While earning a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, Dr. Machado studied tropical restoration in many parts of the Atlantic forest and visited the Amazon for the first time, falling in love with the amazing forest. Dr. Machado completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., focusing on the relationships between selective logging and fire risk in the Amazon. She then developed postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on the assessment of emergency measures to combat the fire crisis in the Amazon. Dr. Machado also worked as a research assistant at the Tapajós National Forest in Santarém, Pará state and the Sea Turtle Conservation Project TAMAR in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco state, Brazil, and as a research consultant with Woodwell Climate’s partner IPAM.
Dr. Machado is proud to fight to protect the Amazon in her home country of Brazil and is motivated to work collaboratively to advance our understanding of fire ecology. She is also a passionate vegan who loves to travel.