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Editor-in-Chief

Thaís Elias Almeida

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco at Recife, PE, Brazil

I am a Professor in the Department of Botany and on the Plant Biology postgraduate course at UFPE. I am interested in understanding biodiversity’s evolution, focusing on tropical lineages of vascular spore-bearing plants. I employ integrative approaches, using the full spectrum of tools from fieldwork through genomics, including phylogenetics, morphometrics, near-infrared spectroscopy, and environmental niche modeling, to understand phenotypic evolution and geographical and historical patterns and processes.

Editorial Manager

D. Victor Souza e Silva

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil

I am currently an undergrad student in biological sciences, engaged in a scientific initiation at the Laboratory of Fern and Lycophyte Evolution. My research focuses on exploring the floristic similarity of ferns and lycophytes within the Northeastern Atlantic Forest. Additionally, I actively contribute to studies in the fields of biogeography and floristics. My interests include areas such as cytogenetics, evolution, and systematics. I love plants and found my research passion in ferns and lycophytes.

Assistant Editors

Alexander V. Christianini

Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil

My interest in biology grew together with observations of plants, birds, bugs and worms in the backyard where I used to live. I was able to mix all these things together studying plant-animal interactions in my career. I am especially interested in understand how seed predators and dispersers influence plant regeneration in natural and disturbed environments. I am also interested in biological invasions, biodiversity conservation and bird ecology. My interests other than science include history and politics (a hard topic nowadays). I am especially concerned by environmental degradation and poverty and how we can improve people’s life.

Alexandre Salino

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

I am Professor of Plant Systematics at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. I study the taxonomy and systematics of ferns and lycophytes of the Neotropics. I have a special interest in using phylogeny and biogeography as tools to recover the evolutionary history of ferns. I have been the Curator of the Herbarium BHCB (UFMG) since 2004. I have seved as Associate Editor for Acta Botanica Brasilica since 2010. I love to travel in general, but especially to know different types of vegetation in mountainous regions and, of course, to collect ferns.

Ana Carla Feio

Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia/Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi

Integrating the Permanent Nucleus of researchers of the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences – Tropical Botany (Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia/Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi). My research area comprises anatomy applied to taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics, secretory structures, insect-plant interaction, medicinal plants, characterization in electronic microscopy, pharmacognosis and histochemistry. The main botanical groups in which I have been working are: Angiosperms (Arecaceae, Araceae, Euphorbiaceae, Melastomataceae, Orchidaceae, Passifloraceae, and Poaceae), Ferns and Lycophytes

Ana Haydee Ladio

Universidad Nacional del Comahue, San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina

I have a PhD in Biology (UN Comahue, 2002), and have been a researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council – Argentina) since December 2004. My interests and experience are with ethnobiology. My perspective is biocultural –linking ecology and culture– and I attempt to understand the connection between humans and nature in diverse ecological and cultural settings. I have published on a variety of different ethnobotanical and ethnoecological topics.

Ana Sílvia Franco Pinheiro Moreira

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

I am Professor of Plant Physiology at the Institute of Biology/UFU. My experience involves the relationship between the structure and function of Cerrado plants with CAM or C4 metabolism (mainly orchids, bromeliads, and grasses). I have been working with the photosynthetic metabolism and water relations in these plants, relating them to abiotic and biotic factors (mainly galls) that influence their development.

Annelise Frazão

Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica (INMA), Santa Teresa, ES, Brazil.

I am currently a research fellow at the Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica – INMA. I am deeply interested in the mysteries of nature and the processes that shape the magnificent biodiversity we see around us. My research focuses on plant systematics, biogeography, and evolution. I also conduct studies on diversity in science, trying to understand patterns based on data to propose diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. My studies are on Neotropical climbing plants, specifically the families Bignoniaceae and Sapindaceae. Besides science, I love art in general. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, playing musical instruments, and spending time with my loved ones.

