Victor L Caetano Andrade

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Archaeology
+49 3641 686-755

Main Focus

Victor's research is focused in interface between tree ecology, forest ecology and human history.

Curriculum Vitae

Victor obtained his B.S. in Forest Engineering at Federal University of Viçosa and his MSc in Science of Tropical Forests at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil. His PhD research is part of the Max Planck Society funded project ‘A living archaeology in the Amazon Rainforest:First use of tree DNA and chronological profiling to reconstruct prehistoric human rainforest disturbance’, and involves a multidisciplinary international team, including the Max Planck Institutes of Geoanthropology, for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC), and for Developmental Biology, as well as two Brazilian institutions, the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA) and University of São Paulo (USP). Victor's research aims to investigate past human impacts on genetics, spatial distribution, age, and growth of living trees in Tropical Forests. It uses tree-rings, refined biochemical analysis such stable isotopes and radiocarbon dating, as well as modern nuclear genetics to track human environmental manipulation. 


Caetano-Andrade VL, Schöngart J, Ayala WE, Melinski RD, Silva F, Dobrindt R, Roberts P. Advances in increment coring system for large tropical trees with high wood densities. Dendrochronologia. 2021 Aug 1;68:125860.


Caetano-Andrade VL, Clement CR, Weigel D, Trumbore S, Boivin N, Schöngart J, Roberts P. Tropical Trees as Time Capsules of Anthropogenic Activity. Trends in Plant Science. 2020 Apr 1;25(4):369-80.


Caetano-Andrade VL, Flores BM, Levis C, Clement CR, Roberts P, Schöngart J. Growth rings of Brazil nut trees (Bertholletia excelsa) as a living record of historical human disturbance in Central Amazonia. PloS one. 2019 Apr 3;14(4):e0214128.


Roberts P, Kaplan JO, Findley DM, Hamilton R, Caetano-Andrade VL, Amano N, Kay AU, Renn J, Winkelmann R. Mapping our reliance on the tropics can reveal the roots of the Anthropocene. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2023 Feb 23:1-5.


Antunes AC, Montanarin A, Gräbin DM, dos Santos Monteiro EC, de Pinho FF, Alvarenga GC, Ahumada J, Wallace RB, Ramalho EE, Barnett AP, Bager A, Caetano-Andrade VL, (…) AMAZONIA CAMTRAP: A data set of mammal, bird, and reptile species recorded with camera traps in the Amazon forest. Ecology. 2022 Sep 103(9):e3738


Roberts P, Buhrich A, Caetano-Andrade VL, Cosgrove R, Fairbairn A, Florin SA, Vanwezer N, Boivin N, Hunter B, Mosquito D, Turpin G. Reimagining the relationship between Gondwanan forests and Aboriginal land management in Australia's “Wet Tropics”. Iscience. 2021 Mar 19;24(3).


Antunes AC, Baccaro F, Caetano-Andrade VL, Ramos JF, Da Silva Moreira R, Barnett AA. Igapó seed patches: a potentially key resource for terrestrial vertebrates in a seasonally flooded forest of central Amazonia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2019 Jul 31;128(2):460-72.


Cassino MF, Alves RP, Levis C, Watling J, Junqueira AB, Shock MP, Ferreira MJ, Caetano-Andrade VL, Furquim LP, Coelho SD, Tamanaha EK. Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology Applied to Historical Ecology. In Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology 2019 (pp. 187-208). Humana Press, New York, NY.

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