Visiting Fulbright Scholar Nicole Rodrigues Vicente speaks on Brazil’s forests and small farms

Posted Feb. 18, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Visiting Fulbright Scholar Nicole Rodrigues Vicente will be talking about her work regarding small-scale sustainable farming systems and its impact on forest resources management to a Human Ecology Forum at College of the Atlantic. The talk, “Forest Biodiversity Conservation through the Eyes of a Human Ecological Researcher,” will be held at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall.

Vicente, a PhD student in the Program of Plant Genetic Resources in the Federal University of Santa Catarina State, has been a Fulbright scholar at COA for the 2012-2013 academic year. She also holds an MPhil in plant genetic resources.

For the past decade, Vicente has been focused on the Atlantic Forest, a hot-spot biome that is one of the main rainforest regions in Brazil. It has rich biological diversity, but its historical exploitation and high human population density have dramatically reduced its size.

Brazil is currently quite aware of the environmental problems associated with human-managed landscapes, says Vicente, and has issued several laws regulating private property. However, some researchers believe that diverse tropical forests once thought to be pristine are actually the result of human intervention and that local management of agro-biodiversity actually may increase diversity based on local traditional knowledge.

In considering this, Vicente will reflect upon two human-forest relationships, employing an ethnological perspective of biodiversity management and conservation, and a human ecology perspective. Both studies seek to resolve environmental conflicts related to forest conservation, and to involve the local population’s ethnoecological knowledge in decision-making processes.

For more information on the talk on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4:10 p.m. in the McCormick Lecture Hall, contact Molly Anderson at or 207-288-5015.

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