Planning Team Biographies

Ana Paula Magalhães

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages, and Human Sciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), Advisor at the Provost Office for Research, and coordinator of the Graduation Course of Economic History.

Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo, permanent member of the Basic Education Chair, and permanent member of the Planetary Health Group / Brazil.

Andre Luis Acosta

Andre Luis Acosta is a Biologist graduated at the São Paulo State University, Master in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at CIBIO-Porto University (Portugal) and PhD in Ecology at University of São Paulo. Currently, postdoctoral researcher at Faculty of Public Health (USP) researching on the effects of climate change and environmental impacts on zoonotic (Sars-Cov-2) and arboviral diseases (Dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya). Researcher affiliated to The Brazil-UK Center for Arbovirus, Discovery, Diagnosis, Genomics and Epidemiology (CADDE; http://www.caddecentre.org) and member of Planetary Health Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of São Paulo (http://saudeplanetaria.iea.usp.br).

Antonio Saraiva

Antonio M Saraiva, electrical engineer and agronomist, has always been involved in transdisciplinary research, bridging computing and electrical engineering, agriculture, biodiversity, environment and health. Antonio has created and led pioneer research groups in Brazil on agricultural automation, biodiversity and computing and, more recently, on planetary health, and he sees this as a natural processes, one of broadening the scope and complexity of the problems that need to be solved to safeguard our future.


Antonio is the head of the Planetary Health Group at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo (USP), that brings together members from various Brazilian institutions, forming a truly national group. He has been representing USP in the Planetary Health Alliance since USP joined PHA, in early 2016, and is currently a member of PHA steering committee.  He has also created the Latin American hub of PHA, serving as his first coordinator. 


Antonio’s current work spans several areas of planetary health, including: 1. Safeguarding crop pollination and pollinators in Brazil and South America: pollination studies, plant-pollination interaction data standardization and database development; citizen science as a way to foster science and citizen involvement in knowledge creation regarding pollinators; data quality in citizen science; 2. Spatiotemporal data analysis of suicides in Brazil; 3. data analysis of dengue cases and control in Brazil to help develop more effective policies; 4. Decision-making for a more sustainable agriculture using data-science and AI.


Antonio has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Agronomy from University of São Paulo, a Master's and Ph.D. in Electric Engineering also from USP with a focus in IT applied to agriculture and the environment. He is a faculty at USP since 1989, and has served in many positions, including vice research provost. He is a full professor since 2008. He has also served other national and international organizations such as Biodiversity Information Standards/TDWG (Executive Committee, Data quality Interest Group chair, Biological interactions data IG chair), FAO (Global Pollination Project, consultant), International Commission on Agricultural Engineering / CIGR (Section VII, Information Technology chair).

Arielle Blacklow

Arielle is the Communications and Member Engagement Intern at Planetary Health Alliance. She is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying environmental engineering and public policy with a focus area in environmental justice. She has led and supported education, advocacy, and research efforts pertaining to environmentalism and health through Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice (HUEJ), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Camp Kesem. She strives to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in environmental science and policy in order to dedicate her future to addressing environmental and social justice intersections through public service.

Braulio Dias

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias is a Brazilian biologist graduated at the University of Brasilia (1975) and with  a PhD in zoology from the University of Edinburgh (1981) working on biodiversity, fire ecology, tropical  ecology and conservation and on the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Braulio worked on savanna ecology at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) Ecological  Reserve in Brasilia from 1978 till 2011 and at the University of Brasilia as researcher and lecturer since 1982  till present on forest protection and on savanna ecology.  

Braulio has worked for the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment from 1991 till 2011 initially as research  director of the national environment agency (IBAMA), then as coordinator and director for biodiversity  conservation and finally as national secretary for biodiversity and forests, and from February 2012 till  February 2017 was the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) based in  Montreal, Canada.  

Braulio was a key negotiator for the establishment of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), the  International Pollinators Initiative, the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative, the Intergovernmental  Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Global Strategic Plan for  Biodiversity for 2011-2020 with the 20 Aichi Targets.  

