I am interested in how past and current human populations domesticated forests, both in terms of process (identification of specific management practices) and results (modified floristic compositions). Essentially, I am studying the influences of pre-Columbian peoples and modern peoples in Amazonian forests.
During my masters course, I studied pre-Colombian human transformations of forested landscapes in Central Amazonia. Since my masters degree, I am a member of the Terra Preta Nova Research Group at National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). The focus of my research is on the spatial distribution of landscape domestication (anthropogenic soils and forests) across geographical regions of Brazilian Amazonia.
I am currently a PhD candidate in Ecology at INPA and at Wageningen University. I am studying the legacy of landscape domestication in the Amazon forest. Forest management by pre-Colombian people may have significantly contributed to ecological patterns documented in current forest. However, the study of landscape domestication practiced by native Amazonian populations and peasants is still in its early stages. With this research I aim to evaluate the effect of past landscape domestication on current Amazonian forests and how this legacy is maintained by current traditional management practices.