Catarina Jakovac

Catarina Jakovac
Federal University of Santa Catarina | UFSC · Departamento de Fitotecnia

PhD

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Introduction
I am a tropical plant ecologist, interested in secondary succession and ecological restoration. My research focuses on understanding what determines the variatoin in regrowth rates, diversity and species composition of secondary forests in the tropics. I have especial interest on the effects of land use history, soil properties and landscape composition on forest regrowth and restoration success. Through collaborations, I have examined social aspects and used remote sensing methods in my research aiming for a broad understanding of the socio-ecological systems where secondary forests are included.
Additional affiliations
January 2019 - present
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Dynamics of Neotropical secondary forests. 2ndFOR Network
April 2017 - present
International Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Projects: Modelling potential carbon sequestration by restoration. Modelling priority areas for ecological restoration. Restoration success in the Brazilian Biomes
May 2016 - December 2016
Wageningen University & Research
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
February 2005 - September 2007
University of Campinas
Field of study
  • Plant Biology - Restoration ecology
January 2000 - December 2003
University of São Paulo
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (56)
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O objetivo deste documento é apresentar recomendações técnicas para o monitoramento da restauração com diferentes objetivos, escalas, capacidade técnica e financeira. O monitoramento de indicadores ecológicos e socioeconômicos da restauração afere sua contribuição para mitigar as mudanças climáticas, conservar a biodiversidade e gerar qualidade de...
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The recovery of soil conditions is crucial for successful ecosystem restoration and, hence, for achieving the goals of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Here, we assess how soils resist forest conversion and agricultural land use, and how soils recover during subsequent tropical forest succession on abandoned agricultural fields. Our overarch...
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Mining contributes importantly to tropical deforestation and land degradation. To mitigate these effects, mining companies are increasingly obliged to restore abandoned mine lands, but factors driving restoration success are hardly evaluated. Here, we investigate the influence of ecological factors (restoration age, soil properties and surrounding...
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p>In this article, the abstract has been revised such that “30% of the total CO<sub>2</sub> increase in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution” now reads “30% of the total CO<sub>2</sub> increase in the atmosphere, or 14% of total emissions, since the Industrial Revolution.” In addition, the second paragraph in the “Priority areas for resto...
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Forests that regrow naturally on abandoned fields are important for restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services, but can they also preserve the distinct regional tree floras? Using the floristic composition of 1215 early successional forests (≤20 years) in 75 human-modified landscapes across the Neotropic realm, we identified 14 distinct floristi...
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This Report provides a comprehensive, objective, open, transparent, systematic, and rigorous scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon’s ecosystems, current trends, and their implications for the long-term well-being of the region, as well as opportunities and policy relevant options for conservation and sustainable development.
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Resilient secondary tropical forests? Although deforestation is rampant across the tropics, forest has a strong capacity to regrow on abandoned lands. These “secondary” forests may increasingly play important roles in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and landscape restoration. Poorter et al . analyzed the patterns of recovery i...
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Significance Tropical forests disappear rapidly through deforestation but also have the potential to regrow naturally through a process called secondary succession. To advance successional theory, it is essential to understand how these secondary forests and their assembly vary across broad spatial scales. We do so by synthesizing continental-scale...
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This Report provides a comprehensive, objective, open, transparent, systematic, and rigorous scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon’s ecosystems, current trends, and their implications for the long-term well-being of the region, as well as opportunities and policy relevant options for conservation and sustainable development.
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Entering the UN decade of restoration, the time to bring commitments to action is now (UN, 2019). Evidence supports the potential for natural regeneration as a low-cost and effective strategy to restore ecosystems and their services (Chazdon and Guariguata, 2016; Crouzeilles et al., 2017). Natural regeneration ranges from unassisted to actively man...
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Amazonia is well known for its high natural regeneration capacity; for this reason, passive restoration is normally recommended for the recovery of its degraded forests. However, highly deforested landscapes in southern Amazonia require active restoration. Since restoration methods can shape the quality and speed of early forest recovery, this stud...
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p>The Brazilian Atlantic Forest has undergone adverse land-use change due to deforestation for urbanization and agriculture. Numerous restoration initiatives have been taken to restore its ecosystem services. Deforested areas have been restored through active intervention or natural regeneration. Understanding the impact of those different reforest...
