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Mr Matheus H Nunes

Graduate Student
Mr Matheus H Nunes
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 (7)64736


I am a PhD student in the Forest Ecology and Conservation group within the Plant Sciences department at the University of Cambridge. The overarching aim of my research is to understand how forests are changing, within the context of global change, through investigating how environmental shifts may alter functional traits and carbon stocks via remote sensing. I am specifically developing the use of hyperspectral imaging on forest ecosystem in conjunction with airborne LiDAR in Malaysian Borneo to understand and provide insights on how ecological processes are affected by oil palm plantations in finer details and at large geographical scales.

I majored in Forest Engineering in the University of Lavras, Brazil, obtained a master's degree in Forest Management at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and completed my studies in the Biometric and Spatial Analysis Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, as graduate scholar.  

Key Publications

Nunes, M.H., Davey, M.P., Coomes, D.A. (in review). On the challenges of using field spectroscopy to measure the impact of soil type on leaf traits. Biogeosciences. 

Nunes, M.H., Terra, M.D.C.N.S., Oliveira, I.R.C.D. and van den Berg, E., 2017. The influence of disturbance on driving carbon stocks and tree dynamics of riparian forests in Cerrado. Journal of Plant Ecology.

Nunes, M.H. and Görgens, E.B., 2016. Artificial Intelligence Procedures for Tree Taper Estimation within a Complex Vegetation Mosaic in Brazil. PloS one11(5), p.e0154738.

Other Publications

Nunes, M.H., Higuchi, P., da Silva, A.C., Berg, E. and Santos, M., 2016. Tree population dynamics in alluvial forest fragments in south of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Floresta46(1), pp.57-66.

Görgens, E. B., Soares, C. P., Nunes, M. H., & Rodriguez, L. C. (2016). Characterization of Brazilian forest types utilizing canopy height profiles derived from airborne laser scanning. Applied Vegetation Science.

Silva, A. C., Higuchi, P., Van Den Berg, E., Nunes, M. H., & de Carvalho, D. A. (2012). Florestas inundáveis: ecologia, florística e adaptações das espécies. Lavras: Editora UFLA. 

Silva, A. C., van den Berg, E., Higuchi, P., & Nunes, M. H. (2011). Dinâmica de uma comunidade arbórea após enchente em fragmentos florestais no Sul de minas Gerais. Revista Árvore35(4), 883-893.

Silva, A.C.D., Higuchi, P., van den Berg, E., Nunes, M.H. and Santos, M.D.C.N., 2011. Spatial-temporal variation in the dynamics of the tree community in fragments of alluvial forest in Minas Gerais. Cerne17(4), pp.465-471.

Silva, A. C., Van Den Berg, E., Higuchi, P., Oliveira-Filho, A. T., Marques, J. J., Appolinário, V. & Nunes, M. H. (2009). Florística e estrutura da comunidade arbórea em fragmentos de floresta aluvial em São Sebastião da Bela Vista, Minas Gerais, Brasil. Revista Brasileira de Botânica32(2), 283-297.


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