PhD. Fellow; Senior Biologist
University of British Columbia, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering; Golder Associates Brazil Ltd.
About .Bernardo D. Ranieri has a B.Sc. degree in Biology, a M.Sc. degree in Plant Ecology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Currently he is in his final year of Ph.D. studies at the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Under the supervision of Dr. Dirk Van Zyl, his dissertation focused on the assessment cumulative effects and integrated management of tailings impacts by Artisanal Gold Mining, mitigation and reclamation of sites contaminated by heavy metals, cyanide and acid mine dranage in the Andes.
Over ten years of experience in environmental consulting and scientific research. Worked as wildlife biologist, environmental analyst and project manager for dozens of projects in mining, land development and natural resource management. Skills include project management, environmental assessments, landscape and forest ecology, ecosystem services modelling, ecological risk assessments, contaminated sites, statistics, and ecological restoration. Bernardo’s broad academic and professional interests focus on aspects of ecosystems, biodiversity and human health, ecotoxicology, restoration ecology and impact mitigation strategies in social-ecological systems. More specifically, his interests include integrated environmental impact assessments and risk analysis, mining impacts on rural livelihoods, agro-ecology, reclamation, and bio-prospection for ecological restoration of mining sites.
He has been involved in the technical, financial and environmental strategy of multi-disciplinary environmental impact assessments, due diligences, mitigation and reclamation plans and systematic conservation planning. His work focused on compliance to international best practices such as the IFC sustainability standards, the Cyanide Code and multilateral environmental agreements such as the Basel Convention, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Convention on Biological Diversity. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, having collaborated in projects in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Kenya and Mozambique. He has a positive attitude of health and safety awareness and sharing, mentorship, leadership, teamwork, creativeness, and a constant search for self-improvement and innovative technological solutions.