Marcelo Mazzolli


Born in 1965 in Brazil, graduated in Biology in 1992, earned a M.Sc. degree at the University of Durham, UK. in 2000, and Ph.D. in Ecology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 2006.

Personal hobbies and activities

Sportsperson since tender age, has practiced tenis, swimming, surf and judo and other martial arts. Currently maintains the practice of Tai-Chi and Kung Fu (photo), and also raising and training of horses.



1986 – 1986: Jungle guide at TransAmazonas Turismo, Manaus

Tasks: Guided foreign tourists into the jungle and through rivers for outdoor activities, at first with local assistant support and latter on my own, taking the responsibilities for cooking, guiding and safety.


1991 - 1994: Founder and director of Kestrel desktop publishing and computer sale company

Tasks: Implementantion of equipment and software, self-teaching on software (Page Maker, Ventura Publisher, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe FreeHand, Photoshop, repair and assemblage of computers, networking computers). Managing personal, hiring and mentoring in software usage and computer design.

More information: In one occasion I performed a work for a client fixing a sotware bug that impaired a software to print at high resolution to a HP laser printer. He latter told me he had taken the printer for an authorized shop where six HP technicians and engineers were not able to do it.


1988 – current: Projeto Puma (NGO), executive director.

Main projects

1993 – 2012: Land use systems and environment policies for Puma concolor conservation

Tasks: Conceived projects, managed budget, conducted field surveys, produced scientific reports and publications, assembled the home page

More information: Initially focused in finding how suitable different land use systems in private lands ranked as environments to a single species, Puma concolor, including studies in ranching areas with livestock depredation and in forest plantations, and activity that involved participation of stakeholders. Relevant outcomes were published in international journals, including on the coexistence of environmentally certified forestry and healthy populations of the species. During this period, the recolonization of P. concolor in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and its causes were also discovered and publicized.


2000 – 2015: Consultancy for management of protected/ private areas and for implementation of large building enterprises

Tasks: Field surveys, advised private and public companies and environmental agencies, produced scientific reports

More information: As consultant from Projeto Puma, I acted in numerous management plans for federal and state protected areas and corridors, advising on mammalian communities. In large enterprise operations, I provided guidance to reduce environmental impact of roads, mining operations and of hydroelectric power plants.


2005 – 2015: Research expeditions with volunteers in the Atlantic and Amazonian Forests of Brazil

Tasks: Recruitment of national and international volunteers (marketing and contact with international partners), staffing, emergency response and training, organization of the expeditions and camp setup (logistics and transportation), training of volunteers to collect data, data trial, analysis and publications as reports.

More information: Research expeditions were conducted annually to both commercially productive areas (forestry, mining) and to protected areas, in the following ecosystems and land uses: Araucaria forests (southern Brazil, area with forest plantation), Atlantic Rainforest (southern Brazil, protected area for sustainable use), Atlantic Rainforest (southeast Brazil, restricted protected area), Amazon forest (protected area for sustainable use, forestry and mining). It involved recruitment of volunteers (marketing), organization of the expeditions (logistics), training of volunteers to collect data, data trial, analysis and publications as reports.


2009 – current: High Conservation Value (HCV) consultant

Tasks: Field surveys to identify threats to conservation values, produced and reviewed scientific reports

More information: HCV is an environmental certification system used as standard in forestry and palm/soy plantations that was first devised by FSC/Proforest and is now independently administered by the HCV Network based in London. It aims to identify threats to High Conservation Values (biodiversity, water, local culture). Representing Projeto Puma, I initially acted as a Technical Panel member of the HCV Network, producing assessment and assessment reports. Now as member of the Pool of Reviewers, my task is to revise assessments made by others. One of the main achievements was to identify outside threats by illegal loggers at the vicinities of an Amazonian private forestry operation and communicate to environmental officers, which arrested the transgressors.


