Jacqueline Mattos

Jacqueline Mattos is a Brazilian biologist who works mainly with plant ecology, biogeography and phylogenetics. She has an MSc in Environmental Sciences and became a science writer in order to communicate about the current environmental and ecological crisis. When not researching or writing, she likes to climb rocks and be outdoors.

Plant DNA shared through horizontal genome transfer

We now know more about plant DNA and how plants share genetic material with one another. And yes, it is ...
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Australian Bushfires/Wildfires

Extreme Wildfires’ Effects on Australian Forests

Australian forests, accustomed to and dependent on natural fire regimes, are suffering in the new extreme wildfires fueled by climate ...
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Bush Fires across Woy Woy Bay in New South Wales, Australia, Photo by Martin Snicer (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Australian Bushfires vs Amazon Rain Forest Fires

Despite their apparent similarities, last year’s fires in the Amazon rain forest and the ongoing bushfires in Australia are different ...
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Plant Genome

Genome Revelations: How Green Plants Evolved

By Jacqueline Mattos (@mattosjacq) Plants are ancestral organisms that have evolved over millions of years, leading to the broad diversity ...
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mass extinction events

Anthropocene mass extinction: are we there yet?

By Jacqueline Mattos (@mattosjacq) In the last few decades, scientific observations have highlighted that we are now facing a mass ...
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mass extinction events

The Forgotten Mass Extinction

By Jacqueline Mattos (@mattosjacq) Yes, we are in a mass extinction event Recent research has spotted a new major mass ...
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Sphenodontian Fossil from Ancient Gondwana Found in Brazil

A Clevosaurus hadroprodon fossil, recently discovered in Brazil, is the oldest known sphenodontian from Gondwana, the ancient supercontinent. By Jacqueline ...
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Microplastics Contaminate Snow from Alps to Arctic

By Jacqueline Mattos (@mattosjacq) Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that pollute the environment and can range from 0.05 to ...
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The Unfortunate Withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement

By Jacqueline Mattos The Unfortunate Withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement is part of a series of articles ...
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Exploring the Science of Mountain Biodiversity

By Jacqueline Mattos (@mattosjacq) Mountain systems are hotspots of biodiversity, which means that they host many different species of many ...
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Does Habitat Fragmentation Affect Biodiversity?

Habitat fragmentation has long been considered a threat to biodiversity, but recent research presents researchers and policy makers with some ...
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