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
Andressa Scabin has a PhD in Ecology with over 14 years of experience in research with animal and plant populations in the Amazon. She is one of the co-founders of the Instituto Juruá and has been working in the Mid Juruá territory since 2016. Andressa started working at Instituto Juruá as the communication director and since 2021 she has been the executive director of Instituto Juruá. In the executive directorate she has sought to implement internal processes for a more efficient organization management and participated in training for accelerating third sector management.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Communication Director
Andressa Scabin has a PhD in Ecology with over 14 years of experience in research with animal and plant populations in the Amazon. She is one of the co-founders of the Instituto Juruá and has been working in the Mid Juruá territory since 2016. Andressa started working at Instituto Juruá as the communication director and since 2021 she has been the executive director of Instituto Juruá. In the executive directorate she has sought to implement internal processes for a more efficient organization management and participated in training for accelerating third sector management.
ANDRESSA BÁRBARA SCABIN
Communication 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
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
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
Scientific Director
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
Scientific Director
Joseph began working in the Juruá region of the Brazilian Amazon in 2007 with his doctoral research that examined forest structure, phenological patterns, and frugivorous communities in both flooded and non-flooded forests. After his PhD, he continued his research with the Middle Juruá Project (PMJ) on the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services, including chelonian conservation and arapaima fishing, and had the great pleasure of working with colleagues to co-found the Instituto Juruá.
JOSEPH E. HAWES
Development Director
Joseph began working in the Juruá region of the Brazilian Amazon in 2007 with his doctoral research that examined forest structure, phenological patterns, and frugivorous communities in both flooded and non-flooded forests. After his PhD, he continued his research with the Middle Juruá Project (PMJ) on the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services, including chelonian conservation and arapaima fishing, and had the great pleasure of working with colleagues to co-found the Instituto Juruá.
JOSEPH E. HAWES
Development Director
Clara Machado is an ethnobotanist, 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 is a science teacher and believes in science communication as a force for social transformation.
CLARA MACHADO
Communication Director
Clara Machado is an ethnobotanist, 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 is a science teacher and believes in science communication as a force for social transformation.
CLARA MACHADO
Communication 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
Project 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
Project 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
Conservation Practices 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
Conservation Practices Coordinator
Clara Machado is an ethnobotanist, she 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 is a science teacher and believes in science communication as a force for social transformation.
CLARA MACHADO
Science Communicator
Clara Machado is an ethnobotanist, she 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 is a science teacher and believes in science communication as a force for social transformation.
CLARA MACHADO
Science Communicator
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
Fisheries Resources 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
Fisheries Resources Analyst
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
Contador do Instituto Juruá desde a sua fundação, bacharel em Ciências Contábeis com especialização em Gestão Estratégica Global de Negócios. Professor titular dos cursos Superiores de Tecnologia/Gestão e Ciências Contábeis da Universidade Paulista-Campus Manaus/AM. Possui expertise em gestão de pessoas, gestão contábil, processos administrativo/organizacional, consultoria empresarial e negócios, administração mercadológica com ênfase em plano de marketing, marketing de relacionamento, serviços, varejo, consultoria empresarial, planejamento estratégico e áreas afins.
MARTONE MENDES
Accountant
Contador do Instituto Juruá desde a sua fundação, bacharel em Ciências Contábeis com especialização em Gestão Estratégica Global de Negócios. Professor titular dos cursos Superiores de Tecnologia/Gestão e Ciências Contábeis da Universidade Paulista-Campus Manaus/AM. Possui expertise em gestão de pessoas, gestão contábil, processos administrativo/organizacional, consultoria empresarial e negócios, administração mercadológica com ênfase em plano de marketing, marketing de relacionamento, serviços, varejo, consultoria empresarial, planejamento estratégico e áreas afins.
MARTONE MENDES
Accountant
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 Consultant
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 Consultant
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 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 Coordinator
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
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
Communicator
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
Communicator
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

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
Nathalia holds a Master’s degree in Urban Development, BSc. degrees in Tourism, Architecture & Urbanism, and she is an Agroecology Technician. She has experience in the areas of territorial planning and community development and has been working for 5 years with socio-ecological projects, applied research, and agroecological praxis. She is currently a Strategic Communicator of Instituto Juruá, pollinator of RUCA Agroecologia through the Pedagogical Working Group, and a collaborator in allied organizations.
NATHALIA MESSINA
Researcher in Agroecology and Territorial Planning
Nathalia holds a Master’s degree in Urban Development, BSc. degrees in Tourism, Architecture & Urbanism, and she is an Agroecology Technician. She has experience in the areas of territorial planning and community development and has been working for 5 years with socio-ecological projects, applied research, and agroecological praxis. She is currently a Strategic Communicator of Instituto Juruá, pollinator of RUCA Agroecologia through the Pedagogical Working Group, and a collaborator in allied organizations.
NATHALIA MESSINA
Researcher in Agroecology and Territorial Planning
Graduated in fisheries engineering from UFAM, with a master's degree in freshwater biology and inland fisheries (BADPI/INPA). Participates since graduation with scientific initiation through PIBIC's in the Amazon Fish Ecology Laboratory - LEPA/INPA, where she could get to know her interest in scientific research. During her master's degree she developed a research line in fish management and conservation, with particular interest in the Arapaima and its interactions in the environment. Currently she is developing research with pirarucu management and pisciculture in collaboration with other members of the Instituto Juruá.
SIMELVIA VIDA
Researcher in Fish Management and Conservation
Graduated in fisheries engineering from UFAM, with a master's degree in freshwater biology and inland fisheries (BADPI/INPA). Participates since graduation with scientific initiation through PIBIC's in the Amazon Fish Ecology Laboratory - LEPA/INPA, where she could get to know her interest in scientific research. During her master's degree she developed a research line in fish management and conservation, with particular interest in the Arapaima and its interactions in the environment. Currently she is developing research with pirarucu management and pisciculture in collaboration with other members of the Instituto Juruá.
SIMELVIA VIDA
Researcher in Fish Management and Conservation

