Mauro Galetti Rodrigues

Assoc. Professor

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Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Current understanding of the effects of animal extinction and the cascading effects in terrestrial ecosystems has been historically based in relatively simple food webs. In contrast, the effects of human-induced trophic cascades in hyper-diverse complex ecosystems, such as tropical rainforests, are largely unknown.

Dr. Galetti has intensively worked in understanding how trophic cascades propagates in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems. He has long experience in tropical forests in Brazil. Dr. Galetti is also responsible for auditing one of the largest dataset on the Biodiversity of the Atlantic forest of Brazil. He has supervised more than 20 PhD students and was considered as one of the most influential scientists in 2019. Dr. Galetti actively recruits students who have a passion for ecology to address the most pressing questions in science and conservation.



1996Ph.D. University of Cambridge
1992M.Sc. Ecology Campinas State University, Brazil
1990B.S. Biology Campinas State University, Brazil

Professional Experience

2017 - 2018Visitnig Professor, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
2007 - 2009Tinker Visiting Professor, Stanford University
1998 - Associate Professor, São Paulo State University, Brazil
1997 - 1998Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge