Terra Preta de Índio Network

This is our team

Network Coordinating Committee

George Brown

Researcher at Embrapa Forestry and a CNPq Fellow. In the last 12 years, GB has greatly promoted Oligochaete ecology and taxonomy in Latin America, establishing close collaboration with researchers throughout the Americas and Europe. GB teaches and supervises students at the Federal University of Paraná, and has directed and co-directed 21 graduate students (MSc and Ph.D.) in the last 10 years. GB has authored over 70 publications (h-index 14).

  • Soil Ecology 80% 80%
  • Taxonomy 90% 90%
  • Collaboration Happiness 80% 80%

Luis Cunha

He is an environmental biologist/bioinformatician specialized in invertebrate ecology, currently working as a Marie-Curie Fellow between Cardiff and EMBRAPA Brazil. He has been actively involved in several NGS-based genomic and transcriptomic projects to assemble and annotate several invertebrate genomes, among which L. rubellus and P. corethrurus (resident to a volcanic caldera). He has implemented a multiplicity of published computing strategies as well as building software to analyse such genomes.

  • Functional Genomics 75% 75%
  • Genomes 75% 75%
  • Opening holes in the ground 95% 95%

Peter Kille

He is the joint-Director of the UK Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis Centre (EOS) Mathematics and Informatics for Environmental ‘Omic Data Synthesis programme (NERC). He is the environmental theme leader for ELIXIR-UK and has authored both the NERC and Environment Agency strategic reviews on the application of Omics within the NERC Strategy. Has published 182 research articles and has an H-index of 39. PK’s research income is £4M over the last 10 years.

  • Biochemistry 85% 85%
  • Ecotoxicogenomics 85% 85%
  • Earthworm catcher 75% 75%

Eduardo Neves

Is Professor of Archaeology, at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Eduardo got a BA in History at the University of São Paulo and a MA and PhD in Anthropology at INDIANA UNIVERSITY. From 1995 to 2010 he directed the Central Amazon Project in the Brazilian Amazon. His current area of research is southwestern Amazonia, at the current border of Bolivia and Brazil, where he has been studying middle Holocene occupations on fluvial shell mounds, as well as the archaeology of late pre-colonial mound building societies. He is a past president of the Brazilian Archaeological Society, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Archaeology, and has been visiting professor at several universities in the Americas and Europe.

  • Archeology 99% 99%
  • Amazonian Anthropology 97% 97%
  • Jungle Survival 100% 100%

André B. Junqueira

Bachelor in Biological Sciences (University of São Paulo, 2004), Masters in Botany (National Institute of Amazonian Research, 2008), PhD. in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, 2015). Is experienced on ethnobiology, botany and plant ecology, focusing on the following subjects: ethnobotany, secondary succession, anthropogenic forests and plant and landscape domestication.

  • Amazonian Botany 90% 90%
  • Anthropogenic Forests 88% 88%
  • Landscape Domestication 95% 95%
Soil fertility
Paulo Paiva
Rosa Paes
Clara Venegas
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