Jomar Magalhães Barbosa


Email: jomarmbarbosa[at]




Academic Background

2017                  Departamento de Biologia Aplicada. Universidad Miguel Hernández,                                   Elche, Spain
Postdoctoral researcher (remote sensing and ecology)
2015 - 2016
      Carnegie Institution for Science – Department of Global Ecology
                               Asner Laboratory, Stanford, California (USA) and CAO laboratory                                    at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Hilo, Hawaii (USA)        
                               Postdoctoral researcher (remote sensing and ecology)
                               PI: Gregory P. Asner
2014                   Stanford University – Department of Biology
                                Stanford, California (USA)
                                Postdoctoral researcher (remote sensing and ecology)
                                PI: Rodolfo Dirzo
2009 - 2013        Ph.D. Ecology. University of São Paulo – USP (Brazil). Landscape Ecology Laboratory. Thesis title: Remote sensing of
                                forest biophysical structure in Atlantic
 Rainforest over steep slopes.
2005 - 2007       M.Sc. Agronomy, Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology. São Paulo State University – UNESP (Brazil). Title: Traditional
of native plant species in tropical forests, Brazil. 
2000 - 2004         B.Sc. Biology.  University of Uberlândia (Brazil).

Other professional positions

2008 - current      Independent consultant on Environmental Assessments for Private companies such as ARCADIS Tetraplan, VALE do Rio 
                                Doce, AMBEV, Klabin S.A, Environmental Wise Paths Cons. Amb. (Brazil). Projects related to Geographic Information                                     System; Remote Sensing; Environmental Risk Assessment; Restoration ecology; Landscape Ecology

2011 - 2011         Visiting Scholar at University Miguel Hernández (Spain) and Alicante University (Spain)

2007-2009           Assistant Professor at Anhanguera University (Brazil). Ecology and Botany courses.

1.  Francisco d'Albertas G de Carvalho, Jean P Meztger, Simone Vieira, Karine M Costa, Isabella Romitelli, Jomar M BarbosaLack of evidence of edge age and additive edge effects on carbon stocks in a tropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management. Accepted.

Barbosa, J. M. & Asner G.P. Rainfall change affecting canopy structure of protected Hawaiian dry forests. Environmental Research Letters, 12, 
094002. 2017.

 Barbosa, J.M.& Asner GP. Prioritizing landscapes for restoration based on spatial patterns of ecosystem controls and plant-plant interactionsJournal of Applied Ecology. 2017. 
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12857.

Barbosa, J. M., Asner GP, Hughes F.; Johnson T. Landscape primary productivity and environmental conditions affecting tree invasion in Hawaii. 2016. Ecological Applications.

5.    - 
Mortenson, L.A.; Hughes, R.F.; Friday, J.B.; Keith, L.M., Barbosa, J.M.; Friday, N.J.; Liu, Z.; Sowards, T.G. Assessing Spatial Distribution, Stand Impacts and Rate of Ceratocystis fimbriata induced ‘Ōhi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha) Mortality in a Tropical Wet Forest, Hawaiʻi Island, USA. Forest Ecology and Management. Vol 377, 1, 2016, Pages 83–92.

6.     - Barbosa, J. M., Asner GP, Martin RE, Baldeck C.A.; Hughes F.; Johnson T. Determining subcanopy Psidium cattleianum invasion in Hawaiian forests using imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing, 2016, 8, 33; doi:10.3390/rs8010033

7.    - Barbosa, J. M., Sebastián-González E, Asner GP, Knapp DE, Anderson C, Martin RE, Dirzo R. Hemiparasite-host plant interactions in a fragmented landscape from high-resolution imaging spectroscopy and LiDAR. Ecological Applications,  2016, 26: 55–66. doi:10.1890/14-2429. 

8.    Sebastián-González E, Pang-Ching J, Barbosa J.M., Hart PJ. Bioacoustics for species management: Two case studies with a Hawaiian forest bird. Ecology and Evolution 2015; 5(20): 4696–4705.

- Barbosa, J.M.; Broadbent, E. N., Bitencourt, M.D. Remote Sensing of Aboveground Biomass in Tropical Secondary Forests: A Review. International Journal of Forestry Research., 2014.

- Barbosa, J. M., Melendez-Pastor, I., Pedreño, J. N., Bitencourt, M. D. Remotely sensed biomass over steep slopes: an evaluation among successional stands of Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Volume 88, February 2014, Pages 91-100, ISSN 0924-2716,

-  Mantelli, L. R., Barbosa, J. M., Bitencourt, M. D. Assessing ecological risk through automated drainage extraction and watershed delineation. Ecological Informatics, v.6, p.325 - 331, 2011. [doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2011.04.003]

- COSTA, M. A. G., Barbosa, J. M., MING, L. C. The ethno botanic importance in the medicinal plants conservation. Revista de Ciências Agroveterinárias. , v.5, p.67 - 80, 2006.

