Paulo Brando Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Scientist
Paulo Brando

Dr. Paulo Brando is an internationally-recognized expert on tropical ecology whose research explores the vulnerability of terrestrial natural ecosystems to repeated disturbances and prolonged degradation. His research combines field manipulation experiments, statistical and dynamic vegetation models, and remote sensing.

He aims to inform the general public and policy makers about the negative influences of climate and land use change on tropical ecosystems. Dr. Brando has been interviewed on the impacts of Amazon deforestation by the Washington Post, CBS News, Scientific American, and National Geographic, among many other media outlets. In 2019, he testified before the Brazilian Congress about the historic fires that year.

Dr. Brando contributed to the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and he organized a special issue in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology from 2010 to 2015.

Dr. Brando also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at University of California-Irvine and a Visiting Professor at the Brazilian State University of Mato Grosso. Dr. Brando has worked with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM Amazônia) and collaborated with the Woodwell Climate Research Center since 2003.