I am interested in the social and economic processes driving environmental
change in tropical forests. During a BSc in Zoology at the University of
Bristol I realised that my interest lay in people and places rather than
understanding the compound eye of a small fly. I developed a strong interest in
the conservation of tropical forests whilst gaining field experience in
Indonesia and East Africa. I moved to the University of East Anglia (UEA) in
Norwich for an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation in 2003, which led me to
the Brazilian Amazon for the first time. Transects surveys were joined by
interviews with hunters during a Forest Livelihoods Fellowship with the Centre
for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in 2005. For my PhD research I
investigated urban-rural gradients in the central Brazilian Amazon. My subsequent PhD research
focussed on: (1) The determinants of rural settlement patterns and rural depopulation in
Amazonia. (2) The consequences of these
changes for forest conservation.
I am now working on a Darwin Initiative funded project, based in Lancaster and
the eastern Amazon. We are investigating the social and economic determinants
of fire use in a range of production landscapes in Pará state. In particular we
aim to (a) identify major constraints to the adoption of non-fire based
agricultural practices, and (b) develop policy recommendations for reducing
the prevalence of wildfires in Amazonia. I also have an active interest in the impacts of rural-urban migration on the well-being of migrants and the environment.
Carmenta, R., L. Parry, A. Blackburn, S. Vermeylen, and J. Barlow. 2011. Understanding human-fire interactions in tropical forest regions: A case for interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences. Ecology & Society. 16 : 53. [online] URL:http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art53/
Parry, L., B. Day,
S. Amaral, and C. A. Peres. in press. Drivers of rural exodus from
Amazonian headwaters. Population & Environment [pdf]. [Elec. Supp. Materials]
Barlow, J., R. M. Ewers,
L. Anderson, L. E. Aragao, T. R. Baker, E. Boyd, T. R. Feldpausch, E.
Gloor, A. Hall, Y. Malhi, W. Milliken, M. Mulligan, L. Parry,
T. Pennington, C. A. Peres, O. L. Phillips, R. M. Roman-Cuesta, J. A.
Tobias, and T. A. Gardner. 2010. Using learning networks to
understand complex systems: a case study of biological, geophysical
and social research in the Amazon. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc.
Peres, C.A., Day, B. and S. Amaral. 2010. Rural-urban migration brings
conservation threats and opportunities to Amazonian watersheds. Conservation
Letters, XXX:1-9 [pdf]
Louzada, J., Parry, L., Hernández,
M.I.M., Hawes, J., Peres, C.A., Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z. and T.A. Gardner. 2010. Improving
the design and management of forest strips in human-dominated tropical
landscapes: a field test on Amazonian dung beetles. Journal of Applied Ecology.
J. Barlow, and C.A.
Peres. 2009. Hunting for sustainability in tropical secondary forests.
Conservation Biology. 23: 1270-1280. [pdf]
J. Barlow, and C.A.
Peres. 2009. Allocation of hunting effort by Amazonian smallholders:
implications for conserving wildlife in mixed-use landscapes. Biological
A.S.L., R. M. Ewers, L. Parry, C. Souza, Jr., A. Veríssimo, and A.
2009. Boom-and-bust development patterns across the Amazon deforestation
frontier. Science 324: 1435-1437.
Parry, L., J. Barlow, and C. A. Peres. 2007. Large-vertebrate
assemblages of primary and secondary forests in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:653–662. [pdf]
Barlow, J., T. A. Gardner, I. S. Araujo, A. B. Bonaldo, J. E. Costa, M. C.
Esposito, L. V. Ferreira, J. Hawes, M. I. M. Hernandez, R. N. Leite, N. F.
Lo-Man-Hung, J. R. Malcolm, M. B. Martins, L. A. M. Mestre, A. L.
Nunes-Gutjahr, W. L. Overal, L. Parry, S. L. Peters, M. A.
Ribeiro-Junior, C. da Silva Motta, M. N. F. da Silva, and C. A. Peres. 2007. Quantifying the
biodiversity value of tropical primary, secondary and plantation forests.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America 104
Gardner, T. A., J. Barlow, L. Parry, and C. A. Peres. 2007. Predicting
the Uncertain Future of Tropical Forest Species in a Data Vacuum. . Biotropica 39:25-30.
Gardner, T. A., J. Barlow, I. S. Araujo, T. C. S. Avila-Pires, A. B. Bonaldo,
J. E. Costa, M. C. Esposito, L. V. Ferreira, J. Hawes, M. I. M. Hernandez, M.
Hoogmoed, R. N. Leite, N. F. Lo-Man-Hung, J. R. Malcolm, M. B. Martins, L. A.
M. Mestre, R. Miranda-Santos, A. L. Nunes-Gutjahr, W. L. Overal, L. Parry,
S. L. Peters, M. A. Ribeiro-Junior, M. N. F. da Silva, C. da Silva Motta, and
C. Peres. 2007.
The cost-effectiveness of biodiversity surveys in tropical forests. Ecology
(one of 9 authors). 2008. Wild animal
products. In: Balmford, A., Rodrigues, A., Walpole,
M., ten Brink, P.,Kettunen, M. and Braat, L. (Eds). Review of the economics of
biodiversity loss: scoping the science. European Commission.
Available at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/