Masters Student
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. (July 2017 – present)
    Masters of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources, Forest Management
    Advisor: Dr. Marco Contreras
  • Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa MG, Brazil. (March 2010 – January 2016)
    Bachelors of Science in Forest Engineering


Professional Experience

  • Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY. (May 2015 – July 2015)
    Forest Management Lab
    Post: Undergraduate research assistant
  • Nursery Research, Forest Engineering Department (DEF/UFV), Viçosa, MG, Brazil. (May 2013 – December 2013)
    Post: Intern
    Main Activities: Management and maintenance of clonal Eucalyptus greenhouse. Pruning and rooting assessment of seedlings.



  • Evaluation of productivity of forest harvesting operations in Eastern Kentucky. (August 2017) Application of security camera systems as a novel method for time and motion studies of logging operations. Research for a Master’s thesis.
  • Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ. (July 2014 – May 2015)
    Bachelor of Science, non-degree international student, Forestry
    Scholarship recipient fully funded by CAPES
  • Laboratory of Panels and Wood Energy – UFV, Viçosa, MG, Brazil. (March 2014 – November 2015)
    Main Activities: Research related to acoustic properties of Oriented Strand Board panels and sandpaper, waste of the local furniture industry.


Recent Work

Contreras, M., Freitas, R.L.S., Ribeiro, L.P., Stringer, J., & Clark, C. (2017). Multi camera surveillance systems for time and motion studies of timber harvesting equipment. Computers and Electronic in Agriculture, 135 (1) 208-215.

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