OAMa is based on collective work, multidisciplinary and volunteering. Our organization is guided by a team of directors and associates. OAMa also consists of a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds, that collaborate with their specialties. Without them we would not be able to execute our plans and activities. We count on a fiscal council to keep us in line, and with councilors in the areas of administration and scientific research to help us choose the right way when there are multiple possible paths to follow, and with connecting with other organizations and research institutions, national and international.

OAMa is a non-profit independent organization that rellies heavily on volunteers


The directors, elected by OAMa associates, is the team that do the day-to-day work, the main force of the organization. This team is composed by three ornithologists that are responsible for general planning, elaboration and execution of proposals, activities and all of the logistics of the observatory. 

Luiza Figueira is a biologist with a master’s in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Luiza has worked with bird banding since 2014, having collaborated on diverse projects like the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) in the Brazilian Amazon, the Costa Rica Bird Observatory (CRBO) and Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) in Oregon, United States. Luiza is certified as a trainer in bird banding by the North American Banding Council (NABC) and was an instructor in diverse banding courses in Brazil and the United States, participating in training of a multitude of banders. Her major research interest is centered on ecological restoration and the mitigation of anthropogenic effects for the conservation of ecosystems. email: lfigueira@oama.eco.br

Pedro Martins is an ecologist interested in statistics and population dynamics of birds. After getting his masters in Ecology from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in 2016, Pedro worked with the long term monitoring of birds using banding with the Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO), where he was certified as a trainer by the North American Banding Council (NABC). During his stay in the United States, Pedro worked in the management and analysis of long term monitoring data for the KBO and for the Redwood Science Laboratory (RSL) of the Forest Service in California.  email: pmartins@oama.eco.br

Raquel Justo is a biologist with a master’s and emphasis in Animal Biology, specifically in the area of Ornithology, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). She has worked with birds since 2007, and she developed her dissertation project on Biogeoraphy and Distribution of Birds from the Brazilian Green Coast. She has ample experience in elaboration, execution and coordination of environmental impact studies. For four years she was in the coordination of rescue of fauna for Petrobras, and she has coordinated numerous monitoring projects of fauna in the four Brazilian biomes: Caatinga, Mata Atlantica, Cerrado and Amazonia. email: rjusto@oama.eco.br


Are those that participate in the decisions and internal processes of OAMa, following a regiment and participating in meetings where the guidelines of the organization are delineated annually. 

From left to right in the photo above, OAMa’s associated founders are: Joaquim Mendonça (forestry engineer), Raquel Justo (biologist), Julia Rodrigues (photographer), Luiza Figueira (ecologist), Nívea Leite (artisan), Pedro Martins (ecologist), Lino Matheus (environmentalist), Renata Miwa (designer), Felipe Cotrim (journalist).


Professionals that voluntarily collaborate with OAMa by offering their specialties, elaborating projects and activities as well as promoting our mission and objectives as an organization. 

Consulting Council

A select group of professionals with experiences in areas and topics of interest to OAMa that offer mentorship and counseling to the board and associates when requested. 

André Luiz Gonçalves. Agronomist with a doctorate in Natural Resoures. He is a professor in agroecology at the Federal Institute Catarinense (IFC), Santa Rosa do Sul campus, and technical coordinator of the Ecological Center NGO, Rio Grande do Sul. 

Pablo Elizondo. Economist and bird bander, known as Chespi, he is the executive director of the Costa Rica Bird Observatory (CRBO).

CJ Ralph. Emeritus Researcher at the Forest Service of the United States in Arcata, California (USDA Forest Service’s Redwood Sciences Laboratory). CJ has a lot of experience in the creation and development of long-term monitoring programs and with bird banding in the United States, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. 

Scientific Council

Researchers with experience in areas and topics related to OAMa. They offer mentorship and support to the directors and associats when asked, especially with planning and prioritizing OAMa’s research projects. 

Alexandra Pires Fernandez.  Biologist with a doctorate in Vegetative Biology, Alexandra is actually a professor associated with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFFRJ). Her major interest lies in the area of Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology, with her line of research including themes of forest fragmentation, animal-plant interactions, defaunation, reintroduction, ecology of palms and ecology of mammals. 

Gonçalo Ferraz. Biologist with a doctorate in Ecology and Evolution, Goncalo is professor of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). In reality, his research is centered on population demography, with an emphasis on the study of responses of animal populations to landscape modifications. 

Jared Wolfe. Biologist with a doctorate in Wildlife Biology, a researcher and assistant professor at Michigan Technological University. His research interests focus on investigating the relationships between birds and climactic changes, molt cycles and endangered species.

Helio Ricardo da Silva. Biologist with a doctorate in Systematics and Evolution, Helio is a professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). His line of research is focused on evolution and systematics of amphibians and reptiles and he mostly studies questions related to biogeography and conservation.

Fiscal Council

People elected by those associated with the organization in order to help us stay in line in the administrative and financial part OAMa. The job of the fiscal councilors is to review the financial relations and the administrative actions of OAMa so that we can identify irregularities and avoid large errors in advance.


Organizations, initiatives, companies or groups with whom we make partnerships of innumerous forms.