Marina Schmoeller

I’m a landscape ecologist working with the Synthesis in Atlantic Forest Ecology and Sustainability Research Group (SES-MA, in Portuguese). I’m a PhD candidate at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, doing research on how biodiversity responds to different drivers of changes in landscape in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Currently, I am at the University of Melbourne, getting help with some rough modelling for my project.

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I was born in the best place on Earth, Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain chain covered in Atlantic Forest, in Brazil, and lived around it for most of my life. I have started working on environmental issues still in school and went on to a degree in Biology and a Masters in Ecology. After working with community ecology for a while, I found my passion exploring the interface of social and environmental sciences.

I’m enthusiastic about art in all forms and have been writing short stories and other creative stuff since I was a little kid. When I’m not working, you can generally find me attached to a book or notebook, doing some yoga or hiking somewhere cool (“no mato”, as we would say in Portuguese).

Click the link below for Marina’s work on Ecology for the Masses

The Unseen Effects of Habitat Loss

Science in Practice: Highlights from the Ecological Society of Australia’s 2019 Annual Meeting