David M. Lapola – Coordinator

Researcher for the Center for Meteorological and Climatic Research Applied to Agriculture (CEPAGRI) of the Campinas University (UNICAMP). Ecologist graduated from the São Paulo State University (UNESP) – Rio Claro, with a Masters in Meteorology from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and a PhD in Earth System Modelling from the Max Planck Institute/Kassel University, Germany. Conducts research in Global Change Ecology.


Carolina Blanco – Post-Doctoral Researcher

I’m biologist, PhD in Ecology and interested in functional ecology and ecosystem modelling. As a postdoctoral researcher at LabTerra I’m working in a project, linked to the AmazonFACE program, that aims to assess the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations on the functional diversity of the Amazon forest by comparing different trait-based dynamic vegetation models.


Maíra C. G. Padgurschi – Post-Doctoral Researcher

I am biologist seeking to bridge academic knowledge closer to actions that can benefit society and, therefore, I am interested in biodiversity and its connection with human well-being (through ecosystem services). I worked with environmental education in protected areas, with endangered species, as well as traditional human populations (namely caiçaras) and organic farming. In my postgraduate studies at the University of Campinas/Unicamp (2008-2014), I focused on theoretical aspects of plant ecology working with native taquaras (Brazilian bamboos), a non-timber forest product used by local people for basketry, ornaments, etc. I am currently postdoctoral research scientist at LabTerra in the context of the AmazonFACE program where I work with ecosystem services and multilateral environmental agreements seeking to understand how nature could help human populations adapt to climate change.


Bárbara Cardelo – Doctor’s Degree Student

Bárbara Cardeli

Graduate in Biology from Faculty of Biological Sciences, PUC-Campinas and Master’s degree in Ecology and Biodiversity, UNESP. Currently a PhD student in Ecology at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and developing research about climate changes and functional ecology in natural ecosystems. This research seeks to understand the influence of CO2 increase on the competitive ecology of the Amazon rainforest taking into account forest resilience and functional diversity.


Bianca Rius – Doctor’s Degree Student

Bianca has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at São Paulo State University (UNESP) and Master’s degree in Ecology and Biodiversity at the same university. Currently she is a PhD student in Ecology at University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and develops the following research: “Modelling functional diversity and resilience of the Amazon forest to climate change going beyond carbon stocks”. This research seeks to understand the Amazon forest resilience against Climate change, taking into account the ecosystem multifunctionality and the role of functional diversity. Also, it is associated to the research “AmazonFACE|ME: the Amazon-FACE Model-Experiment integration project- the role of biodiversity and climate feedbacks”. Bianca is interested in global climate change and its effects on natural terrestrial ecosystems, mainly on tropical forests.


Hugo Tameirão Seixas – Doctor’s Degree Student

Graduated in Agronomic Engineering in the University of São Paulo (USP), Master in Remote Sensing in the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and doctoral candidate in the Environment and Society program at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Interested in the integration and analysis of spatio-temporal data of different types. Currently conducts and contributes to research on vegetation responses to the occurrence of droughts and fires, and on dynamics of land use and land cover change.


João P. Darela Filho – Doctor’s Degree Student

Ecology graduate from the São Paulo State University (UNESP) – Rio Claro. Currently pursuing a PhD in Ecology and Biodiversity from the same institution. João explores the importance of functional diversity and nitrogen and phosporus cycles for the biogeochemical dynamic of the Amazon forest while facing climatic change and rising CO2 levels.


Moara Canova – Doctor’s Degree Student

Ecology graduate from the São Paulo State University (UNESP) – Rio Claro, with a Masters in Ecology and Biodiversity from the same institution. Currently pursuing a PhD in Environment and Society from Campinas University (UNICAMP).


Beatriz Oliveira Tristão – Master’s Degree Student

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC – Campinas) through the ProUni governmental program. She is currently master’s student in Ecology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), developing the project “Climate changing as a threat for ecosystem services in brazilian Amazon”, which seeks to understand climate threats to functional traits’ patterns of species used as ecosystem services (cultural and provision) and the supply of those services.


Ana Luisa de Carvalho Cruz – Master’s Degree Student

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas). She is currently a Master’s student in Ecology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) where she develops the project “Climate extremes and provision of ecosystem services in the Amazon”, which investigates how ecosystem services related to food security are threatened by climate change.


Bruna Roberta Soica – Master’s Degree Student

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the State University of Paraná (UNESPAR). She is currently master’s student in Ecology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and develops the following research: Modeling the effects of climate change on plant reproductive phenology: a functional approach. This project seeks to understand how climate change can interfere with the reproductive attributes of plants in the Brazilian Amazon.


Thalia Andreuccetti – Graduation Student

Thalia Andreuccetti

Graduate student in Biological Sciences at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), where develops the scientific initiation project at LabTerra, under the orientation of Professor Davi M. Lapola: “Improvement of the representation of autotrophic respiration in a trait-based vegetation model and its sensitivity to climate change”. The project aims, from the analysis of the equations of autotrophic breathing, applied in dynamic vegetation models (DVGMS), to improve its representation and estimates inside the CAETÊ model. For this, in addition to a comprehensive bibliography review, programming methods will be used. Additionally, the student is also interested in the areas of plant ecology and climate change.


Gabriel Banstarck Marandola – Graduation Student

Gabriel Marandola

Undergraduate student in Biological Sciences at University of Campinas (Unicamp). In LabTerra, Gabriel develops upgrades for the hydrology module of CAETÊ, mentored by David M. Lapola, as part of his undergraduate research project.


Ex-students

MSc. Gabriela Sophia – Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas) and Master of Science in Ecology and Biodiversity at the Paulista State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP) of the Rio Claro campus.