1. Anthropogenic disturbance in tropical forests can double biodiversity loss from deforestation.

    Nature 535(7610):144 (2016) PMID 27362236

    Concerted political attention has focused on reducing deforestation, and this remains the cornerstone of most biodiversity conservation strategies. However, maintaining forest cover may not reduce anthropogenic forest disturbances, which are rarely considered in conservation programmes. These di...
  2. Idiosyncratic responses of Amazonian birds to primary forest disturbance.

    Oecologia 180(3):903 (2016) PMID 26566810

    As humans continue to alter tropical landscapes across the world, it is important to understand what environmental factors help determine the persistence of biodiversity in modified ecosystems. Studies on well-known taxonomic groups can offer critical insights as to the fate of biodiversity in t...
  3. Toward an integrated monitoring framework to assess the effects of tropical forest degradation and recovery on carbon stocks and biodiversity.

    Global Change Biology 22(1):92 (2016) PMID 26390852

    Tropical forests harbor a significant portion of global biodiversity and are a critical component of the climate system. Reducing deforestation and forest degradation contributes to global climate-change mitigation efforts, yet emissions and removals from forest dynamics are still poorly quantif...
  4. Rapid tree carbon stock recovery in managed Amazonian forests

    Current Biology 25(20):2738 (2015)

  5. How pervasive is biotic homogenization in human-modified tropical forest landscapes?

    Ecology Letters 18(10):1108 (2015) PMID 26299405

    Land-cover change and ecosystem degradation may lead to biotic homogenization, yet our understanding of this phenomenon over large spatial scales and different biotic groups remains weak. We used a multi-taxa dataset from 335 sites and 36 heterogeneous landscapes in the Brazilian Amazon to exami...
  6. Rapid tree carbon stock recovery in managed Amazonian forests.

    Current Biology 25(18):R787 (2015) PMID 26394096

    While around 20% of the Amazonian forest has been cleared for pastures and agriculture, one fourth of the remaining forest is dedicated to wood production. Most of these production forests have been or will be selectively harvested for commercial timber, but recent studies show that even soon af...
  7. Developing Cost-Effective Field Assessments of Carbon Stocks in Human-Modified Tropical Forests.

    PLoS ONE 10(8):e0133139 (2015) PMID 26308074 PMCID PMC4550286

    Across the tropics, there is a growing financial investment in activities that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, such as REDD+. However, most tropical countries lack on-the-ground capacity to conduct reliable and replicable assessments of forest carbon stocks, un...
  8. A large-scale field assessment of carbon stocks in human-modified tropical forests.

    Global Change Biology 20(12):3713 (2014) PMID 24865818

    Tropical rainforests store enormous amounts of carbon, the protection of which represents a vital component of efforts to mitigate global climate change. Currently, tropical forest conservation, science, policies, and climate mitigation actions focus predominantly on reducing carbon emissions fr...
  9. Road networks predict human influence on Amazonian bird communities.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological ... 281(1795) (2014) PMID 25274363 PMCID PMC4213623

    Road building can lead to significant deleterious impacts on biodiversity, varying from direct road-kill mortality and direct habitat loss associated with road construction, to more subtle indirect impacts from edge effects and fragmentation. However, little work has been done to evaluate the sp...
  10. Two hundred years of local avian extinctions in eastern Amazonia.

    Conservation Biology 28(5):1271 (2014) PMID 24779443

    Local, regional, and global extinctions caused by habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation have been widely reported for the tropics. The patterns and drivers of this loss of species are now increasingly well known in Amazonia, but there remains a significant gap in understanding of long-ter...
  11. Avian biodiversity in multiple-use landscapes of the Brazilian Amazon

    Biological Conservation 167:339 (2013)