Braulio is a board member of several Brazilian conservation organizations (Pro-Nature Foundation, SAVE  Brazil, LIFE Institute, Biodiversitas Foundation and Sustainable Amazon Foundation), a board member of  international conservation and research organizations (Birdlife International, Future Earth) and a former board  member of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), Diversitas Program, Inter-American Institute  for Global Change Research (IAI), STAP of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Alliance of  Bioversity International & the International Center for Topical Agriculture etc. Braulio has also been an  advisor to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on agroecology and on mainstreaming  biodiversity in agriculture.  

In Brazil Braulio has coordinated the establishment and implementation of several national conservation  initiatives (Brazilian Biodiversity Program and Project, Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (FUNBIO), Brazilian  National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), Brazilian Pollinator Initiative, National Council for  Genetic Patrimony (CGEN), National Coordination Commission on Biodiversity (CONABIO) and has been a  member of the National Technical Committee on Biosafety (CTNBio).

Bruno Albertini

Bruno has a Bachelor of Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (2005), MScCS (2007), and a Ph.D. (2012) in Computer Science from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, with an emphasis on computer architecture. He has experience in hardware, acting on the following subjects: SystemC, hardware simulation, computational reflection, high-level hardware prototyping, computer architecture, and wireless sensor networks. Recently is also studying citizen science and the impact of technology in education and planetary health. He joined LAA (Agricultural Automation Laboratory) and BioComp in 2014, and since he has applied his research to the environment, biodiversity, and agriculture.

Carlos Faerron

Dr. Faerron is the co-founder and current director of the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG). CISG is the first global health hub in Central America and seeks to redefine the meaning of leadership and global health through innovative educational approaches. Dr. Faerron began his career as a primary care doctor in a rural area of Costa Rica where he worked closely with migrant and indigenous populations. His work follows a health equity and human rights framework as a guiding principle and firmly believes in progress in health through community empowerment, research, and education. He is also an Assistant Professor and Director of Global Health Programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Graduate School. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Costa Rica, and his MSc. in International Health at Queen Mary University in Edinburgh and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Additional studies include Social Justice at the International Institute for Health and Development in Scotland and Social Innovation for Health from INCAE Business School. Dr. Faerron is a Fellow of the Central American Healthcare Initiative and adjunct faculty at the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard University and at the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Christina Borba

PHAM 2021 Translator

Maria Cristina Vidal Borba has studied and taught English most of her life. She also collaborated in projects regarding the environment, as in a partnership involving the William and Flora Hewllet Foundation, the Universidade de São Paulo, the São Paulo Municipal and State Governments, besides assisting Prof. José Goldemberg with the coordination of the environment section of the UNESCO Encyclopedia for Life Support Systems. She currently works for the USP Escola Politécnica [Engineering School].

Daniela Vianna

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Planetary Health Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of São Paulo, she is currently a member of of the PHAM 2021 Programming and Communications Teams.

Dr. Daniela Vianna is a journalist, environmental scientist, and climate change communicator who earned her doctorate in Environmental Science at the University of São Paulo in 2011. She has experience as a practitioner in communications and as an academic researcher. She has specialized in the intertwinement of communication, environmental and climate issues since 2003. In 2017/2018, with a grant from the CAPES Foundation, she developed a postdoctoral project as a visiting research fellow at the Center for Climate Change Communication at the George Mason University (Virginia, USA). Her project analyzed the journalists' perception of two climate data platforms and identified the main gaps and barriers for them to use the data to produce climate stories. The results will be published soon. Her current work as a member of the PHAM 2021 Programming and Communications teams is part of her second postdoc, which aims to amplify the knowledge and understanding of the planetary health concept in Brazil, Latin America, and abroad.

Eneus Trindade Barreto Filho

PHAM 2021 Communications Team Member

Associate Professor of the Department of Public Relations, Advertising and Tourism in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo. National scholarship holder Productivity in Research CNPq Level 2. Co-leader of the Semiotic Study Group in Communication Culture and Consumption-GESC3 and a Member of the Planetary Health Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies, USP.

Fernando Xavier

PHAM2021 Festival and Side Events Team Member

Fernando is a PhD student in Computing Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP) and member of the Planetary Health Group of the Institute for Advanced Studies (http://saudeplanetaria.iea.usp.br). He graduated from the State University of Campinas in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science, and gained his Master's in Informatics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2016. His research area is in the application of artificial intelligence for planning actions in dengue control. He has used his background in computer science to work as a data scientist in the following subjects: planetary health, biodiversity, water resources and social networks..

