RESEARCHERS

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque is graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (1993), holds a Master's Degree in Plant Biology (Taxonomy and Ethnobotany) from the Federal University of Pernambuco (1996) and a PhD in Plant Biology (Ethnobotany) from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2001). He was a professor of the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil) until the year 2017. Currently he is an associate professor at the Botany Department, Federal University of Pernambuco. Ulysses was the president of the Brazilian Society of Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology from 2005 to 2008). He works in the fields of ecological anthropology, ethnobotany, biodiversity conservation, applied botany, ethnopharmacology and natural products. Ulysses has a particular interest to the comprehension of the factors that modulate the relation between people and nature on the interface of ecology and evolutionary processes. He is a member of the editorial board of the Economic Botany (Associate Editor), Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (deputy editor), and Ethnobiology and Conservation (Chief Editor).  (see Curriculum Vitae here).

PostDoc researchers

André L. Borba do Nascimento

I am graduated in Biological Sciences (Licentiate Degree) from UFPE, and hold a Master's Degree in Ecology from UFRPE. I am currently a PhD student in Botany at UFRPE with internship in the biosciences department of the University of Exeter (UK). My main research interest is to understand the adaptive mechanisms governing the knowledge associated with medicinal plants in local medical systems. In order to do so, I have two main lines of research: 1) to understand the medicinal functions attributed to plants in rural communities, evaluating the mechanisms of prioritization of health care and integration with other medicinal resources (zooterapic and allopathic), and their implications for the resilience of local medical systems; 2) to understand the adaptive permissiveness to the establishment of ineffective treatment in local medical systems, based on longitudinal studies on the knowledge of medicinal plants in rural communities of the Brazilian semi-arid region.  

Ivanilda Soares Feitosa

I hold a master´s degree from the Graduate Program in Botany of the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco and a PhD in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). I am currently carrying out my post-doctoral research in the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social-ecological  Systems (LEA) at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). My main research interests are: to understand the strategies of selection of the plant resources by foragers in tropical forests, using ecological models, more specifically through the Optimal Foraging Theory, in order to (i) understand the collection processes, as well as the factors that modulate the human behavior of obtaining non-timber forest products; (ii) understand how the strategies affect the functioning of the species and how they respond to the damage caused; (iii) analyze how people perceive and adapt to climate change in semi-arid regions. 

PhD students

Leonardo Chaves

Graduated in Biological Sciences and Master´s Degree in Botany, I currently develop my PhD work at the Postgraduate Program in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation. Currently I am engaged in understanding the subsistence hunting activity practiced by traditional communities. For this, I investigate how some ecological models may be useful to predict the hunting activity and how hunting pressure can alter biodiversity patterns not only in animal communities, but also in plant communities’ structure, as of cascade effects. 

Temóteo Silva

I have a graduate in Biological Sciences and a Master's Degree in Botany from UFPRE. I am currently a PhD student at the Postgraduate Program in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation at the same institution. My research interest is to understand the relationship between human populations and natural resources through ecological and evolutionary perspectives. I focus mainly on understanding the biological and cultural bases of the origin, structure and dynamics of traditional medical systems based on plants uses.

Daniel Carvalho P. de Sousa

Graduated in Biology from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco. Master in Botany and currently a doctorate student of the Postgraduate Program in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation, both from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco. Currently I carry my studies on the adaptive/evolutionary human behavior, using as a model of knowledge their local medical systems. This research is being developed with the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social-ecological Systems (LEA), associated to the Federal University of Pernambuco, and has as advisor Prof. Dr. Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque, coordinator of the LEA, and co-advisor Prof. Dr. Washington Soares Ferreira-Júnior, associate professor at the University of Pernambuco, Petrolina campus. 

Paulo Henrique S. Gonçales

He holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pernambuco (UPE), a master's degree in Botany from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). He is currently a PhD student in the Postgraduate Program in Biological Diversity and Conservation in the Tropics by the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL). His research interest is to understand the processes by which humans have modified ecosystems, especially tropical forest ecosystems. I use niche construction theory as a theoretical framework to understand these phenomena, and to comprehend how we have co-evolved with the other elements of ecosystems. Currently, I investigate how the human action of extracting plant resources influences the structuring of the tree plant community in a seasonally dry tropical forest. I am interested in areas such as ethnobiology, ecology of ecosystems and communities, and anthropology and archeology. 

