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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., Ewers, R.M., Turner, E.C. and Coomes, D.A., 2017. Mapping Aboveground Carbon in Oil Palm Plantations Using LiDAR: A Comparison of Tree-Centric versus Area-Based Approaches. Remote Sensing9(8), p.816.

Nunes, M.H., Davey, M.P. and Coomes, D.A., 2017. On the challenges of using field spectroscopy to measure the impact of soil type on leaf traits. Biogeosciences14(13), p.3371.

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


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.

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.

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.



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