Dênis A. Sana
A biologist, trained at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and currently responsible for the program "Research and Conservation of Big Cats in the Upper Paraná River," monitoring populations of jaguar (Panthera onca) and puma (Puma concolor) surrounding the Rio Paraná, in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo and Paraná.
A biologist, with a M.Sc. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, PhD in Biology (Genetics) from the University of Maryland. He did postdoctoral research in carnivore genetics at the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, NIH, USA. He has participated in projects related to carnivore conservation since 1991, initially working in the field, but since 1993 mainly addressing aspects of molecular evolution and conservation genetics of this group, with an emphasis on felines. He is currently Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of Bioscience, PUC-RS, and develops research projects focusing on carnivore molecular genetics, evolution, ecology and conservation, including studies of the phylogeny of the order Carnivora and the family Felidae, as well as analysis of population genetics of species such as jaguar, maned wolf, and neotropical otters, among others.
Is a biologist with a M.Sc. in Animal Biology, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK, and post-doctorate in Ecology from the University of São Paulo. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the Department of Ecology, University Estadual Paulista (Rio Claro Campus). She has experience in ecology, with an emphasis on applied ecology, focusing on the following themes: fragmentation, landscape ecology, carnivores, mammals and the Amazon rainforest.
Fernando Cesar Cascelli de Azevedo
Is a biologist trained at the University of Brasilia, with a M.Sc. in Ecology from the same university and a Ph.D. in Biology and Wildlife Management from the University of Idaho, USA. Currently, he is developing postdoctoral research at USP / ESALQ focusing on the ecology of large wild carnivores and their interactions with domestic animals in the Pantanal, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. His major research interests are in ecology, conservation biology and human-wildlife interactions.
Flávio H. G. Rodrigues
A biologist, with a MSc and PhD in Ecology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP. His thesis topic was "Ecology and Conservation of maned wolves at the Ecological Station of Águas Emendadas." He is currently assistant lecturer in the Department of General Biology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, MG, and coordinator of the Graduate Program in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management, UFMG. He is co-responsible for the project "Behavioral Biology and Conservation of maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus) in the Cerrado of Minas Gerais," in the national park of Serra da Canastra and also supervises projects with different groups of carnivores.
Julio César Dalponte
Is a Pró-Carnívoros researcher, a biologist trained at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, with a doctorate in animal biology from the University of Brasilia.
Nilde Lago Pinheiro
A geographer, who graduated from the University of São Paulo and a post-graduate from the University of Paris I. Was Superintendent of IBAMA in the state of São Paulo, National Secretary for the Environment and President of IBAMA. She is currently President of Pró-Carnívoros and an Environmental Consultant.
Ricardo Luiz Pires Boulhosa
Is a Pró-Carnívoros researcher, a biologist who graduated from the University of Sao Paulo with a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia, UK (thesis: Jaguar predation on cattle in the Pantanal of Poconé, Brazil). Between 1994 and 1999, Ricardo coordinated and implemented the project "Study of the impact of predation of jaguars on the domestic cattle in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso. From 2001 to 2003, he coordinated and implemented the project "Effect of the control of top predators in terrestrial vertebrate communities in the Pantanal”, in four different areas of the Brazilian Pantanal, with funding from The Wellcome Trust, UK. Between 2004 and 2005 he worked as a consultant on the "National Program to Control Conflict between Predators and Humans", with the National Research Centre for the Conservation of Natural Predators (ICMBio / CENAP). Between 2005 and 2008, he coordinated and implemented the Outreach Program for Farmers with jaguar predation problems (ROP) of the WCS in the Brazilian Pantanal. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the Executive Coordinator of Instituto Pró-Carnívoros.
Rogério Cunha de Paula
A biologist, working with carnivores since 1995, with experience in captive and wild management practices. Currently he coordinates the project "Management of the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)" conducted in the National Park of Serra da Canastra, state of Minas Gerais. He is also an Environmental Analyst in the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, and works in the National Research Center for the Conservation of Natural Predators - CENAP / ICMBio on issues related to conflicts between predators and humans, where he coordinates the Network for Attending Cases With Wild Carnivores and Predation and the Georeferenced Database of CENAP.
Ronaldo Gonçalves Morato
Is a veterinarian, with a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo - USP. He is a researcher with wild carnivores since 1992 and is currently responsible for the project "Ecology and conservation of the jaguar in the sub-middle São Francisco", "Ecology and conservation of the jaguar in the Iguaçu National Park" and "Bank of biological samples from mammals of the order Carnivora”. In addition, he plays an important role in the projects "Ecology and conservation of the bush-dog: a multidisciplinary approach" and "Biology and behavior of maned wolf in the National Park of Serra da Canastra. He is an Environmental Analyst at the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, and is head of the National Research Center for the Conservation of Natural Predators - CENAP / ICMBio since 2005.
Rose Lilian Gasparini Morato
Is a vet who worked on the project conservation of the Marsh Deer in CESP and the project Carnivores of Iguaçu. She was Executive Director of Pro-Carnivores for 8 years. An Environmental Analyst with the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, and has been working at the National Center for Research and Conservation of Mammals Carnivores - CENAP / ICMBio since 2003. Was the head of CENAP from 2003 to 2005.
Is an Agronomist, with a MSc in Wildlife Management and Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, USA. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society in partnership with the Mamirauá Civil Society and the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development coordinating a research project on the feeding ecology of jaguars in the southern Pantanal. Subsequently, she implemented and worked as a research coordinator for the Pantanal Program, developed by Panthera in the northern Pantanal, studying the ecology of jaguars, and their relations with prey species and landscape features, depredation of domestic livestock and their implications for the conservation of the species. Currently she coordinates the work for the ecological corridor of the coastal Atlantic Forest, developed by Panthera.
Tadeu G. de Oliveira
Is a biologist, with a M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Florida, USA, and author of "Neotropical Cats". He is a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the State University of Maranhão and member of the IUCN: The World Conservation Union / Species Survival Commission / Cat Specialist Group & Small Carnivores Specialist Group. His research is focused on the ecology, conservation and natural history of neotropical carnivores, especially cats.
Valéria Amorim Conforti< back
Is a veterinarian trained by the Federal University of Fluminense, with a M.Sc. from the University of Idaho - United States, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University. She is currently conducting postdoctoral research at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Centre for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife.