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Prof. Sonia  Carvalho Ribeiro

Sonia Carvalho Ribeiro

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Sónia Carvalho Ribeiro is a Professor at Cartography Department, Institute of Geosciences (Instituto Geociências), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG-Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil). Sonia is vice-coordinator of both the post graduate program on Environmental Modeling ( ) and Centro Sensoriamento Remoto (CSR) (see Dinamica EGO environmental modeling platform She worked as post doc at CSR-UFMG (Scholarship by CNPq-Young Talent), University of Évora, Portugal (Portuguese Science Foundation, FCT), University of Lisbon, Portugal and University of East Anglia, UK (scholarships by Horizon, European Union).
Sónia´s work develop at the science policy interface focusing on the effects of land cover/use dynamics on the provision of multiple Ecosystem Services (ES) at multiples scales of governance. Her research aims at understanding the patterns and processes of land use/cover change with the goal of informing environmental policy and landscape management. Her research focus has been on the role of human- environment interactions and forest community dynamics. Research topics range from sustainable use of wild species, Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP), forest livelihoods, sociobiodiversity, forest restoration to future socio-economic scenarios.
Sonia´s research strives to bring the best science to policy making, so she engages in multiple fora with policy makers, including PELD-Rio Doce and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (
She holds graduation in Forestry Science by University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal; master in Rural Development by UTAD and Santiago Compostela University, Spain; PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
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