I am a professor of Physics at the Physics Institute of the University of São Paulo. I'm graduated with a B.S. degree in physics (1997) from State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas-SP, Brazil. My Msc (2000) and Phd degrees (2004) are both in physics from the same university. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) for three years, where I latter worked as an assistant researcher before moving to my current position in 2008. At USP I teach undergrad courses on experimental physics as well as graduate courses on Global Climate Modeling.
My current research has a focus on understanding the role of water vapor and clouds on the climate system and how it might be changed by anthropogenic influences. My interests also include large-scale water vapor transport and the importance of the Amazon forest for the moisture recycling and subtropical precipitation over South America. I have worked with physical parameterizations in climate models, particularly radiation and convection, and the development of the Brazilian Earth System Model. I got my Phd on experimental astrophysics for studying the propagation of Nitrogen fluorescence light in the atmosphere as a technique to measure ultra high-energy cosmic rays.
A documentary from Discovery Brazil about our research and the ATTO project. (47min)
Piece produced by the University of Sao Paulo where I explain the link between Amazon deforestation and precipitation in South America. (8min)
Short video produced at Harvard where my colleague Scot Martin explains the GoAmazon project. (3min)
Our research at the Amazon forest without the support of LBA. What do they do? Watch this video. (9min)