Manoela Schiavon Machado, PhD


I am broadly interested in studying the impacts of human activities on tropical forests. For the past few years, I have been studying methods of restoration of the Atlantic Forest along wit183408_194602197224380_4648881_nh LERF – Laboratory of Ecology and Forest Restoration from ESALQ – USP, in Brazil. With them, I have studied mainly succession of tropical forests and worked specially focused on seed and seedling production of native species, both in southeast states of Brazil and in the Atlantic island of Fernando de Noronha – Pernambuco state, in the northeast region. There, I have also worked in the TAMAR project for conservation of sea turtles.

Currently my research focuses on exploring the relationship between tropical logging and forest fires in the Amazon forest. Selective logging can cause significant damage to the vegetation, increasing fuel loads on the forest floor, and open big gaps in the forest canopy, allowing sunlight to penetrate the interior of the forest. Such damages can potentially increase the temperatures and decrease the relative humidity of the forest understory, leaving the forest more fire prone. My project will address the question of how severely selective logging in the Brazilian Amazon increases seasonal fire risk.

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About me

I am a passionate Vegan that truly believes that our choices can make a difference. I advocate that Love and Respect for life are the keys to create a better, more just and ethic world. I love travelling and experiencing different cultures and foods. Love and miss my little dogs and my big, loud family. I really enjoy spending time with my friends.