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 teache 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. I am the lead scientist of the Aerosols, Clouds, cONvection, Experiment (ACONVEX) which is planned to be the first long term (+10yr) deployment of in-situ and remote sensing instruments in the Amazon rain forest for the observation of clouds-climate-aerosol interactions. Measurements on the experimental site already include aerosol optical properties; water vapor, clouds and aerosol vertical profiles; hydrometeors size distribution; among others. 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.