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Milestones in Anita Studer’s life

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Saving a forest and turning it into a Federal Biological Reserve of Brazil

Since 1980, she has been actively involved in saving a forest in the northeast of Brazil. This forest represented the last survival of the Atlantic Rainforest that once extended over 6’000 km along the Brazilian coastline. In 1989 the Biological Reserve of Pedra Talhada was created by the Brazilian government. For several years Anita Studer and the Nordesta Association will remain partners in the management of the reserve with ICMBio, Instituto Chico Mendes da Biodiversidade.


Ph D. Dissertation in Tropical Ornithological Research – University of Nancy, France, 1995

D.E.S. Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies – University of Nancy, France, 1983

Law degree (Bachelor), University of Geneva, 1974


Activities for the environment

2022-2023        Program Initiation: Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting

2020-2023        Program development: forest corridors, ecological agriculture and the rescue of water sources.

2002-2022        Development and safeguarding of native bees in the Amazonian Forest.

2016-2018        Coordination of reforestation projects in Brazil, Cape Verde, Togo.

2015-2016        Preparing to plant the 6,000,000ème tree in Brazil.

2006/2014        Campaign for the protection of raptors and parrots in the Amazon.

2004-2010         Manager of the project “Solar Energy for Schools”, Brazil.

 Scientific activities 

2020-2022         Inventories and mapping of 100 native tree species, georeferenced, State of Alagoas, Brazil

1980-2022         Eco-ethological studies of Brazilian birds: Behavioral analyses for the establishment of conservation strategies.

1989-2017         Technical coordination of 15 tropical university research projects in the fields of pedology, hydrology, botany, mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles, gastropods, insects, and birds.

2015-2017         Collaboration for drafting the guidelines of the Master Plan of the Biological Reserve of Pedra Talhada.

Associative activities 

2021        Creation of two women’s soccer clubs in Quebrangulo, Alagoas, Brazil.

2017        Creation of the association NORDESTA ANUMARA FLORESTAS in Quebrangulo, Alagoas, Brazil.

2015        Organized support for two men’s soccer clubs in Quebrangulo, Brazil.

2010        Foundation of the young children’s group “Advogados da Natureza”, Quebrangulo.

2009        Creation and organization of the network “Eco-cultural caravans” in Brazil.

2008        Creation of the “Youth for Nature” and “Women Citizens for the Environment” clubs, Alagoas, Brazil.

2002        Organization of the program “The way to school for girls”, Brazil.

1997        International coordination of the Brazilian associations Pedra Talhada and Nordesta.

1985        Creation of the association Nordesta Reforestation & Education in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Nancy, France.

1978        Foundation of the ecological group “Ailes Ouvertes”, Geneva, for the promotion of conferences on the flora and fauna of the Alps in Swiss and French schools.

1977        Vice-President of the Association “Nature & Images”, for the protection of the environment in Haute-Savoie, Scionzier, France.



2022        In preparation: Raptors of Brazil: their behavior and survival strategies.

2015       Studer A., Nusbaumer L. & Spichiger R. 2015. Biodiversidade da Reserva Biológica de Pedra Talhada (Estados Alagoas/Pernambuco), Brasil. Ed. Boissiera, vol. 68, Genève, 818 p.

2018       Studer A., Nusbaumer L. & Spichiger R. 2018. Biodiversité de la Réserve Biologique de Pedra Talhada, Etats d’Alagoas et de Pernambuco, Brésil. Traduction de Ed. Boissiera, vol 68, Genève, 818 p.1/3 1994.

Scientific publications

2021       Studer A. & Crozariol M.A. 2021. Breeding ecology of Rufous Casiornis Casiornis rufus in south-east Brazil. Bull. B.O.C. 2021 141 (2):169-178.

2020       Studer A. & Crozariol M.A. 2020. Biologia reprotiva de Gubernetes yetapa (Passeriformes. Tyrannidae) no sudeste do Brasil. Atualidades Ornitológicas 218:4-8.

2019       Studer A., de Sousa C. M. & Barcena Goyena B., 2019. Breeding biology and nesting success of the endemic Black-cheeked Gnateater Conopophaga melanops. 2019. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment, Volume 54, 2019 – Issue 3

2019       Studer A., Sousa de C. M. & Barcena Goyena B. 2019. Description of the nest and notes on nestling feeding of Lesser Hornero Furnarius minor (Passeriformes: Furnaridae) in a tributary of the Amazonian River Brazil. Atualidades Ornitológicas 204: 4-6.

