Leandro Maracahipes

Life Sciences

Affectionately known as Maraca, Leandro Maracahipes is a biologist who studies the vulnerability of plants to environmental stresses such as fire and drought, seeking to unravel the secrets of the interactions between savanna ecosystems and natural disturbances. Leandro, the eldest son of a family of small farmers, has always been close to soil and plant landscapes. Born in Nova Xavantina, Leandro earned his degree in biology from the State University of Mato Grosso, where he also completed his master’s in ecology and conservation. He then pursued a PhD in ecology and evolution at the Federal University of Goiás. He underwent a postdoctoral period at the Institute of Biology at the State University of Campinas.

He has experience in major research institutions and is an advising professor in the Tropical Botany Postgraduate Program at the Federal Rural University of the Amazon. He has contributed as a researcher at the Yale School of the Environment in the United States, as well as the Amazon Environmental Research Institute. Beyond his deep involvement in research, Maraca is a fervent Flamengo fan and enjoys playing soccer, cards, and pool. He relaxes by running while listening to good music. Like many, he also learned to bake homemade bread during the pandemic lockdown, following his mother’s affectionate guidance over the phone. The scientist considers visits to nature and data collection as crucial moments of inspiration for his scientific projects.


Assessing the vulnerability of Brazilian savannas to interactions between drought and fires: implications for carbon storage, ecosystem functioning, and restoration success
Science / Life Sciences

Climate change may accelerate the intensity and frequency of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in tropical savanna ecosystems, promoting mortality in herbaceous and woody plants, interfering with community composition, and altering ecological processes and ecosystem functioning. Identifying which species compositions, according to their functional characteristics, offer greater resilience to new disturbance regimes, and climatic conditions are crucial for directing the preservation of intact ecosystems and the success of future restoration efforts. In addition to recording biodiversity, this project aims to quantify how vulnerable savanna ecosystems are to increased disturbance frequency and intensity and their impact on carbon storage and ecosystem functioning.

Amount invested

Grant Serrapilheira: R$ 333.000,00