Brando PM, Soares-Filho B, Rodrigues L, et al. (2020) The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia. Science Advances.


Staver AC, Brando PM, Barlow J, Morton DC, Paine CT, Malhi Y , Araujo Murakami A, Pasquel J (2019), Thinner bark increases sensitivity of wetter Amazonian tropical forests to fire. Ecol Lett. doi: 10.1111/ele.13409

Brando PM, Paolucci L, Ummenhofer C, Ordway E, Hartmann H, Cattau M, Rattis L, Medjibe V, Coe M, Balch J (2019) Droughts, Wildfires, and Forest Carbon Cycling: a Pantropical Synthesis. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Wong MY, Neill C, Marino R,1 Silvério DV, Brando PM,  Howarth RW (2019). Biological nitrogen fixation does Not replace nitrogen losses after forest fires in the southeastern Amazon. Ecosystemsdoi: 10.1007/s10021-019-00453-y

Costa MH, Fleck LC,  Cohn AS, Abrahão GM, Brando PM,  Coe MT, Rong Fu et al. (2019) Climate risks to Amazon agriculture suggest a rationale to conserve local ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Brando PM, Silverio D, Maracahipes L, Oliveira-Santos C, Levick S, Coe M, Migliavacca M, Balch J, Macedo M, Nepstad D, Maracahipes L, Davidson E, Asner G, Kolle O, Trumbore S (2019). Prolonged tropical forest degradation due to compounding disturbances: implications for CO2 and H2O fluxes. Global Change Biology, 25(9), 2855-2868.

Silvério DV, Brando PM, Bustamante MM, Putz FE, Marra DM, Levick SR, Trumbore SE (2019) Fire, fragmentation, and windstorms: A recipe for tropical forest degradation. Journal of Ecology. V.106 p.1.1

Nóbrega CC, Brando PM, Silvério DV, Maracahipes L, de Marco Jr P (2019). Effects of experimental fires on the phylogenetic and functional diversity of woody species in a neotropical forest.Forest Ecology and Management,450, 117497.

Conte L, Renner M, Brando PM, dos Santos C, Silverio D, Kolle O, Trumbore S, Kleidon A (2019) Effects of tropical deforestation on surface energy balance partitioning in southeastern Amazonia estimated from maximum convective power. Geophysical Research Letters.

Paolucci L, Liberio R, Rattis L, Silverio D, Marques N, Macedo M, Brando PM (2019) Lowland tapirs facilitate seed dispersal in Amazon degraded forests. Biotropica.


Brando PM (2018) Tree height matters. Nature Geoscience.

Rifai SW, Girardin CA, Berenguer E, del Aguila-Pasquel J, Dahlsjö CA., Doughty CE., Jeffery KJ, Moore S, Oliveras I, Riutta T, Rowland LM et al. (2018) ENSO Drives interannual variation of forest woody growth across the tropics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1760), p.20170410.

Nagy R Porder S, Brando PM, Davidson EA, Neill C., Riskin S, Trumbore S (2018) Soil carbon dynamics in soybean cropland and forests in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 123(1), 18-31.

Berengue E, Malhi Y, Brando PM, Cardoso Nunes Cordeiro A, Ferreira J, França F, Chesini Rossi L, Maria Moraes de Seixas M, Barlow J (2018) Tree growth and stem carbon accumulation in human-modified Amazonian forests following drought and fire. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1760), p.20170308.

McDowell N, Allen CD., Anderson‐Teixeira, K, Brando PM, Brienen R, Chambers J, et. al. (2018) Drivers and mechanisms of tree mortality in moist tropical forests. New Phytologist.

Metcalfe DB, Rocha W, Balch JK, Brando PM, Doughty CE, Malhi Y (2018) Impacts of fire on sources of soil CO2 efflux in a dry Amazon rain forest. Global Change Biology.

Domingues TF, Ometto JP., Nepstad DC, Brando PM, Martinelli LA, Ehleringer JR (2018) Ecophysiological plasticity of Amazonian trees to long-term drought. Oecologia, 187(4), pp.933-940.


Coe MT, Brando PM, Deegan LA, Macedo MN, Neill C, Silvério DV (2017) The forests of the Amazon and Cerrado moderate regional climate and are the key to the future. Tropical Conservation Science. 10:1940082917720671.

Paolucci L, Schoerederc J, Brando PM, Andersen A (2017) Fire-induced forest transition to derived savannas: Cascading effects on ant communities. Biological Conservation. 214, 295-302

De Faria BL, Brando PM, Macedo M, Panday P, Soares-Filho B, Coe M. Current and future patterns of fire-induced forest degradation in Amazonia (2017 ) Environmental Research Letters.

Neill C, Jankowski K, Brando PM, Coe MT, Deegan L,  Macedo M, Riskin S, Porder S, Elsenbeer H, and Krusche A (2017) Surprisingly Modest Water Quality Impacts From Expansion and Intensification of Large-Sscale Commercial Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon-Cerrado Region. Tropical Conservation Science 10: 1940082917720669.

