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Rosimeiry Portela

Rosimeiry Portela

Former Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Professor of Practice, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Former Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Professor of Practice, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Senior Director/Lead for Natural Capital Accounting Subteam, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International


Rosimeiry Portela is a Senior Director and lead of the Natural Capital Accounting Sub-Team of the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International, as well as a former Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, as part of a CI-ASU collaboration. Portela’s research focuses primarily on nature's provision of ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being. Her current work explores the integration of environmental-economic information into national accounting systems, through the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. She also works to foster businesses’ incorporation of natural capital impact and dependencies into decision-making through the application of the Natural Capital Protocol. Rosimeiry is originally from Brazil and holds a PhD from the University of Maryland.


  • PhD, Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland, 2004
  • ME, Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, 1998
  • BEng, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Mato Grosso, Cuiaba, Brazil, 1988


Journal Articles


Onofri, L., G. Lange, R. Portela and P. A. Nunes. 2017. Valuing ecosystem services for improved national accounting: A pilot study from Madagascar. Ecosystem Services 23(Feb):116-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.11.016. (link )


Ekstrom, J. K., L. Suatoni, S. R. Cooley, L. H. Pendleton, G. G. Waldbusser, J. E. Cinner, J. Ritter, C. Langdon, R. van Hooidonk, D. Gledhill, K. Wellman, M. W. Beck, L. M. Brander, D. Rittschoff, C. Doherty, P. E. Edwards and R. Portela. 2015. Vulnerability and adaptation of US shellfisheries to ocean acidification. Nature Climate Change 5:207-214. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2508. (link )

Rao, N., A. Ghermandi, R. Portela and X. Wang. 2015. Global values of coastal ecosystem services: A spatial economic analysis of shoreline protection values. Ecosystem Services 11(Feb):95-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.011. (link )


Borger, T., N. J. Beaumont, L. Pendleton, K. J. Boyle, P. Cooper, S. Fletcher, T. Haab, M. Hanemann, T. L. Hooper, S. S. Hussain, R. Portela, M. Stithou, J. Stockill, T. Taylor and M. C. Austen. 2014. Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning: The role of valuation. Marine Policy 46(May):161-170. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.01.019. (link )

Villa, F., K. J. Bagstad, B. Voigt, G. W. Johnson, R. Portela, M. Honzak and D. Batker. 2014. A methodology for adaptable and robust ecosystem services assessment. PLoS One 9(3):e91001. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091001. (link )


Busch, J., J. A. Ahumada, F. de Koning, C. A. Harvey, J. Hewson, D. G. Hole, M. Honzak, S. N. Panfil, E. Pidgeon, R. Portela, M. Steininger, K. Tabor and W. R. Turner. 2013. Research Spotlight: Designing nature-based mitigation to promote multiple benefits. Journal of Carbon Management 4(2):129-133. DOI: 10.4155/cmt.13.14. (link )


de Groot, R., L. Brander, S. van der Ploeg, R. Costanza, F. Bernard, L. Braat, M. Christie, N. D. Crossman, A. Ghermandi, L. Hein, S. S. Hussain, P. Kamar, A. McVittie, R. Portela, L. C. Rodriguez, P. ten Brink and P. van Beukering. 2012. Global estimates of the value of ecosystems and their services in monetary units. Ecosystem Services 1(1):50-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2012.07.005. (link )


Wendland, K. J., M. Honzak, R. Portela, B. Vitale, S. Rubinoff and J. Randrianarisoa. 2010. Targeting and implementing payments for ecosystem services: Opportunities for bundling biodiversity conservation with carbon and water services in Madagascar. Ecological Economics 69(11):2093-2107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.01.002. (link )


Turner, W. R., K. Brandon, T. M. Brooks, R. Costanza, G. A. de Fonseca and R. Portela. 2007. Global conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. BioScience 57(10):868-873. DOI: 10.1641/B571009. (link )


Rodriguez, L. C., R. Portela and R. Boumans. 2006. Differences in nonmonetary value of ecosystem goods and services among Kalinago and Afro-Creole peoples of the commonwealth of dominica, West Indies. International Journal of Ecodynamics 1(2):189-204. (link )


Boumans, R., R. Costanza, J. Farley, M. A. Wilson, R. Portela, J. Rotmans, F. Villa and M. Grasso. 2002. Modeling the dynamics of the integrated earth system and the value of global ecosystem services using the GUMBO model. Ecological Economics 41(3):529-560. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8009(02)00098-8. (link )


Portela, R. and I. Rachemacher. 2001. A dynamic model of patterns of deforestation and their effect on the ability of the Brazilian Amazonia to provide ecosystem services. Ecological Modelling 143(1-2):115-146. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3800(01)00359-3. (link )

Book Chapters


Grantham, H. S., R. Portela, M. Alam, D. Juhn and L. Connell. 2016. Maximizing biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits in conservation decision-making. Pp. 554-563 In: Potschin, M., R. Haines-Young, R. Fish and R. K. Turner eds., Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138025080.


Villa, F., R. Portela, L. Onofri, P. A. Nunes and G. Lange. 2015. Assessing biophysical and economic dimensions of societal value: An example for water ecosysem services in Madagascar. Pp. 110-118 In: Martin-Ortega, J., R. C. Ferrier, I. J. Gordon and S. Khan eds., Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Perspective. Cambrdige University Press.


Ghermandi, A., P. A. Nunes, R. Portela, N. Rao and S. S. Teelucksingh. 2011. 12.11 – Recreational, cultural, and aesthetic services from estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Pp. 217-237 In: Wolanski, E. and R. Costanza eds., Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. Vol 12. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.01212-2. (link )

Liu, S., R. Portela, N. Rao, A. Ghermandi and X. Wang. 2011. 12.04 - Environmental benefit transfers of ecosystem service valuation. Pp. 55-77 In: Wolanski, E. and D. McLusky eds., Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. Vol 12. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.01204-3. (link )


Killeen, T. J. and R. Portela. 2010. Appendix 1. How the TEEB framework can be applied: The Amazon case. Pp. 307-324 In: Kumar, P. ed., The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations. Earthscan.


Portela, R., K. J. Wendland and L. Ledwith Pennypacker. 2008. The idea of market-based mechanism for forest conservation and climate change. Pp. 11-32 In: Streck, C., R. O'Sullivan, T. Janson-Smith and R. G. Tarasofsky eds., Climate Change and Forests: Emerging Policy and Market Opportunities. Royal Institute of International Affairs. London, UK.