Rafael Leandro de Assis
Project coordinator for biodiversity research in Brazil:
- Coordinate the cooperation agreement between the Natural History Museum and the international company Norsk Hydro to develop relevant knowledge about biodiversity in Brazilian Amazon.
- Lead the secretariat of the Consortium Board and Scientific Committee, as well coordinate seminars and meetings related to the consortium's activities.
- Compile the knowledge acquired through the consortium's projects and work for the development of new project proposals.
- Coordinate the Field Course in Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Biodiversity (BIOS4218), course that embrasses students from Norway (UiO and NMBU) and Brazil (UFPA, UFRA and MPEG), and takes place in both coutries.
Rafael Assis is a biologist, with a master degree in Botany, and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resource Management. For over a decade, he worked with different aspects of vegetation ecology in the Amazon, such as forest ecology of periodically flooded forests, patterns of endemism and habitat specificity, ecological processes involving the effects of land-use and climate change. His PhD was obtained in a collaboration between a Research Institute from Brazil and an University from Norway, where he lived from 2011-2014. Between 2017 and 2018, he was the project manager of a research project that aimed to establish and run a long term and large-scale experiment of adding fertilizers on forest soils to monitor vegetation responses, such as changes in productivity and biomass accumulation. Rafael is the current coordinator for the Brazilian Research Consortium (BRC, www.brcbn.com), position occupied since 2019.