Pró-TAMAR in Fernando de Noronha, on the island of Trindade on the coast of Espirito Santo, and for the Instituto Argonauta on the coast of São Paulo. He is also a founding member of the Aliança para a Conservação da Onça-pintada na Amazônia.
EDUARDO VON MÜHLEN
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Wildlife Ecology
Eduardo is a biologist holding a master’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in ecology. His career path was mainly developed in the Amazon, researching social-ecological systems in protected areas and indiginous land. He coordinated the Programa de Monitoramento e Uso de Fauna (PROMUF) for Instituto Piagaçu. He has worked for Fundação Pró-TAMAR in Fernando de Noronha, on the island of Trindade on the coast of Espirito Santo, and for the Instituto Argonauta on the coast of São Paulo. He is also a founding member of the Aliança para a Conservação da Onça-pintada na Amazônia.
EDUARDO VON MÜHLEN
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Wildlife Ecology
Hugo Costa is a biologist, holds a master's degree in Zoology from the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, and is currently a PhD student in Ecology at the National Institute for Amazonian Research. His main research interest is the ecology of vertebrate movement in different scenarios of land use and anthropogenic pressures. He is also interested in species distribution modeling and remote sensing.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Researcher in Spatial Ecology
Hugo Costa is a biologist, holds a master's degree in Zoology from the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, and is currently a PhD student in Ecology at the National Institute for Amazonian Research. His main research interest is the ecology of vertebrate movement in different scenarios of land use and anthropogenic pressures. He is also interested in species distribution modeling and remote sensing.
HUGO C. M. COSTA
Researcher in Spatial Ecology
João has a broad research interest including invertebrate ecology, ecosystem services, protected areas, community-based conservation, traditional populations, hunting, fishing, and human conservation dimensions. João is an associate researcher at UFAL – the Federal University of Alagoas – and at INPA – the National Institute for Amazonian Research – where he advises master and doctoral students.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Fisheries
João has a broad research interest including invertebrate ecology, ecosystem services, protected areas, community-based conservation, traditional populations, hunting, fishing, and human conservation dimensions. João is an associate researcher at UFAL – the Federal University of Alagoas – and at INPA – the National Institute for Amazonian Research – where he advises master and doctoral students.
JOÃO VITOR CAMPOS-SILVA
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Fisheries
Joseph is an ecologist of tropical forests interested in the consequences of human disturbance and the sustainability of the use of natural resources. He holds an MSc. and a PhD degree from the University of East Anglia and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His research includes monitoring biodiversity, forest inventories and carbon stocks; fruit characteristics and plant-animal interaction networks; animal behavior and food ecology; and the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services.
JOSEPH E. HAWES
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Joseph is an ecologist of tropical forests interested in the consequences of human disturbance and the sustainability of the use of natural resources. He holds an MSc. and a PhD degree from the University of East Anglia and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His research includes monitoring biodiversity, forest inventories and carbon stocks; fruit characteristics and plant-animal interaction networks; animal behavior and food ecology; and the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services.
JOSEPH E. HAWES
Researcher in Tropical Ecology
Maria Julia Ferreira is a Forest Engineer (UNESP), holds a Master’s Degree in Botany (INPA), and Ph.D. Degree in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation (UFRPE). Throughout her professional trajectory, her main research interest has been to understand the role of communities and traditional people in the conservation of ecosystems and various natural resources. Currently, she is conducting a postdoctoral research project at Instituto Juruá focusing on the bioeconomy of products managed by communities in the Mid-Juruá region, covering both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
MARIA JULIA FERREIRA
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Natural Resources Management
Maria Julia Ferreira is a Forest Engineer (UNESP), holds a Master’s Degree in Botany (INPA), and Ph.D. Degree in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation (UFRPE). Throughout her professional trajectory, her main research interest has been to understand the role of communities and traditional people in the conservation of ecosystems and various natural resources. Currently, she is conducting a postdoctoral research project at Instituto Juruá focusing on the bioeconomy of products managed by communities in the Mid-Juruá region, covering both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
MARIA JULIA FERREIRA
Researcher in Community-Based Conservation and Natural Resources Management