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Our Team

Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, PhD Zoologist

​​Arnaud Desbiez is a biologist and the project coordinator for both the Giant Armadillo Project and the Anteaters and Highways Project. He has Ph.D in Biodiversity Management from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK.

He has been working and living in Mato Grosso do Sul since 2002. Since 2010, he has coordinated the Giant Armadillo Project. His main interests are conservation biology, species ecological research, and sustainable use of resources. Curriculum lattes.

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Danilo Kluyber, MsC, DVM

​Danilo Kluyber's experience includes wildlife veterinary work, conservation medicine, and epidemiology. He did a specialization in medical clinic and surgery of wild animals from Qualittas Institute, Brazil. He has been working as researcher for conservation projects since 2004 with a focus on Neotropical mammals.

Since 2011, he has been working full time on the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program where he serves as head veterinarian for both this project and the Anteaters & Highways project. He is also responsible for all project social media. He recently obtained his Masters of Science at the Tropical Medicine Institute– São Paulo University. Danilo is an associate researcher for Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Florida, US. His position is sponsored by the zoo. Curriculum lattes

Gabriel Massocato, Biologist

​Gabriel graduated from the Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados (UFGD) in 2009. Through internships he participated in several research projects. He worked as a guide in the Pantanal for one year. He has been participating in the Giant Armadillo Project since 2012.

In 2013, he was hired by the Institute of Ecological Research (Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas – IPÊ) and is also associate researcher for the Houston Zoo, Texas, US who sponsors his position. Gabriel has a strong experience in capture monitoring and conservation of Xenarthrans. Curriculm lattes

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Lucas Mendes Barreto, MsC

Lucas is graduated in biology from Espírito Santo Federal University in 2014. Obtained his Masters of Science in Tropical Biodiversity at Espírito Santo Federal University (2017). He has experience in road ecology, wild animals rescue and environmental education. Since 2013 studies the impacts of roads on biodiversity  and wild animals conservation. In 2019 Lucas was hired by ICAS to coordinate the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project at the Atlantic Forest, at the Rio Doce state park, Minas Gerais. Curriculum lattes

Nina Attias, PhD

Nina Attias is a conservation biologist working on mammal ecology research since 2005. She has a PhD in Ecology and Conservation from Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and a Master's degree in Ecology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her main interests are mammal ecology and conservation, spatial ecology and animal movement.

Currently, she is a researcher and data analyst for the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens sponsors one-half of Nina’s salary through a grant administered by Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG). Curriculum lattes