​de Andrade RB, Balch JK, Carreira JY, Brando PM, Freitas AV (2017). The impacts of recurrent fires on diversity of fruit-feeding butterflies in a south-eastern Amazon forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 33(1), 22-32.


Wu J, et al (2016) Leaf development and demography explain photosynthetic seasonality in Amazon evergreen forests. Science 351.6276 (2016): 972-976.

Brando PM, Oliveria‐Santos C, Rocha W, Cury R, Coe MT (2016) Effects of experimental fuel additions on fire intensity and severity: unexpected carbon resilience of a neotropical forest. Global Change Biology.

Coe MT, Macedo MN, Brando PM, Lefebvre P, Panday P, Silvério D (2016). The hydrology and energy balance of the Amazon basin. In Interactions Between Biosphere, Atmosphere and Human Land Use in the Amazon Basin (pp. 35-53). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


Duffy PB, Brando PM, Asner GP, Field CB (2015). Projections of future meteorological drought and wet periods in the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(43), 13172-13177.

Silvério D, Brando PM, Macedo MN, Beck PS, Bustamante M, Coe MT (2015). Agricultural expansion dominates climate changes in southeastern Amazonia: the overlooked non-GHG forcing. Environmental Research Letters, 10(10), 104015.

Trumbore S, Brando PM, Hartmann H (2015) Forest health and global change. Science, 394(6250), 814-818.

Meir P, Wood TE, Galbraith D, Brando PM, Da Costa A, Rowland L, Ferreira LV. Threshold responses to soil moisture deficit by trees and soil in tropical rain forests: insights from field experiments. BioScience 65, no. 9 (2015): 882-892.

Nagy C, Porder S, Neil C, Brando PM, Quintino R, do Nascimento R (2015). Structure and Composition of Altered Riparian Forests in an Agricultural Amazonian Landscape. Ecological Applications.

Balch J, Brando PM, Nepstad D, Coe M, Silvério D, Massad T, Davidson E, Lefebvre P, Oliveira-Santos C, Rocha W, Cury R, Thissel A, Carvalho K (2015) The Tolerance and susceptibility of southeastern Amazon forest to fire: insights from large-scale experimental burns. Bioscience.

Alencar AAC, Brando PM, Asner GP, Putz FE (2015) Landscape Fragmentation, Severe Drought and the New Amazon Forest Fire Regime. Ecological Applications:150123115009002–38.

Malhi, Yadvinder, et al. (2015) The linkages between photosynthesis, productivity, growth and biomass in lowland Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology.

Massad TJ, Balch J, Mews C, Porto P, Marimon Junior BH, Quintino R, Brando PM, Vieira S, Trumbore S. (2015) Early recruitment responses to interactions between frequent fires, nutrients, and herbivory in the southern Amazon. Oecologia 1-11.


Brando PM, Balch JK, Nepstad D, Morton D, Putz FE, Coe MT, Silvério D, Macedo M et al. (2014) Abrupt increases in Amazonian tree mortality due to drought-fire interactions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1305499111

Nepstad D, McGrath D, Stickler C, Alencar A, Azevedo A, Swette B, Bezerra T, DiGiano M, Shimada J, Seroa da Motta R, Armijo E, Castello L, Brando PM, et al. (2014). Slowing Amazon deforestation through public policy and interventions in beef and soy supply chains. Science, 344(6188), 1118–1123. doi:10.1126/science.1248525


Silvério DV, Brando PM, Balch JK, Putz FE, Nepstad DC, Oliveira-Santos C, Bustamante MM (2013) Testing the Amazon savannization hypothesis: fire effects on invasion of a neotropical forest by native cerrado and exotic pasture grasses. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368(1619).

Brando PM, Coe MT, DeFries R, Andrea AA (2013) Ecology, economy and management of an agroindustrial frontier landscape in the southeast Amazon. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368, no. 1619.

Rocha W, Metcalfe DB, Doughty CE, Brando PM, Silverio D, Halladay K, Nepstad DC, J. K. Balch Malhi Y. 2013. Ecosystem productivity and carbon cycling in intact and annually burnt forest at the dry southern limit of the Amazon rainforest (Mato Grosso, Brazil). Plant Ecology & Diversity 7:1–16.

Balch JK, Massad TJ, Brando PM, Nepstad DC, Curran LM. 2013. Effects of high-frequency understorey fires on woody plant regeneration in southeastern Amazonian forests. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368:20120157.

Powell TL, Galbraith DR, Christoffersen BO, Harper A, Imbuzeiro HMA, Rowland L, Almeida S, Brando PM, da Costa ACL, Costa MH, Levine NM, Malhi Y, Saleska SR, Sotta E, Williams M, Meir P, Moorcroft PR. 2013. Confronting model predictions of carbon fluxes with measurements of Amazon forests subjected to experimental drought. New phytologist 200:350–365.

Macedo MN, Coe MT, DeFries R, Uriarte M, Brando PM, Neill C, Walker WS. 2013. Land- use-driven stream warming in southeastern Amazonia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368:20120153–20120153.


