Dr Fernando Espirito-Santo

Lecturer in Environmental Change in the Tropics

Research Overview

My primary research focus is to understand tropical forest structure and function over the Amazon region. I have been examining tropical forest disturbances from natural (tree mortality, blow-downs, and droughts) to anthropogenic processes (deforestation, selective logging and fires) using remote sensing technologies, ecological models and long-term ecological experiments. Over the past years I have been working with NASA, JPL and the Brazilian Space Agency (INPE) and using their remote sensing data (airborne LiDAR, Radar and Optical multi-satellite sensors) to understand forest response to multiple environmental stressors as well land-use processes. More recently I have been collaborating with the RAINFOR Network (University of Leeds and Oxford), EMBRAPA (Campinas, Brazil) and INPA (Manaus, Brazil) to quantify terrestrial carbon budget for South America undisturbed tropical forests.

Seeing the forest beyond the trees
Saatchi, S., Mascaro, J., Xu, L., Keller, M., Yang, Y., Duffy, P., Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Baccini, A., Chambers, J., Schimel, D. 05/2015 In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. 24, 5, 5 p.
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Corrigendum: Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance (vol 5, 3434, 2014)
Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Gloor, M., Keller, M., Malhi, Y., Saatchi, S., Nelson, B., Oliveira Junior, R.C., Pereira, C., Lloyd, J., Frolking, S., Palace, M., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Duarte, V., Mendoza, A.M., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Baker, T.R., Feldpausch, T.R., Brienen, R.J.W., Asner, G.P., Boyd, D.S., Phillips, O.L. 2/04/2015 In: Nature Communications. 6, 1 p.
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Size and frequency of natural forest disturbances and the Amazon forest carbon balance
Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Gloor, M., Keller, M., Malhi, Y., Saatchi, S., Nelson, B., Oliveira Junior, R.C., Pereira, C., Lloyd, J., Frolking, S., Palace, M., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Duarte, V., Mendoza, A.M., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Baker, T.R., Feldpausch, T.R., Brienen, R.J.W., Asner, G.P., Boyd, D.S., Phillips, O.L. 18/03/2014 In: Nature Communications. 5, 6 p.
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Gap formation and carbon cycling in the Brazilian Amazon: measurement using high-resolution optical remote sensing and studies in large forest plots
Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Keller, M.M., Linder, E., Oliveira Junior, R.C., Pereira, C., Oliveira, C.G. 2014 In: Plant Ecology and Diversity. 7, 1-2, p. 305-318. 14 p.
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Regional ecosystem structure and function: ecological insights from remote sensing of tropical forests
Chambers, J.Q., Asner, G.P., Morton, D.C., Anderson, L.O., Saatch, S.S., Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Palace, M., Souza, C. 08/2007
Literature review

Cropland expansion changes deforestation dynamics in the southern Brazilian Amazon
Morton, D.C., DeFries, R.S., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Anderson, L.O., Arai, E., Espirito-Santo, F.d.B., Freitas, R., Morisette, J. 26/09/2006 In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103, 39, p. 14637-14641. 5 p.
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Correction to Spatial validation of the collection 4 MODIS LAI product in Eastern Amazonia
Aragao, L.E.O.C., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Williams, M. 12/2005 In: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 43, 12, p. 2973-2973. 1 p.
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Estimates of forest canopy height and aboveground biomass using ICESat
Lefsky, M.A., Harding, D.J., Keller, M., Cohen, W.B., Carabajal, C.C., Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Hunter, M.O., de Oliveira, R. 1/11/2005 In: Geophysical Research Letters. 32, 22, 4 p.
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Landscape pattern and spatial variability of leaf area index in Eastern Amazonia
Aragão, L.E.O.C., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Espirito-Santo, F.D.B., Williams, M. 20/06/2005 In: Forest Ecology and Management. 211, 3, p. 240-256. 17 p.
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Rapid assessment of annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon using MODIS data
Morton, D.C., Defries, R.S., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Anderson, L.O., Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Hansen, M., Carroll, M. 06/2005 In: Earth Interactions. 9, 8, p. 1-22. 22 p.
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Mapping forest successional stages following deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia using multi-temporal Landsat images
Espirito-Santo, F., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Kuplich, T.M. 10/02/2005 In: International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26, 3, p. 635-642. 8 p.
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Analysis of the floristic and phytosociologic composition of Tapajós National Forest with geographic support of satellite images.
Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Aragão, L.E.O.e.C.d., Machado, E.L.M. 2005 In: Acta Amazonica. 35, 2, p. 167-185 (in Portuguese).
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Geo-spatial data integration for mapping landscape units in the Tapajós region
Aragão, L.E.O.C., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Williams, M. 2005 In: Geografia. 30, 3, p. 583-598. 6 p.
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Geographic database as a support tool for mapping and monitoring the Tapajós National Forest region (PA)
Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Santos, J.R., Kuplich, T.M. 2005 In: Geografia. 30, 1, p. 159-176 (in Portuguese). 18 p.
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Validation of tropical forest area mapping using aerial videography images and data from field work survey
Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Shimabukuro, Y.E. 2005 In: Revista Árvore. 29, 2, p. 227-239. 13 p.
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Técnicas de processamento de imagens e de análise espacial para estudo de áreas florestais sob a exploração madeireira
Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Santos, J.R.d., Silva, P.G.d. 2004 In: Revista Árvore. 28, 5, p. 699-706. 8 p.
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Análise das variações florísticas e estruturais da comunidade arbórea de um fragmento de floresta semidecídua às margens do rio Capivari, Lavras-MG.
Souza, J.S., Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Fontes, M.A.L., Oliveira-Filho, A.T., Botezelli, L. 2003 In: Revista Árvore. 27, 2, p. 185-206. 22 p.
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Variáveis ambientais e a distribuição de espécies arbóreas em um remanescente de floresta estacional semidecídua montana no campus da Universidade Federal de Lavras, MG
Espírito-Santo, F.D.B., Oliveira-Fillho, A.T.d., Machado, E.L.M., Souza, J.S., Fontes, M.A.L., Melo Marques, J.J.G.d.S. 07/2002 In: Acta Botânica Brasílica. 16, 3, p. 331-356. 26 p.
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