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.


Franciany Braga Executive Researcher

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

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Carolina Freitas Executive Researcher

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


Helder Espírito-Santo Executive Researcher

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

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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.


Edimar Costa Fishing specialist

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 specialist

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.


Tuila Tachikawa de Jesus Communication Intern

Tuila is an undergraduate student of journalism at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU) and has participation in projects and researches at the university whose central theme is the involvement with processes of conservation, information and relationship with the environment. Interested in following an environmental journalist career, Tuila aims to act on the dissemination of initiatives related to the sustainable use of natural resources.


Alexandre Luiz Mathias Filho Volunteer

Alexandre is a Dentistry student at the Federal University of Alfenas, where he works on projects related to training and dissemination of NGOs and social projects throughout Brazil. He has found in the Juruá Institute the opportunity to compose the team and satisfy his desire to work as a volunteer.

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Arley Thalmo Amado Fagundes Volunteer

Arley Fagundes is a chemical engineer from the Federal University of Bahia and a Master in Actuarial Science from Heriot-Watt University in the UK. He was also a student at New York University and has worked for over four years as an engineer. Born in the State of Bahia in a semi-arid countryside, environmental causes have always been a concern of his. Grandson of small farmers, he spent most of his childhood in the rural area, observing the exploration and exhaustion of natural resources resulting from the lack of sustainable practices. He wants to contribute to the Juruá Institute’s mission in the Amazon by helping to promote and divulge the institute.

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Beatriz Kaori Miyakoshi Lopes Volunteer

International Relations graduate at Faculdades Integradas Rio Branco and Eastern Language master at Universidade de São Paulo, Beatriz has always studied languages and different cultures. She does volunteer work for other NGOs as well as Instituto Juruá, such as translation (Casa Hacker, ANDA, SITAWI), teaching Portuguese to refugees (OPIR), English mentoring (Institute K) and text revision (explicaENEM and Ajuda Ela).

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Bibiana Alcântara Garrido Volunteer

Journalist and Master in Communication from the São Paulo State University. Bibiana has been working for five years in the field, developing works on politics, law, social justice and climate. Vegan for seven years, she sees in solidary coexistence between being as a fundamental for a better future. In the Juruá Institute, she collaborates as a design volunteer.

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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.


Carlos Heds Volunteer

Carlos is a professional with smart solutions, whose principle is to help people and institutions committed to the growth of their projects, through the development of websites.

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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.

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Emilio Conde Neto Volunteer

A Communication and Marketing professional, Emilio Conde breathes visual arts through which he strengthened his connection with nature. Born in a career in professional photography, sensibility is present in the sharp perception and in the creative processes.

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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.

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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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Thaís Monteiro Voll Volunteer

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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