Understanding how biodiversity responds to environmental change is essential to provide the evidence-base that underpins conservation initiatives. Species extinction is an irreversible process, and little is known of how anthropogenic disturbances are responsible for biodiversity losses. My research aims to better quantify and understand how human activities, such as degradation and management, affects biodiversity in tropical and temperate forests. I am also interested in how forest degradation affects carbon dynamics and climate change, as well as integrating both research fronts. My current and future studies address the following general questions:

- What is the magnitude of the effects of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. changes in fire regimes) on the diversity of insects and other taxa?

- What are the spatial patterns of multi-taxonomic biodiversity congruency and how can it be applied for conservation and management practices?

- How sources of forest degradation (e.g. logging, fire, agriculture) affect carbon dynamics in tropical habitats and how this knowledge can be used in REDD+ frameworks?



Andrade R.B., Balch J.K, Parsons A.L., Armenteras D., Roman-Cuesta R.M., Bulkan J. 2017. Scenarios in tropical forest degradation: carbon stock trajectories for REDD+. Carbon Balance and Management 12: 6.

Andrade R.B., Balch J.K., Carreira J.Y.O., Brando P.M., Freitas A.V.L. 2017. The impacts of recurrent fires on diversity of fruit-feeding butterflies in a southeastern Amazon forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 33: 22-32.

Silveira J.M., Louzada J., Barlow J., Andrade R.B., Mestre L., Solar R., Lacau S., Cochrane M.A. 2015. A multi-taxa assessment of biodiversity change after single and recurrent wildfires in a Brazilian Amazon forest. Biotropica 48: 170-180.

Parsons A.L., Balch J.K., Andrade R.B., Brando P.M. 2015. The role of leaf traits in determining litter flammability of southeastern Amazon tree species. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24: 1143-1153.

Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z., Silveira J.M., Cochrane M.A. 2014. Tropical forest fires and biodiversity: dung beetle community and biomass responses in a northern Brazilian Amazon forest. Journal of Insect Conservation 18: 1097-1104.

Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Mestre L.A., Silveira J., Vaz-de-Mello F.Z., Cochrane M.A. 2014. Biotic congruence in humid tropical forests: a multi-taxa examination of spatial distribution and responses to forest disturbance. Ecological Indicators 36: 572-581.

Andrade R.B. & Brumatti P. 2013. Feeding association between cattle tyrant (Machetornis rixosus, Tyrannidae) and capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, Rodentia). Lundiana 11: 85-86.

Silveira J.M., Barlow J., Andrade R.B., Louzada J., Mestre L.A., Lacau S., Zanetti R., Numata I., Cochrane M.A. 2012. The responses of leaf litter ant communities to wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon: a multi-region assessment. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 513-529.

Silveira J.M., Barlow J., Andrade R.B., Mestre L.A., Lacau S., Cochrane M.A. 2012. Responses of leaf-litter ant communities to tropical forest wildfires vary with season. Journal of Tropical Ecology 28 (5): 515-518.

Barlow J., D’Andrea G.C., Silveira J.M., Mestre L.A., Andrade R.B., Louzada J., Vaz-de-Mello F.Z., Numata I., Lacau S., Cochrane M.A. 2012. Wildfires in bamboo-dominated Amazonian forest: impacts on above-ground biomass and biodiversity. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33373. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033373.

Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z., Souza M., Silveira J.M., Cochrane M.A. 2011. Quantifying responses of dung beetles to fire disturbance in tropical forests: the importance of trapping method and seasonality. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26208. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026208.

Andrade R.B., Freitas, A.V.L. 2005. Population biology of two species of Heliconius (Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) in a semi-deciduous forest in Southeastern Brazil. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society of London 59: 223-227.

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