2018       Studer A., Sousa de C. M. & Barcena Goyena B. 2018. Nesting biology of Squirrel Cuckoo Piaya cayana at two localities in eastern Brazil. Bull. B.O.C.138 (3).

2018       Studer A., Sousa de C. M. & Barcena Goyena B. 2018. The breeding biology and nest of the Short-tailed Anttrush Chamaeza campanisona (Aves: Formicariidae) in the Atlantic rainforest of northeastern Brazil. Zoologia 35: e12906.

2017       Studer A., Sousa de C. M. & Barcena Goyena B. 2017. Reproduction and nest success of the Scalloped Antbird, Myrmoderus ruficauda (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) in an Atlantic rainforest of northeastern Brazil. Atualidades Ornitológicas, 199.

2014        Guimarães J.R.A., Studer A., & Trivellato C. 2014. Educação ambiental no entorno da Reserva Biológica de Pedra Talhada Fórum ambiental da Alta Paulista 10:32-45

1994        Studer A., 1994. Analysis of Nest Success in Brazilian Birds Présentation au Congrès de Zoologie, Vienne ; 1994 Journal f. Ornith.135/3.

1994        Studer A. & Teixeira. 1994. Notes on buff-fronted owl Aegolius harrisii Brasil. D.M..Bull.BOC 114(1), 1994.

1993       Studer A & Teixeira D.M 1993. Notas sobre a biologia reprodutivade Asthenes luizae, Vielliard. (Aves, Furnariidae). in Resumos III Congresso Brasileiro de Ornitologia. Cirne, M. P. Ed. Editora da Universidade Católica Pelotas. Pelotas, Brésil.

1991        Studer A. 1991. Taux de réussite des nids de trois peuplements d’oiseaux du Brésil et stratégies adaptatives. Université de Nancy II, France. Thèse: 1-209.

1990       Studer A. & Vielliard J., 1990. Rev. Ararajuba I. 1990. The Nest of the Wing-banded Hornero Furnarius figulus in Northeastern Brazil.

1988       Studer A. & Vielliard. 1988. Première contribution à l’écologie de l’Icteridé Curaeus forbesi. J. Revue Suisse de Zool. 95-IV:1063-1077.

1985        Studer A. 1985. Appel pour la Sauvegarde de la Forêt de Pedra Talhada. Monographie 97 p.

1983        Studer A. La redécouverte in natura de l’Icteridé Curaeus forbesi “, Mémoire Université de Nancy.

Educational comic books

2019       Studer A, Boroni S. & Albrecht M. 2019. Lili la Fourmi au secours de la Harpie Féroce. BD pédagogique. Ed. Nordesta Genève, 60 p. Français et Portugais.

2017       Studer A., Boroni S. & Spitznagel N. 2017. Lili la Fourmi à la recherche de l’oiseau bleu. BD pédagogique. 2017. Ed. Nordesta Genève, 52 p. Français, Portugais. Allemand en 2019.

2016        Studer A, Boroni S. & Spitznagel N. 2016. Lily the Ant Confronts a Monster and the prowess of the forest animals. Educational comic book. Ed. Nordesta Geneva, 52 p. French, English, German, and Portuguese.

2015        Studer A, Boroni S. & Spitznagel N. 2015. Lili the Ant and the Treasure of Pedra Talhada Forest. Educational comic book. Ed. Nordesta Geneva, 48 p. French, English, German, and Portuguese.


Trapeliopsis studerae (2018 Lichen) Eugenia studerae (2018 Plante Myrtaceae) Dendrosophus studerae (2014 Amphibien)

Awards and distinctions

2022        Celebrating 30 years of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Geneva.

2015        Honorary distinction from the Legislative Assembly of the State of Amazonia, Manaus.

2015        Nomination of honorary citizen of the municipality of Boa Vista dos Ramos, Amazon State, Brazil.

2013        Honorary Professor of the University Foundation of Iguatama, FEVASF, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

2009        Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic.

2007        Yves Rocher “Terre des Femmes” Award, Paris, France.

2004        Medal “Nise Magalhães da Silveira” awarded by the Governor of the State of Alagoas, Brazil.

2003        Honorary member of the CDPar “Center for the Conservation of the Springs of the Rio Parnaíba”, Alto Parnaïba, State of Maranhão, Brazil.

2001        Honorary citizen of the municipality of Quebrangulo, State of Alagoas, Brazil.

1993        Honorary member of the Federal University of the State of Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil.

1990        Rolex Award for Enterprise, Geneva.

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