Manuel Guariguata serves as CIFOR's Principal Scientist on tropical forest ecology and forest management for production and conservation. Before joining CIFOR he was a forest researcher at CATIE, Costa Rica, where he also worked as a Professor on Conservation Biology in the Graduate Program. Manuel also served as Environmental Affairs Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where he facilitated intergovernmental deliberations on forest biodiversity and climate change. Manuel is particularly interested in management for multiple goods and services of both natural and restored forests, mainly from a biophysical perspective but also considering regulatory and normative aspects. He also works towards enhancing the quality of forestry education in developing countries. He received his M.Sc. from University of Florida and his doctorate from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
He currently leads CIFOR’s Latin American Hub in Lima, Peru.