Luciana F. Alves

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Luciana Alves

I am a research scientist working on tropical forest ecology.

Email me through lu.falves {at]

Research interests

My research includes a focus on tropical forest structure and carbon dynamics, plant population ecology of tropical trees, and the effects of habitat fragmentation on tree species richness and abundance, emphasizing forest regeneration. The current emphasis of my research is to advance the understanding of the effects of disturbance dynamics and climate on aboveground carbon allocation and cycling in tropical forest ecosystems, focusing Amazonian and Atlantic forest sites in Brazil.

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Institute Agricultural Sciences (IAC), Department of Botany, Campinas (Brazil), 2012-2016
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Plant Biology, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, 2011-2016
  • Research Fellow for the NSF PIRE Program in Amazon-Climate Interactions at University of Arizona, July 2010-2012
  • Research Associate, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, 2008-2011
  • Consulting Scientist for NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), 2008-2009
  • Research Scientist, Institute of Botany (State Secretary of Environment), Department of Ecology, São Paulo (Brazil), 2004-2012
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Ecological Modeling, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (2003)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil (2000-2003)


  • 2000, PhD in Plant Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • 1994, MSc in Plant Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • 1991, BSc, University of Campinas, Brazil


Stark, SC, Enquist, BJ, Saleska, SR, Leitold, V, Schietti, J, Longo, M, Alves, LF, Camargo, PB, Oliveira RC. 2015. Linking canopy leaf area and light environments with tree size distributions to explain Amazon forest demography. Ecology Letters 18:636-645. link title doi: 10.1111/ele.12440

Slik, JWS, Arroyo-Rodrigues, V, Aiba, S, Alvarez-Loayza, P, Alves, LF, Ashton, P, et al. 2015. How many tropical forest tree species are there? PNAS, in press. doi/10.1073/pnas.1423147112

Dewalt, SA, Schnitzer, S, Alves, LF, Bongers, F, Burnham, RJ, et al. 2015. Biogeographical patterns of liana abundance and diversity. In: Stefan Schnitzer (ed.), Ecology of lianas, pp. 131-146. Wiley-Blackwell. link title DOI: 10.1002/9781118392409.ch1

Grombone-Guaratini, MA; Alves, LF; Vinha, D; Franco, GADC. 2014. Seed rain in areas with and without bamboo dominance within an urban fragment of the Atlantic Forest. Acta Botanica Brasilica 28:76-85. link title

Eisenlohr, PV, Alves, LF, Bernacci, LC, Padgurschi, MCG, Torres, RB,. Prata, EMB, Santos, FAM, Assis, MA, Ramos, E, Rochelle, ALC, Martins, FR, Campos, MCR, Pedroni, F, Sanchez, M, Pereira, LS, Vieira, SA, Gomes, JAMA, Tamashiro, JY, Scaranello, MAS, Caron, CJ, Joly, CA. 2013. Disturbances, elevation, topography and spatial proximity drive vegetation patterns along an altitudinal gradient of a top biodiversity hotspot. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:2767-2783 link title DOI 10.1007/s10531-013-0553-x

Kao, Rebecca Hufft, Cara M. Gibson, Rachel E. Gallery, Courtney L. Meier, David T. Barnett, Kathryn M. Docherty, Kali K. Blevins, Patrick D. Travers, Elena Azuaje, Yuri P. Springer, Katherine M. Thibault, Valerie J. McKenzie, Michael Keller, Luciana F. Alves, Eve-Lyn S. Hinckley, Jacob Parnell, and David Schimel. 2012. NEON terrestrial field observations: designing continental-scale, standardized sampling. Ecosphere title

Stark, SC, Leitold, V, Wu, JL, Hunter, MO, Castilho, CV, Costa, FRC, McMahon, SM, Parker, GG, . Shimabukuro, MT, Lefsky, MA, Keller, M, Alves, LF, Schietti, J, Shimabukuro, YE, Brandao, DO, Woodcock, TW, Higuchi, N, Camargo, PBm Oliveira, RC, Saleska, SR. 2012. Amazon forest carbon dynamics predicted by profiles of canopy leaf area and light environment. Ecology Letters 15:1406-1414 link title doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01864.x

Alves, LF, Assis, MA, van Melis, J, Barros, ALS, Vieira, SA, Martins, FR, Martinelli LA, Joly, CA. Variation in liana abundance and biomass along an elevational gradient in the tropical Atlantic Forest (Brazil). Ecological Research 27: 323-332. link title doi:10.1007/s11284-011-0902-8

