Thaise Emilio

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow


Job title: 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Foreign languages: 
Portuguese (mother tongue)


I am a postdoctoral research fellow associated with Bill Baker. My research focus is the understanding of patterns of diversity and abundance variation in tropical forests for palms and other plant groups. In the past years I have documented patterns of forest structure and floristic variation in relation to environmental gradient. More recently, I have become interested in gaining a more mechanistic view on what is driving plant success and have started to apply myself in the fields of plant demography, structural biology, ecophysiology and evolution. My current research program is focused on understanding the role of palm hydraulics on palm success and diversification.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Federal University of São Carlos, 2005
  • MSc, National Institute of Amazonian Research, 2007
  • PhD, National Institute of Amazonian Research, 2013


Selected publications: 

Emilio, T., Quesada, C. A., Costa, F. R., Magnusson, W. E., Schietti, J., Feldpausch, T. R., ... & Phillips, O. L. (2014). Soil physical conditions limit palm and tree basal area in Amazonian forests. Plant Ecology & Diversity 7(1-2): 215-229. doi:10.1080/17550874.2013.772257 Available online

Schietti, J., Emilio, T., Rennó, C. D., Drucker, D. P., Costa, F. R. C., Nogueira, A., … Magnusson, W. E. (2014). Vertical distance from drainage drives floristic composition changes in an Amazonian rainforest. Plant Ecology & Diversity 7(1-2): 241–253. doi:10.1080/17550874.2013.783642 Available online

Moulatlet, G. M., Costa, F. R., Rennó, C. D., Emilio, T. & Schietti, J. (2014). Local hydrological conditions explain floristic composition in lowland Amazonian forests. Biotropica 46(4): 395-403. doi: 10.1111/btp.12117Available online

Ter Steege, H., Pitman, N. C. a, Sabatier, D., Baraloto, C., Salomão, R. P., Guevara, J. E., … Emilio, T.,… Silman, M. R. (2013). Hyperdominance in the Amazonian tree flora. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6156), 1243092. doi:10.1126/science.1243092 Available online

Emilio, T., Nelson, B. W., Schietti, J., Desmoulière, S. J.-M., Espírito Santo, H. M. V. & Costa, F. R. C. (2010). Assessing the relationship between forest types and canopy tree beta diversity in Amazonia. Ecography 33(4): 738–747. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2009.06139.x Available online

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