Filipi Miranda Soares

PhD Student of Computer Engineering, University of São Paulo; Side Event and Festival Team Member

Filipi Miranda Soares has a degree in Library Science from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2017), a Master's in Information Science from the same university (2019), and is currently a Ph.D. student in Electric Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo. He has experience in information science, focusing on scientific data management, acting on the following subjects: biodiversity informatics, agrobiodiversity, and citizen science for biodiversity.

Giovanna Mylena Honorato

PHAM 2021 Communications Team Member

Giovanna Mylena Honorato is a graduate student in History at the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages, and Human Sciences of the University of São Paulo (USP). She researches gender and prostitution in the Middle Ages, she is also a member of  LABORA (Laboratory of Studies and of Reproduction of Texts Related to Thought and Culture of the Middle Ages), and she wishes to pursue a career in basic education.

Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist, who has worked in academia and public service. From 2005 to 2010 he held leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and later as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health. During his tenure NCEH/ATSDR created programs in Climate Change and in Healthy Community Design; launched training programs for college students, doctoral students, and post-docs; expanded its Biomonitoring and Environmental Public Health Tracking programs; and launched its National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. From 1990 to 2005, he was Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School.

Dr. Frumkin’s research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact. He currently serves on the Boards of the Bullitt Foundation and the Seattle Parks Foundation, on the NASEM Committee on Measuring Community Resilience, as Chair of the Wellcome Trust “Our Planet, Our Health” Funding Committee, on the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance (Harvard University), and on advisory committees to the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (Columbia University), the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health (George Mason University), and the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (University of Toronto). In past years he served on the Boards of the US Green Building Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the Children and Nature Network (including a term as Chair), the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the American Public Health Association (as Chair of APHA’s Science Board), the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) (including a term as President), and the Washington Global Health Alliance.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 200 scientific journal articles, chapters, and books, including the standard environmental health textbook, Environmental Health: From Global to Local.

Dr. Frumkin is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He loves cycling, kayaking, and hiking.  He is married to radio journalist Joanne Silberner, and has two children.

Jailson Leocadio

Jailson N. Leocadio, Master in Computer Science at Federal University of Piauí and PhD student in Computer Engineering at University of São Paulo. His research encompasses the application of data mining for ecological data classification and for data quality studies in citizen science projects. He is member of the Research Center on Biodiversity and Computing (BioComp) and Laboratory of Agricultural Automation (LAA).

Jeremy Pivor

Jeremy Pivor is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Planetary Health Alliance. For over a decade, he has worked in environmental conservation, international climate change diplomacy, and public health. His conservation efforts have brought him around the world from the United States, Madagascar, the Sargasso Sea, the Coral Triangle region in Southeast Asia, to Indonesia Borneo. He cherishes working with and bridging partnerships with organizations from the local to international scale.

Jeremy has particularly focused on conservation in Indonesia. As a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar, he served as a Program Support Officer with the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) in Bali. He traveled around the country helping to connect CTC’s local marine protected area efforts with government, international development, and non-profit partners. Following that experience, Jeremy was the research coordinator for a joint medical facility and forest conservation organization, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), in Kalimantan where he organized and conducted a health and environment survey distributed in 23 villages surrounding a refuge for orangutans in Gunung Palung National Park. Beyond the beautiful natural environments found in Indonesia, Jeremy loves the language, food, and most of all the friendly people. He now serves as an advisor to the executive director for ASRI's partner, Health in Harmony.  

As a cancer survivor, Jeremy cares passionately about health justice, and regards health equity as intricately intertwined with environmental justice. When Jeremy is not focusing on environmental and public health, he passionately advocates for the brain tumor and young adult cancer communities through writing, public speaking, fundraising, and lobbying. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Cure, and several other publications. He loves to sail, play board games, and most of all spend time with his family and friends.

Jeremy received an MS from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health's Joint Medical Program, where he focused on the social determinants of health, and a BA in Environmental Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude as an Ethan A.H. Shepley Scholar, the University's highest honor.

