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The unprecedented loss of biodiversity and the imminent threats of climate and environmental change are among the most important challenges facing humanity.
Biodiversity continues to decline around the world, mainly in response to urban and agricultural expansion into natural areas.

The Research Center for Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate Change (CBioClima) is the first Research, Innovation and Diffusion Center (CEPID) based at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) , with support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Created in 2023, at the UNESP Biosciences Institute, CBioClima articulates the consolidated experience of several groups and researchers, with the MISSION of establishing the first research observatory in tropical biodiversity and climate change, promoting innovation with a focus on science-based solutions and sustainability and accelerate the dissemination of knowledge to mitigate biodiversity loss in a climate change scenario.

More than 100 national and international scientists participate in CBioClima, with different specializations and training levels. The CBioClima Center is a CEPID (Research, Innovation and Diffusion Center) funded by FAPESP (2021/10639-5). CBioClima also receives financial support from UNESP and its researchers have the support of national and international partners such as NSF, NERC, UKRI, NWO, among others, and the main Brazilian funding agencies, such as FAPESP, CAPESP, CNPq, FINEP , Serrapilheira Institute, among others. They are researchers committed to facing global challenges related to the loss of biodiversity as a result of climate change.

This commitment gains even more relevance given the scarcity of information on tropical biodiversity, which represents the majority of the world's species. Therefore, CBioClima is strategically positioned as a leader in the Global South, articulating cutting-edge, long-term research with international collaboration and a necessarily multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach in all its research , innovation and dissemination actions.

CBioClima investigates the influence of climate change on biodiversity, the possibilities of integration between conservation practices and production chains, ways to reverse or mitigate environmental impacts on biodiversity and human well-being, possible sustainable solutions in agroecology and seeks to multiply successful experiences in promoting sustainability. These points connect the Center to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 15 – Life on land; 13 – Climate Action, 4 – Quality Education and 5 – Gender Equality.


Executive committee

Directorship and Coordination

Responsible researcher and director: Patrícia Morellato
Vice-director: Mauricio Bacci Jr.
Innovation Coordination: Leonardo Fraceto
Dissemination Coordination: Mauro Galetti
Scientific Coordination: Célio Haddad
Internationalization Coordination: Vitor Miranda

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordination: Clarisse Palma da Silva

International Council

Hans Lambers | The University of Western Australia


Marie Josee Fortin | University of Toronto


Pamela S. Soltis | University of Florida 


Qasim Chaudhry | University of Chester


Rodolfo Dirzo | Stanford University 


Administrative management

Executive Management: Patricia Carolina Moreno

Technology Management: Renan Ramos Chaves

Host institution:

Institute of Biosciences - UNESP - Rio Claro

Associated institution:

Institute of Biology – Unicamp

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