    • We surveyed birds across multiple-use landscapes of the Brazilian Amazon. • Production areas are of low importance for the conservation of Amazonian bird biodive...
  12. A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable Amazon Network.
    Toby A Gardner, Joice Ferreira, Jos Barlow, Alexander C Lees, Luke Parry, Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Erika Berenguer, Ricardo Abramovay, Alexandre Aleixo, Christian Andretti, Luiz E O C Aragão, Ivanei Araújo, Williams Souza de Ávila, Richard D Bardgett, Mateus Batistella, Rodrigo Anzolin Begotti, Troy Beldini, Driss Ezzine de Blas, Rodrigo Fagundes Braga, Danielle de Lima Braga, Janaína Gomes de Brito, Plínio Barbosa de Camargo, Fabiane Campos dos Santos, Vívian Campos de Oliveira, Amanda Cardoso Nunes Cordeiro, Thiago Moreira Cardoso, Déborah Reis de Carvalho, Sergio André Castelani, Júlio Cézar Mário Chaul, Carlos Eduardo Cerri, Francisco de Assis Costa, Carla Daniele Furtado da Costa, Emilie Coudel, Alexandre Camargo Coutinho, Dênis Cunha, Álvaro D'Antona, Joelma Dezincourt, Karina Dias-Silva, Mariana Durigan, Júlio César Dalla Mora Esquerdo, José Feres, Silvio Frosini de Barros Ferraz, Amanda Estefânia de Melo Ferreira, Ana Carolina Fiorini, Lenise Vargas Flores da Silva, Fábio Soares Frazão, Rachel Garrett, Alessandra dos Santos Gomes, Karoline da Silva Gonçalves, José Benito Guerrero, Neusa Hamada, Robert M Hughes, Danilo Carmago Igliori, Ederson da Conceição Jesus, Leandro Juen, Miércio Junior, José Max Barbosa de Oliveira Junior, Raimundo Cosme de Oliveira Junior, Carlos Souza Junior, Phil Kaufmann, Vanesca Korasaki, Cecília Gontijo Leal, Rafael Leitão, Natália Lima, Maria de Fátima Lopes Almeida, Reinaldo Lourival, Júlio Louzada, Ralph Mac Nally, Sébastien Marchand, Márcia Motta Maués, Fátima S Moreira, Carla Morsello, Nárgila Moura, Jorge Nessimian, Sâmia Nunes, Victor Hugo Fonseca Oliveira, Renata Pardini, Heloisa Correia Pereira, Paulo Santos Pompeu, Carla Rodrigues Ribas, Felipe Rossetti, Fernando Augusto Schmidt, Rodrigo da Silva, Regina Célia Viana Martins da Silva, Thiago Fonseca Morello Ramalho da Silva, Juliana Silveira, João Victor Siqueira, Teotônio Soares de Carvalho, Ricardo C Solar, Nicola Savério Holanda Tancredi, James R Thomson, Patrícia Carignano Torres, Fernando Zagury Vaz-de-Mello, Ruan Carlo Stulpen Veiga, Adriano Venturieri, Cecília Viana, Diana Weinhold, Ronald Zanetti, and Jansen Zuanon

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society... 368(1619):20120166 (2013) PMID 23610172 PMCID PMC3638432

    Science has a critical role to play in guiding more sustainable development trajectories. Here, we present the Sustainable Amazon Network (Rede Amazônia Sustentável, RAS): a multidisciplinary research initiative involving more than 30 partner organizations working to assess both social and ecolo...
  13. The critical importance of considering fire in REDD+ programs

    Biological Conservation 154:1 (2012)

    Highlights ► Forest fires affect REDD+ schemes in the humid tropics. ► They compromise carbon permanence. ► They undermine the potential of sustainable forest management and regeneration activities. ► They threaten additional REDD+ benefits, including biodiversity conservatio...
  14. A framework for integrating biodiversity concerns into national REDD+ programmes

    Biological Conservation 154:61 (2012)

    Highlights ► A general framework for integrating biodiversity concerns into REDD+ programmes. ► A tiered approach to assessing biodiversity safeguards to help guide implementation. ► Progress can be achieved in respecting safeguards using available data.