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Thiago Silva

  • Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor - Geography Department
  • São Paulo State University - UNESP
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Research interests

Amazon floodplainModelingMacrophytesAquatic VegetationWetlandsSpatial AnalysisGISRemote SensingBiogeochemistryBiogeographyLandscape Ecology/GeoecologyEcosystems Ecology

About

I am an Assistant Professor at the Geography Department of the São Paulo State University (UNESP), Rio Claro campus, in São Paulo, Brazil. My research focuses on understanding the drivers of ecosystem dynamics in the tropics, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Most of my work makes synergistic use of remote sensing, GIS, in situ data collection and computer modeling techniques to characterize landscape structure, ecosystem function and biogeochemical processes. Finding patterns, unraveling mechanisms and discovering connections is what I like most. I am as comfortable in the field as in front of the computer, but tend to spend most of my time on the latter (and so do my students). By focusing on remote sensing and modeling, the computer becomes my lab bench. I am particularly interested in quantifying how climate change and human activities can affect the distribution, structure and diversity of vegetation, and the possible impacts of these changes on primary productivity, biogeochemical cycling, habitat integrity and natural resource availability. My main focus has been on tropical wetlands, which comprise a significant portion of the tropics and are complex ecological systems, providing unique environmental services and playing a key role in regional and global carbon cycles. Wetland environments in the tropics have a long history of human occupation and resource exploitation, but the extent of anthropogenic and environmental change impacts on these environments is poorly understood in comparison to terrestrial tropical ecosystems. More recently, I have broadened my interest to upland ecosystems in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado Biomes, using multisensor remote sensing data from orbital and aerial platforms to characterize habitat and niche distribution in a dynamic and "ecologically sound" way. Some of my previous research includes the development multisensor remote sensing methods to combine optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data; using geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA) to study landscape processes in tropical wetlands; measuring and modeling the susceptibility of herbaceous aquatic vegetation (macrophytes) to hydrological dynamics and predicted climatic extremes in the Amazon floodplain; monitoring flood status in heterogeneous wetland landscapes using SAR data; determining the capabilities of multiband polarimetric SAR to characterize land cover types and vegetation structure in tropical wetlands, assessments of deforestation and land use / land cover change in the Amazon floodplain, and region-wide mapping of land cover and flooding patterns for the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. I am associated with the Ecology and Geography graduate programs at UNESP Rio Claro, and inquiries from prospective students are always welcome.

Co-authors (277)

Publications (5)

  • Species Distribution Modelling: Contrasting presence-only models with plot abundance data

    • Gomes V
    • IJff S
    • Raes N
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  • Dual-season and full-polarimetric C band SAR assessment for vegetation mapping in the Amazon várzea wetlands

    • Furtado L
    • Silva T
    • Novo E
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  • Monitoring flood extent in the lower Amazon River floodplain using ALOS/PALSAR ScanSAR images

    • Arnesen A
    • Silva T
    • Hess L
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  • Assessment of deforestation in the Lower Amazon floodplain using historical Landsat MSS/TM imagery

    • Renó V
    • Novo E
    • Suemitsu C
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  • Spatial and temporal variability of macrophyte cover and productivity in the eastern Amazon floodplain: A remote sensing approach

    • Silva T
    • Costa M
    • Melack J
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Professional experience

Assistant Professor - Geography Department

São Paulo State University - UNESP

August 2013 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

December 2010 - August 2013(3 years)

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California - Santa Barbara

March 2010 - December 2010(9 months)

Sessional Instructor

Camosun College

January 2010 - April 2010(3 months)

Sessional Instructor

University of Victoria

January 2009 - December 2009(a year)

Sessional Instructor

University of Victoria

January 2009 - April 2009(3 months)

Academic (Teaching) Assistant

University of Victoria

September 2004 - April 2009(5 years)

Education history

PhD - Geography

University of Victoria

September 2004 - September 2009(5 years)

MSc. - Remote Sensing

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais

March 2003 - August 2004(a year)

BSc. (Hons.) - Biology

UFRN - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

March 1998 - December 2002(5 years)