Joanna Wagner

Joanna Wagner is a Program Assistant with the Planetary Health Alliance, where she provides administrative and communications support for all aspects of PHA programs. Before joining the team at the Planetary Health Alliance, Joanna graduated from Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College with a degree in International Relations and Environmental Analysis & Policy. During her undergraduate career, she served as the Digital Media Lead for Rocky Mountain Institute, and interned with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, Rocky Mountain Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and the Fund for the Public Interest. She also served as a communications intern for Boston University’s Sustainability Department, and as Secretary General for the 18th annual Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference. Joanna is especially interested in how planetary health encompasses topics such as climate change, public infrastructure, policy, and public health. In her spare time, you can likely find Joanna experimenting with new vegetarian recipes, working out, and pursuing her MLA in Sustainability Studies through Harvard's Extension School.

Mandeep Dhaliwal

Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal is the Director of UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group and a strong advocate for planetary health and stronger synergies between the climate and health movements. Dr. Dhaliwal brings to the organization over 20 years of experience working on HIV, health, human rights and evidence-based policy and programming in low-and middle-income countries.

Dr. Dhaliwal, a physician and lawyer, joined UNDP in 2008 as the Cluster Leader: Human Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversities in the HIV/AIDS Group. She was the architect and lead for the Global Commission on HIV and the Law which UNDP convened on behalf of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining UNDP, she was a senior adviser to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute’s Special Programme on HIV/AIDS and the lead on HIV care and treatment at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Marcelo dos Santos Marcelino

Marcelo is a Social Communication and Advertising student at the School of Communications and Arts, University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). He is also a scholarship student at Advanced Studies Institute (IEA/USP), and is responsible for visual identity of 2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting and Festival. .

Matthew Smith

Dr. Matthew Smith is a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  His research focuses on the human health impacts of global environmental changes — rising carbon dioxide levels, loss of animal pollinators, declining wild fish stocks — due to their effects on the diet and nutritional quality of food.  He has a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington.

Marie Studer

Dr. Marie Studer is an executive leader with more than 20 years of scientific and education program and operational experience delivering results for mission-oriented organizations supporting sustainable community development and audience engagement. As a collaborative leader, Marie has worked closely with stakeholders to create strategies, partnerships and innovative approaches to deliver programs that provide measurable outcomes. 

Her career has focused on public accessibility and understanding of science through government and public policy positions, to scientific and education leadership for international citizen science projects, to engaging formal and informal educators and youth in biodiversity learning using hands-on and online resources and tools. She is especially interested in creating awareness and action around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other international sustainability targets.

Marie has executive leadership experience in non-profit organizations and multi-institutional consortiums, with a proven record in strategic planning, strategic partnership development, organizational management and development, budgeting, fiscal control, staff development, stakeholder relations, and fundraising. As a collaborative leader, she listens and finds common ground, while ensuring vision and mission guide decisions. She enjoys networking and connecting people, ideas and projects to deliver outcomes and impact. She has held positions as Staff Scientist for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Chief Scientist for Earthwatch Institute, and as Director of Learning + Education for the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). She serves on several boards and committees for organizations working to support sustainable communities and environments. 

Marcia Chame

Biologist, Master and PhD in zoology, Senior researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil, coordinator of the Institutional Biodiversity and Wildlife Health Platform that develops technological and participatory tools for the monitoring of zoonosis emergencies, zoonosis prediction models and dissemination of the relationships of the importance of biodiversity for human health.

Max Zimberg

Max Rose Zimberg is the Member Engagement & Outreach Coordinator of the Planetary Health Alliance, working to grow the planetary health community of practice through global education and public outreach efforts, thematic and regional initiatives, and strategic expansion of the PHA's mission and membership. Max graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Sustainable Development, and holds certifications in Vinyasa Yoga (yoga = "to yoke/unite") and in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. Max is especially motivated by planetary health solutions to reform, regenerate, and restore the equity and nourishment of our global food system through the yoking of diverse disciplines, knowledge systems, and scales of impact.

