Manoela S Machado Mollinari, PhD

Research 

I am broadly interested in understanding 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 with 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 183408_194602197224380_4648881_nsoutheast 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 selective logging and alterations to the thermal environment ultimately leading to the risk of fire in the Amazon forest. Selective logging impacts forest structure with the opening of gaps and roads, which enables sun and wind to penetrate the forest interior. A hotter and more desiccated environment will not only directly affect organisms that depend on the surrounding thermal conditions, but also potentially increase the forest vulnerability to burning. Such impacts tend to be more pronounced during an exceptionally hot and dry year (for instance with an El nino event) but also tends to alleviate as forest regenerates. Thus, my research is focused on the thermal environment recovery after selective logging alongside with the spatial communication of the thermal impacts on the logged landscape and the flammability of different fuels created by selective logging. I hope to better understand the impacts of selective logging on the thermal environment in *time* and *space* and under different climatic scenarios so we can predict – and ultimately avoid creating – a fire prone forest landscape.

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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. And, I really enjoy spending time with my friends.