Rafael Assis is a biologist, with a master’s degree in Botany, and a PhD in Ecology and Natural Resource Management. For over a decade, he has worked with different aspects of vegetation ecology in the Amazon, such as the forest ecology of periodically flooded forests, patterns of endemism and habitat specificity, and ecological processes involving the effects of land-use and climate change. His PhD was obtained in a collaboration between the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), living in Norway from 2011-2014. Between 2017 and 2018, he was the project manager of a research project that aimed to establish and run a long term and large-scale experiment of adding fertilizers on forest soils to monitor vegetation responses, such as changes in productivity and biomass accumulation. Rafael is the current BRC's coordinator, position occupied since 2019.
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