While at Columbia, Max was a summer agroecology researcher at the Earth Institute, led a student consultancy project with the NYC Watershed Agricultural Council, helped to develop equity and systems-thinking competencies and curricula to teach food systems, and was awarded the 2018-19 Bartsch Fellowship from the University's transdisciplinary Committee on Global Thought. She also served as Editor-in-Chief for Sapient: The Undergraduate Journal for Biological Anthropology and co-Founded the student club Green Owls: United for Earth Rights and Sustainable Living. Prior to joining the PHA team, Max worked in her native New York City on public health and food policy at the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, and currently serves as the Campaign Director for the Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition, which she co-founded in partnership with Balanced.org to promote more nutritious and sustainable meals in public schools statewide.

In her free time, you can find Max cooking a buffet of whole plant foods for her friends and family, eating copious amounts homemade hummus with her fiancé, dancing, writing, and communing with nature -- watercolors and yoga mat in tow!

Nicole de Paula

Dr. Nicole de Paula is the inaugural Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. For more than a decade, she has been globally connecting policymakers and researchers to create a public understanding of key issues related to sustainability, the environment, and public health. Previously of her work in Germany, she was the executive director of a think-tank in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Mahidol University at the Faculty of Public Health focused on the operationalization of the One Health approach in Southeast Asia and Latin America. She is the founder of the Women Leaders for Planetary Health and co-founder of an interdisciplinary research group on Planetary Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Nicole de Paula holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and has been consulting with several international organizations under the UN system on themes related to

global health, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, financial and urban affairs. In the past, she has also been the French Embassy fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. and a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Since 2012, Dr. Nicole de Paula is also a team leader and writer for the reputable Earth Negotiations Bulletin, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Her most recent research focuses on decision making and international cooperation in the post-Covid19 world, as well as digitalization and sustainability. In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula successfully concluded the executive course "Blockchain: Technologies and Applications for Business" at Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California. She is currently the review editor for the journal Frontiers in Public Health (Planetary Health) and for the Brazilian Journal of International Politics.

As a pioneer in the field named planetary health, she champions the socio-economic advancement of women through environmental conservation and public health policies to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality by 2030.
In 2020, Dr. Nicole de Paula has been appointed as one of the Scientific Commissioners of the prestigious Pathfinder Initiative, chaired by former Prime Minister Helen Clark and Prof. Andy Haines. This initiative was launched at the UN “Race to Zero” Dialogues and supports progress towards a healthy, zero-carbon society with the support of influential partners, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network; C40-Cities; Wellcome Trust Foundation; OECD; and The Lancet. Finally, she is currently a member of the global committee preparing the global meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance, to be held in Brazil in April 2021. Originally from Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

Nicole Redvers

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation located within Denendeh (NWT, Canada). She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota where she helped co-develop and launch the first Indigenous health PhD degree program in North America. Dr. Redvers is the co-founder and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in the Canadian North with her foundation awarded the $1 million-dollar 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with vulnerable populations. She has been actively involved at the international level promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in planetary health and education for sustainable healthcare. 

She sits on the inaugural advisory board for the American Public Health Association's Center for Climate, Health and Equity Steering Committee, is a senior fellow of Indigenous and Community Health with inVIVO Planetary Health, and engages in a breadth of scholarly projects attempting to bridge gaps between Indigenous and Western ways of knowing as it pertains to individual, community and planetary health. She is currently continuing her lifelong education journey as a DPhil Evidenced-Based Health Care student at Oxford University focusing on planetary health integration into clinical care while continuing to work with her Indigenous Elders in the area of knowledge translation.

Paulo Hilário Nascimento Saldiva

Paulo Saldiva was graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo in 1977, PhD in 1983, Associate Professor in 1986 and Full Professor of the Pathology Department of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo in 1996. Cyclist and harp player.

He was deputy director of the IEA from February 2015 to April 2016, member of the City Council of São Paulo in the management of Fernando Haddad, president of the Research Committee of the School of Medicine of USP from 2012 to 2014, member of the Scientific Committee of Harvard University School of Public Health, USA - 2012, Member of the Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Committee - 2005. Member of the IARC pannel that evaluated the carcinogenicity of ambient air pollution in 2013. For more than 25 years his research has focused on the health effects of ambient air pollution, including experimental, epidemiological and clinical studies. He is the coordinator of the National Institute for Integrated Analysis of Environmental Risk from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology) and of Autopsy Research Center (NUPAI). Authored 723 papers referenced in the Web of Science DataBase, resulting in a h-index of 56 and 13,144 citations. Completed the supervision of 56 PhD students.


