Francisco has a bachelor in biological sciences from the University of São Paulo and a master of science and Ph.D. in ecology from the same institution, with a period as visiting student at the University of Cambridge.
He has been working since 2013 developing research and consultancies for NGOs and the private sector. His main interests are related to the interface between applied ecology, policy-making, environmental planning, and the cost-benefits of conservation and restoration actions. For that, he uses tools from disciplines such as landscape ecology, geographic information system, and statistical modeling.
At IIS he is a post-doctoral researcher in data science at the Trade Hub project, which aims to analyze the environmental impacts of agricultural commodity production and international trade.