Sylvia Mota de Oliveira

Sylvia Mota de Oliveira

Amazonia is the keyword of my scientific interests. It is the place where I developed most of my theoretical knowledge and field experience. From a broader perspective, my research contributes to understanding Neotropical plant diversity and the processes associated with its origin and maintenance. I am dedicated to two specific research lines: phylogeny of Neotropical Myristicaceae, and ecology and long distance dispersal of Amazonian bryophytes.


Myristicaceae, Flora of the Guianas, e-taxonomy, Amazonia, bryophyte ecology


I am interested in the plant diversity of the Amazonian flora.

My research questions span the fields of taxonomy, species inventories, and bryophyte ecology and biogeography.

Because I truly support equal access to scientific knowledge, disclosure of taxonomic literatureis an important topic alongside my editorial activities in the Flora of the Guianas.

Sylvia in the field


A selection of the topics I am working on currently.

Virola Aublet

Virola Aublet in the Neotropics

The genus Virola Aublet belongs to the Myristicaceae, a family of woody species that have significant ecological and ethnobotanical importance worldwide as a component of primarily lowland tropical forests. In the Amazon, the family is represented with 57…
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Topobea Parasitica

Flora of the Guianas

The Flora of the Guianas is a long term project dedicated to the taxonomic treatment of all plant species occurring within the borders of French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. I have been making efforts to disclose its content in a free and open platform.
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Amazonian bryophytes

Amazonian bryophytes

I have a deep interest on the interplay of biological processes on the community assemblage of epiphytic bryophytes in the Amazon. Although this is not my main research theme anymore, I still work on this subject through student supervision. Relevant…
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Naturalis aims to be a breeding ground for international scientific talent. Therefore, PhD's have a special position in our organisation.

    • Eka A. P. Iskandar (co-supervision, ongoing). Patterns of epiphytic bryophyte diversity in Gede-Pangrango National Park, Java, Indonesia.
    • Gabriela Ramos Cerqueira (co-supervision, ongoing). Community composition and reproductive biology of Bryophytes across Amazonian vegetation types in Central Amazon, Brazil.
    Rainforest road


    Tropical Plant Families course - Leiden University

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    From the 16th of June on NPO 2: De Toren

    Volkskrant 25 maart 2017: Met stalen zenuwen op 300 meter hoogte speuren naar mos