Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology

Faculty and Staff

Gustavo Hees de Negreiros, PhD, Academic Director

Gustavo Hees de Negreiros, PhD, Academic Director
Gustavo Hees de Negreiros is a Brazilian geographer who received his PhD in ecosystem analysis from the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in 2004. Dr. Negreiros’ research includes forest hydrology; regional modeling and mapping of deep root forests; tropical fire ecology; and fire and flammability modeling of Amazon forests with support from the US Forest Service, INPE (Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research), and NASA. Since 1994, Dr. Negreiros has been part of a team of volunteers that helps the public ministry of the state of Pará study and discuss the environmental impact assessment of large industrial projects in the Amazon. More recently, Dr. Negreiros has been involved in environmental economy issues, specifically studying indemnization of social and environmental externalities of large mining projects on traditional communities in the Amazon. His personal and volunteer work includes active participation with different NGOs and regional initiatives for sustainable development in the Amazon and elsewhere in Brazil. Dr. Negreiros was the academic director for SIT in Belém, Brazil, during the fall 1998 and spring 1999 semesters, and has continued as academic director since the fall 2000 semester.

Priscilla Camargo, Program Assistant for Homestay Coordination and Student Affairs
Priscilla began working with SIT as an intern and now serves as the program’s homestay coordinator. She is completing a BA in tourism at the Federal University of Para (UFPA). Her previous experience includes working as a monitor for UNESCO’s sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) and at the ninth World Social Forum held in Belém.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Leonardo Sena, PhD
Leonardo Sena received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) in 1995 and a master’s degree in genetics and molecular biology in 1998 from the same university, working with the phylogeny of New World primates genera Mico and Callithrix (1998); his studies also helped in renaming a primate species (M. rondoni) in 2010. While working on his PhD in genetics and molecular biology, Dr. Sena conducted experiments related to his dissertation, which focused on the major histocompatibility complex of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), at Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas). After finishing his PhD, he spent eight years teaching at the private college Instituto de Estudos Superiores da Amazônia (2002–2010). During this period, be began working with the SIT Study Abroad program in Belém, helping students with their Independent Study Project (ISP) proposals; he also assists in evaluating their final papers. 

Dr. Sena is currently a professor of genetics at UFPA in Belém. He is very interested in the relationship between immunogenetics and animal diversity, including humans. He believes that the SIT Study Abroad program in Belém is a great way for Brazilian and North American students to exchange views and work together to understand the problems of the Amazon in order to find environmental and ethical solutions. He is also a member of the IRB committee for the program.

Moira Adams
Moira Adams holds an undergraduate degree in forest engineering from Universidade Federal de Viçosa and a master’s degree in environmental biology from Universidade Federal do Pará. She is currently working on her doctorate in biology at Bremen University. Adams has 15 years of professional experience working in the region with a particular focus on forest ecology, the impacts of different land use, and sustainable development. Her research topics include fauna and flora, dry land and seasoned flooded forests, criteria and indicators related to forest management, reforesting, carbon markets, and public policy advocacy. She managed a pilot project focused on reforesting as a means of carbon sequestration. Adams has taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has also worked with interdisciplinary groups and different actors from public and private organizations and with national and international nongovernmental organizations. She is currently working in Belém as a researcher on the climate change program at Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment). 

Renata Dória, Portuguese Instructor
Renata Dória has been working with the SIT program in Belém since September 2009. She has a degree in Portuguese language and a postgraduate degree in teaching Portuguese as a foreign language from the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA). She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics at UFPA.
Luana Aires, Portuguese Instructor
Luana Aires holds degrees in Portuguese and English from Universidade Federal do Pará. She has been working as an English teacher for eleven years and has been teaching Portuguese as a foreign language for SIT since 2008. Luana has a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Belem

Language Study: Portuguese

Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in environmental studies, ecology, development studies, or other related fields is strongly recommended but not required. Although there is no language prerequisite, a background in Portugues Read more...


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