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Luizmar de Assis Barrios

Spatial Data Analyst – UNDP

Luizmar supports the ELSA project in spatial data analysis to provide inputs for policy briefs and management recommendations from ELSA actions (Protect, Manage and Restore) for pilot countries. Among other duties, he processes and modifies national data to produce derivative layers, runs spatial analysis based on the final ELSA map, assists in training and virtual capacity events on ELSA, and supports the Lead Scientist and Spatial Planner in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and white papers.

Previous experience and expertise

Luizmar previously worked as a research associate at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). He is also currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at UNBC. Luizmar holds an M.Sc. degree in Forestry from UNBC and a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineer from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. His research interests focus on applying systematic conservation planning to community-managed forests and the conservation of old-growth forests and their ecosystem services. He has broad experience in GIS, statistics, and forest inventory in tropical rainforests and temperate forests.

Recent publications 

De Assis Barros, L., Elkin, C. (2021). An index for tracking old-growth value in disturbance-prone forest landscapes. Ecological Indicators, 121(107175). doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.107175 (Impact Factor: 5.00)

De Assis Barros, L., Mendonça, B.A.F, Sothe, C., Fernandes-Filho, E.I., Elkin, C. (2021). Fire in the Atlantic Rainforest: an analysis of 20 years of fire foci distribution and their social-ecological drivers. Geocarto International. doi: 10.1080/10106049.2021.1899301 (Impact Factor: 3.47)