Augusto Giaretta

Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados, Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

I am associate professor of the Faculty of Biological Science and Environment at the Federal University of Grande Dourados. I’m a taxonomist of Neotropical Myrtaceae and my research involves taxonomy, systematics and evolution of land plants, and biodiversity education. I have experience in traditional and highly efficient molecular sequencing and comparative phylogenetic methods. My research group focus on the highly diverse tribe Myrteae (Myrtaceae) as a model to study Neotropical diversification. I have also performed research involving the perception of botany by urban and native indigenous people communities. I’m currently interested in the impacts on plant biodiversity under scenarios of climate change specially in the Pantanal.

Bruno Garcia Ferreira

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
I am a Professor at the Institute of Biology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ. My research area mainly focuses on Plant Anatomy and Ultrastructure. I am particularly interested in studying the structural and ultrastructural features of plants, as well as how plants respond to external organisms such as gall-inducers and abiotic factors.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2156-2988

Cleber Cunha Figueredo

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

I am currently Professor of Cryptogamae Taxonomy at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. As a researcher, my interests have focused on the physiology of algae and aspects of the community ecology of phytoplankton. I have served as Assistant Editor for Acta since February 2015. In addition to my interests in botany, I enjoy observing all kinds of interactions among species of different taxonomic groups, but I particularly love bird behavior. I like to play sports and enjoy the opportunities it provides to meet and socialize with different people, including those with other professional interests.

Diego Sotero de B. Pinangé

Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus, AM, Brazil

Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, followed by a Master’s degree in Genetics, and subsequently completing a Doctorate in Biological Sciences with a focus on Biotechnology, all from the Federal University of Pernambuco, I also undertook a sandwich period at the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and the Universität Kassel in Kassel, Germany. Currently, I hold a position as a professor at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). My professional expertise encompasses the following fields: Cytogenetics and Cytotaxonomy, Plant Molecular Biology, and Floral and Reproductive Biology. I specialize in conducting phylogenetic and phylogeographic analyses of plant groups originating from diverse regions, including the Atlantic Forest Domain, Dry Forests, and Amazonian Cangas.

 

Edson Gomes de Moura Júnior

Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco, Petrolina, PE, Brazil

I am Researcher of “Núcleo de Ecologia e Monitoramento Ambiental” from Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco. As a researcher, I am especially interested in macro-ecology, geographic distribution of species, biological invasions and biodiversity conservation, especially when it involves algae and aquatic plants. In addition to my interests in botany and ecology, I like to meet and socialize with different people, and play soccer with my children.

Eraldo Medeiros Costa Neto

Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, BA, Brazil

Full Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at the State University of Feira de Santana, where he has worked in the discipline of Ethnobiology since 1995. He is currently a guiding professor in the Ecology and Evolution and Botany postgraduate programs, both at UEFS. He was director of UEFS Editora from 2010 to 2020. He works on the following topics: ethnobotany, ethnozoology, entomophagy, use and conservation of animals and plants, environmental education, biocultural heritage, spiritual ecology and traditional medicine.

Felipe Wanderley de Amorim

Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Botucatu, SP, Brazil

I’m a Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Biosciences of São Paulo State University (UNESP), campus Botucatu. I’m passionate about natural history and use plant-animal interactions as the main model of my research in ecology. My main interests are floral biology, plant sexual systems and pollination ecology, and despite working in different pollination systems, I’m fascinated about hawkmoth-pollinated plants, and try to understand the ecology and evolution of plant-hawkmoth interactions at different scales, varying from individuals to ecosystems.

Flavio Antonio Maës dos Santos

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil

I am Professor of Plant Ecology at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, in São Paulo. My research interest is focused in plant ecology, particularly in questions related to populations and communities.

Ítalo Antônio Cotta Coutinho

Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil

I am currently a Professor at the Universidade Federal do Ceará, campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Brazil. I have a PhD. in Botany from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Minas Gerais State, Brazil). Plants in nature are continuously exposed to several biotic and abiotic stresses. Therefore, my main interests in research are related to the ability of plants to respond to such stresses based on morphological and anatomical characters. The use of morphoanatomical characters as an additional tool the tanoxonomy of plants is also of great interest of mine. More specifically, my research lies in the field of ecological plant anatomy especially regarding leaf anatomy and secretory structures.

