Executive Members

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João Vitor Campos-Silva President

João Campos-Silva is an early career ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical socio-ecological systems. João has been working in Amazonia since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, management of natural resources, Protected Areas and community-based conservation. He is a biologist, holds a master's degree in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and a PhD in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). João found its professional happiness by trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human wellbeing, and he believes that a sustainable fate for Amazonia will be only possible if conservation become a concrete pathway towards a better life of local dwellers. In addition to Instituto Juruá, João is also a postdoc researcher at University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Norway, associate research at Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL) and Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), and a fellow from Mulago foundation. In 2018 and 2019, he receive the young scientist award from Brazilian government and Rolex award for enterprise, respectively.

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Hugo C. M. Costa Financial Director and Scientific Research Coordinator

Hugo Costa is a biologist and his research interests focus on the population, community and movement ecology of terrestrial vertebrates in Amazonian seasonally flooded and upland forests to support natural resource use and management by rural communities. He also works in the deforestation arc in Southern Amazonia to understand human-wildlife conflict and commodity production. Hugo has an MSc in Zoology from the Federal University of Pará and Emílio Goeldi Museum, and he is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology and Conservation at State University of Santa Cruz.

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Andressa Bárbara Scabin Executive Director and Project Coordinator

Andressa Scabin is a biologist and has been working in the Amazon since 2007, with great interest in understanding how human activities impact tropical forests. She holds a MSc in Ecology from the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) and a PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Andressa Scabin started her activities at the Projeto Médio Juruá (PMJ) in 2016, with her Ph.D. thesis that investigated the effects of hunting in forest dynamics and carbon stocks in the Médio Juruá. Her current professional objective is to support, through scientific research, initiatives for the sustainable management of Amazonian fauna and flora resources, as well as to conduct projects related to scientific ecotourism and environmental education.

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Carlos 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.

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Joseph E. Hawes Development Director

Joseph is an ecologist focussing on tropical forest ecology, including the consequences of human disturbance and the sustainability of natural resource use. He has a MSc and PhD from the University of East Anglia and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He began working in the Juruá region of Brazilian Amazonia in 2007, with his doctoral research which examined the forest structure, phenology patterns and frugivore communities of flooded and unflooded forests. Joseph has conducted postdoctoral research at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi with Rede Amazônia Sustentável (RAS), on land-use change and sustainability, investigating the functional consequences of forest disturbance and recovery for fruit traits and seed dispersal services. He also continued research with Projeto Médio Juruá (PMJ) on the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services, during postdoc positions at the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas and Anglia Ruskin University.


Clara Machado Communication Director and Science communicator

Clara Machado is a biologist, ethnobotanist and 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. She is a science teacher, interested in environmental education and the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

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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 has over 15 years of experience in the region, working with participatory action research and conservation extension activities which involved monitoring the sustainable use of natural resources. For 10 years, he coordinated the Programa de Monitoramento e Uso de Fauna (PROMUF) for Instituto Piagaçu, where he conducted research to characterize and assess the impacts of hunting activities practiced by traditional and indiginous communities and monitored key species for conservation. In recent years, he has also had a role in the conservation of threatened marine species, working 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 a founding member of the Aliança para a Conservação da Onça-pintada na Amazônia.

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Filipe Aramuni Executive Researcher

Filipe is a biologist by training where he worked in Minas Gerais at the beginning of his career. In 2019, he earned a master's degree in Ecology from the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) and is currently doing a PhD in Ecology at INPA. With the beginning of his ecologist career in the Brazilian Amazon in 2017, Filipe found his passion in studying and understanding Amazon Birds. With an even greater interest in helping to conserve this group, Filipe joined the Juruá Institute as a way to involve studies in bird ecology together with conservation, as he will be studying birds in the region, delimiting migration patterns as well as influences from the flood pulses to therefore develop sustainable management plans for human communities in the Middle Juruá.

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Simelvia Vida Pirarucu Management Specialist

Simelvia graduated in fishery engineering with a master’s degree in freshwater biology and inland fisheries-BADPI/INPA acting as a specialist in pirarucu management. For Simelvia, the opportunity to contribute to the work of Instituto Juruá and bring development in a sustainable way to the men and women of the forest is a professional achievement. Her main professional motivation is to see that somehow she has sown ideas and instigated the thought that preserved environments bring positive return to everyone, especially for community organizations.

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Nathália Zouain Messina Strategic Articulator

Born in Vila Velha- ES, she holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Development from UFPE and a technical degree in Agroecology and Rural Development from SERTA-PE. She holds degrees in Architecture and Urbanism ( Univix) and Tourism (UVV). She is dedicated to research and agroecological praxis, working in social-environmental projects of the first and third sectors. She is currently a member of RUCA (Rede Urbana Capixaba de Agroecologia) and collaborates in Incaper ( Project Feira na Palma da Mão and GT de Hortas Urbanas from AlimentarES); CNAU (Coletivo Nacional de Agricultura Urbana); Br Cidades (GT de Soberania Alimentar) and; in the Political Pedagogical Commission of the Bem Viver network of MPA-ES (Movimento dos Pequenos Agricultores).

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Almir Rogério Nascimento Logistic Coordinator

Almir is a resident of Carauari town and has extensive experience conducting expeditions with our research boat along the Juruá River. He is responsible for coordinating the logistics of Instituto Juruá field activities, to ensure efficiency and safety.

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Edimar Costa Fishing technician

Edimar is a resident of the Novo Horizonte community and a fishing technician. He is also a specialist in arapaima surveys and works with us coordinating pirarucu surveys across hundreds of lakes. He also conducts training of local dwellers on arapaima census. Edimar was also a local teacher and has an important participation in the educational activities of Instituto Juruá.


