Adjunct Faculty, General Education Program
PhD in Biology - South Dakota State University, U.S.A.
MSc in Ecology - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
BSc in Biological Sciences - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil


Rafael is interested in the research and teaching of environmental sciences. His research addresses how human activities, such as degradation and management, affects biodiversity in tropical and temperate forests. He is also interested in how forest degradation affects carbon dynamics and climate change. His professional background includes research and teaching at South Dakota State University, Lancaster University in the U.K., Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, Pennsylvania State University, and University of Colorado - Boulder.

Selected Publications

Andrade R.B., Balch J.K, Parsons A.L., Armenteras D., Roman-Cuesta R.M., Bulkan J. 2017. Scenarios in tropical forest degradation: carbon stock trajectories for REDD+. Carbon Balance and Management 12: 6.
Andrade R.B., Balch J.K., Carreira J.Y.O., Brando P.M., Freitas A.V.L. 2017. The impacts of recurrent fires on diversity of fruit-feeding butterflies in a southeastern Amazon forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 33: 22-32.
Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z., Silveira J.M., Cochrane M.A. 2014. Tropical forest fires and biodiversity: dung beetle community and biomass responses in a northern Brazilian Amazon forest. Journal of Insect Conservation 18: 1097-1104.
Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Mestre L.A., Silveira J., Vaz-de-Mello F.Z., Cochrane M.A. 2014. Biotic congruence in humid tropical forests: a multi-taxa examination of spatial distribution and responses to forest disturbance. Ecological Indicators 36: 572-581.
Andrade R.B. & Brumatti P. 2013. Feeding association between cattle tyrant (Machetornis rixosus, Tyrannidae) and capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, Rodentia). Lundiana 11: 85-86.
Andrade R.B., Barlow J., Louzada J., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z., Souza M., Silveira J.M., Cochrane M.A. 2011. Quantifying responses of dung beetles to fire disturbance in tropical forests: the importance of trapping method and seasonality. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26208. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026208.
Andrade R.B., Freitas, A.V.L. 2005. Population biology of two species of Heliconius (Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) in a semi-deciduous forest in Southeastern Brazil. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society of London 59: 223-227.