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Ms Jéssica Fonseca Da Silva

Graduate Student
Ms Jéssica Fonseca Da Silva
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA


  • MSc. Biology (University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico). Thesis title: Ecophysiology and Productivity of Castilla elastica, an Introduced Tropical Tree Species
  • BA. Biological Sciences (Federal University of Amazonas, AM, Brazil)

Research Interests

Sugarcane in the Brazilian Cerrado: effects to biodiversity and greenhouse gases emissions

The Brazilian savannas, called Cerrado, are one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. It is also the most threatened biome in Brazil. The demand for land continues to grow, and thus, the pressure on the remaining intact areas is imminent. Conversely, there are areas experiencing regeneration after land conversion, and now show secondary vegetation formations. My aims are the following: construct woody species distribution maps within the Cerrado using MaxEnt software; use these distributions to predict which species and areas are most threatened by the contemporary sugarcane expansion; characterize the species composition, biomass, and greenhouse gases emissions of secondary vegetation in the Cerrado; estimate the amount of N2O from sugarcane crop fields and compare to the native Cerrado areas.

Other Professional Activities


  • Cambridge Overseas Trust
  • Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education ( CAPES Brazil)
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