Our team

Martin Obermaier – Project coordinator

Martin Obermaier is a climate adaptation and knowledge management expert at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with a MSC in Economics from Freie Universität Berlin (2005) and a DSc in Energy and Environmental Planning from UFRJ (2011). His research interests include transformational adaptation, climate change in cities, and environmental protection in Latin America and Africa. He moderated a community of practice on dryland adaptation with over 600 international experts, and has acted as consultant to the World Bank, OECD, IEA, BNDES and FLEM. Martin is lead or contributing author to over 40 international and national publications, including high-impact global assessment reports (UCCRN Climate Change and Cities, 2016, and UNEP GEO5, 2011), and is reviewer to 7 scientific journals, including Climate Risk Management, Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change, Agricultural Systems and Energy Policy. He is CLIMA’s project coordinator, and organizes the project’s community perceptions research program and overall knowledge dissemination.

William Wills – Research coordinator

William Wills is a DSc in Energy Planning (UFRJ, Brazil) with an engineering background and several years’ experience in developing a hybrid computable general equilibrium (CGE) model in cooperation with CIRED (France). He has extensive experience in climate change research and modeling, including the development of IMACLIM-S Brazil, a hybrid CGE model to assess the macroeconomic and social impacts of climate policies. He serves/has served as principal investigator or investigator in 25 research projects on mitigation scenarios, macroeconomic modeling and GHG inventories, and is lead or contributing author of over 20 international and national publications. He works as a consultant for institutions such as the World Bank, UNDP, IIASA and WRI, and is a reviewer of the scientific journals Energy and Energy Policy. William is CLIMA’s modelling coordinator, and leads the IMACLIM-BR research.

Selena Herrera – Researcher

Selena Herrera has a background in agricultural engineering and sociology, primarily in issues of family farming participation, and governance of the biofuels market. She has worked in sustainability assessments, with a strong focus on social and climate change issues. In CLIMA, Selena assesses the social and environmental impacts of biofuel expansion on indigenous and other local communities. Selena has a MSc in Bioenergy (New University of Lisbon, Portugal) and a DSc in Energy Planning from UFRJ (Brazil).

Rômulo Neves Ely – Researcher

Rômulo Ely is a researcher focusing to understand how new energy technologies would impact on the rest of the economic system – through an Industrial Ecology perspective. Holding a DSc in Energy Planning and with a background in Economics, he applies a systemic and hybrid approach, linking bottom-up with top-down models. In CLIMA, he works as an input-output expert, responsible for enhancing the input-output matrices of the IMACLIM-S model as well as linkages to the BLUM model. He is a member of the International Input-Output Association.

Emilio Lèbre La Rovere – Coordination

Emilio La Rovere is a full professor of the Energy Planning Program at UFRJ, and coordinator of the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LIMA) and the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment (Centro Clima), both at UFRJ. He has a background in electrical and systems engineering, with a PhD in Economics from the School of High Studies in Social Sciences at University of Paris, France (1980). His main fields of expertise include climate change mitigation and adaptation, emissions scenarios, and alternative energy sources. Emilio is co-author of several IPCC reports (since 1992) and contributes to CLIMA with overall coordination and scenario building.

Rodrigo Lima

Rodrigo Lima is general director of Agroicone, and lawyer with expertise in international trade, non-tariff barriers and sustainable development. He follows the negotiations of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya Protocol and other regulatory issues related to the agricultural sector. His focus is on development projects to promote the sustainability of different agricultural chains, comprising the engagement of stakeholders with the focus on continuous improvement and mutual gains approach. He is author of the book ‘Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in the WTO: neoprotectionism or defense of legitimate objectives’ (in Portuguese) and currently PhD candidate in Law of International Economic Relations at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and a MSc in International Law at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC).

Marcelo Moreira – Senior Researcher

Marcelo Moreira is a specialist in sugarcane industry development, renewable energy, agribusiness and sustainability. He has strong expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, focusing on economic projections and simulations. His international experience includes lectures for the Department of Energy, International Energy Agency, Global Bioenergy Partnership, and scientific missions under the Memorandums of Understanding for research collaboration in bioenergy with India and USA. He is an economist from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), a MSc in economics from the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP), and currently PhD candidate in energy planning at the University of Campinas (FEM/UNICAMP). In CLIMA his activities include AFOLU project management and modelling sugarcane and biofuels sector development.

Leila Harfuch – Senior Researcher

Leila Harfuch is technical coordinator of the Brazilian Land Use Model (BLUM). She is developing quantitative tools applied to agribusiness, family farming, international trade, climate change and environment. Among other, Leila was a visiting researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, trainee in finance and investment with IGC Partners, and a junior consultant in the Bank of Brazil PROGER project (Project of Employment and Income Generation) of the Federal Government. Leila is an economist from the State University of Londrina (UEL-PR) with a PhD in applied economics from the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). Her CLIMA work focuses on the livestock sector.

Luciane Chiodi – Senior researcher

Luciane Chiodi is a specialist in econometric modelling, with focus on analysis of agricultural sector and environmental dynamics. At Agroicone she is coordinator for research on sustainability, international trade, agricultural sector projections, and market intelligence for agricultural chains. She participated in the development of the Brazilian Land Use Model (BLUM), and collaborated in the development of the ‘Outlook Brazil 2022: projections for agribusiness’ study as head of the grain sector team. Her work furthermore includes forecasting models for the cities of Madrid and São Paulo, using Bayesian and time-series approaches. Luciane is mathematician from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), with MSc degrees in foreign trade from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and in applied economics from the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). In CLIMA she works with grain sector development.

