Dr Andressa Vianna Mansur


Research interests


I am interested in thematic areas of vulnerability and risk of socio-ecological systems, urbanization and social and environmental problems in urban systems, biodiversity conservation, coastal management, socio-environmental changes in deltas and estuaries, and sustainable water resources management including water quality. My work at the iDiv focuses on research and environmental policy guidance related to urban sustainability, in particular, understanding the impacts of urban growth on biodiversity and human well-being. My postdoc position is associated with the sDiv working group sUrBio2050 – Assessing globally important areas for biodiversity preservation and human well-being.

Previously, my research focused on urban vulnerability and adaptation to floods at the Amazon Delta region. I remain active in this field and cherish the opportunity to work together in these topics with colleagues in Brazil.

short CV


2018 – ongoing

Postdoctoral researcher sDiv – Synthesis Centre
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) – Germany


2013 – 2017

Ph.D. – Erasmus Mundus PhD in Marine and Coastal Management
International PhD, University of Cádiz, Cádiz – Spain


2010 – 2012

M.Sc. – Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Science in Ecohydrology
Lodz University - Poland, Christian- Albrechts University of Kiel – Germany, University of Algarve – Portugal


2005 – 2009

B. Sc. - Oceanography
Federal do Paraná University (UFPR), Pontal do Paraná- PR, Brazil

selected publications


Mansur A.V., Brondizio E.S., Roy S., Soares P.P.M., Newton, A. (2017). Adapting to urban challenges in the Amazon: Flood risk and infrastructure deficiencies in Belém, Brazil" Regional Environmental Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-017-1269-3

Mansur A.V., Brondizio, E. S, Roy, S., Hetrick, S., Vogh, N. & Newton, A. (2016). An assessment of urban vulnerability in the Amazon delta and estuary: a multi-criterion index of flood exposure, socio-economic conditions and infrastructure. Sustainability Science, 11:4, 625- 643. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-016-0355-7

Brondizio, E. S., Vogt N., Mansur A.V., Anthony, E., Costa, S., Hetrick, S. (2016). A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Deltas as Coupled Social Ecological Systems. Sustainability Science, 11:4, 591-609. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-016-0368-2.

Brondizio, E.S., E. Foufoula-Georgiou, S. Szabo, N. Vogt, Z. Sebesvari, F. G. Renaud, A. Newton, E. Anthony, Mansur, A. V., Z. Matthews, S. Hetrick, S. M. Costa, Z. Tessler, A. Tejedor, A. Longjas. J. Dearing. (2016). Catalyzing actions towards the sustainability of deltas. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 19, 182-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2016.05.001.

iDiv publications


McDonald, R. I., Mansur, A. V., Ascensão, F., Colbert, M., Crossman, K., Elmqvist, T., … Ziter, C. (2020). Research gaps in knowledge of the impact of urban growth on biodiversity. Nature Sustainability, 3(1), 16–24. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0436-6

Lembi, R. C., Cronemberger, C., Picharillo, C., Koffler, S., Albuquerque Sena, P. H., Felappi, J. F., … Mansur, A. V. (2020). Urban expansion in the atlantic forest: Applying the nature futures framework to develop a conceptual model and future scenarios. Biota Neotropica, 20, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1590/1676-0611-bn-2019-0904 

De Lima, A. C. B., Almeida, O., Pinedo-Vasquez, M., Lee, T. M., Rivero, S., Schramski, S., Mansur, A. V. (2020). Climate hazards in small and medium cities in the Amazon Delta and Estuary: challenges for resilience. Environment and Urbanization, (4). https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247819874586.

McDonald, Robert, ML Colbert, M. Hamann, R. Simkin, B. Walsh, F. Ascensao, M. Barto, K. Crossman, M. Edgecomb, T. Elmqvist, A. Gonzalez, B. Guneralp, D. Haase, O. Hillel, K. Huang, D. Maddox, Mansur A.V., J. Paque, H. Pereira, JR Pierce, R. Weller, K. Seto, M. Tan, and C. Ziter (2018). Nature in the Urban Century. The Nature Conservancy Report. Washington DC.

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