ECOFOR: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in degraded and recovering Amazonian and Atlantic Forests.
The ECOFOR project established the first intensive network of long-term monitoring sites along a gradient from intact to severely altered forests in the Brazilian Amazon, and significantly enhanced the existing network of modified and intact sites in the Atlantic Forest. ECOFOR is installing a series of GEM sites for long-term intensive carbon monitoring and multiple traits campaigns in four types of forest along a disturbance gradient, considering the two predominant degradation processes, selective logging and fires. The GEM plots will be established in two plots set: Biota program plots in the Serra do Mar State Park, South-eastern Brazilian Atlantic Forest; and Santarém-Belterra region, Amazonian Forest.
I am interested in the resilience of tropical forests in human-modified landscapes. Specifically, I investigate how human disturbances, such as selective logging and wildfires, impact carbon stocks in the Amazon.
I'm interested in understanding how human activities influence the value of tropical forests for species conservation, ecosystem functioning and the livelihoods of local people.