Research synopsis (PhD): Selective logging and forest fires have been increasing in tropical regions in recent decades. Those forest disturbances may vary in scale, from local damages to the forest canopy, habitats, soils, biodiversity, to global changes caused by logging and fire related releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. My research focused on the dynamic processes of forest disturbances caused by selective logging and forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon. Also, it included spatial and temporal analyses of patterns of forest canopy degradation and its interactions with other land use types in the study region. This research was the first temporal and spatial assessment of the selective logging and forest fire impacts for the entire Brazilian Amazon. As a result of this research, three articles and two book chapters have been published between 2004 and 2010.
My “footprints” since I left the Spartans: After finishing my PhD program at MSU, I left Michigan in July 2007 to resume my previous work as consultant in the Amazon State of Rondônia, Brazil. In following year, I got a fixed term position (Programme Officer) at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. I left the UNDP in August 2009 after getting an Associate Professor position at University of Brasilia, where I have been working since then. Currently, I am teaching remote sensing and GIS and conducting researches on remote sensing, GIS, land use and land cover changes, and forest degradation in the Amazon and Savannah regions in Brazil.