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Helena Nery Alves Pinto

Helena Nery Alves Pinto


Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (7)62936


I am a biologist from São Paulo University, and I hold a Masters degree in Applied Ecology from the University of East Anglia. During my Masters, I have focused on the impacts of Economic Incentive Mechanisms on traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon. Complementing my research, I have worked as a consultant for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program and the University of Michigan, in which I investigated the contributions, opportunities, and challenges of cattle ranching certification schemes for reducing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. I joined the International Institute for Sustainability in 2014, during which I have worked in many areas related to conservation, land use, economic incentives, among others. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a visitor Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge.

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Visiting PhD Candidate

Research Interests

I am a biologist interested in interdisciplinary topics that may help us conciliate nature conservation and future human needs, such as land's sustainable use, biodiversity conservation, and the provision of nature`s benefits to people in complex-systems. One of my goals is to provide scientific information to decision makers, shortening the distance between researchers and policymakers. 

More specifically, in my Ph.D. I look to understand the contribution of areas outside of Brazilian Protected Areas to biodiversity conservation. I will explore: 1) What are the contributions of Brazilian Legal Area-Based mechanisms as Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures for biodiversity conservation?; and 2) How can we predict biodiversity conservation value in fragmented landscapes in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest?

Key Publications

Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg, B.B.N., Silva, D., Alves- Pinto, H.N., Feltran-Barbieri, R., Castro, A., Iribarrem, A., Rangel, M., Kalif, K., Gardner, T., and Beduschi, F. 2017. Improving land management in Brazil: the producers’ perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 240: 276-286.

Alves-Pinto, H.N., Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg, B.B.N., Barros, F., Sansevero, J.B., Iribarrem, A., Crouzeilles, R., Lemgruber, L., Rangel, M., e da Silva, A. 2016. Reconciling rural development and ecological restoration: strategies and policy recommendations for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Land Use Policy, 60: 419-426.

Strassburg, B.B.N., Barros, F.S.M., Crouzeilles, R., Iribarrem, A., Santos, J.S., Silva, D., Sansevero, J.B.B., Alves-Pinto, H.N., Feltran-Barbieri, R., and Latawiec, A.E., 2016. The role of natural regeneration to ecosystem services provision and habitat availability: a case study in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biotropica, 48(6):890-899. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12393.

Alves-Pinto, H.N., Netwon, P and Pinto, L.F.G. 2015. Reducing deforestation and enhancing sustainability in commodity supply chains: interactions between governance interventions and cattle certification in Brazil. Tropical Conservation Science.

Winters, P., Kuo, W.H., Niljinda, C., Chen, B., Alves-Pinto, H.N., Ongun, M., Daryanto, S., and Newton, P.  2015. Voluntary Certification Design Choices Influence Producer Participation, Stakeholder Acceptance, and Environmental Sustainability in Commodity Agriculture Sectors in Tropical Forest Landscapes. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 34(6): 581-604.

Newton, P., Alves-Pinto, H.N., and Pinto, L.F.G.P. 2015. Certification, forest conservation, and cattle: theories and evidence of change in Brazil. Conservation Letters, 8(3): 206-213.

Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg, B.B.N., Valentim, J.F., Ramos, F., and Alves-Pinto, H.N. 2014. Intensification of cattle ranching production systems: socioeconomic and environmental synergies and risks in Brazil. International Journal of Animal Bioscience (Animal) 8(8): 1255–126.

Alves-Pinto, H.N., Verdade, V.K., and Rodrigues, M.,T. 2014. Morphometric variation of Pipa pipa (Linnaeus, 1758) (Anura: Pipidae) with notes on diet and gonad development. Herpetology Notes, volume 7: 347-353.

Other Publications

Alves-Pinto H, Newton P, Pinto L. 2013. Certifying sustainability: opportunities and challenges for the cattle supply chain in Brazil. CCAFS Working Paper no. 57. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark. Available online at:

Haider, L.J., Iribarrem, A., Gardner, T., Latawiec, A., Alves-Pinto, H.N., Strassburg., B. 2016. Complex indicators. In: Sustainability Indicators. Latawiec, A.E. e Golachowska-Poleszczuk, M. (Eds.). De Gruyter Open Lts. Warsaw/Berlin.

Latawiec, A.E., Strassburg., B.B.N., Kalif., K., Barros, F., Feltran-Barbieri., Alves-Pinto., H. Rangel, M.C. 2016. Sustainability indicators in Brazilian cattle ranching In: Sustainability Indicators. Latawiec, A.E. e Golachowska-Poleszczuk, M.(Eds.). De Gruyter Open Lts. Warsaw/Berlin.

Lemgruber, L.S., Sansevero, J.B.B., Castro, A., Alves-Pinto, H.N., Latawiec, A., Strassburg, B.B.N., Brancalion, P., Rodrigues, R.R., e Pinto. S. 2016. Muito além da floresta: impactos socioeconômicos de projetos de restauração ecológica na Mata Atlântica Brasileira. em: Más allá de la ecología de la restauración: perspectivas sociales en América Latina y el Caribe. Ceccon, E., y Pérez, R.P. (eds.)