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Marcelo Mazzolli

Marcelo Mazzolli
Independent researcher & consultant

Doctor in Ecology

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February 2018 - December 2018
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Instructor
July 2011 - May 2017
Biosphere Expeditions
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Supervise studies and elaborate study designs, mentor an international team of scientists and review/edit reports from studies done in Peru (mammals), Slovakia (bear, wolf and lynx), Kyrgyzstan (snow leopard) and Indonesia (tiger)
June 2006 - June 2011
Biosphere Expeditions
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Elaborated sampling design, training of foreign volunteers (to collect data and on safety), field sampling, data trail and analysis, and published results as reports
Education
March 2003 - April 2006
October 1999 - December 2000
Durham University
Field of study
  • Ecology

Publications

Publications (59)
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Mountain lion (Puma concolor) depredation incidents on livestock herds were recorded at 15 ranches in southern Brazil from 1993 to 1995. Maximum losses to mountain lions were 78% for goats, 84% for sheep, and 16% for cattle. Cattle mortality arising from causes other than depredation assumed a greater importance in herd productivity. In contrast, a...
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The puma (Puma concolor, Carnivora: Felidae), extinct from considerable extensions of its former distribution, is considered threatened in south, southeast and northeast Brazil. Areas in the south and southeast have only recently been recolonized by the species, following decrease in logging activities after depletion of the Atlantic rainforest in...
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Entre los años 2013 y el 2017, siete (n=77) interacciones de pumas con comunidades rurales fueron registradas, cuatro (n= 4) de las cuales incluyeron ataques a animales domésticos, y donde la respuesta de la comunidad fue la persecución y muerte del puma. En los otros tres (n 3) registros, no se reportaron daños a rebaños, y los pumas fueron captur...
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The Arabian Leopard Panthera pardus nimr is considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN and published information about this subspecies is scarce. We assessed the status of the species on the border of one of the most important remnants of its current range, the Dhofar mountain range. In this border area, the relative abundance of leopards (0.067...
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We compared the effectiveness of various methods for surveying medium and large wild mammals in southern Oman. Working with volunteers recruited by Biosphere Expeditions, wildlife professionals and local rangers, we used direct observation, camera traps, sign surveys (tracks and/or dung) and molecular scatology to study 66 sampling units of 2 × 2 k...
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Abstract This report covers the sixth year of field research in northern Slovakia’s Veľká Fatra National Park with the support of citizen scientists and the aim of collecting biological information to improve management practices for bears (Ursus arctos), wolves (Canis lupus), lynx (Lynx lynx) and wildcat (Felis silvestris) in the park. Fieldwork...
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Abstract Biosphere Expeditions and WWF Indonesia ran their third joint expedition with citizen scientists in and around Bukit Rimbang Bukit Baling Wildlife Reserve (BRBBWR), Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, from 30 July to 1 September 2017. The expedition study was a follow-up of the two previous studies in 2015 and 2016, with the tiger and its...
Preprint
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The puma is and extremely adaptable creature, being able to live in such different environments as humid jungles, high alpine meadows and deserts. In this preprint 'hint' we display some of the desert environments where the species is known to inhabit, but in a forthcoming publications the presence of puma in the Sechura Desert of Peru, as well as...
Book
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Abstract Biosphere Expeditions and WWF Indonesia ran their second joint expedition with volunteers in and around Bukit Rimbang Bukit Baling Wildlife Reserve (BRBBWR), Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, from 17 July to 12 August 2016. The expedition study was a follow-up of the previous study in 2015, with the tiger and its habitat as the focal po...
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Abstract This report covers the fifth year of field research in northern Slovakia’s Veľká Fatra National Park with the support of citizen scientists and the aim of collecting biological information to improve management practices for bears (Ursus arctos), wolves (Canis lupus), lynx (Lynx lynx) and wildcat (Felis silvestris) in the park. Fieldwork...
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Abstract For 78 days, from May to September 2015, Biosphere Expeditions and WWF Indonesia ran an inaugural expedition with volunteers in Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve (RB), Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia. The aim of the expedition was to (1) make an assessment of the status of the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), its prey and of oth...
