Permanent Teachers

Daniela Cristina Zappi

Daniela has a Ph.D. (2015) in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the University of São Paulo (1992). She has supervised and co-supervised Master's and Ph.D. students at the Feira de Santana State University, UNICAMP, University of São Paulo, the Federal University of Pernambuco, and Open University. She has experience in the area of Botany, with emphasis on Systematics, mainly working in the following subjects: Rubiaceae, Cactaceae, Loganiaceae, Neotropical Flora, and Collection digitization and management. She worked from 1992 at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and spent three years (2011-2014) on sabbatical leave working at the establishment of Singapore's newest Botanical Gardens, the Gardens by the Bay (, where she was responsible for innovative projects in education, interpretation, and research on tropical plants. She collaborated actively with the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro in the role of assistant coordinator of Flora do Brasil online. Her current research involves projects in the Cactaceae family, as well as floristic and conservation in the rock fields of Minas Gerais ( and in the Amazon, focusing on knowledge gaps.