Tahia Devisscher, PhD Student at the University of Oxford, Visiting student INPE spring 2014
My research interest is in understanding social-ecological dynamics at the landscape level to prevent impacts from increased future disturbance. More specifically, I am studying the interactions between land use change, climate change, and human behaviour in the Chiquitania region of Bolivia, located in the southern rim of the Amazon, to evaluate and ultimately prevent the occurrence of large fire outbreaks in the future. The research combines ecosystems and social science methods with spatial analysis to simulate possible future scenarios that account for more frequent droughts and different fire risk management strategies.
Engenheiro Ambiental pela Universidade CEUMA - UniCEUMA (2014), Técnico em Meio Ambiente pelo Colégio Universitário da Universidade Federal do Maranhão - COLUN/UFMA (2009). Atua nas seguintes linhas: Geotecnologias Aplicadas às Ciências Ambientais; Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos.
Ana Talita G. Freire Acadêmica do 7 Período do Curso de Engenharia Ambiental da Universidade CEUMA - UniCEUMA.
Visiting student from University of Florida
Sami Rifai Ph.D. candidate in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, supervised by Dra Stephanie Bohlman and Dr. Jeff Chambers).
Sami spent June-July 2014 visiting our research group at INPE. His dissertation research has primarily focused upon examining how catastrophic wind disturbance affects tree diversity within the northwestern. Amazon. Currently, Sami is using MODIS to examine the size-frequency distribution of large blowdown events in the northwestern Amazon.
Interests: Ecology and Remote Sensing of Tropical Forests and Wetlands.
Recent Activities: 2011-2013 MSc. in Ecology at INPA (National Institute for Amazon Research - Brazil), developing the research : “The Influence of Flood Pulse on Leaf fall Seasonality in Central Amazon Floodplain Forests and the Feasibility of Estimation by Remote Sensing”, coordinated by professor Bruce Rider Forsberg (INPA) as part of the project: "Biogeochemistry of Carbon and Mercury at Amazon Basin (MERCAM).
2014 Developing the research : "Modelling Leaf Fall by Flood Seasonality and Canopy Reflectance in Central Amazon Floodplain Forests". Coordinated by PhD. Liana O. Anderson at INPE (National Institute for Space Research - Brazil) and professor Bruce Rider Forsberg (INPA).
Current activity - Scholarship research at LBA (Large Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia) project: "Modelling Primary Productivity of Hebaceous Vegetation on Amazon Floodplains: a multi-scale analisys". Coordinated by professors Thiago Sanna Silva (UNESP-RC) and John M. Melack (UCSB).
Visiting student from University of Oxford
Undergrad, University of Oxford David spent three months visiting our group at INPE for developing an mathematical scheme for validating burned areas and burned forests in Amazonia.