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Abstract This report covers the fourth year of field research in northern Slovakia’s Veľká Fatra National Park with the support of citizen scientists and the aim of collecting biological information to improve management practices for bears (Ursus arctos), wolves (Canis lupus), lynx (Lynx lynx) and wildcat (Felis silvestris) in the park. Fieldwork...
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Abstract An expedition to the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Regional Conservation Area (TTCRCA) (Loreto Region, Peru) was conducted with Biosphere Expeditions in 2015 with the aim of determining patterns of distribution and frequency of wild felids, primates and other flagship species in the study area. This was the fourth annual Biosphere Expediti...
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Abstract An expedition to the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Regional Conservation Area (TTCRCA) (Loreto Region, Peru) was conducted with Biosphere Expeditions in 2014 with aim of determining patterns of distribution and frequency of wild felids, primates and other flagship species in the study area. This was the third annual Biosphere Expeditions s...
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Abstract Jaguar and puma presence in the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station, department of Madre de Dios, Peru: Eighteen days of intensive sampling was conducted to examine the occurrence and interactions of jaguar and puma at an ecotourism and Brazil nut concession in the Department of Madre de Dios, Peru. A research station (Las Piedras Biodiversi...
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Abstract There are indications that bear, wolf and lynx population numbers in the Slovak Republic as published by official sources, and based on counts by hunters, may be unreliable. As harvesting quotas for bears and wolves are based on these estimates, they have a very significant conservation impact. With the aim of collecting biological infor...
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Abstract An expedition to the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Regional Conservation Area was conducted with Biosphere Expeditions in 2013; this was the second Biosphere Expeditions survey in the area. The study area is located in the Loreto Region of Peru by the Tahuayo River. The total area surveyed was 24 km2, encompassing three major types of fore...
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Abstract There are indications that bear, wolf and lynx population numbers in the Slovak Republic as published by official sources may be unreliable. This may have a serious conservation impact, as harvesting quotas for bears and wolves are based on these estimates. With the aim of collecting biological information to improve management practices...
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Abstract An expedition to the southern Atlantic forest of Brazil was conducted with Biosphere Expeditions in May 2011, to the APA (Area of Environmental Protection) of Guaratuba in the Serra do Mar mountain range. This was the fifth Biosphere Expeditions survey in the area and the seventh overall including local expeditions. The primary aim of the...
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The Guarani Aquifer is a significant groundwater reserve in South America. In the city of Lages, a considerable extension of recharge areas of the Botucatu Sandstone, that make up the Aquifer, is under urban occupation. We observed the presence of human occupation on or near the recharge areas, irregular occupation and building of a road in protect...
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Abstract The Arabian Leopard Panthera pardus nimr is a flagship species for Oman’s mountain habitats. It is classified by IUCN as Critically Endangered and is listed on Appendix 1 of the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) having disappeared from most of its former range on the Arabian Peninsula. Most of the remaining w...
Method
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This manual is a product of several years of sampling mammals during short- term expeditions, all over the world and in particular in Brazil, Peru and the Middle East. The procedures adopted here, by maximising sample sizes and sampling effort, are meant to enable scientists to make sound ecological inferences even during short sampling periods. Fu...
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Biting behaviour of pumas at the moment of killing their prey is mentioned in the literature as being delivered either to the throat, nape of the neck and base of skull. Detailed anatomic descriptions of it are, however, largely absent in literature. In this article, the biting behaviour of a puma while attacking a peccary is described based on the...
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It is not known whether impacts of climate change may grow so intense as to threaten permanently the economic sustainability of countries. In this article, the mid-term impact of climate change was modeled for countries ranked amongst the most vulnerable to climate change. The Gross National Income (GNI) growth rates of three countries highly vulne...
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http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7925.2009v22n2p137 Os campos naturais localizados na microrregião de Lages são o hábitat natural do veado-campeiro, e a localidade de Coxilha Rica, conhecida por seus campos limpos, o seu maior refúgio no Estado de Santa Catarina. Registros recentes e inéditos de veado-campeiro neste Estado são aqui publicados pela p...
