Mercedes Bustamante

Mercedes Bustamante is an ecologist and currently a full professor at the University of Brasilia recognized for her contributions to the ecological knowledge of threatened tropical ecosystems and their interactions with human-induced changes. Her works include contributions to syntheses relating to nitrogen deposition impacts on plant diversity and the impacts of deforestation, fire, and drought in tropical savannas and forests. She was lead author of the 5th and 6th Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and of the First Regional Assessment for the Americas of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is elected member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), international member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (2020).

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