The Amazon plays a crucial role in international strategies to mitigate global climate and biodiversity crises. Amazonian ecosystems are among the world's most biodiverse and contribute to environmental services at multiple spatial scales. Yet, multiple anthropogenic and climatic disturbances are threatening the Amazonian biodiversity and ecosystems. In our lab, we conduct synthesis research aiming to understand the patterns and drivers of Amazonian biodiversity and to transpose results from the scientific frontier to applications in society. Some of the questions we are interested in investigating include (1) What are the best and most used metrics to understand ecosystem integrity? (2) How do multiple stressors and their interactions affect the Amazonian biodiversity across distinct scales? (3) What is the conservation status of Amazonian insect biodiversity and the distribution of described, unknown and potentially threatened species?
Your PhD will be conducted in integration with the Synergize project, a collaborative network of research groups in Brazil, the UK and abroad. Your outputs will be aligned with strategic areas for regional, national and international development, seeking to inform public policies and decision-making focused on biodiversity conservation. To achieve this, you will develop computer programming skills in landscape ecology, geospatial, and modelling analyses.
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