L.D. Lacerda is a biologist with a PhD in Biophysics and Professor at the Federal University in Ceará, Brazil. He is a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of The World Academy of Sciences.
He is a member of the Scientific Board of the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems and was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of LOICZ and the Science Evaluation Panel of the IODP. He was a visiting researcher at the universities of Toulon, Nice and Hamburg.
Has experience in the field of Ecology, with emphasis on biogeochemistry and environmental contamination and monitoring of tropical ecosystems, and the impact of global climate change on ecosystem biogeochemistry.