Executive Director, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Lúcia G. Lohmann a faculty in the Department of Botany at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), and the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). Formed in 1963, the ATBC is a global scientific society that functions as an international body to promote research, education, science outreach, and conservation. The ATBC fosters scientific understanding and conservation of tropical ecosystems by supporting research, collaboration, capacity building, and communication among tropical biologists and conservationists.
Lohmann graduated from the University of São Paulo with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (1995), and obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1998, 2003) with a specialization in Tropical Biology and Conservation. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (2004), and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (2017-2019).
Her primary research interest is to understand patterns of diversity and biogeography in the Tropics and use this information as basis for conservation. Her research is highly integrative, combining information from systematics, ecology, evolution, geology, paleontology, and climatology, among others, to understand the drivers of biological diversity as a whole, especially in the Amazon. During the past decade, she co-coordinated the NSF-NASA-FAPESP funded project “Assembly and evolution of the Amazonia biota and its environment: An integrative approach,” which aims to understand how the Amazon basin was assembled over the last 30 million years.