Valokuva Matheus Nunes

Matheus Nunes

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Henkilökohtainen profiili

Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

Matheus is a postdoctoral researcher in the Earth Change Observation Lab since April 2019, whose research focuses on understanding what determines the structure and function of plant communities. His work uses remote sensing and field surveys to explore how tropical vegetation responds to global changes. His current project revolves around the use of terrestrial LiDAR to predict the effects of climate and fragmentation on tree canopies and ecosystem functioning in the Amazon, Malaysian Borneo and Kenyan forests. He received his PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge in March 2019, where he used airborne LiDAR and field spectroscopy to investigate forest responses to El Niño events and oil palm expansion.


Key publications

Nunes, M.H., Both, S., Bongalov, B., Brelsford, C., Khoury, S., Burslem, D.F., Philipson, C., Majalap, N., Riutta, T., Coomes, D.A. and Cutler, M.E., 2019. Changes in leaf functional traits of rainforest canopy trees associated with an El Niño event in Borneo. Environmental Research Letters14(8), p.085005.


Nunes, M., Ewers, R., Turner, E. and Coomes, D., 2017. Mapping aboveground carbon in oil palm plantations using LiDAR: A comparison of tree-centric versus area-based approaches. Remote Sensing9(8), p.816.


Nunes, M.H., Davey, M.P. and Coomes, D.A., 2017. On the challenges of using field spectroscopy to measure the impact of soil type on leaf traits. Biogeosciences14(13), pp.3371-3385.


 Nunes, M.H., de Castro Nunes Santos Terra, M., de Oliveira, I.R.C. and van den Berg, E., 2017. The influence of disturbance on driving carbon stocks and tree dynamics of riparian forests in Cerrado. Journal of Plant Ecology11(3), pp.401-410.


Nunes, M.H. and Görgens, E.B., 2016. Artificial intelligence procedures for tree taper estimation within a complex vegetation mosaic in Brazil. PloS one11(5), p.e0154738.


Other publications

Gorgens, E.B., Motta, A.Z., Assis, M., Nunes, M.H., Jackson, T., Coomes, D., Rosette, J., Aragão, L.E.O.E.C. and Ometto, J.P., 2019. The giant trees of the Amazon basin. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment17(7), pp.373-374.


Padfield, R., Hansen, S., Davies, Z.G., Ehrensperger, A., Slade, E., Evers, S., Papargyropoulou, E., Bessou, C., Abdullah, N., Page, S. and Ancrenaz, M., 2019. Co-producing a research agenda for sustainable palm oil. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change2, p.13.


Rose, D.C., Sutherland, W.J., Amano, T., González‐Varo, J.P., Robertson, R.J., Simmons, B.I., Wauchope, H.S., Kovacs, E., Durán, A.P., Vadrot, A.B. and Wu, W., 2018. The major barriers to evidence‐informed conservation policy and possible solutions. Conservation letters11(5), p.e12564.


Jucker, T., Wintle, B., Shackelford, G., Bocquillon, P., Geffert, J.L., Kasoar, T., Kovacs, E., Mumby, H.S., Orland, C., Schleicher, J. and Tew, E.R., 2018. Ten‐year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conservation biology32(6), pp.1457-1463.


Görgens, E.B., Soares, C.P., Nunes, M.H. and Rodriguez, L.C., 2016. Characterization of Brazilian forest types utilizing canopy height profiles derived from airborne laser scanning. Applied vegetation science19(3), pp.518-527.


Koulutus / tieteellinen pätevyys

Plant Sciences, PhD, University of Cambridge

Forest Resources, Master of Science, University of São Paulo

Forest Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Federal University of Lavras


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