Mateus Batistella
Researcher and Embrapa facilitator of Labex-Flex-UMN
Embrapa Agricultural Informatics

Biography

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Mateus Batistella graduated with undergraduate degrees in Biology at the University of São Paulo (USP) and in Philosophy at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC). He has a master degree in Ecology from the University of São Paulo and a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science from Indiana University (USA).

Currently Mateus is a researcher at Embrapa Agricultural Informatics.  From 2009 to 2015, Mateus was Director General of Embrapa’s Satellite Monitoring Center, and then moved to Embrapa’s Secretariat for International Affairs located at Embrapa headquarters in Brasilia. Mateus is also a collaborating professor at the University of Campinas doctoral program in Environment and Society. His research focuses on the use of geo-technologies to assess landscape ecologies and land use change. He coordinates projects throughout Brazil and presently leads an international team of 24 researchers working on a Food Security and Land Use project under the auspices of the Belmont Forum.

In October 2016, Mateus began a 12 month assignment as a visiting scholar in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, St Paul. In addition to his Belmont Forum and related research activities, Mateus is serving as the founding local facilitator of Labex-Flex, a novel University of Minnesota-Embrapa collaborative research partnership. The Labex-Flex in St Paul will catalyze and coordinate strategic research partnerships involving UMN and Embrapa and their respective public and private sector research partners.