Leandro Baumgarten, Lead Scientist for the Conservancy’s work in Brazil including the extensive grasslands of the Cerrado which have over 10,000 species of plants and feeds three of the major water basins in South America. Here he stands at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, Kansas.
Leandro Baumgarten Leandro Baumgarten, Lead Scientist for the Conservancy’s work in Brazil including the extensive grasslands of the Cerrado which have over 10,000 species of plants and feeds three of the major water basins in South America. Here he stands at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in Manhattan, Kansas. © Ryan Donnell

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Leandro Baumgarten

Lead Scientist, Brazil

Brasília, Brazil

  • AREAs OF EXPERTISE

    Landscape Ecology,Conservation Strategies Development,Agriculture and Conservation,GIS and Remote Sensing

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Biography

Leandro Baumgarten is an ecologist with a PhD from the University of Campinas with more than 15 years of experience working in nature conservation in Brazil, and expertise in landscape ecology, systematic conservation planning, and strategy development. In his career, he has worked in NGOs, Environmental State Agencies and as consultant for the private sector and governments in Brazil. When he is not working, he pretends to be a wildlife photographer.

He started his conservation career researching raptor ecology in Cerrado, a savanna-like vegetation that covers the central Brazil. There he coordinated the Crowned-Eagle project to help to protect one of the most endangered raptor species in this ecosystem. After that, he worked in several places, from an NGO working to protect the Atlantic Forest in the Bahia state to the Goiás State Government as Sustainable Production Manager in their environmental Agency. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, he coordinated the revision of the priority areas for conservation of the Atlantic Forest for the Brazilian Environment Ministry. This process involved over 300 researchers, government representatives, NGOs and local communities.

He joined TNC in 2007, as Science Coordinator of the Central Savannas Conservation program. As the structure of the Conservancy changed he became the leader of science in the Atlantic Forest and Central Savannas unit and now is the Science Manager for the Brazil Conservation Program. In this position, he is responsible for supporting strategy development and the implementation of the Shared Agenda for Brazil. He was part of the task-force in charge of the development of Conservation by Design 2.0. Currently, He also leads the Transparency Strategy within the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (Moore Foundation, TNC, WWF and NWF). This initiative has the bold goal to remove deforestation from the supply chains of beef and soy in the Amazon, Cerrado, and Chaco.

Leandro Baumgarten is an ecologist with a PhD from the University of Campinas with more than 15 years of experience working in nature conservation in Brazil, and expertise in landscape ecology, systematic conservation planning, and strategy development. In his career, he has worked in NGOs, Environmental State Agencies and as consultant for the private sector and governments in Brazil.

When he is not working, he pretends to be a wildlife photographer.

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