Henrique Magalhães 

I hold a graduate Degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of Feira de Santana (UEFS), a specialization in Environmental Management from the Candido Mendes University (UCAM), and a Master's Degree in Zoology from the State University of Santa Cruz (UESC). I am currently a PhD student in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE) and a collaborating researcher at the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social-ecological  Systems, Federal University of Pernambuco (LEA/UFPE). My current research interest is to understand the ecological and evolutionary aspects that permeate the relationship between people and natural resources in dry tropical forests, in the context of climate change, regarding the perception of risks and the adaptive capacity in social-ecological  systems facing extreme climatic events. For this purpose, my research is focused on two main research lines: agroecosystems (agriculture and livestock); and local medical systems, with an emphasis on human health (perception and incidence of diseases). 

Nylber Silva

He holds a Master's Degree in Fungi Biology from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) with emphasis on fungal ecology and taxonomy. Currently he is a PhD student at the Postgraduate Program in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), with emphasis on Cognitive Systems and Natural Resource Use. Nylber studies the interface between Ecology and Ethnobiology, particularly investigating the influence of socioeconomic, cultural and environmental aspects on the dynamics of Biocultural Diversity and its conservation, in association with human populations from urban and natural environments, especially in Tropical Forests. His main themes of interest are: (a) the knowledge, use and management of biodiversity; (b) the factors that modulate the local ecological knowledge; (c) heritage and biocultural memory; (d) cultural transmission. For this, the researcher has used as a study model the relation of expressions of traditional or popular culture with natural resources used for cultural and religious purposes. 

Juliane S. Luiz Hora 

Graduated in Biological Sciences from State University of Bahia (UNEB), and Master's Degree in Botany from Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). Currently she is PhD student in Botany at the same institution. She has main research interest is to understand the plant resources selection patterns of human populations in dry forests using ecological models as tool to (i) understand human behavior and optimization strategies in the selection of wood resources from a cost/benefit perspective, and (ii) understand the pressure on timber resources within a gradual increase in species richness, and its influence on the resilience of socio-ecological systems.

Joelson Moreno B. de Moura 

He holds a full graduate in Biological Sciences from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), with an internship period at the University of Coimbra (UC). Master in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation - UFRPE.  Currently he is a doctorate student in the same program. Joelson has as scientific interest the understanding of the processes that contributed to the evolution of the human mind. For this, I work on the perspective of evolutionary ethnobiology, which addresses the influence of the evolutionary past on current human behavior and how this reflects in the relationship between people and their environments.

Risoneide Henriques

She holds a graduate in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Campina Grande,  and Master's Degree in Botany from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). Currently she is a doctorate student in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation - UFRPE, and a member of the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social-ecological Systems (LEA) at the Federal University of Pernambuco. She is interested in the understanding of the interrelationship between people and nature from an evolutionary approach in the search for robust evidence for the understanding of the human naturalistic mind through the interaction with the natural resources. 

Bruno Melo de Sousa

I have a graduate in Biological Sciences – UEPB, a specialization in ethnobiology - UEPB, a Master's Degree in ecology and conservation – UEPB. Currently he is a doctorate student in Botany at UFRPE. My motivation is to better understand the interrelationship between human beings and plant resources in their forms of uses and representations, using models and theories established not only in ecology but also in other areas of science. 

Melise Pessôa A. Meireles 

Assistant Professor of the Degree in Field Education - LEDOC, Campus Senador Helvídio Nunes de Barros - CSHNB. Master in Development and Environment at the Federal University of Piauí - UFPI and currently a doctorate student in Botany at Federal Rural University of Pernambuco - UFRPE. With research in Ethnobotany, currently working with questionnaires: free list and checklist on the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants. 

