Fabio Scarano is a Forest Engineer from Universidade Federal de Brasília (UNB), Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and member of the Linnean Society of London.
Professor of ecology at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) since 1993, also acted in the UN panels on climate (IPCC; 2011-2014) and biodiversity (IPBES; 2014-2017). Worked in companies in the Brazilian forest sector (1986-1988), as well at CAPES-MEC (2005-2011) as Research Director of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (2007-2009), Senior Vice President for the Americas of the NGO Conservation International (2009-2015) and Executive Director of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (2015-2018).
Fabio has authored over 100 scientific publications on biodiversity, climate change and sustainability, and awarded the Jabuti Prize for the books Brazilian Biomes: Portraits of a Plural Country (2012) and Atlantic Forest: A History of the Future (2014). His current topics of interest include adaptation to climate change, the science-political interface in the socio-environmental arena, and the history and relationships between concepts and theories about nature, the biosphere, sustainability and Gaia.