Climate change has caused extremes of rainfall and droughts in the Amazon, more frequently and more intensely than in the last century. Ecosystems and human populations have faced new challenges, and the impacts of these extremes have brought great social, economic and environmental damage. However, to think about how to mitigate such impacts, we need to understand how the relationship between the environment-climate-man is changing. To think of viable strategies for action, we need to listen to local voices, rescue data, knowledge, align with ongoing actions, and provide solid information that can support local and regional planning, public policy, and better spread knowledge to society. In this context, my interests in Amazonian life impulse me to research to advance the knowledge and the monitoring of the risks and impacts of climate extremes in this region, their dynamics and interrelations with changes in the environment and society.
I am a biologist, with a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from Oxford University (2006-2011) and a Postdoc from the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford (2011-2014).
Currently, I am a researcher at the National Center for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters (CEMADEN) in Brazil and I am a Professor in the Post-grad program on Remote Sensing at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE, Brazil), and I co-lead the Tropical Ecosystems and Environmental Science Group (TREES) at INPE.
In my free time, I am usually in my forest garden; I love all sports, specially five-a-side football, capoeira, and water polo.