Research Interests: Environmental Pathology (air pollution and climate), Urban Health, Vital Statistics, Infectious Diseases Pathology and Pulmonary Pathology.

Raquel Santiago

Raquel graduated in Nutrition from the Federal University of Goiás (1994) and in Gastronomy from Anhembi Morumbi University (2015), Master in Food Science from the University of São Paulo (1998), PhD in Public Health from the University of São Paulo (2002) and Post Doctorate in Food Science from the University of Londrina.  She is currently an Associate Professor level IV at the School of Nutrition at the Federal University of Goiás (FANUT- UFG). She coordinates projects in Food, Biodiversity, and Human Health. She coordinates the Center for Culinary Science (FANUT - UFG). Has experience in Dietetics, Culinary Science, Food Science, Product Development, Brazilian Biodiversity, Use of by-products for Food and Nutrition. She is a member of the Planetary Health Study Group from IEA/USP, and member of the Latin American Network of Food Data System (LATINFOODS).

Rebeca Leite Camarotto

Rebeca Camarotto is an Academic Assistant at the Research Provost's Office of the University of São Paulo, where she provides administrative support for the Office's programs and for the Research Council. She is also responsible for communications and events, working in curation as well as in logistics for both scientific and outreach initiatives. Rebeca graduated in English and Portuguese from University of São Paulo, holds a M.A. in Translation Studies from the same institution and also has a background in project management and language teaching. She is absolutely thrilled to be part of the PHA Annual Meeting, as she is an advocate of sustainability and veganism.

Sam Myers

Samuel Myers, MD, MPH studies the human health impacts of accelerating disruptions to Earth’s natural systems, a field recently dubbed Planetary Health.  He is a Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is the founding Director of the Planetary Health Alliance (www.planetaryhealthalliance.org).  Sam received his BA from Harvard College, MD from Yale University School of Medicine, and MPH from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He performed his internal medicine residency at UCSF and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Sam’s current work spans several areas of planetary health including 1) the global nutritional impacts of rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere; 2) the health impacts of land management decisions in SE Asia associated with biomass burning and particulate air pollution 3) the global consequences of fisheries decline for human nutrition and health; 4) the global impact of animal pollinator declines on human nutrition today and in the future; and 5) the impact of climate shocks on human nutrition as mediated through global food trade.  As the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam oversees a multi-institutional effort (over 240 organizations in over 40 countries) focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of disrupting Earth’s natural systems and translating that understanding into resource management decisions globally. Dr. Myers serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health and a member of the Lead Expert Group of the Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems, and Nutrition. He was the inaugural recipient of the Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in 2018. He has also been awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco—Institut Pasteur Award for research at the interface of global environmental change and human health. He is the co-editor with Howard Frumkin of Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves.

Sheina Koffler

Sheina Koffler is a biologist, Master's and PhD in Ecology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies from the University of São Paulo. Her research encompasses the use of citizen science to the study of bee ecology and its impact in scientific education. She has experience in evolutionary ecology, conservation, and scientific communication.

Teddie Potter

Chair, Clinicians for Planetary Health
Clinical Professor, School of Nursing - University of Minnesota 
Specialty coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership 
Director of Planetary Health

Dr. Potter is recognized for her innovation and creative transformation of nursing theory. Dr. Potter speaks nationally and internationally about Partnership-Based Nursing and The BASE of Nursing, two new theories to guide nursing practice, education, and research.  Her book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care, was co-authored with Riane Eisler, internationally recognized social theorist, attorney, and macro-historian. The book received a 2014 AJN Book of the Year Award and the 2015 Capstone International Nursing Book Award.

Dr. Potter is Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies. This peer-reviewed, open-access journal is designed to share scholarship and create connections for cultural transformation to build a world in which all relationships, institutions, policies, and organizations are based on partnership principles.