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Environmental quality for jaguar, puma and ocelot in Guaratuba Bay, State of Paraná, using the programs Capture and Presence. Two month-long expeditions to Guaratuba Bay in the southern Atlantic Forest of Brazil were conducted in 2006. Parameters calculated from vestiges and camera-trap sampling were mammalian richness and proportion of area occupi...
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There is a general lack of information on the impact of forest plantations and the presence of urban settlements on populations of resource-demanding species such as large felids. To partially address this problem, a project study was conducted to find out whether mosaics of forest plantations and native vegetation can function as an adequate habit...
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Abstract An expedition to the southern Atlantic forest of Brazil was conducted with Biosphere Expeditions in May 2010, to the APA (Area of Environmental Protection) of Guaratuba in the Serra do Mar mountain range. This was the fourth Biosphere Expeditions survey in the area and the sixth overall including local expeditions. The primary aim of the...
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Abstract The impact of hunting on a primate community: We present the results of a long term (7-year) transect monitoring study conducted at a lowland Amazon rainforest site on the Las Piedras River, southeastern Peru. Prior to the study the area had been the site of timber extraction activities with associated hunting. Large bodied mammals, inclu...
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The occurrence of Amblyomma nodosum ticks in Tamandua tetradactyla is recorded for the first time in Urupema, in the Serrano Plateau of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
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RESUMO Este trabalho registra o parasitismo por Amblyomma aureolatum em um Puma concolor resgatado pelo Projeto Puma em Lages, Santa Catarina, Brasil. Foram encontrados 55 carrapatos da espécie Amblyomma aureolatum, sendo 37 (67%) fêmeas, 18 (33%) machos e proporção de 2:1. Das fêmeas, 24 eram ninfas e 13 (1/3) adultas e todos os machos eram adulto...
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Capillaria hepatica was detected by histopathologic diagnosis in two cougars that were shot in April 2008 in Painel, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Macroscopic analysis of their livers revealed the presence of diffuse granulomas, and the histopathologic analysis indicated the presence of C. hepatica eggs, surrounded by mononuclear inflammatory cell infilt...
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Two independent attacks of mountain lions Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771) on different canid species are reported in this note. One of the canids was a sub-adult captive maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus (Illiger, 1815), revealing skull damaged by canine tooth perforation and several bruises along the body. Examination of the wounds and the killing s...
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Loss of jaguar range in one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world is reported herein. Records of the last individuals shot reveal that the jaguar has suffered a loss of historical range at an estimated rate of one latitudinal degree every 10 years in its southern range in the Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil. The chronological order of the r...
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The native grasslands in the micro-region of Lages are the natural habitat of the pampas deer, and the locality of Coxilha Rica, known for its short grass, is its largest refuge in the state of Santa Catarina. Recent novel records of the pampas deer in this state are published here for the first time, as well as evidence of a reduction in its histo...
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Flies of the genus Lipoptena belong to the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Diptera, and to the Hippoboscidae family. There are 30 species in Brazil, classified into 10 genera. However, there is still little information about their distribution and hosts across Brazilian regions (GRACIOLLI & CARVALHO, 2003). The genus Lipoptena feeds on bloo...
Technical Report
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Volunteer expeditions have helped to support research projects with two large wild cats. Results have raised concern regarding the conservation status of the Atlantic Rain Forest jaguar Panthera onca, and have successfully evaluated habitat conditions for Arabian leopards Panthera pardus nimr in two areas of their distribution.
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Abstract Expeditions to the southern Atlantic forest of Brazil were conducted with local students in August 2008 and Biosphere Expeditions in November 2008, to the APA (Area of Environmental Protection of Guaratuba) in the Serra do Mar Mountain range. This was the third Biosphere Expeditions survey conducted in the area, and the fifth overall surv...
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Abstract The Arabian leopard Panthera pardus nimr has disappeared from much of its former range on the Arabian Peninsula so that today populations are limited to the most remote areas. Previous Biosphere Expeditions studies in 2006 and 2007 have suggested the existence of a remnant population on the Omani side of the Musandam peninsula. The Musand...