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Background: Amazonia is well known for its high natural regeneration capacity; for this reason, passive restoration is normally recommended for the recovery of its degraded forests. However, highly deforested landscapes in southern Amazonia require active restoration. Since restoration methods can shape the quality and speed of early forest recover...
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Secondary forests are increasingly important components of human‐modified landscapes in the tropics. Successional pathways, however, can vary enormously across and within landscapes, with divergent regrowth rates, vegetation structure and species composition. While climatic and edaphic conditions drive variations across regions, land‐use history pl...
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O histórico de uso do solo é fator determinante da sucessão secundária na Amazônia central, levando ao estabelecimento de comunidades de plantas com estrutura, composição florística, biomassa e dinâmica distintas. A utilização do fogo para renovação de pastagens compromete o potencial regenerativo dessas áreas, que, quando abandonadas, são dominada...
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Extensive ecosystem restoration is increasingly seen as being central to conserving biodiversity1 and stabilizing the climate of the Earth2. Although ambitious national and global targets have been set, global priority areas that account for spatial variation in benefits and costs have yet to be identified. Here we develop and apply a multicriteria...
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Blue carbon in mangroves represents one of highest values of carbon stocks per hectare, and could play an important role in climate change mitigation. In this study we estimated the carbon prices needed to promote mangrove conservation and restoration under mechanisms of payment for ecosystem services (PES). We mapped the remaining and deforested m...
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Natural regeneration is key for large-scale forest restoration, yet it may lead to different biodiversity outcomes depending on socio-environmental context. We combined the results of a global meta-analysis to quantify how biodiversity recovery in naturally regenerating forests deviates from biodiversity values in reference old-growth forests, with...
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Background Tropical forests are threatened by intensifying natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes. Disturbances reduce tree cover and leave the organic topsoil vulnerable to erosion processes, but when resources are still abundant forests usually recover. Scope Across the tropics, variation in rainfall erosivity – a measure of potential soi...
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In the original version of this article, the following text must be added in the acknowledgement. M.H., B.M.F. and R.S.O. acknowledge the project grant from Instituto Serrapilheira/Serra-1709–18983.
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This text was published in the website The Conservation. Full text can be accessed here: https://theconversation.com/how-fires-weaken-amazon-rainforests-ability-to-bounce-back-123312
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Most deforested lands in Brazil are occupied by low-productivity cattle ranching. Brazil is the second biggest meat producer worldwide and is projected to increase its agricultural output more than any other country. Biochar has been shown to improve soil properties and agricultural productivity when added to degraded soils, but these effects are c...
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Tropical forests are converted at an alarming rate for agricultural use and pastureland, but also regrow naturally through secondary succession. For successful forest restoration, it is essential to understand the mechanisms of secondary succession. These mechanisms may vary across forest types, but analyses across broad spatial scales are lacking....
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Old-growth tropical forests harbor an immense diversity of tree species but are rapidly being cleared, while secondary forests that regrow on abandoned agricultural lands increase in extent. We assess how tree species richness and composition recover during secondary succession across gradients in environmental conditions and anthropogenic disturba...
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Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded landscapes. The aim of this book is to explore options to better integrate the diverse dimensions - spatial, disciplinary, sectoral, and scientific - of implementing FLR. It demonstrates the value o...
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Ant gardens (AGs) are a multi-partner specialized ant-plant interaction involving several ant and epiphyte species. Although studies on AGs have reported possible roles for some species in this system, there are unanswered questions regarding the process of epiphyte incorporation in the AGs and the role of less aggressive ant species in AG protecti...
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Techniques for forest restoration have been widely developed over the past decades, allowing the reestablishment of vegetation on extreme cases, such as the surface mining. However, there are still issues related to management and monitoring that require further understanding, especially for supporting the comparing with reference ecosystems. In th...
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Shifting cultivation is the main land-use system transforming landscapes in riverine Amazonia. Increased concentration of the human population around villages and increasing market integration during the last decades may be causing agricultural intensification. Studies have shown that agricultural intensification, i.e. higher number of swidden-fall...
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Significance Climate change may alter the distribution of biomes in tropical regions with implications for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Here we reveal that if the Amazon region becomes drier as predicted, forests may collapse first on seasonally inundated areas due to their vulnerability to wildfires. The widespread distribution of floodpla...
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The magnitude of the carbon sink in second-growth forests is expected to vary with successional biomass dynamics resulting from tree growth, recruitment, and mortality, and with the effects of climate on these dynamics. We compare aboveground biomass dynamics of dry and wet Neotropical forests, based on monitoring data gathered over 3–16 years in f...