Dr. Potter has shown a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusivity, studying factors that help diverse students succeed in nursing school and teaching elder care as a noteworthy specialty. In 2015, Dr. Potter was selected as the recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. The award honors University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students who, through their principles and practices, exemplify Johnson’s standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning and working environments.

Dr. Potter is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Planet, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and membership on the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard.

At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Potter designed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course titled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change.” In addition, she co-leads a Health Sciences initiative titled, “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response.” Working in partnership with Project Drawdown, Dr. Potter has co-created Nurses Drawdown. By embracing and teaching the evidence-based solutions of Nurses Drawdown, nurses around the world will help to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier future for humans and the rest of the planet. In 2019, Dr. Potter was appointed the first Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing.


Intelligent Drone Team, Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (POLI-USP)

Skyrats is the intelligent drone team from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (POLI-USP). Our main goal is to develop autonomous UAVs and to participate in national and international competitions, such as IMAV - International Micro Air Vehicles Conference and Competition - and Cobruf Drones, aspiring to rank among the best. We are also proud to help improve the Brazilian research towards smart and technological solutions.

Skyrats Team Members:

  • Fernando Zolubas Preto

  • Emanuel Iwanow de Araujo

  • Pedro Pimentel Fuoco

  • Bento de Campos Brandani

  • Gabriela Yuri Ishikawa

  • Brenda Moreira Santos

  • Sophia Celine Rafael Alves Pereira

  • Tomaz Maia Suller

  • Pier Luigi Nakai Ricchetti

Thais Presa Martins

PHAM 2021 Communications Team Member

PhD student, and Master (2016) in Science Education by the Institute of Basic Health Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Thais Martins is a specialist (2014) in Quality Management for the Environment by the Environment Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). Licensed (2013) and Bachelor (2012) in Biological Sciences by the Faculty of Biosciences at PUCRS. She studied Social Communication / Journalism (2007-2008) at the Faculty of Social Communication at PUCRS.


Thais Martins is member of the Group of Studies in Planetary Health of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (GSP-IEA-USP); the Brazilian Ambassador of Planetary Health Program (2021); and the Brazilian Club of Planetary Health. She is also member of the South Brazilian Club of Planetary Health which is led by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS). Researcher at the Research Group Studies in Science Education by the Graduate Program in Science Education: Life Chemistry and Health (PPGQVS / UFRGS), Thais Martins is a Professor of Science / Biology of Elementary School Final Years at the João Paulo I School in the city of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil).


She has experience in the field of Education, with an emphasis on Science Education, Environmental Education, Health Education, and Cultural Education Studies; acting, above all, on the themes: cultural production of nature; health / illness associated with contact with nature; political ecology; sustainability; biodiversity; biopower; normalization; consumption; planetary health; scientific communication; science / biology teaching. He taught at the levels of Education: Elementary Final Years (every year, in Public and Private Institutions), High School (all grades, in Public and Private Institutions), and Higher Education (in Undergraduate Courses: Biological Sciences Degree at UFRGS (Trainee Teacher - 2015 / II), and Bachelor's Degree in Rural Development at UFRGS (Teaching Assistant Tutor - 2020 / II)). 


Member of the Brazilian Association for Research in Science Education (ABRAPEC). Experience Reviewer - Scientific Extension Journal, linked to the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). Reviewer of the Latin American Journal of Studies in Culture and Society (RELACult) linked to the Latin American Center for Studies in Culture (CLAEC).

Thelma Krug

Vice Chair, IPCC

Thelma Krug is a former researcher at the Earth Observation Coordination at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil, under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC). She was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Cycle of Panel (October 2015 – October 2022), after having been co-chair of the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories from 2002 until 2015. She holds a PhD on Spatial Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK.  She has been Deputy National Secretary at the Secretary on Policies and Programs of Science and Technology at MCTIC; National Secretary at the Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality from the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and Director of the Department on Policies to Combat Deforestation under the Secretary of Climate Change and Forests at MMA. For more than 15 years she represented Brazil in the negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with particular focus on issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); research and systematic observations; and reporting guidelines. Her main areas of interest are climate change and the role of deforestation, forest degradation and land-use change; REDD+; and national greenhouse gas inventories.