Renato Crouzeilles is a Ph.D. in Ecology (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ) and developed part of it in the University of Queensland and the Australian National University. He has experience in Ecology, with an emphasis on Forest Landscape Restoration, spatial prioritization and Conservation Biology. His focus is to reconcile environmental management with public policies at different spatial scales to be applied in actions related to biodiversity conservation, forest restoration, and adaptive management. He is currently an associate at the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS) in Rio de Janeiro, collaborator lecture at the post-graduate program in Ecology at UFRJ and lecture at the Center for Conservation Science and Sustainability Rio. He is part of the coordinating committee of the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact (Pacto) and coordinates the Geospatial working group of the Pacto. He is one of the founders of the Synthesis Group on Ecology and Sustainability of the Atlantic Forest (SES-MA). He works mainly in the development of scientific research focused on spatial prioritization of large-scale restoration and global meta-analyses on the success of forest restoration. He has also supported governments, states and international NGOs in decision-making on sustainable land use.
Skills and Expertise
R Programming, Geographic Information Systems, Ecology, Conservation, Biodiversity & Conservation, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Conservation, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Monitoring
Associate, International Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. April 2015-present.
- Spatial prioritization, landscape ecology and restoration, public policy
Post-doc, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Ecologia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. April 2015-March 2016.
Ph.D. Student, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Ecologia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. February 2011-February 2015.
Spatial Prioritization. Metzger, Jean Paul, K. Esler, C. Krug, M. Arias, et al. 2017. “Best practice for the use of scenarios for restoration planning.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29:14-25, November 2017.
Brancalion, Pedro H. S., A. Niamir, E. Broadbent, R. Crouzeilles, et al. Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes. Science Advances 5:eaav3223 July 2019.
Crouzeilles, R., E. Santiami, M. Rosa, L. Pugliese. There is hope for achieving ambitious Atlantic Forest restoration commitments. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation 17 June 2019.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Ferreira, R. L. Chazdon, D. Lindenmayer. Ecological restoration success is higher for natural regeneration than for active restoration in tropical forests. Science Advances 3(11):e1701345, November 2017.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Curran, M. Ferreira, D. Lindenmayer, C. E. V. Grelle, J. M. R. Benayas. A global meta-analysis on the ecological drivers of forest restoration success. Nature Communications 7:11666, May 2016.
Strassburg, B., H. L. Beyer, R. Crouzeilles, R. Loyola. Strategic approaches to restoring ecosystems can triple conservation gains and halve costs. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(3):64, December 2018.
Crouzeilles, R., F. S. M. Barros, P. G. Molin, M. Ferreira, et al. A new approach to map landscape variation in forest restoration success in tropical and temperate forest biomes. Journal of Applied Ecology, September 2019.
Brancalion, P. H. S., A. Niamir, E. Broadbent, R. Crouzeilles, et al. Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes. Science Advances 5(7), July 2019.
R., Dave, Maginnis S., R. Crouzeilles. Forests: in defense of the Bonn Challenge. Nature 570:164, June 2019.
Zanetti, P., R. Crouzeilles, J. Boelsums. Can agroforestry systems enhance biodiversity and ecosystem service provision in agricultural landscapes? A meta-analysis for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Forest Ecology and Management 433:140-145, November 2018.
Vieira, M. V., M. Almeida-Gomes, A. C. Delciellos, R. Cerqueira, R. Crouzeilles. Fair tests of the habitat amount hypothesis require appropriate metrics of patch isolation: An example with small mammals in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biological Conservation 226:264-270, October 2018.
Mendes, M. S., A. Latawiec, J. B. B. Sansevero, R. Crouzeilles, et al. Look down – there is a gap – the need to include soil data in Atlantic Forest restoration: Scarcity of soil data in restoration. Restoration Ecology 27(2), August 2018.
Vale, M. M., T. V. de Souza, M. A. S. Alves, R. Crouzeilles. Planning protected areas network that are relevant today and under future climate change is possible: The case of Atlantic Forest endemic birds. PeerJ 6(5):e4689, May 2018.
Metzger, J. P., K. Esler, C. Krug, M. Arias, L. R. Tambosi, R. Crouzeilles, A. L. Acosta, P. H. S. Brancalian, et al. Best practice for the use of scenarios for restoration planning. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29:14-25, November 2017.
Crouzeilles, R., R. Feltran-Barbieri, M. Ferreira, B. Strassburg. Hard times for the Brazilian environment. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(9), August 2017.
Alves-Pinto, H. N., A. Latawiec., B. Strassburg, F. Barros, J. Sansevero, A. Iribarrem, R. Crouzeilles, L. Lemgruber, M. Rangel, A. Silva. Reconciling rural development and ecological restoration: Strategies and policy recommendations for the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Land Use Policy 60, August 2017.
Dalloz, M. F., R. Crouzeilles, M. Almeida-Gomes, B. Papi, J. Prevedello. Incorporating landscape ecology metrics into environmental impact assessment in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation August 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.pecon.2017.07.002.
