Thiago Medaglia - Project Manager and Editor

Journalist and writer, is the founder of Ambiental and also works as special editor at InfoAmazonia. Thiago has worked as a reporter (and an editor) for a few Brazilian magazines, with special mentions to National Geographic Brasil, where he still plays the role of an independent reporter. He was a fellow at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ, 2015) and holds a postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurial Journalism from the City University of New York (CUNY, 2016).     

Juliana Tinoco - Special Reporter

Reporter dedicated to the investigative covering of environmental and scientific issues, Juliana has worked at the communication area of Greenpeace Brasil and the Museum of the Environment in Rio de Janeiro. Contributing writer at website, she was formerly the communication manager at the Museum of Tomorrow (RJ), a position she now holds at Swissnex Brazil. She has a master’s degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE). 

Laura Kurtzberg – Web Developer

Explorer of the connection between information and arts, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Interactive Media from the University of Miami. Laura was a Data Analyst at InfoAmazonia and studied as a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, an American organization dedicated to complex adaptative systems science. She ventured out in journalism at the Peruvian region of Loreto, measuring greenhouse gases and interviewing researchers from the Peruvian Amazon National University. 

Flavio Forner – Web Design and Art Edition

Photojournalist and web developer, works mostly with journalistic content. Flavio has worked in projects for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, O Estado de S. Paulo and Folha de S. Paulo newspapers. He has also participated in projects with TV channels, such as BBC, Al Jazeera and Cultura (Brazil). In 2010, he was warded by the Society for News Design. He is one of the cofounder of Ambiental. 

Felipe Valente - Social Media

Graduated in Advertising at the Cásper Líbero University (São Paulo, Brazil), he is also a cofounder of Ambiental and helps the community management of the project, formed by scientists and media professionals. Copywriter and scripwiter, he has created special content projects with great impact for corporations and institutions.   

Gustavo Faleiros - Editorial Consultant

Journalist with a master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the King’s College in London. He was a reporter and correspondent in Brasilia for the Valor Econômico journal, as well as editor and executive director of OEco website. Twice Knight Fellow at the International Center of Journalism (ICFJ) and former general-secretary at the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), he now coordinates InfoAmazonia. 

Alberto Cairo - Special Adviser (Data Visualization)

World reference in data visualization, Alberto has a two-decade experience as journalist and designer, and has led teams in Spain, Brazil and USA. He is the director of the Visualization Program at the Center for Computational Sciences of the University of Miami, where he also teaches. Consultant for companies such as Google, Microsoft, Nielsen, among others. Author of books about infographics and organizer of the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about Journalism.

Goretti Tenorio - Proofreader (Portuguese)

Journalist graduated at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP), collaborates as a copywriter, editor and proofreader in different publications. Goretti has worked for more than 20 years in Abril Publishing House, in publications such as Veja, Playboy and others. She was editor-in-chief of the division 

Maria Bitarello - Translator

Writer, journalist, translator and master in Brazilian and Portuguese Literature by the University of California (UCLA). Só sei que foi assim (2014) is her first book and other works can be found at her blog


Jos Barlow

His research is focused on understanding how human activities impact tropical forest biodiversity,  the ecosystem services and functions that biodiversity delivers. He has been working in the Brazilian Amazon since 1998. His main research projects aim to improve the understanding of the responses of tropical forests to climate change, logging and deforestation, understand of the environmental and socio-economic trade-offs in the world’s largest remaining expanse of tropical forest and research on the functional consequences of forest degradation. He also teaches on a variety of modules within the Ecology and Conservation and Geography undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Lancaster University.

Joice Ferreira

Biologist, researcher at Embrapa Amazônia Oriental, in Belém (Pará), with master’s and doctorate degree in Ecology, emphasis on Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems. Her research focuses on the interface between land uses, agricultural practices and the provision of environmental services in the Amazon region, particularly changes in carbon stocks, conservation of biodiversity and soils. Conducts research under a socioecological systems approach. Professor of the Post-Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and the Graduate Program in Ecology, both at the Federal University of Pará.

Toby Gardner

Toby Gardner is a Senior Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm. He has fifteen years’ experience in science and science-policy issues in human-modified landscapes across the tropics, with a strong emphasis on the management and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in multiple-use agriculture-forestry landscapes, and the challenges of balancing environmental concerns and rural development priorities.Before joining SEI Toby was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge for five years, and helped found and coordinate the Sustainable Amazon Network. He is an affiliated researcher at the International Institute for Sustainability (Rio de Janeiro).

Alexander Lees

Professor of Tropical Ecology at the Metropolitan University of Manchester and associate researcher at the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University in the United States. He has been working in the Amazon since 2004, when he began investigating the impacts of habitat fragmentation for forest birds on his doctorate from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He is connected to the Emílio Goeldi Museum, where he spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow.

Erika Berenguer

Brazilian, senior tropical forest researcher at the Oxford and Lancaster Universities. Coordinator of the vegetation team in the study “Anthropogenic disturbance in tropical forests can double the biodiversity from deforestation,” in which the Silent Forest platform is based. Her studies focus on the understanding of how man-made disturbances lead to the degradation of tropical forests, specifically on their effects on carbon stocks and plant diversity in the Brazilian Amazon. With her team, she collected samples of more than 80,000 trees in a year.


Sustainable Amazon Network (RAS)

The Sustainable Amazon Network (RAS, abbreviation in Portuguese) was created in 2009 and is made up of more than 30 institutions from Brazil and abroad. It is coordinated by Embrapa, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, University of Lancaster (United Kingdom) and Environmental Institute of Stockholm (Sweden). More than 100 researchers and students are part of RAS, working in different lines of research and focusing on extracting social, economic and environmental data from the Amazon for land use, forest conservation and sustainable development in the region.

Ambiental Media

Ambiental Media is an independent  platform that transforms scientific content into innovative, attractive and accessible journalism. They work for the dissemination of Science to the general public and for strengthening a sense of community among media professionals and members of the Academy. Ambiental Media works in partnership with some of the leading researchers in Brazil and offer media tools and communication solutions for organizations. It is an outlet for journalists, scientists, developers, photographers and video-makers to join forces and generate reliable and free content.


InfoAmazonia provides timely news and reports of the endangered Amazon region. A network of organizations and journalists deliver updates from the nine countries of the forest. The databases shared by InfoAmazonia are available for download.