Emilio M. Bruna

Director, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute
Professor, Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation


Research Interests

Tropical conservation, plant population and community ecology, science and science policy in Latin America, statistics and data management for Latin America.

Geographic Expertise

Brazil (Amazonia, Cerrado)

Curriculum Vitae
  • WIS 6291: Fundraising for Tropical Conservation and Development
  • WIS 3434 Tropical Wildlife 
  • WIS 6934 Scientific Writing and Publication Workshop

Bruna has a joint appointment with the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and the Tropical Conservation and Development Program. He received his BS and MS from the University of California-San Diego and a Ph.D. in Population Biology from the University of California-Davis; he joined the Center in 2002 after completing an NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brazil's Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia. His research awards have included grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Results of Bruna’s research have been published in Ecology, Nature, and Conservation Biology.

Bruna’s research focuses on (1) the causes ecological consequences of deforestation and other human activities on tropical ecosystems, especially Amazonia and the Cerrado, (2) Latin American Science and Science Policy, especially (a) factors that influence within- and between-country patterns of scientific productivity in Latin America and (b) the role of international collaboration on the impact of scientists and their research. He both advises MALAS students interested in these topics and serves on committees of students needed assistance with statistical analysis and data management.