José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Ph.D.
(University of Copenhagen, 1995)


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José Maria Cardoso da Silva joined the Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami in August 2015. Before joining the University of Miami, Dr. Silva was researcher at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and professor in four Brazilian universities (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Universidade Federal do Pará, Universidade Federal da Paraíba and Universidade Federal do Amapá). He also worked for 14 years for Conservation International, one of the largest global conservation organizations, and as Executive Vice President (2011-2014), he oversaw conservation programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

His research agenda integrates concepts, methods and insights from ecology, biogeography, environmental geography, political ecology, economic geography, and political geography to discern the ways in which tropical countries can improve their living standards while conserving their extraordinary biodiversity and while building resilience to climate change. Current projects are focused on sustainable development in Amazonia and Caatinga, two of the largest South American ecological regions.

Dr. Silva has published 100+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as one book. He has also co-edited seven books and advised 25 graduate dissertations. His papers cover a variety of areas, from biological systematics to environmental policy and have been published in journals such as Nature, Journal of Biogeography, Bioscience, Conservation Biology, Oikos, Biodiversity and Conservation, and the Bulletin of the Linnean Society of London. Dr. Silva is Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union and the Linnean Society of London.

He welcomes highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in global development and environment to join his courses and research group.


Silva, J.M.C.; Prasad, S. & Diniz-Filho, J.A.F. (2017). The impact of deforestation, urbanization, public investments, and agriculture on human welfare in the Brazilian Amazonia. Land Use Policy 65:135-142.

Silva, J.M.C. & Wheeler, E. (2017). Ecosystems as infrastructure. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 15:32-35.

Araújo, H., Vieira-Filho, A., Barbosa, M.R., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F. & Silva, J.M.C.  (2017) Passerine phenology in the largest tropical dry forest of South America: effects of climate and resource availability. Emu- Austral Ornithology 117: 78-91.

Castro Dias, T.C.A.; Cunha, A.C. & Silva, J.M.C. (2016) Return on investment of the ecological infrastructure in a new forest frontier in Brazilian Amazonia. Biological Conservation 194: 184-193.

Boss, R.L. & Silva, J.M.C. (2014) Core and transient species in an Amazonian savanna bird assemblage. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia, 22: 372-380.

Gomes, A.L.S., Gonçalves, A.F.G., Vieira, J.L.F., Marceliano, M.L.V. & Silva, J.M.C. (2014) Natural gaps associated with oxidative stress in Willisornis poecilinotus (Aves: Thamnophilidae) in a tropical forest. Acta Amazonica 44: 207-212.

Borges, S.H. & Silva, J.M.C. (2012) A New Area of Endemism for Amazonian Birds in the Rio Negro Basin. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124: 15-23

Scarano, F.; Guimarães, A. & Silva, J.M.C. (2012) Rio+20: Lead by example. Nature (London) 486: 25-26.

Nogueira, C., Buckup, P.A., Menezes, N. A.; Oyakawa, O. T.; Kasecker, T. P.; Ramos Neto, M. B. & Silva, J.M.C. (2010) Restricted-Range Fishes and the Conservation of Brazilian Freshwaters. PLOS One 5: E11390.

Garda, A.A., Silva, J.M.C. & Baião, P. (2010) Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon. Systematics and Biodiversity 8: 169-175.

Silva, J.M.C., Rylands, A.B. & Fonseca, G.A.B. (2005) The fate of the Amazonian areas of endemism. Conservation Biology 19: 689-694

Tabarelli, M., Silva, J.M.C. & Gascon, G. (2004) Forest fragmentation, synergisms and the impoverishment of neotropical forests. Biodiversity and Conservation 13: 1419-1425

Silva, J.M.C. & Tabarelli, M. (2000) Tree species impoverishment and the future flora of the Atlantic forest of northeast Brazil. Nature 444: 72-74.


Sustainable Development (GEG 331, ECS 372)
Biogeography and Conservation (GEG 334, BIL 334, ECS 372)