Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Erika Berenguer


Research Groups


Dr Erika Berenguer



Erika Berenguer is a Senior Research Associate at the Ecosystems Lab and a Visiting Research Associate at Lancaster University. She works in the ECOFOR, BIORED and PELD-RAS projects. All of those are Brazil-UK consortiums looking at the impacts of human-induced disturbance, such as selective logging and understory fires, in ecosystems functions and processes in the Amazon. Her interests lie in developing a better understanding of how human-modified tropical forests function, assessing the resilience of these forests in the face of climate change. In addition, she is passionate about finding ways of effectively communicating scientific results to relevant stakeholders and policy makers.


  • Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Rifai, S., Shenkin, A., Oliveras, I., Bentley, L.P., Svatek, M., Girardin, C.A.J., Both, S., Riutta, T., Berenguer, E., Kissling, W.D., Bauman, D., Raab, N., Moore, S., Farfan-Rios, W., Figueiredo, A.E.S., Reis, S.M., Ndong, J.E., Ondo, F.E., N'ssi Bengone, N., Mihindou, V., Moraes de Seixas, M.M., Adu-Bredu, S., Abernethy, K., Asner, G.P., Barlow, J., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Coomes, D.A., Cernusak, L.A., Dargie, G.C., Enquist, B.J., Ewers, R.M., Ferreira, J., Jeffery, K.J., Joly, C.A., Lewis, S.L., Marimon-Junior, B.H., Martin, R.E., Morandi, P.S., Phillips, O.L., Quesada, C.A., Salinas, N., Schwantes Marimon, B., Silman, M., Teh, Y.A., White, L.J.T. and Malhi, Y. (2021) Pantropical modelling of canopy functional traits using Sentinel-2 remote sensing data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 252. 112122.
  • Malhi, Y., Girardin, C., Metcalfe, D.B., Doughty, C.E., Aragão, L.E.O.C., Rifai, S.W., Oliveras, I., Shenkin, A., Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Dahlsjö, C.A.L., Riutta, T., Berenguer, E., Moore, S., Huaraca Huasco, W., Salinas, N., da Costa, A.C.L., Bentley, L.P., Adu-Bredu, S., Marthews, T.R., Meir, P. and Phillips, O.L. (2021) The Global Ecosystems Monitoring network: Monitoring ecosystem productivity and carbon cycling across the tropics. Biological Conservation, 253. 108889.
  • Barlow, J., Franca, F., Gardner, T.A., Hicks, C.C., Lennox, G.D., Berenguer, E., Castello, L., Economo, E.P., Ferreira, J., Guenard, B., Leal, C.G., Isaac, V., Lees, A.C., Parr, C.L., Wilson, S.K., Young, P.J. and Graham, N.A. (2018) The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems. Nature, 559: 517-526.
  • Berenguer, E., Garder, T.A., Ferreira, J., Aragao, L.E.O.C., MacNally, R., Thomson, J.R., Vieira, I.C.G. and Barlow, J. (2018) Seeing the woods through the saplings: Using wood density to assess the recovery of human‐modified Amazonian forests. Journal of Ecology.
  • Ferreira, J., Lennox, G.D., Gardner, T., Thomson, J.R., Berenguer, E., Lees, A.C., MacNally, R., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Ferraz, S.F.B., Louzada, J., Moura, N.G., Oliveira, V.H.F., Pardini, R., Solar, R.R.C., Vieira, G. and Barlow, J. (2018) Carbon-focused conservation may fail to protect the most biodiverse tropical forests. Nature Climate Change.
  • Rifai, S.W., Girardin, C.A.J., Berenguer, E., del Aguila-Pasquel, J., Dahlsjo, C.A.L., Doughty, C.E., Jeffery, K.J., Moore, S., Oliveras, I., Riutta, T., Rowland, L.M., Murakami, A.A., Addo-Danso, S.D., Brando, P., Burton, C., Ondo, F.E., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Amezquita, F.F., Freitag, R., Pacha, F.H., Huasco, W.H., Ibrahim, F., Mbou, A.T., Mihindou, V.M., Peixoto, K.S., Rocha, W., Rossi, L.C., Seixas, M., Silva-Espejo, J.E., Abernethy, K.A., Adu-Bredu, S., Barlow, J., da Costa, A.C.L., Marimon, B.S., Marimon, B., Meir, P., Metcalfe, D.B., Phillips, O.L., White, L.J.T. and Malhi, Y. (2018) ENSO drives interannual variation of forest woody growth across the tropics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 373(1760).