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Helena Alves-Pinto

Helena  Alves-Pinto

Visiting PhD Student

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Research Interests

I am a biologist interested in interdisciplinary topics that may help us conciliate nature conservation and future human needs, such as land's sustainable use, biodiversity conservation, and the provision of nature`s benefits to people in complex-systems. One of my goals is to provide scientific information to decision makers, shortening the distance between researchers and policymakers. 

More specifically, in my Ph.D. I look to understand the contribution of areas outside of Brazilian Protected Areas to biodiversity conservation. I will explore: 1) What are the contributions of Brazilian Legal Area-Based mechanisms as Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures for biodiversity conservation?; and 2) How can we predict biodiversity conservation value in fragmented landscapes in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest?

Other Professional Activities

I am a biologist from São Paulo University, and I hold a Masters degree in Applied Ecology from the University of East Anglia. During my Masters, I have focused on the impacts of Economic Incentive Mechanisms on traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon. Complementing my research, I have worked as a consultant for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program and the University of Michigan, in which I investigated the contributions, opportunities, and challenges of cattle ranching certification schemes for reducing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. I joined the International Institute for Sustainability in 2014, during which I have worked in many areas related to conservation, land use, economic incentives, among others. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a visitor Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge.

Key Publications

Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg, B.B.N., Silva, D., Alves- Pinto, H.N., Feltran-Barbieri, R., Castro, A., Iribarrem, A., Rangel, M., Kalif, K., Gardner, T., and Beduschi, F. 2017. Improving land management in Brazil: the producers’ perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 240: 276-286.

Alves-Pinto, H.N., Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg, B.B.N., Barros, F., Sansevero, J.B., Iribarrem, A., Crouzeilles, R., Lemgruber, L., Rangel, M., e da Silva, A. 2016. Reconciling rural development and ecological restoration: strategies and policy recommendations for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Land Use Policy, 60: 419-426.

Strassburg, B.B.N., Barros, F.S.M., Crouzeilles, R., Iribarrem, A., Santos, J.S., Silva, D., Sansevero, J.B.B., Alves-Pinto, H.N., Feltran-Barbieri, R., and Latawiec, A.E., 2016. The role of natural regeneration to ecosystem services provision and habitat availability: a case study in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biotropica, 48(6):890-899. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12393.

Alves-Pinto, H.N., Netwon, P and Pinto, L.F.G. 2015. Reducing deforestation and enhancing sustainability in commodity supply chains: interactions between governance interventions and cattle certification in Brazil. Tropical Conservation Science.

Newton, P., Alves-Pinto, H.N., and Pinto, L.F.G.P. 2015. Certification, forest conservation, and cattle: theories and evidence of change in Brazil. Conservation Letters, 8(3): 206-213.

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