José Márcio Ayres


José Márcio Ayres

Infobox Scientist
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name = José Márcio Ayres


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birth_date = February 21, 1954
birth_place = Belém, Pará, Brazil
death_date = New York
death_place = March 7, 2003
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nationality = Brazilian
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fields = Conservation biology Primatology
workplaces = Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi Wildlife Conservation Society
alma_mater = University of São Paulo B.Sc. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia M.Sc. University of Cambridge Ph.D.
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academic_advisors = Warwick Estevam Kerr Paulo Vanzolini David Chivers
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notable_students = Helder Queiroz
known_for = Amazon conservation
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José Márcio Ayres (1954-2003) was a Brazilian primatologist and conservationist who founded the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in 1996, followed by the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve in 1997. The two reserves are located in the central region of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, and are joined by adjacent Jaú National Park to form a corridor spanning over 20,000 square miles of protected rainforest.

Ayres devoted his life to the preservation of the unique biota and ecosystems of the Amazon, as well as to developing a method by which rural dwellers would benefit from the conservation of natural resources. He realized that the uakari monkeys he had been studying for his doctorate thesis would stand no chance of survival unless new community-based models of natural resource management were applied to the much exploited Amazon River flood basin.

Ayres' doctorate in primatology at Cambridge, in 1986, was for his thesis "The White Uakaris and the Amazonian Flooded Forest", the field work for which was undertaken on the upper Amazon River flood plain, near Tefé.

Publications

* AYRES, José Márcio. "As Várzeas do Mamirauá". MCT-CNPq, Sociedade Civil Mamirauá, 1995.
* PADOCH, Christine; AYRES, J. Márcio; PINEDO-VASQUEZ, Miguel; HENDERSON, Andrew (ed). "Várzea. Diversity, Development, and Conservation of Amazonia's Whitewater Floodplains. Advances in Economic Botany". Volume 13, New York: The New York Botanical Garden Press.

External sources

* Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute [http://www.mamiraua.org.br/]
* "New York Times" obituary [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0DE1DE173EF932A25750C0A9659C8B63]


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