Mateus Dantas de Paula


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 235-1708
Fax: +49 341 235-1473    

Mateus Dantas

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences (2006), and Master’s degree in plant ecology (2009) in Pernambuco Federal University is Operational Director of Green Hill Soluções Geográficas LTDA, and has experience in the field of Ecology, with emphasis in Forest Modelling, Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology; Climate change with focus on the generation of carbon credits through reforestation and reduced degradation and deforestation (REDD+); Payment for environmental services (PES); High Diversity Forest Restoration Methods; and Forest Dynamics of Fragmented Landscapes. At the moment, he is finishing his PhD in Ecological Modeling financed by DAAD/CNPq/UFZ at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany.

Serra Grande

FORMIND forest simulation executed on a fragmented forest landscape of Northeastern Brazil. Values represent Aboveground Biomass (Mg/ha).

Research Interests

  • Forest Modelling
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Forest Fragmentation
  • Remote Sensing and Geoprocessing
  • Carbon and Hydrological Cycles
  • Environmental Services
  • Restoration Ecology


  • Dantas de Paula, M., Gómez Giménez, M., Niamir, A., Thurner, M., Hickler, T., (2019):
    Combining European Earth Observation products with Dynamic Global Vegetation Models for estimating Essential Biodiversity Variables
    Int. J. Digit. Earth
    full text (url)
  • Dantas de Paula, M., Groeneveld, J., Fischer, R., Taubert, F., Martins, V.F., Huth, A., (2018):
    Defaunation impacts on seed survival and its effect on the biomass of future tropical forests
    Oikos 127 (10), 1526 - 1538
    final draft (pdf)
  • Brinck, K., Fischer, R., Groeneveld, J., Lehmann, S., Dantas de Paula, M., Pütz, S., Sexton, J.O., Song, D., Huth, A., (2017):
    High resolution analysis of tropical forest fragmentation and its impact on the global carbon cycle
    Nat. Commun. 8 , art. 14855
    full text (url)
  • Dantas de Paula, M., Groeneveld, J., Huth, A., (2016):
    The extent of edge effects in fragmented landscapes: Insights from satellite measurements of tree cover
    Ecol. Indic. 69 , 196 - 204
    full text (url)
  • Fischer, R., Bohn, F., Dantas de Paula, M., Dislich, C., Groeneveld, J., Gutiérrez, A.G., Kazmierczak, M., Knapp, N., Lehmann, S., Paulick, S., Pütz, S., Rödig, E., Taubert, F., Köhler, P., Huth, A., (2016):
    Lessons learned from applying a forest gap model to understand ecosystem and carbon dynamics of complex tropical forests
    Ecol. Model. 326 , 124 - 133
    full text (url)
  • Dantas de Paula, M., Groeneveld, J., Huth, A., (2015):
    Tropical forest degradation and recovery in fragmented landscapes — Simulating changes in tree community, forest hydrology and carbon balance
    Glob. Ecol. Conserv. 3 , 664 - 677
    full text (url)
  • Pütz, S., Groeneveld, J., Henle, K., Knogge, C., Martensen, A.C., Metz, M., Metzger, J.P., Ribeiro, M.C., Dantas de Paula, M., Huth, A., (2014):
    Long-term carbon loss in fragmented Neotropical forests
    Nat. Commun. 5 , art. 5037
    full text (url)


  • PhD in Ecological Modelling        2012 -
  • MSc in Plant Biology        2007 - 2009
  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences        2003 - 2006


FORMIND Forest Model