Josiane Santana Monteiro

Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi/Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, at Belém, PA, Brazil

I am a biologist dedicated to the study of Amazonian fungi. Currently, I am affiliated with the Graduate Program in Biological Sciences – Tropical Botany at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi/Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (Belém-Pará), where I research Microfungi Taxonomy. My research includes taxonomic and ecological studies of asexual ascomycetes and fungi of the order Pucciniales, with a focus on understanding the fantastic diversity of these groups. I also have experience in the study of environmental DNA from the soil with a focus on restoring degraded areas, conducting research at the Instituto Tecnológico Vale – Belém.

Leandro L. Giacomin

Universidade Federal da Paraíba, in João Pessoa, PB, Brazil.

I am currently a Professor of Systematic Botany and Biogeography at Universidade Federal da Paraíba, in João Pessoa, PB, Brazil. I also act as a permanent professor on the following graduate courses: Botany (INPA) and Biodiversity (UFPB). My main research interest lies in the fields of systematics and evolution, where I apply multiple approaches, from molecular biology to physiology and macromorphology, to tackle questions underlying taxonomy, diversification, geographical organization of plant biodiversity and morphological disparity, with a special focus in neotropical biomes. My research is focused on neglected lineages within eudicots, including Clusiacae, Dilleniaceae, Nyctaginaceae, and Solanaceae. 

Luiza F. A. de Paula

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow specializing in plant biology. With a Master’s from UFMG and a Ph.D. from the University of Rostock (Germany), my research focuses on functional ecology, community ecology, biogeography, biodiversity conservation, natural history, and floristics. My primary focus lies in exploring the intricate ecological and evolutionary dynamics of inselbergs, those rocky granite outcrops that serve as terrestrial islands in diverse landscapes. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for discovery, I have traversed various continents, from Brazil to Europe, Madagascar to Western Australia, studying the unique flora thriving amidst these geological wonders. Alongside academic pursuits, I engage in science outreach through podcasts, storytelling, and articles for general audiences.Passionate about fieldwork, I’m driven by curiosity to explore and contribute to our understanding of the natural world.

Marco Sarigu

University of Cagliari, Italy

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Biodiversity Conservation Center (CCB) of the University of Cagliari (Italy). Since 2012 I have been involved in several european research projects in Biodiversity Conservation and Agrobiodiversity. My expertise is mainly focused on seed image analysis, applied on threatened species, on cultivars of agronomic interest and on the identification of archaeological seeds.

Marina Corrêa Scalon

Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil

My main research interest is to understand how species adapt to changes in the environment from a functional and ecophysiological perspective. I am particularly interested in studying the mechanisms by which plants display different ecological strategies to respond to environmental changes, especially in the Neotropics. I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, and a collaborator at University of Oxford and Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso. I am also a mother of two girls, who are discovering a whole new world through their eyes.

Mércia Patrícia Pereira Silva

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil

I am a Professor at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE. My research interests include biogeography, taxonomic and functional diversity, and conservation of bryophytes. Our team (Laboratório Biologia de Briófitas) is focused on understanding the biogeographic patterns and bryophytes (populations and communities) responses to environmental filters and anthropogenic disturbance.

Moemy Gomes de Moraes

Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil

I’m a Full Professor at the Botany Department of the Federal University of Goiás. My research is deeply rooted in plant physiology and biochemistry, with a focus on mechanisms that enable plants to withstand and thrive in dry conditions. I have been studying the distribution and dynamic changes in plant metabolites, particularly non-structural carbohydrates, under challenging environments.

Nádia Roque

Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, BA, Brazil

I’m Full Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, coordinator of Flora Laboratory and curator (Vascular Plants) of Herbarium ALCB. My research is focused on plant systematics and conservation of biodiversity. My systematic research involves taxonomy, morphology  and evolution with emphasis in Asteraceae family. The floristic inventories (Atlantic Forest, Campos Rupestres, Cerrado) conducted by group from Flora lab have provided new findings for environmental conservation in state of Bahia. Besides, I have a special attention for the morphology concepts in Asteraceae producing specific literature for a better comprehension of the family.