- Barbosa, J. M., BUENO, R. M., ROCHA, H. H. S., REZENDE, D. M., COSTA, M. V. C. V. Mudanças na paisagem e uso do solo na área rural de Sobradinho, Uberlândia, MG. Caminhos da Geografia (UFU. Online). , v.17, p.187 - 198, 2006.

Papers in progress

1. John W. Schroeder, Jessica T. Martin, Diego F. Angulo, Jomar M. Barbosa, Ramón Perea, Itzel Arias-Del Razo, Esther Sebastián-González, Rodolfo Dirzo. Common tree species support more specialists than rare tree species in a diverse community of Neotropical root-associated fungiBiotropica. 2017.

2. A. Ribeiro Filho; C. Adams; S. Manfredini; J. Alves da Silva Junior, D. Ianovali, J. M. Barbosa, A. Barreiro, W. Alves Neves. Burning the forest: the impact of fire and biomass on soil fertility dynamics in a shiftiing cultivation system in the Atlantic Rainforest (Brazil). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. Submitted.    

3.  Esther Sebastián-González, Jan van Aardt, Kevin Sacca, Jomar M. Barbosa, Patrick J. Hart. 
Testing the acoustic adaptation hypothesis with native and introduced birds in a Hawaiian forest. Journal of Ornithology. Second review.

Research projects

1. I have combined multi-temporal remote sensing data (LiDAR and MODIS) with annual rainfall gridded maps, from 1920 to 2012, to answer two questions: (1) Do long-term rainfall declines affect tropical forest structure and photosynthetic function? (2) What are the relative effects of short- and long-term drying trends in photosynthetic function and forest structure? 

2. Mapping plant species and forest primary productivity with high-resolution imaging spectroscopy (2015). Hawaii, USA. I am looking for environmental controls on the spread of invasive plants. Gregory Asner – Carnegie Institution for Science; Flint Hughes - Forest Service – USDA; Tracy Johnson - Forest Service – USDA.

3.     Mapping species interaction using high-resolution imaging spectroscopy (2014). California, USA. I used airborne hyperspectral data to map mistletoes infestation on oak trees. Rodolfo Dirzo – Stanford University; Gregory Asner – Carnegie Institution.

4.     Forest aboveground biomass of Atlantic Rainforests using remote sensing data. I evaluated how landscape structure and configuration determines the capacity of Atlantic Rainforest fragments to stock carbon (collaboration with Marisa Dantas Bittencourt – University of São Paulo; and Jean Paul Metzger – University of São Paulo). Funded by CAPES. 2009-2014. 

5.     Allometric equations to estimate forest biomass in Atlantic tropical forests (collaboration with Dr. Cristina Adams). Funded by FAPESP.

6.     Impacts of invasive plant species in Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil. Funded by Fundação O Boticario. 2012. I used geostatistical approaches to understand spatial distribution of Leucena leucocephala (a tree invasion specie) in Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil (collaboration with Dr. Alexandre Adalardo and Thayná Mello)

7.     Restoration of riparian forests. Funded by Ambev. 2007-2008.

8.     Ethnobotany of traditional communities living in areas of tropical forest. Funded by CNPQ 470276/2006-1 and SP/ FAPESP 04/14375-7. 2005-2007

9.     Floristic survey in Brazilian savanna region (Cerrado). Funded by Energy Company of Minas Gerais State –CEMIG (Brazil). 2004


Research grants

2015 - 2016         Post-doc fellowship. Carnegie Institution for Science – Grant from USDA. 2 year.

2014                   Post-doc fellowship. Grant from Science without borders (CNPQ/CAPES). 1 year. Brazilian Ministry of Education.

2009 - 2013         Ph.D. fellowship. Brazilian Ministry of Education. 4 years

2011                    Visiting scholar. University of Alicante (Spain). Santander Bank and Brazilian Ministry of Education. 3 months

2011                    Visiting scholar. Miguel Hernandez University (Spain). Santander Bank and Brazilian Ministry of Education. 5 months

2006-2008           Master fellowship. Brazilian Ministry of Education and FAPESP. São Paulo State University – UNESP (Brazil). 2 years.

Referee in scientific journals

- Ecology (ESA)

- Forest Ecology and Management (Elsevier)

- Remote Sensing (MDPI)

- International Journal of Remote Sensing (Taylor and Francis)



·       Knowledge of programing in R

·       Experience in GIS and remote sensing software (including, but not restricted to, ArcGis, ENVI, IDRISI, Quantum GIS)

·       Experience in processing airborne and satellite imagery (coarse and high resolution)

·       Experience with landscape ecology tools, such as Fragstats, CONEFOR, and others

·       Experience in statistical models in ecology and geospatial statistics (spatial autocorrelation, kriging, etc.)

·       Experience with field data collection for ecological research

·       Languages (and level): Portuguese (native), Spanish (fluent, work experience), English (fluent, work experience).