Strassburg, B., T. Brooks, R. Feltran-Barbieri, A. Iribarrem, R. Crouzeilles, R. Loyola, A. Latawiec, et al. Moment of truth for the Cerrado hotspot. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(4):1-3, March 2017.
Strassburg, B., F. Barros, R. Crouzeilles, A. Iribarrem, J. Santos, D. Silva, et al. The role of natural regeneration to ecosystem services provision and habitat availability: a case study in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Biotropica 48(6):890-899, November 2016.
Latawiec, A., R. Crouzeilles, P. Brancalion, R. Rodrigues, J. Sansevero, J. dos Santos, et al. Natural regeneration and biodiversity: a global meta-analysis and implications for spatial planning. Biotropica 48(6):844-855, November 2016.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Ferreira, M. Curran. Forest restoration: a global dataset for biodiversity and vegetation structure – metadata. Ecology 1(0012-9658):1, May 2016.
Almeida-Gomes, M., J. Prevedello, R. Crouzeilles. The use of native vegetation as a proxy for habitat may overestimate habitat availability in fragmented landscapes. Landscape Ecology 31(4):771-719, March 2016.
Crouzeilles, R. and M. Curran. Which landscape size best predicts the influence of forest cover on restoration success? A global meta-analysis on the scale of effect. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(2):440-448, January 2016.
Honorato, R., R. Crouzeilles, M. Ferreira, C. Grelle. The effects of habitat availability and quality on small mammals abundance in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Natureza & Conservação 13(2), December 2015.
Crouzeilles, R., H. Beyer, M. Mills, C. Grelle, H. Possingham. Incorporating habitat availability into systematic planning for restoration: a species-specific approach for Atlantic Forest mammals. Diversity and Distributions 21(9):1-11, July 2015.
Crouzeilles, R. Spatial modeling in multiple hierarchical scales: graph theory associated with landscape ecology and restoration. Ph.D. Thesis, Advisor: Carlos Grelle. February 2015.
Crouzeilles, R., J. Prevedello, M. Figueiredo, M. Lorini, C. Grelle. The effects of the number, size and isolation of patches along a gradient of native vegetation cover: How can we increment habitat availability? Landscape Ecology 29(3):479-489, March 2014.
Grelle, C., R. Honorato, N. Rezende, A. Santana, R. Crouzeilles. Mamíferos em uma paisagem fragmentada. In book: Monitoramento da Revegetação do Comperj: etapa inicial, pp. 309-324, January 2014.
Loretto, D., M. Weksler, A. Lazar, A. Percequillo, et al. On the practice of toe clipping for small mammal studies in Brazil. Boletim da Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia 66(3). December 2013.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Vale, R. Cerqueira, C. Grelle. Increasing strict protection through protected areas on Brazilian private lands. Environmental Conservation April 2013.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Lorini, C. Grelle. The importance of using sustainable use protected areas for functional connectivity. Biological Conservation 159:450-457, February 2013.
Crouzeilles, R., J. Prevedello, M. Lorini, M. Vieira, C. Grelle. A menor distância entre dois pontos é uma reta? May 2012.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Lorini, C. Grelle. Applying Graph Theory to Design Networks of Protected Areas: Using Inter-Patch Distance for Regional Conservation Planning. Natureza & Conservação 9:219-224, December 2011.
Crouzeilles, R. As Unidads de Conservação Estão Conectadas No Estado Do Rio de Janeiro? Thesis, February 2011.
Alexandre, Brenda, R. Crouzeilles, C. Grelle, E. Grelle. How Can We Estimate Buffer Zones of Protected Areas? A Proposal Using Biological Data. Natureza & Conservação 8(2): 165-170, December 2010.
Crouzeilles, R., M. Lorini, C. Grelle, E. Grelle. Deslocamento na matriz para espécies da Mata Atlântica e a dificuldade da construção de perfis ecológicos. Oecologia Australis 14(14):875-903, December 2010.
Crouzeilles, R., P. Cobra, L. Bernardo. Rodovia para todos? December 2010.
Crouzeilles, R., C. Dos Santos De Barros, F. Fernandez. Philander frenatus e Metachirus nudicaudatus: competição ou necessidades ecológicas diferentes na Floresta Atlântica? Mastozoologia Neotropical 17(1), June 2010.
Dos Santos De Barros, C., R. Crouzeilles, F. Fernandez. Reproduction of the opossums Micoureus paraguayanus and Philander frenata in a fragmented Atlantic Forest landscape in Brazil: Is seasonal reproduction a general rule for Neotropical marsupials? Mammalian Biology 73(6):463-467, November 2008.
Latawiec, A., J. Dos Santos, V. Maioli, A. B. Junqueira, R. Crouzeilles, C. Jakovac, F. Tubenchlak, B. Strassburg. Capitulo 7 Forest Landscape Restoration… December 2018.
Latawiec, A., J. S. dos Santos, V. Maioli, A. B. Junqueira, R. Crouzeilles, C. Jakovac, F. Tubenchlak, B. Strassburg. Forest Landscape Restoration and Land Sparing-Sharing: Shifting the Debate towards Nature’s Contribution to People. In book: Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation. Publisher: Routledge. 2018.