Paulo Eugênio Oliveira

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

I am Professor of Plant Biology and Ecology at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, in Minas Gerais. I have been working with plant reproductive biology and ecology of Cerrado vegetation, the Neotropical savanna areas in Central Brazil. I am particularly interested in the pollination biology and alternative asexual reproduction strategies of Cerrado plants as a way to understand the dynamics and evolution of the Cerrado itself, and contribute to conservation strategies for this threatened conservation hotspot. I have been served as Assistant Editor for Acta since 2011.

Paulo Takeo Sano

Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

I am Associate Professor at the Universidade de São Paulo – USP. My research involves plant systematics and biodiversity education, with a focus on biodiversity conservation. My systematics research, particularly regarding diversity and evolution, is focused on monocots. My research group has been working on conservation projects in high elevation areas known as campos rupestres. We have also performed research involving local communities, focusing on their environmental perception, and engaging local and scientific knowledge.

Pedro Lage Viana

Instituto Nacional da Mata Atlântica, Santa Teresa, ES, Brazil

Senior researcher at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and currently Science Coordinator at the National. Member of the management committee of the Flora do Brasil online 2020 project, an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Superior Council of the Brazilian Botanical Society. Research interests include taxonomy of phanerogams, flora inventory, phytogeography, and taxonomy of Poaceae, with a focus on Bambusoideae, with vast experience studying the flora in various Brazilian biomes.

 

Rodrigo Ferreira Fadini

Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém, PA, Brazil

I am an associate professor of Ecology at the Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará. My main research interests include plant-animal interactions (especially frugivory and seed dispersal), mistletoe biology and ecology, and plant population ecology. I am particularly interested in understanding how animals influence plant regeneration in natural and anthropogenic terrestrial ecosystems.

Tatiana Tavares Carrijo

Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Alegre, ES, Brazil

I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). My research focuses on Plant Taxonomy (Primulaceae), Palynology, and Genetics applied to Conservation. I’m particularly interested in studying the patterns and processes underlying the richness and spatial distribution of plants in the Atlantic Forest. At UFES, I’m actively involved in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, I have been the Curator of the Herbarium Capixaba (CAP) since 2018.

Tatiana Teixeira de Souza Chies

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

I am Full Professor at the Department of Botany of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. My research area comprises biosystematic and evolutionary studies with emphasis in Iridaceae and Poaceae species. My major interest is the knowledge of the biodiversity using phylogenetic and population genetic tools to support conservation actions.

Thiago José de Carvalho André

Universidade de Brasília, DF, Brazil

I am Professor of Plant Diversity and Evolution at the Universidade de Brasília, DF, Brazil. My research focus is on processes that drive Neotropical plant diversification, for which I collect data at various scales, from genomics and morphology to pollination and ecological communities. I am absolutely fascinated by the Neotropical understory, especially by its most charismatic residents: the gingers. Whenever I can, I ride my bike around Brasília and I’m also passionate about music, especially from our rich Brazilian culture.

Vanessa Leite Rezende

Universidade Federal de Lavras, Lavras, MG, Brazil

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Applied Ecology program at the Federal University of Lavras. My research interests include biogeography, macro-ecology, phylogenetic diversity, ecological modeling, vegetation ecology and conservation biology. I am especially interested in understanding how ecological niches have evolved in the past and the implications for biogeographic patterns and species responses to future environmental changes.

Vania Gonçalves Lourenço Esteves

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

I am a Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ – National Museum. My areas of research are palynology and its applications. My interest has focused on the pollen morphology and palynotaxonomy of several families with an emphasis on Asteraceae (Angiosperms, Bryophyta and Pterydophyta s.l.). I have been working as Editor for the ABB since 2009.

Editorial Committee

Francisco de Assis Ribeiro dos Santos

Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, BA, Brazil

Gerhard Gottsberger

University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Jorge Víctor Crisci

Museo de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Peter Edward Gibbs

University of St. Andrews, UK

Silvia Rodrigues Machado

Universidade Estadual Paulista, Botucatu, SP, Brazil

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