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Felipe Melo

Felipe Melo

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Felipe Melo is an Associate Professor in Ecological Restoration.

Career overview

Felipe Melo has a BSc degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Plant Biology, both from the Federal University of Pernambuco - UFPE ( His PhD was at the National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM ( From 2011 to 2023 he was responsible for the Applied Ecology Lab at the UFPE where he trained 10 MSc students, 6 PhD and two PosDocs. Felipe Melo also has some experience with restoration NGOs in Brazil and is part of the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – IPBES and its Brazilian chapter – BPBES.

Research areas

Felipe Melo’s research is guided by the following question: How to manage and restore social-ecological landscapes? To answer this question, he drew on both the theoretical and analytical tools of natural sciences and on the social-ecological systems (SES) framework.

He has an interest in all kinds of interactions between biodiversity and human activities that take place in working landscapes such as rangelands, farmlands, peri-urban and fragmented landscapes. His research goals are shared between basic and applied sciences with a strong interdisciplinary integration.

Felipe Melo’s contributions to both basic and applied sciences cover: functional ecology, forest regrowth, plant species assembly, plant-animal interactions, biological invasion, and landscape ecology. In terms of applied sciences, he has been producing pieces of work on: use of natural resources, ecological restoration, political ecology and conservation sciences.


Felipe Melo's publications can be found on his site.

Press expertise

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Political Ecology
  • Restoration of degraded ecosystems
  • Tropical biology