Thiago Medaglia

Founder and CEO
A journalist and writer, he is the founder and editor of Ambiental, a contributing editor at InfoAmazonia and a freelance writer for National Geographic Brasil, where he previously worked as an editor (2001-2013). A fellow at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ, 2015), a graduate in Entrepreneurial Journalism from the City University of New York (Cuny, 2016) and a panelist at two sessions of the World Conference of Science Journalism (WCSJ, 2017). Medaglia is currently a fellow in the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT (KSJ-MIT, 2019-2020).

Flavio Forner

Photographer and Web Developer
Co-founder of Ambiental, he works with photography, video and web development, focusing on journalistic content. Conservation International (CI) project partner. Forner published his work on The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter and Deutsche Welle, and has also collaborated with TV Cultura, BBC and Al Jazeera. In 2010, he was awarded the Society for News Design.

Felipe Valente

Relationships Coordinator
An advertising professional with a Bachelor’s degree from Cásper Líbero College, he is a co-founder of Ambiental and one of the managers of its community. A copywriter and screenwriter, he has executed special projects of proprietary content for companies and institutions.

Letícia Klein

A journalist with a professional diploma in Environment, she holds degrees in Communication, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media from Ibes/Sociesc and Holistic Sciences from Schumacher College. Creator and author of the blog Sustenta Açõe, Klein is a freelance journalist for Conexão Planeta and Projeto Colabora and also works as text reviewer and translator. She is an ambassador for the Zero Waste movement in the Brazilian city of Blumenau.

Laura Kurtzberg

Data Visualization
Laura J. Kurtzberg is a data visualization designer and javascript software engineer. A graduate of the University of Miami’s MFA in Interactive Media program, she works at the intersection of science, art, cartography and web development to inspire people to explore data through interactive stories and experiences.

Editorial Board

Ronaldo Ribeiro

A senior editor at National Geographic Brasil for the past 15 years, Ribeiro was founding editor of the magazine “Os Caminhos da Terra,” a trailblazing publication in its coverage of environmental conservation in Brazil.

Patrícia Gomes

A current manager at JOTA, where she helps the media team come up with amazing ideas, Paty previously spent time in Silicon Valley developing interactive journalism projects at EdSurge. She has a master’s degree in Media, Strategy and Leadership from Northwestern University, where she worked with a grant from the Ling Institute. She was a member of the team that launched Porvir and is a former copywriter, reporter and education editor at Folha de S. Paulo.

Gustavo Faleiros

A journalist with a master’s in Environmental Policy from King’s College London, he worked as a reporter and Brasilia correspondent for the financial newspaper Valor Econômico, as well as editor and executive director of O Eco. Twice awarded with a Knight grant from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), he currently coordinates InfoAmazonia and teaches digital journalism at Emerson College.

Adriana Garcia

A journalist and strategic design and digital media consultant, Adriana is the current Director of Operations at Projor – Institute for the Development of Journalism in Brazil. She holds a master’s degree from the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (USP) and was a J. S. Knight fellow at Stanford University (2012/2013). She has worked as a reporter, editor and international correspondent for such media outlets as Reuters, Folha de S. Paulo, Veja São Paulo and Exame. She was also Director of Digital Communication for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is the founder of Orbital Mídia, a group that promotes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in journalism through startup and Design Thinking methodologies.

Consulting Researchers

Edgardo Latrubesse, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geography and the Environment

Luís Fábio Silveira, University of São Paulo (USP), Museum of Zoology

Pérola Felipette Brocaneli, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, FAU-Mackenzie

Toby Gardner, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Jos Barlow, Lancaster University’s Environment Center, UK

Joice Ferreira, Embrapa Amazônia Oriental