Mateus Paranhos da Costa has a degree in Animal Science from São Paulo State University (1981), specialization in animal behaviour from the University of São Paulo (1986), master's degree in Animal Science from São Paulo State University, PhD in Psychobiology from the University of São Paulo (1995) and post-doctorate in Animal Welfare at University of Cambridge (England), in 1999. He has been working on farm animal welfare science since early 1980s, addressing mainly the welfare of beef and dairy cattle raised under extensive conditions. In 1986 he got a permanent position at São Paulo State University (UNESP), where he teaches Ethology and Animal Welfare. He has been engaged in many research and extension projects aiming to promote farm animal welfare in Brazil and in other countries of Latin America. Most of these projects are developed in cooperation with the Brazilian farmers, aiming to offer practical recommendations about how to promote beef and dairy cattle welfare and productivity through improving management skills. Due to his work in promoting welfare of beef and dairy cattle welfare in Brazil, he was nominate three times (in 2013, 2014 and 2015) as one of the 100 more influential people in the Brazilian agribusiness by the Dinheiro Rural Magazine (a Brazilian farmers' magazine). He published more than 70 scientific papers.
(Source: Lattes Curriculum)