Thiago Silva

Thiago has a degree in Biology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN , Brazil, 2002), an MSc. in Remote Sensing from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE, Brazil, 2004) and a Ph.D. in Geography from University of Victoria (UVic , Canada, 2009). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography of São Paulo State University (UNESP), in Rio Claro, Brazil.


His main research interests are understanding how spatial and temporal variation can affect vegetation dynamics and ecosystem function, at multiple scales. He has a strong focus on tropical wetland ecosystems (and now tropical forests too!), and is particularly interested in assessing and predicting the effects of climate change and human activities on the distribution, diversity and physiology of vegetation at the landscape scale. Most of his research methods lie in the interface between ecology and physical geography, combining remote sensing, GIS, and spatial analysis with computer modeling, in situ data acquisition, and field experimentation. He is associated with both the Geography and Ecology graduate programs at UNESP Rio Claro, and inquiries from prospective students from Brazil and abroad are always welcome!