I am an Assistant Professor at the Geography Department of the São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rio Claro campus. My research focuses on understanding the drivers of ecosystem dynamics in the tropics, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Most of my work makes synergistic use of remote sensing, GIS, in situ data collection and computer modeling techniques to characterize landscape structure, ecosystem function and biogeochemical processes. Finding patterns, unraveling mechanisms and discovering connections is what I like most. I am particularly interested in quantifying how climate change and human activities can affect the distribution, structure and diversity of vegetation, and the possible impacts of these changes on primary productivity, biogeochemical cycling, habitat integrity and natural resource availability.