Research Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Dr Lidiany Carvalho – Environmental drivers of pyrogenic carbon in Amazonian soils (Feldpausch primary supervisor)
  • Dr Fabiana Couto – Fire in Amazonia (Feldpausch primary supervisor; Aragao co-supervisor)
  • Dr Julieth Serrano – Biodiversity, forest resilience, and ecosystem services in Colombia (Feldpausch primary supervisor)
  • Dr Monica Amador – Socio-ecological systems in Colombia (Millner primary supervisor; Feldpausch co-supervisor)
  • Dr Felipe Franco – Palaeoecology and resilience of forests in Colombia (Urrego-Sanchez primary supervisor; Feldpausch co-supervisor)


Dr Grace Jopaul Loubota – Drivers of variation in pantropical crown allometry (Feldpausch primary supervisor; Adeline Fayolle co-supervisor)




Current postgraduate students

Laura Vedovato (PhD, Univ Exeter-CAPES Science without Borders, Brazil 2018-21) – Evaluating changes in Amazonian forest structure using airborne lidar.






Luciana Pereira (PhD, Univ Exeter International Excellence Scholarship 2018-21) – Assessing the potential of full-polarimetric ALOS-PALSAR data in estimating and mapping vegetation structural and carbon storage in the Amazon forest.





 Facundo Alvarez (PhD, UNEMAT, Brazil 2018-22) – Changes in forest structure and composition following forest degradation and drought in southern Amazonia






Larissa Barbosa (MSc, Univ Exeter-INPA 2017-19) – Pyrogenic carbon and belowground biomass in central Amazonia






Marcelle Abdiel de Souza  (MSc, Univ Exeter-INPA 2017-19) – Response of secondary forests in central Amazonia to relaxed nutrient constraints






Lucas dos Santos (MSc, UNEMAT, Brazil 2018-21) – Seedling regeneration following fire and drought in southern Amazonia






Stacey New (PhD, Univ Exeter NERC DTP, SilvaCarbon 2015-19) – Fire intensity, forest damage, and carbon dynamics in Peru and Brazil, Amazonia







Past postgraduate students

Chantelle Burton (PhD, University of Exeter, Met Office-UK 2015-19) – Modelling fire interactions with tropical forest, climate, and land-use






Edmar A. de Oliveira (PhD, UNEMAT-CAPES Science without Borders studentship, Brazil 2014-17) – Effect of historic disturbance and soil pyrogenic carbon on southern Amazonian forest structure and composition





Nayane Prestes (MSc, UNEMAT studentship; SilvaCarbon-Brazil 2015-17) – Effect of fire on forest regeneration and seedling composition in southern Amazonia






Paulo Morandi (PhD, UNEMAT-CNPq studentship, Brazil 2014-17) – Distribution and determinants of tree species in the Amazon-Cerrado transition






Erick M. Oblitas Mendoza (PhD, INPA-CAPES studentship, Brazil 2012-16) – Temporal and spatial variation in fine root production in central Amazonian forests






Monica Forsthofer (MSc, UNEMAT-Brazil, 2014) – Effect of drought on tree dynamics in forests of the southern border of Amazonia






Demetrius Martins (MSc, INPA-Brazil, 2012) – Environmental and edaphic drivers of variation in coarse woody debris stocks and wood density in central Amazonia





Jamie Mitchell (MSc Univ. Exeter) – Wave energy production in the UK

Visiting postgraduate students

Grace Jopaul Loubota (PhD, Exeter – Université de Liège, 2017) – Tree allometry and biomass in central Africa





Past post-doctoral researchers

Dr Nina Koele – Post-doctoral researcher – Variation in soil pyrogenic carbon in Amazonia (CNPq-CAPES-UNEMAT-Univ. Exeter)

Dr Klécia Massi – Post-doctoral researcher – Changes in functional diversity in burned Amazonian forests (CNPq-CAPES-UNEMAT-Univ. Exeter), now a professor at São Paulo State University, Brazil