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The environmental impact generated by power plants, the low quality of reports and the delays in licensing during their implementation have been subject of debates in the Plateau of Santa Catarina and in other regions of Brazil. In this study, errors and omissions in eight reports of 15 hydroelectric enterprises in the Plateau of Santa Catarina wer...
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http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7925.2008v21n2p105 Duas expedições de um mês cada foram conduzidas à Baía de Guaratuba, na Floresta Atlântica do sul do Brasil, em 2006. Parâmetros calculados a partir de amostragem de vestígios e armadilhas-fotográficas foram riqueza de espécies de mamíferos (1kg) e proporção de área ocupada(PAO) por onça-pintada, p...
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Os hábitos alimentares da onça-parda, jaguatirica e outros carnívoros foram estudados na Juréia (80.000 ha), um dos maiores remanescentes de Mata Atlântica do estado de São Paulo. O estudo foi baseado na análise de fezes encontradas durante um período de amostragem de 15 meses e 415 km percorridos. A diversidade de presas encontradas nas fezes foi...
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Food habits of puma, ocelot and other carnivores were studied in Juréia (80.000 ha), one of the largest remnants of Atlantic forest of the state of São Paulo. The study was based on the analysis of scats found during a sampling period of 15 months and 415 km traversed. The diversity of prey found was high for both felines, with higher frequency and...
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Two month-long expeditions to Guaratuba Bay in the southern Atlantic Forest of Brazil were conducted in 2006. Parameters calculated from vestiges and camera-trap sampling were mammalian richness and proportion of area occupied (PAO) by jaguar, puma, and opportunistically, by ocelot. Eight quadrats 4km2 in size were sampled, over an area of 130km2,...
Research
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Abstract Expeditions to the southern Atlantic forest of Brazil were conducted with local students in July - August 2007 and Biosphere Expeditions in November 2007, particularly to the APA (Area of Environmental Protection of Guaratuba) in the Serra do Mar Mountain range. Prior to that only one local and one Biosphere Expeditions project had been c...
Technical Report
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Research on puma and jaguars in south Brazil, mainly on loss of range
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Expeditions to the southern Atlantic forest of Brazil were conducted with local students in August 2006 and Biosphere Expeditions in November 2006. They aimed to elucidate the current habitat conditions for jaguars and pumas, based on parameters collected from field sampling. Parameters collected were species richness for mammalian communities over...
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This is the first report of occurrence of Paramphistomum and Eimeria in gray brocket deer (Mazama gouazoubira) in a rural region in Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. The parasites were detected by the methods of Sheather and Girão and Ueno. The results regarding the detection of parasites in deer in this geographic region are still preliminary. INTR...
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The kodkod Oncifelis guigna has one of the smallest distributions of wild felids, being geographically restricted to a narrow strip within Chile and Argentina. An investigation of population demography and habitat selection was carried out using trapping and radio-telemetry techniques in transitional Valdivian forest at two sites in southern Chile....
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Resumo apresentado na 5ª Reunião Especial da SBPC, Blumenau/SC, setembro de 1997
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Several reports on puma (Puma concolor) have been made in the State of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, most of them in remnant original habitats above 800 meters. These records show a thight relationship between the puma with altitude and mainly with habitat quality. The eastern boundary of the puma range isset by the mountain chains of Serra do M...
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Brazil's Atlantic Coastal Forest is the second most endangered tropical forest in the world and only 5% of this ecosystem remains. Although 30% of this ecosystem is inside protected areas, only paper protects most of them and there are people and domestic animals living inside. The largest and best protected tract of the Atlantic Coastal Forest is...

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Projects (11)
Archived project
Researching & conserving critically endangered Sumatran tigers in Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve, Sumatra, through citizen science. OUTCOME: This three-year project (2015-2017) in collaboration with WWF Indonesia studied tigers, their prey and human-wildlife conflict in Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve and made recommendations for better tiger protection and integrating local people into tiger conservation.