I have been working on game species for over 10 years, especially in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. My studies involve understanding the hunting, trade, consumption, and sustainability of wild meat by rural people and urban residents, and refining life-history traits of game species using data collected through participatory methods, such as community-based collection of biological samples and citizen science. I use a modelling approach to unveil the effects of cultural, social and biological factors on wild meat use. I have also experience in developing outreach campaigns and educational activities at zoos, aquariums and local communities to raise awareness about anthropogenic impacts on the environment and sustainable solutions for solving them. My current role involves developing a comprehensive proposal to develop and assess the effectiveness of outreach activities at zoos in the UK, in particular the Twycross Zoo, using primates as flagship species to obtain tangible data for educational research.
Research group membership
- Oxford Brookes Department of Social Sciences: Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group and Nocturnal Primate Research Group.
- Associate Researcher of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute, Brazil.
- Associate Researcher of the Juruá Institute, Brazil.
- Member of the RedeFauna - Research Network on Diversity, Conservation and Use of Wildlife in Amazonia.
- Member of the Comfauna - Comunidad de Manejo de Fauna Silvestre en Amazonía y en Latinoamérica.
Research grants and awards
- Green Talents Award 2016, Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
- Ralf-Yorque Memorial Award The Best Paper of 2015 in the journal Ecology and Society by the Foundation of Scientific Symbiosis.
- Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Grant #9258: Project “Scope and Impact of Illegal Sport Hunting in Brazil: Insights from Social Media data”. Period covered October 2020- March 2021.
- Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Grant #300504/2019‐5, Project “Ecology, conservation and sustainable use of Caviomorph rodents in Amazonia”. Period covered January 2018 - December 2020.
- Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Grant #201475/2017-0, Scholarship for Ph.D. studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Period covered September 2017 - September 2021.
- Brazilian Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination (CAPES), Grant #1592536, Scholarship for MSc studies at Rural Federal University of the Amazon. Period covered January 2016 - March 2017.
- Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Grants #300005/2013-0 and #302445/2013-7, Project “Ecology, conservation and sustainable use of lowland pacas (Cuniculus paca) in Amazonia”. Period covered December 2012 - December 2016.