Laura Antoniazzi – Senior Researcher

Laura Antoniazzi is an agriculture and sustainability expert. She has strong experience in multi-stakeholder dialogues aiming to guarantee sustainability standards of agro-industrial chains, and worked on projects supported by the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dutch Initiative for Sustainable Trade (IDH), UNICA, BRACELPA and APROSOJA. Laura coordinated the RedeAgro, a strategic communication project for Brazilian agribusiness chains. She is an agronomist with a MSc in applied economics from the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). Furthermore, she has obtained specializations in management for sustainable development” (FormAmbiente, Naples) and management of development projects (EPFL, Lausanne). In CLIMA Laura’s activities are related to the sustainability sector.

Willian Kimura – Researcher

Willian Kimura is a specialist in bioenergy production chain development, agribusiness and sustainability. He took part in projects focused on greenhouse gases emission calculation, development and application of sustainability indicators, estimation of sectoral production costs, market analysis of agricultural inputs and agronomic and agro-industrial experiments in the sugar-energy sector. He is member of the grains and fibers production cost team at the Center for Advanced Studies on Applied Economics (CEPEA) and the Sugar Cane Study Group (GECA). Willian is an agronomist engineer, with focus in economics and administration at University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP). He has a MBA in agribusiness from the same institution. He supports CLIMA’s GHG emission calculations, and sugarcane and biofuels sectors modelling

Gustavo Palauro – Researcher

Gustavo Palauro is a researcher in Agroicone, where he is responsible for researches and analysis about the agribusiness sector. He was a member of the forestry team of the Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (CEPEA), and has worked as a risk management consultant with PwC and as a pricing analyst with SABIC IP. He is an economist formed at University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP), with a MSc in applied economics from the same institution. In CLIMA Gustavo support activities related to livestock sector modelling.

Karine Costa – Researcher

Karine Costa is an Agroicone geographic information system (GIS) specialist, with work on conservation and natural resources management, ecosystem services, especially carbon stocks in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Karen is a biologist from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), with a MSc from the Department of Ecology of Biosciences Institute at the University of São Paulo (USP) where she focused on landscape ecology. Her contributions to CLIMA are linked to the development of GIS maps.

Raphael Tristão – Researcher

Raphael Tristão is a researcher in Agroicone, with experience in analysis and market intelligence in the agribusiness area and international trade. He was a member of the market staff ethanol CEPEA – Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics, working with market analysis and economic indicators and member of the team of sugarcane production costs, sugar, and ethanol PECEGE – Program Continuing Education in Economics and Management. Raphael is an economist from the University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP), and Master’s degree candidate in Science from the School of Engineering of São Carlos – EESC / USP. He also develops data science activities and supports the CLIMA grain sector modelling.

Carey King – Research Scientist and Coordination UT-Austin

Carey King, PhD in Mechanical Engineering (University of Texas at Austin), is a research scientist and assistant director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Carey performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment as well as how our policy and social systems can make decisions and tradeoffs among these often competing factors. He has expertise in modeling interactions of energy systems and technologies with the economy and environment. He has particular experience in policies and technologies in the area of the energy-water nexus (water for fuels and electricity life cycles) and net energy analysis (particularly how net energy metrics relate to both micro- and macroeconomic metrics). He has published articles in such multidisciplinary journals as Environmental Science and Technology, Sustainability, Energies, and Environmental Research Letters.

Bridget Scanlon – Senior Research Scientist

Bridget Scanlon, PhD in Geology (University of Kentucky), is senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She leads the Sustainable Water Resources Program that includes research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate research assistants working on different topics. The primary objective of the Sustainable Water Resources Program is to assess sustainability issues with respect to water resources within the context of climate variability and land use/land cover change. Topics include evaluation of changes in water resources using GRACE satellites, analysis of biofuel impacts on water resources in the US Midwest, linkages between water resources and thermoelectric generation, estimation of groundwater recharge in semiarid; effects of climate variability (ENSO) and extremes on water resources; and evaluating controls on groundwater contamination, including arsenic and nitrate.

Alexandre Xavier – Researcher

Alexandre Xavier, PhD in Agronomy (University of São Paulo), is a professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES). In CLIMA his worked involves building historical grids of meteorological data for Brazil and, with those grids, trying to model crop yield under climatic stresses and crop water requirements.

Renata Rodriguez – Researcher

Renata Rodriguez is a DSc in agricultural engineering from Federal University of Viçosa (UFV, Brazil) with expertise in hydrology, soil and water conservation, irrigation, water resources planning and management. She performed works for institutions such as the National Interlinked System (ONS) of Brazil and the National Water Agency of Brazil (ANA). She was post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Energy Institute (EI) and the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica Libra – Researcher

Jessica Libra graduated with a BS in geoscience from the University of Iowa in 2011, and an MS in energy and earth resources from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. Her work in CLIMA focused on mapping and water balance modeling of micro river basins in Brazil that might have significant land-use change due to agricultural biofuel feedstock expansion.

CLIMA Land Water Energy: Our Team