Dr Liana Anderson

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Land Cover Dynamics and Carbon Emissions


Dr. Liana O. Anderson is a biologist (UNICAMP, Brazil), with MSc in Remote Sensing (National Institute for Space Research, INPE, Brazil) and DPhil in Geography and the Environment from Oxford University (2006 to 2010). In September 2011, she joined the Environmental Change Institute as a Post-Doctoral Researcher Associate. Her research focuses on the Earth Observations module of the Working Group 4 (WP4) in the AMAZONICA consortium.

Dr. Anderson has been a visiting researcher at INPE since December 2010, in Brazil, where she is based. She is also a Collaborator Professor of the MSc course in Ecology and Natural Resources Management at the Federal University of Acre (Brazil), and she is the Coordinator of the Forest Chapter, Working Group 3 (Mitigation) of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change.

Grants Awarded

  • PosDoctoral Position Environmental Change Institute-University of Oxford, AMAZONICA Consortium (NERC Ref NE/D005590/1)
  • PhD Research Project (2006-2010): £75,700 - Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Postgraduate Education (CAPES), process number: BEX 4018052
  • PhD Field Work Project (2006-2008): US$ 10,000 - International Institute of Education in Brazil (IEB/BECA), process number: BECA-B/2006/01/BDE/04 and Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Postgraduate Education (CAPES).
  • Pan-Amazonia/PARAMA Fellowship (2005-2006): €7,700
  • PCI-DTI Fellowship (Programa de Capacitação Institucional (PCI), Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT, Brazil) (2004-2005): Level 7F.
  • Masters Scholarship (Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Postgraduate Education (CAPES)) (2002-2004).
  • Undergraduate Research Project Scholarships (1998-2001): Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Postgraduate Education (CAPES) and SAE/UNICAMP.

Research Projects

  • 2011-2013 Postdoctoral Research Associated AMAZONICA consortium
  • 2006-2010 DPhil project: Multitemporal Analysis do evergreen forests dynamics in Amazonia
  • 2005-present Present Participant in the Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR).
  • 2005-2006 Participant in the PAN-AMAZONIA project (Project for the Advancement of Networked Science in Amazonia).
  • 2004-2006 Principal Investigator in the in the project "Temporal Pattern of deforestation in Mato Grosso State, Brazilian Amazon" (proc. 381.981/04-5), funded by the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology (Institutional Capacitating Program scholarship), at the National Institute for Space Research. Collaborators: Dr. Yosio Shimabukuro, Dr. Dalton M. Valeriano, Dra. Ruth DeFries and Douglas Morton.
  • 2002-2005 Collaborator in the Large Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in the Amazon (LBA), as part of the Land Use land cover change workgroup (LC 22) project "Integrating Coarse and Fine Resolution Satellite Data to Monitor Land Cover Change throughout Amazônia", PIs: Dra. Ruth DeFries and Dr Yosio Shimabukuro.
  • 2002-2004 Co-Investigator in the project "Classification and monitoring of land cover using MODIS sensor data" FAPESP grant (proc. 2003/01727-0), PI: Dr Yosio Shimabukuro.
  • 1997-2001 Participant in the project "Aquatic Plants of Sao Paulo State" FAPESP grant, Pis: Dra. Maria do Carmo Estanislau do Amaral and Dr. Volker Brittich.


  • Aragao, L., Malhi, Y., Roman Cuesta, R.M., Saatchi, S., Anderson, L.O. and Shimabukuro, Y.E. (2007) Spatial patterns and fire response of recent Amazonian droughts. Geophysical Research Letters, 34(5).
  • Morton, D.C., DeFries, R.S., Shimabukuro, Y.E., Anderson, L.O., Arai, E., del Bon Espirito-Santo, F., Freitas, R. and Morisette, J. (2006) Cropland expansion changes deforestation dynamics in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(39): 14637-14641.
  • Pongratz, J., Bounoua, L., DeFries, R.S., Morton, D.C., Anderson, L.O., Mauser, W. and Klink, C.A. (2006) The impact of land cover change on surface energy and water balance in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Earth Interactions, 10(19): 1-17.