The Brazilian Critical Zone Symposium will be a three-day meeting that will bring together foreign researchers with Critical Zone Science background and Brazilian researchers chosen to lecture because of the multidisciplinary nature of the research they have been conducting. 

The complete list of the BCZS speakers will be released soon in alphabetical order.

(Changes can be made before further notice)  

Dr. Bernardino graduated in Biology (2002) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC Minas). He holds a master’s in Oceanography from University of São Paulo (2005) and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the same institution (2009) with an collaborative period in University of Hawaii. He is an associate Professor at the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES). He works with benthic ecology along coastal and Continental Margin Ecosystems, including reducing habitats in the deep-sea. Currently is involved in a number of research projects investigating benthic ecology and function on estuarine habitats, effects of pollution and carbon dynamics on urbanized areas.

Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)

Angelo Fraga Bernardino

Dr. Antonio Donato Nobre graduate in Agronomy from Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture / University of São Paulo (1982), master's in Tropical Ecology from Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA (1989) and PhD in Earth Sciences (Biogeochemistry) from University of New Hampshire (1994). He is full researcher at INPA and representative of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE). He has experience in the area of Ecology and Geosciences, with emphasis on Biogeochemistry, working mainly on the following topics: evolution of life on earth, forest ecology, carbon cycle, greenhouse effect, biosphere-atmosphere relations, hydrology, climate and global changes. He is a member of the Global Scientific Committees of the Global Carbon Project (IGBP-GCP), the Global Canopy Program (GCP-WFO) and the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in the Amazon (LBA), and participates in the Terrestrial Carbon Observations Panel GTOS-TCO). It acts, finally, in several topics in the agenda of sustainable development for the Amazon.

(National Institute for Space Research - INPE)

Antonio Donato Nobre

Dr. Schaefer is graduated in Agronomic Engineering from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (1987), with a Masters in Soil and Plant Nutrition from the Federal University of Viçosa (1990) and PhD in Soil Science from the University of Reading, England (1994). He was a substitute Professor at the University of London (Royal Holloway College) in 1993 and 1994, and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Western Australia (2000) and Cambridge (2012). He completed postdoctoral studies in Mineralogy and Soil Chemistry and Soil Ecology in the Amazon and Antarctic, in the Universities of London, Western Australia and Cambridge, in 1994, 2000 and 2012. He is a Full Professor at the Federal University of Viçosa, teaching courses in Pedology , Geomorphology and Landscape Ecology. Coordinated more than 30 research projects since 1994, with special emphasis on the Coordination of the CNPq Research Network on Archaeological Soils (2001-2004); SCAR Project of the International Polar Year, responsible for soil mapping and monitoring of soil and permafrost climate changes in the Antarctic Sea (2007-2009), and TERRANTAR Latin American Network for ecological research in Antarctica and the Andes.

Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)

Carlos Ernesto G. R. Schaefer

Dr. Deborah P. Dick holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1982), a Master's degree in Soil Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1986) and a PhD in Agronomy - Technische Universitat Munchen (1993). She has a postdoctoral degree at the Institut fur Spektrochemie und Angewandte Spektroschopie (ISAS) in Dortmund, Germany in 1996. She is currently a Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. She has experience in Soil Science, with emphasis on Chemistry and Mineralogy of Soil, mainly in the following subjects: organic matter in tropical and subtropical soils under native vegetation and agricultural use: characterization, interactions and dynamics; Organo-mineral interaction and interaction of pesticides-soils; chemical and spectroscopic analyzes of MOS (FTIR and NMR); quantification and characterization of humic soil and coal substances; effects of burning on the quality and quantity of SOM in subtropical soils; synthesis, characterization and evaluation of the dynamics of controlled release pesticides.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Deborah Pinheiro Dick

Dr. Sparks has a bachelor in science in Agronomy (University of Kentucky), with Master’s in Soil Science at University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Currently he is Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor, and former Chairperson, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware at Newark. He also holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry, and in the College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment. Dr. Sparks is internationally recognized for his research in the areas of: kinetics of soil chemical processes, surface chemistry of soils and soil components using in situ spectroscopic and microscopic techniques and the physical chemistry of soil potassium.

University of Delaware (UDel)

Donald L. Sparks

Associate Professor in soil microbiology at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz, Universidade de São Paulo. Agronomist and PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the same institution . Research and teaching activities on Soil Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology, focusing on culture-independent analysis of microbial communities. Interested in microbial communities in natural areas such as the Atlantic Forest biome, Caatinga and Mangroves, and in areas of agricultural production, especially in areas of sugarcane cultivation. Represents the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) in Brazil, and is Affiliate Member Brazilian Academy of Sciences

Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP)

Fernando Dini Andreote

Dr. Francisca Soares de Araújo holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Ceará (1987), a Master's degree in Botany from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (1992) and a PhD in Plant Biology from the State University of Campinas (1998). She is currently a professor at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). She was coordinator of the Graduate Program in Ecology and Natural Resources of the UFC (Master's and Ph.D.). Her research is focused in the area of Vegetation and Phytogeography Ecology, with emphasis on the following issues: structuring, dynamics and vegetation functioning, biological conservation of the semi-arid, patterns of species distribution, spatial heterogeneity and diversity.

Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC)

Francisca Soares de Araújo

Dr. Geoff Abbott is a Reader in Organic Geochemistry at Newcastle University. He has more than three decades of research experience applying molecular geochemical, biogeochemical and analytical pyrolysis techniques to address major questions related to the evolution of the Earth’s environment. His research combines detailed laboratory experiments on organic geochemical processes with studies of the carbon cycle in ancient and modern environments. He is a founder member of the British Organic Geochemical Society (BOGS) and is on the editorial boards of two of the major international journals in his field

Newcastle University

Geoffrey D. Abbott

Dr. Sparovek is Agronomist (University of São Paulo, 1983) and has a Masters and Doctoral degree from University of São Paulo (1988 and 1993) in Soil Science. As international log term experiences Sparovek has two post-doctoral terms at the Federal Agricultural Research Centre in Brasuschweig (Germany) during 1999 and 2001, and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden) during 2013 to 2015. From 1985 to 1988 Sparovek was assistant at UNESP and from 1988 to present time part of University of São Paulo (USP), currently full professor at the Soil Science department at ESALQ/USP coordinating the GeoLab. Beside USP Sparovek is President of the São Paulo State Forest Foundation, an administration agency responsible for the State Conservation Units. GeoLab was created in 1999 and develops research for decision support in public and private governance. GeoLab uses modelling and spatial analysis of complex systems together with primary data generation as main methodological tools and most of the research is related to the interface and tradeoff between agricultural production and environmental conservation. Assessments, design and re-design of national and state policies and private sector voluntary commitments are usual topics related to GeoLab research. Brazilian Small-scale Family Farming, low carbon agriculture, procurement for food assistance, technical assistance for farmers, legislation of protected areas on public and private land, expansion of irrigation in agriculture, and pasture intensification are among recent topics related to GeoLab research. GeoLab works close together with Brazilian Ministries (Agriculture, Rural Development, National Integration, Environment); State Administration (São Paulo State Environmental and Agriculture secretaries); international cooperation agencies (FAO, IICA, Pnud, World Bank); NOGs (Imaflora, WWF, WRI) and agricultural private sector (UNICA, AgroICONE). At the São Paulo State Forest Foundation Sparovek coordinates several strategic programs such as the State implementation of the Forest act, restoration activities linked to the sugarcane sector, international cooperation, and the activities of the Foundations Council.

Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP)

Gerd Sparovek

Harry Vereecken received a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1988). He obtained his habilitation in hydrogeology 1997 at Bonn University, Germany. Since 2000 he is full professor at Bonn University, Faculty of Agriculture, and director of the Agrosphere (IBG-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. He is co-editor of Vadose Zone Journal and member of the editorial board of Geoderma. He is member of the the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften, of the "Sachverständigenausschuss für die Zulassung von Pflanzenschutzmitteln", and of the scientific board of the BRGM, Orléans, France. He is coordinator of TERENO which is a network of environmental observatories in Germany. His research interests include Hydrology, Hydrogeophysics, and Soil Science. Harry Vereecken is also involved in the experimental and theoretical analysis of reactive solute transport in soils and aquifers, including the development of geophysical measurement techniques for noninvasive detection of solute transport using electrical and magnetic methods.

Forschungszentrum Jülich IBG-3

Harry Vereecken

Dr. Harry Westfahl Júnior has a Ph.D. on Physics from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1998), post-docs at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing (2000) and at the Ames Laboratory of DOE (2001). He is currently the scientific director of the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) part of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM). He has experience in synchrotron radiation science and condensed matter physics, with emphasis in polymers and magnetic materials, and in the development of synchrotron radiation instrumentation.

Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory - LNLS

Harry Westfahl Júnior

Dr. Martinelli Graduated in Agronomy (1982) from Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture/ University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). He has a master degree in Nuclear Energy in Agriculture from Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA/USP) (1986) and Ph.D. in Soil and Plant Nutrition from ESALQ/USP (1989). He has a postdoc from University of Washington.  (1991). Currently he is a Full Professor at CENA/USP. Has experience in Ecology, acting on the following subjects: Amazon, carbon, biogeochemistry, Piracicaba river and carbon 13.

Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA/USP)

Luiz Antonio Martinelli

Dr. Bustamante holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1984), a Master's degree in Agrarian Sciences (Plant Physiology) from the Federal University of Viçosa (1988) and a PhD in Geobotany - Universitat Trier (1993). She is currently a professor at the University of Brasília and has experience in the field of Ecology, with emphasis on Ecology of Ecosystems, working mainly on the following topics: cerrado, changes in land use, biogeochemistry, global environmental changes. Co-coordinator of the "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses" chapter of the 5th. Report of the Working Group 3 (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC (2011-2014). Co-coordinator of the "Mitigation" Working Group of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change, responsible for preparing the technical report on Mitigation of Climate Change in Brazil (2011-2014). Representative of Latin America at the International Nitrogen Initiative (2010-2013).General Coordinator of Ecosystem Management (2011-2012), Director of Policies and Thematic Programs of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2012-2013) and Director of Programs and Scholarships in the Country of CAPES (2016). Co-coordinator of the "Drivers of Changes" chapter of the Regional Assessment for the Americas of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Member of the Scientific Committee of the Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - BPBES (2016/2018). Elected member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Commendation of the National Order of Scientific Merit in 2018.

Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante

He holds a degree in Agronomy Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1993), a Master's degree in Agronomy (Soil and Plant Nutrition) (1996), PhD in Agronomy (Soil and Plant Nutrition) ) from the University of São Paulo. He is currently a Full Professor and acting chief of the Soil Science Department of the University of São Paulo. He has experience in the field of Agronomy, with emphasis on Soil Conservation and Degraded Areas Recovery, working mainly on the following subjects: soil, soil genesis, micromorphology, soil erosion and soil functioning.

Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP)

Miguel Cooper

Prof. Sentelhas has a degree in Agronomy from the University of Espírito Santo do Pinhal (UNIPINHAL) - Faculty of Agronomy and Zootechnics Manoel Carlos Gonçalves (1987), Master's degree in Agronomy (Agrometeorology) (1992), and Doctorate in Agronomy (Irrigation and Drainage) both by ESALQ/USP. He received a postdoctoral degree from the University of Guelph, Canada, from March 2003 to October 2004, and at the University of Guelph-Weather Innovations Incorporated consortium in 2008, where he served as a visiting researcher. Since March 1996 he is a professor at Biosystems Engineering Department of ESALQ/USP. His research is focused in Agronomy, with emphasis on Agrometeorology, with the following main lines of research: operational agrometeorology, agroclimatology and agricultural planning, evapotranspiration and water balance, agrometeorology and plant disease, and use of simulation models in the assessment of climatic risk in the farming. Since July 2015 is the Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Agricola Journal. He works as Associate Editor International Journal of Biometeorology (ISBM - Springer), Italian Journal of Agrometeorology (SIA, Italy), and AgriScientia (Univ. De Córdoba, Argentina). From 2005 to 2013 he was the representative of Brazil with the Group of Experts on Agrometeorology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO-UN).

Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP)

Paulo César Sentelhas

Dr. Sheila holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Geography and postdoctoral in Soil Science, all from the University of São Paulo (USP). She is currently professor at the Institute of Environmental, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Diadema campus. She works in the area of Earth Sciences, with an emphasis on Pedology, focusing mainly on the following topics: soil genesis, soil mineralogy and soil-relief relations. She is accredited to teach a master's degree in the Postgraduate Program in "Physical Geography" of the University of São Paulo (USP) and in the Postgraduate Program in "Integrated Environmental Analysis" of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) Campus Diadema.

(Universidade Federal de São Paulo - UNIFESP)

Sheila A. C. Furquim

Prof Steve Banwart holds the University of Leeds Leadership Chair in Integrated Soil / Agriculture / Water research and is Director of the Global Food and Environment Institute. He champions integrating research on soil and water resources into the study of Earth’s Critical Zone, the surface layer of the planet from bedrock to atmospheric boundary layer that provides most life-sustaining resources. He obtained a BSc Civil Engineering and MSc Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Natural Environmental Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Zurich. His core science is basic chemistry that is also applied to the study of soil systems and natural waters. His achievements include combining laboratory experimentation, theoretical mathematical modelling, and data from field studies in order to describe water flow and transport and mechanism of chemical transformations that quantify soil functions that produce crops, weathering of rock and minerals, role of the geological barrier to contain civilian high level nuclear waste and biogeochemistry and natural biodegradation of hydrocarbon pollution in soil and groundwater aquifers. 

University of Leeds 

Steven A. Banwart

Dr. Filley is a Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He is an investigator of the Intensively Managed Landscapes (IML) of the Critical Zone Observatory Program (CZO NSF National Program) and US Director of the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment. He is the director of Purdue’s Discovery Park - Center for the Environment.  He graduated in Chemistry from  Loyola University of Chicago (1990) and he holds a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University (1997).  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Lab of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (1997-2000). His research interests include: factors controlling stabilization/destabilization of soil organic matter, terrestrial isotope ecology, microbial decay of natural products and emerging pollutants, invertebrate impacts on soils. 

Purdue University

Timothy Filley

Dr. Tim White holds a M.S. degree in Geology from The Pennsylvania State University (1989). After nearly five years in environmental/hydrogeologic consulting he returned to Penn State and completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences in 1997. After three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iowa and equal time with the U.S. Geological Survey-Anchorage. He is currently  a Research Professor at Penn State in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and Department of Geosciences. His research and teaching include paleoclimatological reconstructions from the marine and terrestrial realms as well as studies of modern Critical Zone processes. He currently serves as the national director for the Critical Zone Observatory program.

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Timothy White

Brazilian Critical Zone Symposium 
ESALQ | USP - Departament of Soil Science
Av. Pádua Dias, 11 - Piracicaba/SP - CEP 13418-900
E-mail: bczs@usp.br

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