José Alves de Moraes (Silas) Fishing technician

Silas is an important local leader and president of the Associação de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Agricultura Familiar da Região do Baixo Juruá do Lago Serrado (ARLBS), an important local association. Silas is also a member of our team, playing a very role in our activities due to his Strong background as a fisher and Community leader. Silas is responsible to engage local communities in fishing agreements.

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Thaís Monteiro Voll Web designer Consultance

Thais is an environmental engineer, graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense. She has found in the online resources a way to produce positive effects on more people through knowledge. Thaís is responsible for developing the Juruá Institute’s website and hopes to help spread information on the Institute's projects and activities in addition to contributing to her own learning process.

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Ana Lúcia Silva Volunteer

Ana is a chemical engineer, holding a master’s degree in civil engineering as well as a PhD in public health from the University of São Paulo. Ana loves what she does, working with environmental sanitation and water resources for 30 years now. She is active in the development of new sustainability technology, covering projects and operations. She has been a visiting Professor at USP since 2009, lecturing on the subject of environmental pollution. She is currently enrolled as an undergraduate law student at Damasio College, located in São Paulo.

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Ana Paula Martins Volunteer

Ana Paula is a digital artist and entrepreneur with 3 years of experience, she believes that art can connect everyone. Helping others and cultivating love are the foundations that shape her character.


Bernardo Oliveira Costa Corrêa Volunteer

Bernardo is an environmental journalist, photographer, and videomaker. He has recorded the grandeur of Amazon and its beings that habit local environmental reserves at the Mid-Solimões region, in Amazonas.

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Camila da Rocha Lima Volunteer

Camila is 20 years old and is a student of International Relations at the School of Administration, Marketing and Communication, in Campinas. She aims to help people around Brazil and the world, as well as to preserve Amazon's natural resources. Camila collaborates with her experience in the management of social media.

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Clarice de Moraes Brito Volunteer

Clarice is 23 years old and a student of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Her goal is to contribute to the environmental cause, which she believes should be seen as one of the priorities in Brazil and in the rest of the world. She believes in the power of the collective, of love and art. At Instituto Juruá, she collaborates as a volunteer designer.


Cláudia Vanalli Volunteer

Cláudia is a businesswoman of the hospitality sector working in a family business in Ivaiporã, countryside of Paraná. She has experience teaching English for Middle and High School students, besides teaching extension courses. Cláudia also has experience in English Translation and holds a graduate degree in English Translation and in Business Administration (HR). And she has a Certificate of Proficiency in English emitted by the University of Michigan.

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Daiana Viana Braga Volunteer

An 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.

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Daniela Beatrice Gonçalves de Souza Volunteer

Daniela was born and raised in Manaus, right in the middle of the Amazon Jungle. She's an advertising professional and currently a marketing student, lives in the south but loves the Amazon and all its natural resources. She works as a volunteer translator at Instituto Jurua.


Dea Mara Ribeiro Lima Volunteer

Dea Graduated in law in 1985, working as a self-employed professional until entering, through a public examination, in the position of State Attorney, which she held until her retirement.Over time, she worked with public law, civil liability, bidding, disciplinary law and administrative probity, having the opportunity to collaborate in the drafting of various legislative texts. After retirement, Dea decided to turn her attention to volunteering, being interested in activities related to education and law.

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Fábio Goyannes Volunteer

Fábio plans on getting to know administration through other perspectives. Graduating in 2018 and working in the public sector for over 4 years, he saw himself in the need to positively reach other paths, being the Instituto Juruá the beginning of this new journey..

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Flávia Silveira Lenci Volunteer

A biologist with an MBA in Project Management from the University of São Paulo and an MSc student in the Integrated Environmental Analysis Program from Unifesp. Flávia's MSc research focuses on volunteer tourism in the Brazilian Amazon and its social and environmental impacts. Education is a pillar of her work as a way to support and generate, in different contexts of society, moments of reflection on how to maximize collaborative projects and positive impacts.


Larissa Ivana Silvestri de Carvalho Volunteer

Passionate about learning and living experiences, Larissa graduated in Law and has 10 years of experience in civil and administrative law. She has taken some courses such as the Warriors Without Weapon from Instituto Elos, which taught her to have more strength to put her dreams into practice. She is part of the Youth Climate Leaders, a course that trains leaders to create solutions to climate crises.

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Lucas Vinicius Gomes de Souza Volunteer

Lucas Vinicius is a Dentistry student at the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA). He is engaged in the causes of health promotion and youth and social entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Manaus, he saw in volunteering at Instituto Juruá an opportunity to contribute to the valorization of the region and to the construction of a more sustainable development.


Mariana Bonsaglia Volunteer

Mariana is a self-taught Graphic Designer in professional development and studying Technology and Social Media. Her job brings experiences and sensations to the public, also generating solutions to problems for the world through clear and functional visual communication, and now with a mission to apply it and learn at Instituto Juruá.


Mariana Cerqueira Dias Volunteer

Mariana migrated to Translation some years ago. She advocates for education, access to information and the environment. She devotes part of her free time contributing to the improvement of communication among people involved in these movements.


Monique Oestreicher Volunteer

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.

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Patricia Cardoso da Silva Volunteer

Patricia Cardoso 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.

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Stephanie Cristina Alves Piovesan Volunteer

Stephanie has a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. Her main goal is to help institutions focused on the environment and the people involved. For Stephanie, through voluntary work we create relationships, broaden our view of the world, improve our sensitivity and empathy, exchange experiences and knowledge, and finally, we have a greater understanding of our purpose in life.

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Talia Sabrine Martins da Silva Volunteer

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 the arts and nature.


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