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Dr Auro Almeida

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Almeida is a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Environment. He was awarded a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Science from the Australian National University in 2003. He has 37 years of research experience, primarily working in forestry, agriculture and water-resource management. He combines field experimentation and process-based modelling to create an advanced understanding of how trees and crops respond to different environmental conditions and management practices at different scales. This accumulated knowledge has been used to develop sustainable and environmentally sound production systems for planted and native forests, and agricultural crops; a particular focus has been on water use and catchment management. The science and its application have been undertaken in Australia, and several countries in South America, Europe and Southern Asia. He currently leads a multi-disciplinary project in Nepal in basin plan and water resources management funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and in collaboration with the Government of Nepal. This project is developing basin plan strategy implementation action plan for water resources management in the Kamala River Basin which is strongly linked to capacity building of in-country staff.

Several of the Australian and international projects in the forestry sector have involved long-term applied research with companies and governmental agencies; the focus has been on sustainable wood production and quantifying and improving water use. Using sensor networks to collect field data, Dr Almeida has created and applied models so that growers can predict the effects of tree plantations on catchment water balance and water-use efficiency and respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change. He has also developed strategic research plans for large companies in South America.

Before joining CSIRO, he worked as a senior research scientist for fourteen years in the industrial forestry sector in Brazil, where he was the first person to develop and apply process-based models in the context of managing large-scale forest plantations in Brazil. This led to changes in their planning and management.
From 1988 to 1991 Dr Almeida worked as a researcher for the Italian National Energy Agency (ENEA), IFAD (United Nations) and Ecotherm Spa in Italy in the field of environmental impact assessment.

Other Interests

Gardening, snorkeling, swimming (pool and open water), bushwalking, dog training, travelling and learn different cultures and idioms.
Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian

Achievements and Awards

  • 10/10/2017-28/02/2019

    Gottstein Trust Fellowship
    Gottstein Trust

  • 2014-2014

    Swarm Sensing Project, Tasmanian iAward winner – R&D
    Australian Computer Society

Current Roles

  • Project Leader - Supporting the implementation of basin development planning in Nepal
    Promote rural development, water management and capacity building in Kamala basin in Nepal

  • Project Leader
    Predicting forest plantation growth and water use in plantations in Portugal

  • Project Leader
    Development and application of process-based model in the forestry industry in Australia

  • Site Manager
    Manage the Tasmanian sites of International Cosmos Sensor Network (ICSN). These contribute to the understanding of soil moisture dynamics at the landscape level and development of soil moisture sensing and mapping protocols using high resolution electronic conductivity instruments for precision agriculture

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    Partnership Brokers, Partnership Brokers Association, Canberra, Australia

  • 2017

    Specialization, Leadership Essential
    Melbourne, Australia

  • 2003

    PhD, ANU, Australia
    The Australian National University

  • 2003

    Business Development
    Fundação Don Cabral, Brazil

  • 1993

    Specialization, Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Management
    University of New Mexico, USA

  • 1988

    Specialization, Engineering of Renewable Energy Sources - Sogesta, Italy
    ENI, Urbino, Italy

  • 1986

    Bachelor of Agricultural Engineer - University of Taubate;, Brazil
    University of Taubate, Brazil

Professional Experiences

  • 2020-ongoing

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO, Environment, Sandy Bay, TAS, Australia

  • 2006-2020

    Senior Research Scientist,
    CSIRO, Land and Water, Hobart, Australia

  • 1991-2005

    Senior Research Scientist
    Aracruz Celulose, ES, Brazil

  • 1990-1991

    Environmental Consultant
    IFAD, United Nations, Rome Italy

  • 1990-1991

    Project Engineer
    Ecotherm, Rome, Italy

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 01/07/2015-present

    Ecohydrology Laboratory Custodian

  • 01/01/2017-present

    Warden member of CSIRO Sandy Bay site

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