VOLUNTEERS

Accountant with a postgraduate degree in Applied Finance with 10 years of experience in the area. Daiana fell in love with the Amazon after a trip in 2019. Since then, she has been looking for ways to contribute and publicize the largest rainforest in the world.
DAIANA VIANA BRAGA
Image repository manager
Accountant with a postgraduate degree in Applied Finance with 10 years of experience in the area. Daiana fell in love with the Amazon after a trip in 2019. Since then, she has been looking for ways to contribute and publicize the largest rainforest in the world.
DAIANA VIANA BRAGA
Image repository manager
Graduated in Public Management and in Foreign Languages ​​Applied to International Negotiations, she also has a postgraduate degree in Administration. She has experience with academic research in two areas: English language teaching methodologies and Sustainability in the context of Brazilian and multinational companies. Throughout her career, she has worked as an English teacher and has also held positions in capital markets. In addition to dedicating herself to the field of education, she is also a translator and passionate about learning new languages ​​and experiencing different cultures.
JORCIANNE SOARES NUNES FERREIRA
Portuguese-English translator
Graduated in Public Management and in Foreign Languages ​​Applied to International Negotiations, she also has a postgraduate degree in Administration. She has experience with academic research in two areas: English language teaching methodologies and Sustainability in the context of Brazilian and multinational companies. Throughout her career, she has worked as an English teacher and has also held positions in capital markets. In addition to dedicating herself to the field of education, she is also a translator and passionate about learning new languages ​​and experiencing different cultures.
JORCIANNE SOARES NUNES FERREIRA
Portuguese-English translator
Letícia is a Journalism student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and is a volunteer Environmental Journalist for Instituto Juruá.
LETÍCIA MARIA DE ALMEIDA ARAÚJO
Environmental journalist
Letícia is a Journalism student at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and is a volunteer Environmental Journalist for Instituto Juruá.
LETÍCIA MARIA DE ALMEIDA ARAÚJO
Environmental journalist
Monique was born in Brazil and has been living in the United States, where she works as an English and Portuguese teacher. As a nature lover, she volunteers at a bird rescue and rehabilitation center in New York City. Her goal is to contribute to environmental issues and learn about preservation. She works as a volunteer translator at Instituto Juruá.
MONIQUE OESTREICHER
Portuguese-English translator
Monique was born in Brazil and has been living in the United States, where she works as an English and Portuguese teacher. As a nature lover, she volunteers at a bird rescue and rehabilitation center in New York City. Her goal is to contribute to environmental issues and learn about preservation. She works as a volunteer translator at Instituto Juruá.
MONIQUE OESTREICHER
Portuguese-English translator
Patricia is a Multimedia technician who graduated in 2020 from the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios in São Paulo. She has solid knowledge in Communication and Digital Marketing tools in addition to diverse internships in companies of different segments. In her experience as an intern, she produced digital content and performed technical and artistic work, creating interactive communication solutions.
PATRICIA CARDOSO DA SILVA
Social media manager
Patricia is a Multimedia technician who graduated in 2020 from the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios in São Paulo. She has solid knowledge in Communication and Digital Marketing tools in addition to diverse internships in companies of different segments. In her experience as an intern, she produced digital content and performed technical and artistic work, creating interactive communication solutions.
PATRICIA CARDOSO DA SILVA
Social media manager
Raquel is the daughter of an Uruguayan mother and a Brazilian father, naturalized Uruguayan and born in Brazil. She currently dedicates herself to ecotourism as a profession, aiming to reconnect visitors of the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park with the waters, offering activities and experiences in the rivers and seas of the southern region of Santa Catarina. Besides the artisanal production of vegan and medicinal products through the study of essential oils, she is an aromatherapist.
RAQUEL SIAN VARALLO
Portuguese-Spanish translator
Raquel is the daughter of an Uruguayan mother and a Brazilian father, naturalized Uruguayan and born in Brazil. She currently dedicates herself to ecotourism as a profession, aiming to reconnect visitors of the Serra do Tabuleiro State Park with the waters, offering activities and experiences in the rivers and seas of the southern region of Santa Catarina. Besides the artisanal production of vegan and medicinal products through the study of essential oils, she is an aromatherapist.
RAQUEL SIAN VARALLO
Portuguese-Spanish translator
Talia Sabrine has a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Nilton Lins and is currently an aspiring graphic designer. She found in voluntary work a way to help, contribute, learn and share knowledge and experiences through arts and nature.
TALIA SABRINE MARTINS DA SILVA
Graphic designer
Talia Sabrine has a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Nilton Lins and is currently an aspiring graphic designer. She found in voluntary work a way to help, contribute, learn and share knowledge and experiences through arts and nature.
TALIA SABRINE MARTINS DA SILVA
Graphic designer