2004 – 2015: Lecturer/researcher at a University in southern Brazil (Universidade do Planalto Catarinense - UNIPLAC)

Lecturer at undergraduate courses

Zoology, Wildlife Management, Paleontology, Statistics Applied to Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Molecular Biology, Integrated Practices for Regional Development and Management of Projects for Regional Development

Lecturer at postgraduate courses (specialization)

.Course 'Sustainable Development and Environmental Management': Landscape Ecology and Biodiversity Sampling, Traditional Equestrian Culture, Management of Natural Resources, Dissertation Supervision

.Course 'Engineering and Work Security': Environmental Protection

.Course 'Environmental Health': Atmospheric, Soil and Water Pollution, Environmental Quality and Land Use, Health in Feeding Habits, Environment Impacts on the Environmental Health 


Lecturer at postgraduate courses (master program in Environment and Health)

Human occupation (land use) and Biodiversity, Environmental Contamination


Other academic tasks

.Member of the team that implemented a master degree project in Environment and Health

.Suggested changes in the program of Biological Sciences that were implemented by the coordinator

.Elaborated the project (selecting disciplines, hired lecturers, calculated budgets) and acted as coordinator of the postgraduate (specialization) program in 'Sustainable Development and Environmental Management'

.Participated in committees for selection of lecturer candidates

.Co-supervised institutional projects on water quality and recovery of riparian forests

.Supervised students


2006 – current: Biosphere Expeditions (NGO)

2006 – 2011: Scientist

Tasks: Elaborated sampling design, training of foreign volunteers (to collect data and on safety), field sampling, data trail and analysis, and published results as reports

Scientist in expeditions to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, Amazon Forest of Peru and Dhofar mountain range in Oman (Middle East).

2012 – current: Global scientist

Tasks: Supervise studies and elaborate study designs, mentor an international team of scientists and review/edit reports from studies conducted in Peru (mammals), Slovakia (bear, wolf and lynx), Kyrgyzstan (snow leopard) and Indonesia (tiger).





Image of sport practice

Not an old man, no sir ! Photo taken in 2015 during test to a higher rank, performing a jump during the sword form

Image of riding horse

Horse riding in the tablelands of southern Brazil



Selected publications


Puma concolor and jaguar

Mazzolli, M. 2012. Natural recolonization and suburban presence of pumas Puma concolor in Brazil. Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment (JENE) 4: 344-361.

Mazzolli, M. 2013. Lethal bitting behaviour of pumas (Carnivora, Felidae) interpreted from fractured skull of prey. Neotropical Biology and Conservation 8: 63-66.

Mazzolli, M. 2010. Mosaics of exotic forest plantations and native forests as habitat of pumas. Environmental Management (New York) 46: 237-253.

Mazzolli, M. 2009. Loss of historical range of jaguars in southern Brazil. Biodiversity and Conservation 18 (6): 1715-1717.



Mazzolli, M. 2014. Technical advice on the viability of wild felid populations after the construction of a Small Hydroeletric plant in the locality of Coxilha Rica, Lages. Eletrosul/Fatma. Projeto Puma Report. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M. 2013. Study to support decisions on fauna connectivity in the road SCT 477 in Santa Catarina (in Portuguese). Projeto Puma Report. FATMA/DNIT, Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M. Revision of main points and recommendations for the Integrated Management of the River Uruguay (AAI) and of the EIA of Paiquerê hydroeletic power plant in the river Pelotas (in Portuguese). Projeto Puma report. Florianópolis, Brazil.


Research with volunteers at Projeto Puma

Mazzolli, M. 2015. Jaguar Corridor: Jamari National Forest, Amazons. Projeto Puma expedition report. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M. & Oliveira, A.B. 2014. Jaguar corridor: Sooretama Biological Reserve. Projeto Puma expedition report. Florianópolis, Brazil.


High Conservation Values

Mazzolli, M. 2016. Report Review: High Conservation Value Assessment for Palm Oil plantation for Agropisa S.A and BioAp S.A.S., in States of Campeche and Tabasco (Mexico). Projeto Puma report. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M. 2014. Review of High Conservation Value Assessment of timber harvesting for AMATA in Mato Grosso (Brazil) (in Portuguese). Projeto Puma report. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M. 2009. High Conservation Value Area (HCVA) assessment report for timber harvesting for ‘ Fazenda Mundo Novo’, Roraima, Brazil for Madeireira Vale Verde Ltd. (MVV), Malrimalrii Florestal Ltda/GreenWood Limited. Projeto Puma report. Florianópolis, Brazil.