Soares-Filho B, Silvestrini R, Nepstad D, Brando PM, Rodrigues H, Alencar A, Coe M, et al. (2012). Forest fragmentation, climate change and understory fire regimes on the Amazonian landscapes of the Xingu headwaters. Landscape Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10980-012-9723-6

Brando PM, Nepstad DC, Balch JK, Bolker B, Christman MC, Coe M, Putz FE (2012) Fire- induced tree mortality in a neotropical forest: the roles of bark traits, tree size, wood density, and fire behavior. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/j. 1365-2486.2011

Massad T, Davidson Eric, Balch JK, Brando PM, Mews C, Vieira S, Marimon Junior BH, Trumbore S (2012) Interactions between repeated fire, nutrients, and insect herbivores affect the recovery of diversity in the southern Amazon. Oecologia 172.1 (2013): 219-229.


*Lewis SL, Brando PM, Phillips OL, Heijden GMF van der, Nepstad D (2011) The 2010 Amazon drought. Science 331:554. *These two authors contributed equally to the work

Sakaguchi, K, Xubin Z, Bradley C, Restrepo-Coupe N, Saleska SR, Brando PM (2011) Natural and drought scenarios in an east central Amazon forest: Fidelity of the Community Land Model 3.5 with three biogeochemical models. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Balch JK, Nepstad DC, Curran LM, Brando PM, Portela O, Guilherme P, Reuning-Scherer JD, Carvalho Jr. O de (2011) Size, species, and fire behavior predict tree and liana mortality from experimental burns in the Brazilian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management 261:68-77.


Balch J, Nepstad D, Brando PM, Alencar A. 2010. Comment on “The Incidence of Amazon Fire with Implications for REDD”. Science 330, 1627.

Brando PM, Goetz SJ, Baccini A, Nepstad DC, Beck PSA, Christman MC (2010) Seasonal and interannual variability of climate and vegetation indices across the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:14685.

Markewitz D, Devine S, Davidson E, Brando PM, Nepstad DC (2010) Soil moisture depletion under simulated drought in the Amazon: impacts on deep root uptake. New Phytologist 187:592-607.

Davidson E, Lefebvre P, Brando PM et al. (2010) Carbon Inputs and Water Uptake in Deep Soils of an Eastern Amazon Forest. Forest Science.

Ray D, Nesptad D, Brando PM (2010) Moisture Dynamics of Leaf Litter in a Moist Tropical Rainforest System: Linking Easily Obtained Measures with Fire Danger. New Phytologist.


Phillips O, Aragao L, Fisher J, Lewis S, Lloyd J, Gonzalez G, Malhi Y, Monteagudo A, Peacock J, Quesada C, van der Heijden G, Almeida S, Amaral I, Arroyo L, Aymard G, Baker T, Banki O,Blanc L, Bonal D, Brando PM et al. (2009) Drought sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest. Science.

Malhi Y, Aragao L, Metcalfe D, Patinho S, Quesada A, Almeida S, Anderson L, Brando PM et al (2009) Comprehensive Assessment of Carbon Productivity, Allocation and Storage in Three Amazonian Forests. Global Change Biology, 15, 1255–1274.

Meir P, Brando PM et al. (2009) The effects of drought on Amazonian rainforests, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., doi:10.1029/2008GM000882.

Gloor E et al. (2009) Does the disturbance hypothesis explain the biomass increase in basin-wide Amazon forest plot data? Global Change Biology. 15, 2418–2430.


Brando PM, Nepstad D, Davidson E, Trumbore S, Ray D, Camargo P (2008) Drought Effects on Litterfall, Wood Production, and Belowground Carbon Cycling in an Amazon Forest: Results of a Throughfall Reduction Experiment. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B, 363, 1839-1848.

Balch JK, Nepstad DC, Brando PM, Curran LM, Portela O, de Carvalho O, & LefebvreP (2008). Negative fire feedback in a transitional forest of southeastern Amazonia. Global Change Biology, 14(10), 2276-2287. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01655.x

Davidson E, Nepstad D, Ishida I, Brando PM (2008) Effects of an Experimental Drought and Recovery on Soil Emissions of Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Nitric Oxide in a Moist Tropical Forest. Global Change Biology, 14, 2582-2590.

2006 & earlier

Brando PM, Ray D, Nepstad D, Cardinot G, Curran L, Oliveira R (2006) Effects of Partial Throughfall Exclusion on the Phenology of Coussarea racemosa (Rubiaceae) in an East- Central Amazon Rainforest. Oecologia, 150, 181-189.

Brando PM & Durigan G (2004) Changes in Cerrado Vegetation after Disturbance by Frost (São Paulo State, Brazil). Plant Ecology 175:205-215.1

Brando PM & Durigan G. (2002) Época de maturação dos frutos, beneficiamento e germinação de sementes de espécies lenhosas do cerrado. Boletim do Herbário Ezechias Paulo Heringer, Brasilia