Executive Members

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João Vitor Campos-Silva President

João Campos-Silva is an early career ecologist with a broad interest in the conservation of tropical socio-ecological systems. João has been working in Amazonia since 2008, focusing on biodiversity conservation, management of natural resources, Protected Areas and community-based conservation. He is a biologist, holds a master's degree in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and a PhD in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). João found its professional happiness by trying to understand how to align biodiversity conservation and human wellbeing, and he believes that a sustainable fate for Amazonia will be only possible if conservation become a concrete pathway towards a better life of local dwellers. In addition to Instituto Juruá, João is also a postdoc researcher at University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Norway, associate research at Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL) and Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), and a fellow from Mulago foundation. In 2018 and 2019, he receive the young scientist award from Brazilian government and Rolex award for enterprise, respectively.

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Carolina Freitas Executive Director

Carolina Freitas has been working in the Amazon since 2011, with a focal interest in how local people use natural resources, and on their strategies to achieve sustainability. Her main professional goal is to find alternatives to reconcile biodiversity conservation with local people’s welfare. She believes one of the best ways to develop effective conservation is by having local people at the forefront of management initiatives, through community-based management or participatory approaches. Carolina has a master’s and a PhD in Ecology, and her current work addresses pirarucu (Arapaima sp.) co-management, an example of successful community-based fishery management, which is now expanding across Amazonia.

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Hugo C. M. Costa Financial Director

Hugo Costa is a biologist and his research interests focus on the population, community and movement ecology of terrestrial vertebrates in Amazonian seasonally flooded and upland forests to support natural resource use and management by rural communities. He also works in the deforestation arc in Southern Amazonia to understand human-wildlife conflict and commodity production. Hugo has an MSc in Zoology from the Federal University of Pará and Emílio Goeldi Museum, and he is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology and Conservation at State University of Santa Cruz.

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Andressa Bárbara Scabin Communication Director

Andressa Scabin is a biologist and has been working in the Amazon since 2007, with great interest in understanding how human activities impact tropical forests. She holds a MSc in Ecology from the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) and a PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Andressa Scabin started her activities at the Projeto Médio Juruá (PMJ) in 2016, with her Ph.D. thesis that investigated the effects of hunting in forest dynamics and carbon stocks in the Médio Juruá. Her current professional objective is to support, through scientific research, initiatives for the sustainable management of Amazonian fauna and flora resources, as well as to conduct projects related to scientific ecotourism and environmental education.

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Carlos Peres Scientific Director

Born in Belém, Brazil, Carlos Peres was exposed to Amazonian natural history from age seven and his father's 5,000-ha landholding in eastern Pará, consisting largely of undisturbed primary forest, became a childhood playground. For the last 30 years he has been studying wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests, the population ecology of key tropical forest resource populations, and the biological criteria for designing large nature reserves. He currently co-directs four ecology and conservation research programs in Amazonian forests, including the ecology of key timber and non-timber forest resources; patterns of vertebrate assemblage structure in Amazonian forests; the biological dynamics of hyper-disturbed and fragmented forest landscapes, and the biodiversity consequences of land-use change. He has published ~400 papers on neotropical forest ecology and conservation at scales ranging from populations to landscapes, and to entire continents. He has received several international awards including the "Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Award" from the Bay and Paul Foundation, USA (1995), and the "Environmentalist Leader for the New Millennium" by Time Magazine and CNN network (2000). He is a Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology and divides his time between Norwich and fieldwork at multiple field sites in neotropical forests.

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Joseph E. Hawes Development Director

Joseph is an ecologist focussing on tropical forest ecology, including the consequences of human disturbance and the sustainability of natural resource use. He has a MSc and PhD from the University of East Anglia and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He began working in the Juruá region of Brazilian Amazonia in 2007, with his doctoral research which examined the forest structure, phenology patterns and frugivore communities of flooded and unflooded forests. Joseph has conducted postdoctoral research at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi with Rede Amazônia Sustentável (RAS), on land-use change and sustainability, investigating the functional consequences of forest disturbance and recovery for fruit traits and seed dispersal services. He also continued research with Projeto Médio Juruá (PMJ) on the sustainable use and community management of natural resources and ecosystem services, during postdoc positions at the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas and Anglia Ruskin University.


Franciany Braga Executive Researcher

Franciany is a biologist and PhD candidate in Zoology at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), being part of the UFPB Mammals Laboratory. She develops research in socio-ecological systems, biodiversity conservation, anthropic impact on fauna and community-based management of hunting in the Amazon and sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is also part of the Fauna Network, a researcher group engaged in the conservation and management of Amazonian fauna.


Helder Espírito-Santo Executive Researcher

Helder Espírito-Santo is an ecologist studying fish behaviour and population dynamics in the Amazon. Since arriving in Manaus, in 2005, Helder is deepening our understanding of how the seasonality of Amazonian environments regulates the life-history strategies of fish and how such strategies affect abundance changes in natural populations over time. With a research background in terra-firme forest streams, he has gradually expanded his area of study, now working from the Atlantic Coast to the floodplain areas of the Central and Western Amazon. Helder believes in the power of knowledge as a tool to free people, and because of that, he is an enthusiast of Scientific Education. He hopes to help Instituto Juruá to reach its beautiful mission by generating and spreading scientific knowledge throughout the Amazon.

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Jaqueline Orlando Project Manager

Jaqueline Orlando is biologist and has a comprehensive experience acting in NGOs, enterprises, with traditional communities and biodiversity value-chains. She worked for two years with conservation and sustainable development in the Brazilian Cerrado, a biodiversity hotspot with a huge diversity of species and a large cultural diversity, but also increasingly threatened especially from deforestation. Jaqueline is responsible for help with a wide set of activities, including project management, research and policy. She also has a fruitful artistic vein to guarantee beauty in our communications.

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Almir Rogério Nascimento Logistic Coordinator

Almir is a resident of Carauari town and has extensive experience conducting expeditions with our research boat along the Juruá River. He is responsible for coordinating the logistics of Instituto Juruá field activities, to ensure efficiency and safety.


Edimar Costa Fishing specialist

Edimar is a resident of the Novo Horizonte community and a fishing technician. He is also a specialist in arapaima surveys and works with us coordinating pirarucu surveys across hundreds of lakes. He also conducts training of local dwellers on arapaima census. Edimar was also a local teacher and has an important participation in the educational activities of Instituto Juruá.


José Alves de Moraes (Silas) Fishing specialist

Silas is an important local leader and president of the Associação de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Agricultura Familiar da Região do Baixo Juruá do Lago Serrado (ARLBS), an important local association. Silas is also a member of our team, playing a very role in our activities due to his Strong background as a fisher and Community leader. Silas is responsible to engage local communities in fishing agreements.


Clara Machado Science communicator

Clara Machado is a biologist, ethnobotanist and holds a master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Her research interests involve food security and the valuation of traditional food as tools to achieve social and sustainable development in rural communities. She is a science teacher, interested in environmental education and the dissemination of scientific knowledge.


Tuila Tachikawa de Jesus Communication Intern

Tuila is an undergraduate student of journalism at Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU) and has participation in projects and researches at the university whose central theme is the involvement with processes of conservation, information and relationship with the environment. Interested in following an environmental journalist career, Tuila aims to act on the dissemination of initiatives related to the sustainable use of natural resources.


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