Victor's research is focused in interface between trees, forest ecology and human history.
Victor obtained his B.S. in Forest Engineering at Federal University of Viçosa and his MSc in Science of Tropical Forests at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil. His PhD research is part of the Max Planck Society funded project ‘A living archaeology in the Amazon Rainforest:First use of tree DNA and chronological profiling to reconstruct prehistoric human rainforest disturbance’. The project is led by Dr. Patrick Roberts and involves a multidisciplinary international team, including the Max Planck Institutes for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC), and for Developmental Biology, as well as two Brazilian institutions, the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and University of São Paulo (USP). The project aims to investigate past human impacts on genetics, spatial distribution, age, and growth of living trees in the Amazon rainforest, collecting about 2000 trees in six different Brazilian National Forests. It uses tree-rings, refined biochemical analysis such stable isotopes and radiocarbon dating, as well as modern nuclear genetics to track human environmental manipulation.
Caetano Andrade VL, Flores BM, Levis C, Clement CR, Roberts P, Schöngart J. Growth rings of Brazil nut trees (Bertholletia excelsa) as a living record of historical human disturbance in Central Amazonia. PloS one. 2019 Apr 3;14(4):e0214128.
Cassino MF, Alves RP, Levis C, Watling J, Junqueira AB, Shock MP, Ferreira MJ, Caetano Andrade VL, Furquim LP, Coelho SD, Tamanaha EK. Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Applied to Historical Ecology. In Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology 2019 (pp. 187-208). Humana Press, New York, NY.