Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG)

Dr. Flávia Machado Durgante

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

    Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
    Abteilung Aueninstitut
    D-76437 Rastatt

Flávia Machado Durgante


  • Forest Ecology
  • Tropical Forest Management
  • Botany
  • Ecophysiology

Curriculum vitae


Post-doctoral Researcher at Institute of Geography and Geoecology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Research priorities: Vulnerability index of Amazonian trees to hydrological climate changes; 18O isotopic signal in the water ecosystem, inside of trees and tree rings

2018– Permanent Teacher at post-graduation in Botany at National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA)
2012–2016 PHD Thesis in Tropical Forest Science at National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) Brazil with fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon Forest: Growth and Increment of dominant forest species in Amazonas
2013–2018 Research Support Technician at National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Department of Forest Management. Research priorities: Field courses in Amazon, Isotopic analysis, Spectroscopy, Tree Growth rates
2011–2012 Assistant Teacher in Technology in Environmental Management at University of Amazonas State (UEA), Brazil
2009–2011 Master Thesis in Tropical Forest Science National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) Brazil with fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon Forest: Discrimination of Forest Species through the isotopic signal 13C and 15N and the near infrared spectroscopy
2003–2008 Graduate in Forest Engineer at Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil


  • Near Infrared technology to identify species
  • Isotopic Studies in Forest Science


Contributions in peer-reviewed journals
2019Piva, L. R. d. O., Jardine, K. J., Gimenez, B. O., Perdiz, R. O., Menezes, V. S., Durgante, F. M., Cobello, L. O., Higuchi, N., Chambers, J. Q. (2019): Volatile monoterpene ‘fingerprints’ of resinous Protium tree species in the Amazon rainforest. Phytochemistry 160(2019), pp. 61–70. 10.1016/j.phytochem.2019.01.014 PDF

2018Hadlich, H. L., Durgante, F. M., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N., Chambers, J. Q., Vicentini, A. (2018): Recognizing Amazonian tree species in the field using bark tissues spectra. Forest Ecology and Management 427(2018), pp. 296–304. 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.06.002

2017Gimenez, B. O., dos Santos, L. T., Gebara, J., Celes, C. H. S., Durgante, F. M., Lima, A. J. N., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N. (2017): Tree Climbing Techniques and Volume Equations for Eschweilera (Matá-Matá), a Hyperdominant Genus in the Amazon Forest. Forests 8(5), pp. 154. 10.3390/f8050154

2016Jardine, K. J., Jardine, A. B., Souza, V. F., Carneiro, V., Ceron, J. V., Gimenez, B. O., Soarez, C. P., Durgante, F. M., Higuchi, N., Manzi, A. O., Gonçalves, J. F. C., Garcia, S., Martin, S. T., Zorzanelli, R. F., Piva, L. R. d. O., Chambers, J. Q. (2016): Methanol and isoprene emissions from the fast growing tropical pioneer species Vismia guianensis (Aubl.) Pers. (Hypericaceae) in the central Amazon forest. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16(10), pp. 6441–6452. 10.5194/acp-16-6441-2016

2015Jardine, A. B., Jardine, K. J., Fuentes, J. D., Martin, S. T., Martins, G., Durgante, F. M., Carneiro, V., Higuchi, N., Manzi, A. O., Chambers, J. Q. (2015): Highly reactive light‐dependent monoterpenes in the Amazon. Geophysical Research Letters 42(5), pp. 1576–1583. 10.1002/2014GL062573

Lang, C., Costa, F. R. C., Camargo, J. L. C., Durgante, F. M., Vicentini, A. (2015): Near Infrared Spectroscopy Facilitates Rapid Identification of Both Young and Mature Amazonian Tree Species. PLoS ONE 10(8). 10.1371/journal.pone.0134521

Ohashi, S., Durgante, F. M., Kagawa, A., Kajimoto, T., Trumbore, S. E., Xu, X., Ishizuka, M., Higuchi, N. (2015): Seasonal variations in the stable oxygen isotope ratio of wood cellulose reveal annual rings of trees in a Central Amazon terra firme forest. Oecologica 180(3), pp. 685–696. 10.1007/s00442-015-3509-x

2013Durgante, F. M., Higuchi, N., Almeida, A., Vicentini, A. (2013): Species Spectral Signature: Discriminating closely related plant species in the Amazon with Near-Infrared Leaf-Spectroscopy. Forest Ecology and Management 291(2013), pp. 240–248. 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.10.045

Book chapters
2014Ohashi, S., Durgante, F. M., Kagawa, A., Trumbore, S. E., Kajimoto, T., Xu, X., Ishizuka, M., Higuchi, N. (2014): Isotopic Tree-ring analysis of trees with no distinct annual rings in Amazonian terra firme forests: a preliminary report. chapter 7, pp. 55–64. In: Lima, A. J. N., Durgante, F. M., Campos, M. A. A., dos Santos, J., Ishizuka, M., Higuchi, N.: Dinâmica do Carbono das Florestas da Amazônia.

2012de Souza, C. A. S., da Silva, R. P., de Barro, P. C., Durgante, F. M., Amaral, M. R. M., da Silva, N. M. C., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N. (2012): A Floresta Amazônica: conceitos fundamentais. chapter 1, pp. 41–69. In: Higuchi, M. I. G., Higuchi, N.: A floresta amazônica e suas múltiplas dimensões: uma proposta de educação ambiental.

2014Lima, A. J. N., Durgante, F. M., Campos, M. A. A., dos Santos, J., Ishizuka, M., Higuchi, N. (2014): Dinâmica do Carbono das Florestas da Amazônia. 92 pp., Editora INPA (Manaus)