Scaranello, MAS, Alves, LF, Vieira, SA, Camargo, PB, Joly, CA, Martinelli, LA. 2012. Height-diameter relationships of tropical Atlantic moist forest trees in southeastern Brazil. Scientia Agricola 69:26-37 link title

Vieira, SA, Alves LF, Duarte-Neto, PJ, Martins, SC, Veiga, LG, Scaranello, MA, Picollo, MC, Camargo, PB, Carmo, JB, Sousa-Neto, E, Santos, FAM, Joly, CA and Martinelli, LA. 2011. Stocks of carbon and nitrogen and partitioning between above- and belowground pools in the Brazilian coastal Atlantic Forest elevation range. Ecology & Evolution 1:421-434 link title doi: 10.1002/ece3.41

Pütz, S, Groeneveld, J, Alves LF, Metzger, JP, Huth, A. 2011. Fragmentation drives tropical forest fragments to early successional states: A modelling study for Brazilian Atlantic forests. Ecological Modelling 222:1986-1997. link title doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.03.038

Sousa Neto, E, Carmo, JB, Keller, M, Martins, SC, Alves LF, Vieira, SA, Piccolo, MC, Camargo, P, Couto, HTZ, Joly, CA and Martinelli. LA. 2011. Soil-atmosphere exchange of nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide in a gradient of elevation in the coastal Brazilian Atlantic forest. Biogeosciences 8:733–742. link title doi:10.5194/bg-8-733-2011

Vinha, D, Alves, LF, Zaidan, LBP, Grombone-Guaratini, MT. 2011. The potential of the soil seed bank for the regeneration of a tropical urban forest dominated by bamboo. Landscape and Urban Planning title doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2010.11.003

Andrade, TMB, Camargo, PB, Silva, DML, Piccolo, MC, Alves, LF, Vieira, SA, Joly, CA, Martinelli, LA. 2011. Dynamics of dissolved forms of carbon and inorganic nitrogen in small watersheds of the coastal Atlantic forest in Southeast Brazil. Water, Soil, and Air Pollution 214:393-408. link title doi: 10.1007/s11270-010-0431-z.

Alves, LF, Vieira, SA, Scaranello, MA, Camargo, PB, Santos, FAM, Joly, CA, Martinelli, LA. 2010. Forest structure and live aboveground biomass along an elevational gradient of tropical moist forest (Brazil). Forest Ecology and Management 260:679–691. link title doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.05.023

Groeneveld, J, Alves, LF, Bernacci, LC, Catharino ELM, Knogge C, Metzger, JP, Pütz, S & Huth, A. 2009. The impact of fragmentation and density regulation on forest succession in the Atlantic rain forest. Ecological Modelling 220: 2450–2459. link title

Vieira, AS, Alves, LF, (and 20 co-autors). 2008. Estimation of biomass and carbon stocks: the case of the Atlantic Forest. Biota Neotropica 8 (2):

Silva-Matos, DM & Alves, LF. 2008. Palm species distribution and soil moisture in a swampy area of the Atlantic Forest, South-Eastern Brazil. Ecotropica 14: 69-74. link title

Alves, LF & Metzger, JP. 2007. Landscape structure and tropical tree seedling diversity in Atlantic rain forest, Brazil. In: Bunce, RGH, Jongman, RHG, Hojas, L & Well, S. (eds). Proceedings of the 7th IALE World Congress, Part 2, Pp. 1085. Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Alves, LF & Metzger, JP. 2006. Forest regeneration in areas of secondary forest in the Morro Grande Forest Reserve, Cotia, SP Biota Neotropica 6 (2): (in Portuguese)

Alves, LF, Martins, FR & Santos, FAM. 2004. Allometry of a Neotropical palm, Euterpe edulis Mart. Acta Botanica Brasilica 18:369-374. link title doi: 10.1590/S0102-33062004000200016

Alves, LF & Santos, FAM. 2002. Tree allometry and crown shape of four tree species in Atlantic rain forest, SE Brazil. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18:245-260. link title doi: 10.1017/S026646740200216X

Santos, FAM, Pedroni, F, Alves, LF, Sanchez, M, 1998. Structure and dynamics of tree species of the Atlantic Forest. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 70:873-880. link title

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