Scheibe, L.F.; MAZZOLLI, M. et al. 2014. Project Guarani/Serra Geral Network (RGSG). Executive report: Technical report with added conclusions and new data presented in the Simposium RH/RGSG/2013 (in Portuguese). Project report/ Fapesc. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M.; Rech, T.D.; Cardoso, J.T; Oliveira, A.C. 2013. Analysis and monitoring of water quality in the River Canoas watershed (in Portuguese). Uniplac (university) institutional report/ Fapesc. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M.; Silva, A.M.; Rech, T.D. 2013. Land use and restoration of degraded areas in the River Canoas watershed (in Portuguese). Uniplac (university) institutional report/ Fapesc. Florianópolis, Brazil.

Mazzolli, M.; Ehrhardt, N. 2013. Irregular occupation of riparian vegetation in areas of Aquifer recharge in Lages, SC (in Portuguese). Geosul (UFSC) 28: 163-180.

Student's dissertations

Wiggers, S. 2014. Population structure and natality in a group of howler monkeys in the highlands of Santa Catarina. Dissertation - specialization in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. Uniplac, Lages, Brazil.

Neto, L.L.P.S. 2012. Biology of the pampas deer in Lages, Santa Catarina. Dissertation - specialization in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. Uniplac, Lages, Brazil.

Balduíno, A.. 2012. Carbon credits from burning biomass for energy production (in Portuguese). Dissertation - specialization in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. Uniplac, Lages, Brazil.

Pozenato, G.S.. 2012. Persistence of pampas deer in areas of forest plantations (in Portuguese). Dissertation - specialization in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. Uniplac, Lages, Brazil.


Research expeditions with Biosphere Expeditions (papers, reports and presentations)

Widodo, F.A.; MAZZOLLI, M; Hammer, M. 2016. Voluntourism in action for conservation of the Sumatran tiger in Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve, Sumatra. Presentation at the International WildLife Symposium: Conserving Sumatran Wildlife Heritage for Sustainable Livelihood, October 18-10, 2016. University Of Lampung, Indonesia.

Mazzolli, M.; Haag, T.; Lippert, B.; Eizirik, E.; Hammer, M.L.A.; Hikmani, K. 2016. Multiple methods increase detection of large and medium-sized mammals: working with volunteers in south-eastern Oman. Oryx (Oxford, print). Link here.

Widodo, F.A.; MAZZOLLI, M; Hammer, M. 2016. Sumatran tiger conservation - Forest flagship: researching & conserving critically endangered Sumatran tigers in Rimbang Baling Wildlife Sanctuary, Sumatra, Indonesia. Biosphere Expeditions report. London, UK.

Hulik, T.; MAZZOLLI, M.; Hammer, M. 2016. True white wilderness: winter wolf and lynx tracking in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia. Biosphere Expeditions report. London, UK.

Mazzolli, M. 2015. Report review and study design/maps: Tytar, V. & Hammer, M. 2015. Mountain ghosts: protecting snow leopards and other animals of the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Biosphere Expeditions report. London, UK.

Mazzolli, M. 2009. Arabian leopard, Panthera pardus nimr, status and habitat assessment in northwest Dhofar, Sultanate of Oman (Mammalia: Felidae). Zoology in the Middle East 47: 3-12.


2016 - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIODIVERSITY. Trophy hunting, conservation and rural development in Zimbabwe: issues, options and implications by Victor K Muposhi, Edson Gandiwa, Paul Bartels and Stanley M Makuza.

2015 - PLOS One. Using species distribution models to predict potential landscape restoration effects on the Puma (Puma concolor) conservation by Cintia Camila Silva Angelieri, Christine Adams-Hosking, Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz, Marcelo Pereira de Souza, Clive Alexander McAlpine.

2014 - EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH. The use of sheepdogs in sheep production in Southeastern Brazil by Rafael A. Moral, Fernando Azevedo and Luciano Verdade.

2014 - STUDIES ON NEOTROPICAL FAUNA AND ENVIRONMENT. Activity patterns in sympatric carnivores in Nahuelbuta mountain range, Southern Chile by Alfredo H. Zúñiga, Jaime E. Jiménez and Pablo Ramírez de Arellano.


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