Postdoctoral Researcher (CNPq Fellow)
Deforestation and conversion of native habitats to exotic pasture and crops, in addition to inefficient agricultural and cattle management practices, are placing great pressures on natural resources in Brazilian ecosystems such as the Pantanal and Cerrado. To prevent further deforestation and protect biodiversity, areas already developed for farming and ranching need to be managed more efficiently and profitably, so that economic incentives for additional deforestation are minimized. To that end, I'm interested in furthering our understanding of the effects of livestock and land use change on plant and animal assemblages, specifically, the structure, composition and changes in functional groups and ecosystem services in the Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil. I have been working with rural community partners to promote best-management practices that optimize profitability and efficient use of developed lands, while minimizing pressures on natural resources in order to improve pasture conditions and reduce cattle impacts.
Publications by Fernando Gonçalves
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Posts by Fernando Gonçalves
- Assessing demography and genetic variation in Bobcat (Lynx rufus) using non-invasive DNA analysis and comparing with population size estimates obtained by camera-trapping in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
- Effects of “primatization” on the population dynamics of a palm tree that is vulnerable to extinction
- Incidence and dynamics of mistletoe infestation on the oaks of Jasper Ridge
- Ecology of oak regeneration at Jasper Ridge
- Osa-Golfito Initiative in Southern Costa Rica (INOGO)