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Secondary succession in the tropics can follow alternative pathways. Land-use history is known to engender alternative successional communities, but the underlying mechanisms driving and sustaining divergence remain unclear. In this study we aim to answer the following questions: (1) does previous land use act as a filter for species composition in...
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This flyer summarizes the main findings of my PhD research that are meaningful to improve land management. It has been brought to the farmers and institutions that collaborated in my research and have been used to discuss the research findings and the feasibility of the recommendations. It is freely available for download and can be useful in oth...
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Regrowth of tropical secondary forests following complete or nearly complete removal of forest vegetation actively stores carbon in aboveground biomass, partially counterbalancing carbon emissions from deforestation, forest degradation, burning of fossil fuels, and other anthropogenic sources. We estimate the age and spatial extent of lowland secon...
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We developed a method to reconstruct land use history from Landsat images time-series. The method uses a breakpoint detection framework derived from the econometrics field and applicable to time-series regression models. The Breaks For Additive Season and Trend (BFAST) framework is used for defining the time-series regression models which may conta...
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Land-use change occurs nowhere more rapidly than in the tropics, where the imbalance between deforestation and forest regrowth has large consequences for the global carbon cycle. However, considerable uncertainty remains about the rate of biomass recovery in secondary forests, and how these rates are influenced by climate, landscape, and prior land...
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Swidden cultivation is one of the most widespread agricultural systems in the tropics. Due to socio-economic changes, swiddens are either abandoned, substituted for other agricultural systems, or intensified. In the region of the middle Amazon river, Brazil, the high market demand for cassava flour (farinha) combined with land scarcity is inducing...
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Land-use practices can dramatically shift the trajectories of rain forest recovery. In a 25-year study, Amazon rain forest regenerated following deforestation as long as seed availability and seedling recruitment were not interrupted. In contrast, rain forest converted to cattle pastures via cutting and burning prior to abandonment diverted success...
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1. Understanding how land-use intensification affects forest resilience is a key for elucidating the mechanisms underlying regeneration processes and for planning more sustainable land-use systems. Here, we evaluate how the intensification of a swidden cultivation system affects secondary-forest resilience in the Amazon. 2. Along a gradient of land...
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A biodiversidade amazônica está sendo destruída porque não tem suficiente valor econômico para os amazônidas, os brasileiros ou o mundo. Em um primeiro momento a afirmação pode parecer estranha, pois a biodiversidade é considerada um dos principais recursos naturais da Amazônia e o conhecimento tradicional associado a ela é considerado a chave de a...
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Land use history is a primary driver of secondary succession in the Central Amazon, resulting in the establishment of distinct trajectories differing in structure, composition, biomass and dynamics. Intensive use with prescribed fire to maintain pastures compromises the regenerative potential of land which, once abandoned, is colonized by few speci...
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Background: In central Amazonia, previous low intensity land use engenders succession dominated by Cecropia spp. which proceeds at high rates; however, at higher intensity of use succession is arrested and dominated by Vismia spp. over the long-term. Factors driving these two successional pathways are unknown.Aims: We aim to elucidate seedling grow...
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coral snakes belong to a monophyletic group composed of three genera (Micrurus, Leptomicrurus and Micruroides) and are distributed throughout the Americas. Micrurus is the most diverse genus, with approximately 60 species (Roze, 1996). Traditionally, South American Micrurus are divided into two main groups based on color pattern, specifically the d...

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What is the best place to store and share the data and metadata of a project with the team members?
I am looking for a secure place (ideally free and open source), with version control (like github) that allows for storing different types of files and for sharing with a team.
Would github do the job? What about KNB (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org/)?
What other options there are?

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This is a synthesis project aiming to (i) define a concept of ecological integrity of secondary forests; (ii) identify ecological indicators to assess ecological integrity from plot data; and (iii) identify remote sensing indicators to assess ecological integrity of NRF at large scales. By synthesizing the state of the art knowledge on forest succession and remote sensing assessments we intend to plant the seed for a monitoring platform to assess the quality of natural regeneration in the Brazilian Amazon and beyond. Such a platform will significantly improve national estimates of ecosystem services provision (e.g.carbon sequestration) and support conservation and restoration planning in the Brazilian Amazon.
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2ndFOR is a collaborative research network on secondary forests. It focuses on the ecology, dynamics, and biodiversity of secondary forests, and the ecosystem services they provide in human-modified tropical landscapes. 2ndFOR involves >70 researchers from >15 different countries working at >50 sites across Latin America.