After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo/USP in 1976, Carlos A. Joly did his MSc in Plant Biology at the State University of Campinas/UNICAMP (1977/79), his PhD at the Botany Department – Univ. St. Andrews/Scotland (1979/82) and a Post-Doc at Bern University, Switzerland (1993/94). In 1997 he became full professor of Plant Ecology at UNICAMP.
Currently he is the Chair of the BIOTA/FAPESP Program (www.biota.org.br), Co-Chair of the Brazilian Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services/BPBES (www.bpbes.net.br), Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research/IAI (www.iai.int), fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Science, Member of the Scientific Advisory Chairman of the BIOTA/FAPESP Research Program, and full Professor of Plant Ecology at the Plant Biology Department, State University of Campinas/UNICAMP
During his career he has published near 100 papers and/or book chapters, edited 12 books, supervised 27 MScs and 26 PhDs. His GoogleScholar records show a total of 7.498 citations, h index 46, i10 index 94 (http://scholar.google.com.br/citations?hl=pt-BR&user=SDAkusAAAAAJ ).
As the main mentor of the BIOTA-FAPESP Program (www.biota.org.br), he was in charge of planning, designing and implementing it from 1996 to 2004, having been reappointed Chairman of the Program since 2007.
At UNICAMP he has been the chair of 3 graduate programs (Ecology, Plant Biology and Environment and Society), twice Head of the Plant Biology Department (1987/89; 2006/10) and Dean of the Graduate School (1996/98). In his academic career he was member of the Botany/Ecology/Zoology Committee of CNPq (1987/90 & 1998/00) and the Biological Sciences Committee of FAPESP (1992/96). His experience in government includes the State of São Paulo Secretary of Environment (1995) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2011/2012).
Due to his achievements he received the Henry Ford Prize twice (1999 and 2009), the Scientific Merit Medal awarded by the Brazilian government (2002) and the Muriqui Prize awarded by the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve (2012). Currently he is the coordinator of two large research projects - LTER/BIOTA Functional Gradient of the Atlantic Forest, and the Brazilian Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services/BPBES.