Edwine Soares

She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pernambuco (UPE) and master in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation - UFRPE, PhD student in Botany at the same institution. Her main interest is to understand how changes in the environment affect local ecological knowledge and how this affects the resilience of socioecological systems.

Mirela Natália Santos

She has a graduate in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Environmental Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2014). She is currently a Master's student at the Graduate Program in Botany at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco and a member of the Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social-ecological Systems (LEA - UFPE). Mirela has been dedicated to the study of local ecological knowledge (TEK) and is interested in understanding the factors that modulate the relationship between people and natural resources, especially as regards approaches in domestication, use, loss, and amplification of biodiversity. 

MSc students

Jéssika Costa 

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco. She is a Master's student of the program Ethnobiology and conservation of nature - UFRPE. She has as motivation the understanding of the patterns of selection of plant resources by human groups, using ecological approaches to (i) understand how wood resources have been used and their dynamics of use, and thus (ii) identify plants that have a significant importance for medicine and/or food, to (iii) understand the pressure to use these resources and its influence on the resilience of socio-ecological systems.

Juliana Figueiredo da Silva

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), he is currently a master's student in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation by the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). The main objective of his research is to evaluate the factors that can affect the adoption of epidemiologically relevant behaviors in urban medical systems, focusing on arboviruses such as Zika.

Edward Teixeira de Albergaria

Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). Nowadays, he is a Master's student at Postgraduate Program in Plant Biology at same institution.  His research seeks to understand the phytochemical selection pattern of medicinal plants used by human populations in dry forests in a context of climate change.

Hugo Chaves

Master's student of the Postgraduate program Ethnobiology and Conservation of Nature at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco. Graduated in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Pernambuco (2017). He held an academic exchange at the University of Oregon (2014-2015) and the University of Florida (2015). My main interest is to understand how is possible to motivate and inspire people with ideas and projects on environmental issues. 

Ana Karina

Graduated in Biological Sciences from Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)​, with an internship period at Université Lille 1 (France). She is currently a ​Master student at the Postgraduate Program in Ethnobiology and Nature Conservation at Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). ​ She is interested in the understanding of the bird hunting activity practiced by traditional communities and implications in the structure of plant communities and its effects on useful plants. 

Marcelânio Laurentino 

I hold a graduate in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Academic Center of Vitória (UFPE-CAV), and graduante in Agronomic Engineering from the Federal Institute of Pernambuco, Academic Center of Vitória (IFPE). I am interested in understanding the relationships between human populations and natural resources, as well as the functioning of socio-ecological systems.  

Alessandra Mesquita 

I have a graduate in Geography from the State University of Ceará (UECE). I am currently a Master's student in ethnobiology and conservation of nature at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE). My focus of scientific research is to understand the mechanisms that can minimize the vulnerability of local medical systems, with an emphasis on the relationships between known plant richness for therapeutic targeting, utility redundancy and therapeutic diversity, or how individuals respond to their treatment needs by knowledge and/or use of medicinal plants. 

Undergrad students

Clara de Assis Andrade

Graduating in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Environmental Sciences at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Scholarship of Scientific Initiation by CNPq. I am interested in understanding the relationships between human groups, animals and natural ecosystems, including the area of animal domestication and management in the Caatinga

Danilo Vicente Oliveira 

Graduating in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Environmental Sciences at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). He has as main research interest the understanding of the patterns of the human mind, using evolutionary ethnobiology and cultural evolution to understand (i) the behaviors and strategies in the decision making, as well as (ii) the relations present in the social-ecological system and the changes that such relationships can cause. 

Carlos Vinícius Melo

Graduating in Biological Sciences degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco. I seek to understand the perception of environmental risk: The way people understand the negative effects caused on the environment, by their own actions and the effects of them.

Valdir Moura Júnior

Graduating in Biological Sciences at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), having as research interest to understand the different types of relations of human societies with the ecosystems around them, and to understand how these societies can contribute to the preservation of the natural environment.

Adress: 

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Centro de Biociências

Cidade Universitária 

Recife - PE

CEP: 50670-901