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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Marcos Longo

Tropical forests are the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystem and contain a large fraction of land carbon, yet the role of tropical forests in the global carbon cycle is still uncertain. My main research interest is to understand how changes in climate and land cover and land use in tropical regions affect the carbon stocks, structure and functioning of tropical forests. My current research focus on integrating airborne and satellite remote sensing with the Ecosystem Demography Model (ED-2) to quantify and predict the long-term changes in carbon stocks, forest structure and functional diversity caused by changes in drought recurrence as well as the impact of human-induced degradation from fires and selective logging.

  • Ph.D. (2014), Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • M.Sc. (2003), Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • B.Sc. (2000), Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Research Interests
  • Tropical forests and the carbon cycle
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere interactions
  • Land Cover and Land Use Change

Professional Experience
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) (2014-2017)
  • Graduate Research Associate, University of São Paulo (2003-2005)

Selected Publications
  1. Fisher, R. A., C. D. Koven, W. R. L. Anderegg, B. O. Christoffersen, M. C. Dietze, C. Farrior, J. A. Holm, G. Hurtt, R. G. Knox, P. J. Lawrence, J. W. Lichststein, M. Longo, A. M. Matheny, D. Medvigy, H. C. Muller-Landau, T. L. Powell, S. P. Serbin, H. Sato, J. Shuman, B. Smith, A. T. Trugman, T. Viskari, H. Verbeeck, E. Weng, C. Xu, X. Xu, T. Zhang, and P. Moorcroft. Vegetation demographics in earth system models: a review of progress and priorities. Glob. Change Biol., 2017. doi:10.1111/gcb.13910. advance online publication.
  2. Freitas, S. R., J. Panetta, K. M. Longo, L. F. Rodrigues, D. S. Moreira, N. E. Rosário, P. L. Silva Dias, M. A. F. Silva Dias, E. P. Souza, E. D. Freitas, M. Longo, A. Frassoni, A. L. Fazenda, C. M. Santos e Silva, C. A. B. Pavani, D. Eiras, D. A. França, D. Massaru, F. B. Silva, F. Cavalcante, G. Pereira, G. Camponogara, G. A. Ferrada, H. F. Campos Velho, I. Menezes, J. L. Freire, M. F. Alonso, M. S. Gácita, M. Zarzur, R. M. Fonseca, R. S. Lima, R. A. Siqueira, R. Braz, S. Tomita, V. Oliveira, and L. D. Martins. The Brazilian developments on the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (BRAMS 5.2): an integrated environmental model tuned for tropical areas. Geosci. Model Dev., 10(1). 189-222, Jan. 2017. doi:10.5194/gmd-2016-130.
  3. Longo, M., M. M. Keller, M. N. dos Santos, V. Leitold, E. R. Pinagé, A. Baccini, S. Saatchi, E. M. Nogueira, M. Batistella, and D. C. Morton. Aboveground biomass variability across intact and degraded forests in the Brazilian Amazon. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 30(11): 1639-1660. Nov. 2016. doi:10.1002/2016GB005465.
  4. Morton, D.C., J. Rubio, B. D. Cook, J.-P. Gastellu-Etchegorry, M. Longo, H. Choi, M. O. Hunter, and M. Keller. Amazon forest structure generates diurnal and seasonal variability in light utilization. Biogeosciences, 12(7):2195-2206, Apr 2016. doi:10.5194/bg-13-2195-2016.
  5. Levine, N. M. , K. Zhang, M. Longo, A. Baccini, O. L. Phillips, S. L. Lewis, E. Alvarez, A. C. S. de Andrade, R. Brienen, T. Erwin, T. R. Feldpausch, A. L. M. Mendoza, P. N. Vargas, A. Prieto, J. E. S. Espejo, Y. Malhi, and P. R. Moorcroft. Ecosystem heterogeneity determines the resilience of the Amazon to climate change. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 113(3):793-797, Jan 2016. doi:10.1073/pnas.1511344112.
  6. Stark, S. C., B. J. Enquist, S. R. Saleska, V. Leitold, J. Schietti, M. Longo, L. F. Alves, P. B. Camargo, and R. C. Oliveira. Linking canopy leaf area and light environments with tree size distributions to explain Amazon forest demography. Ecol. Lett., 18(7):636-645, Jul 2015. doi:10.1111/ele.12440.
  7. Swann, A. L. S., M. Longo, R. G. Knox, E. Lee, and P. R. Moorcroft. Future deforestation in the Amazon and consequences for South American climate. Agric. For. Meteorol., 214-215:12-24, Dec 2015. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.07.006.
  8. Zhang, K., A. D. d. A. Castanho, D. R. Galbraith, S. Moghim, N. Levine, R. L. Bras, M. Coe, M. H. Costa, Y. Malhi, M. Longo, R. G. Knox, S. McKnight, J. Wang, and P. R. Moorcroft. The fate of Amazonian ecosystems over the coming century arising from changes in climate, atmospheric CO2 and land-use. Glob. Change Biol., 21(7):2569-2587, Jul 2015. doi:10.1111/gcb.12903.
  9. Knox, R. G., M. Longo, A. L. S. Swann, K. Zhang, N. M. Levine, P. R. Moorcroft, and R. L. Bras. Hydrometeorological effects of historical land-conversion in an ecosystem-atmosphere model of Northern South America. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19(1):241-273, Jan 2015. doi:10.5194/hess-19-241-2015.

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