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Himlal Baral
Himlal Baral
Himlal Baral is a senior scientist within Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development research team of CIFOR. His background is in sustainable forest management and current research interests include spatial assessment and mapping of ecosystem goods and services in forested and production landscapes for landscape-level planning and decision making. Himlal currently is leading several research projects in CIFOR including Socio-economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy production on degraded land in Indonesia, Sloping land in transition: participatory research on landscape management for forest ecosystem service provand use change and smallholder adaptive capacity in Bhutan (SLANT Bhutan) and KNOWFOR FLR in Asia and Africa. In addition, he is also involved in other research topics such as planted forest and smallholder in Southeast Asia, forest landscape governance for sustainable oil palm development and biodiversity conservation in Indonesia and measuring carbon sequestration in agroforestry systems in Indonesia. Himlal obtained his PhD from Melbourne School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne, where he investigated various approaches for quantifying and assessing trade-offs between provisioning and regulating services in multifunctional landscapes in south-eastern Australia. Himlal holds a B.Sc. (Forestry) and two Masters Degrees one in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne and another in Social Science from Tribuuban University, Nepal. Prior to joining CIFOR, Himlal worked as a Forester, Spatial Analyst, Resource Planner and Forestry Consultant in both public and private sectors in Asia and the Pacific.
Louis Putzel
Louis Putzel
Louis Putzel is an associate with CIFOR’s Forests Management and Research Team and the founder of the SLANT research group within CIFOR. His focus is China related research and he has managed various research projects related to China. Previously, he was leading the project China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program (CIFOR CCFP), which aims to assess the impact of land conversion on local livelihoods and the environment. He also worked on trade and investment affecting the forest and smallholder management system. Louis Putzel holds a Ph. D on Biology, Plant Sciences program from the City University, New York (CUNY) where he completed his dissertation on the Chinese timber trade in Peruvian Amazonia and the growing demand for shihuahuaco (Dipteryx spp.), a valuable and ecologically important hardwood timber. Prior joining CIFOR, Louis was associated with New York Botanical Garden's Institute for Economic Botany and worked in the field of conflict resolution in Central Africa as well as in the private sector in Hong Kong and China.
Robin Sears
Robin Sears
Robin Sears is a senior research consultant with CIFOR’s Forest Management and Restoration, and Human and Wellbeing research teams. She is involved in projects in Bhutan and Peru, including the Sloping land in transition(SLANT): participatory research on landscape management for forest ecosystem service provision and adaptation to change in Bhutan and Financing for small-scale forestry operations in Peru. Her background is in tropical forestry, and her research interests span production landscapes, forest resource policy and management, and education. Robin holds Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology from Columbia University in New York, a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Botany from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In addition to her engagement with CIFOR, Robin collaborates with various institutions in Bhutan, Brazil, Peru and the U.S. both as a scholar and teacher.
Kiran Asher
Kiran Asher
Kiran Asher was a senior scientist with CIFOR’s Forests and Livelihoods portfolio in Bogor. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with degrees in the natural sciences (B.Sc. Life Sciences, St Xavier’s College, Bombay, 1987; Masters, Environmental Management, Duke University, NC, 1990) and social sciences (Ph.D. Comparative Politics, and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, University of Florida, 1998). Her training is grounded in two decades of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia. Her diverse research interests focus on the gendered and racial dimensions of social and environmental change in the Global South. Her publications include a monograph, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (Duke University Press, 2009). Currently, she is an associate professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the United States.
Peter Cronkleton
Peter Cronkleton
Peter Cronkleton is a senior scientist with CIFOR’s Forest and Livelihood portfolio in Peru. He is an anthropologist and, since January 2010, has led CIFOR’s research theme ‘Improving Livelihoods through Smallholder and Community Forestry’. Cronkleton is a specialist in community forestry development, forest social movements and participatory approaches for research and capacity building. His initial work with CIFOR’s Adaptive Collaborative Management Project focused on tools and approaches for facilitating social learning among forest communities, including the use of participatory mapping, future scenarios and participatory landscape assessment. He has participated in global comparative studies to analyze the development of forest-based social movements and the impacts of forest tenure reform on forest-dependent people. A graduate of the University of Florida (M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1998), he has worked as a researcher and development practitioner in Latin America for more than 17 years, concentrating on the western Amazon, but also developing comparative research in Central America.
Nick Hogarth
Nick Hogarth
Nick Hogarth was previously a scientist with CIFOR’s Forests and Livelihoods portfolio, based in Bogor, Indonesia. He was working on a project focused on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program (CCFP), and on another project called the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN); a global comparative research program using data from 24 developing countries to analyze the role of forest and environmental income in rural development and poverty alleviation. He holds Ph.D in forestry and rural development and a master’s in natural resource management from Charles Darwin University in Australia. Nick has over 10 years experiences working in Asia focusing on forestry and rural development research. His research interests include smallholder forest management, rural livelihoods, measuring forest and environmental income, PES, forest landscape restoration, and bamboo. Currently, he is a researcher at the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Lucas Gutiérrez Rodríguez
Lucas Gutiérrez Rodríguez
Lucas Gutiérrez Rodríguez was a CIFOR research consultant who was involved in the systematic review on China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program (CIFOR CCFP), entitled “Socioeconomic and Environmental Effects of China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program after 15 years”. His main research interests are thus focused on China's forest livelihoods as well as the political ecology of the environment. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology with international mention, conducted between the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and the Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry (Chinese Academy of Forestry), and bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (Autonomous University of Madrid). Lucas spent 3 years living in China doing research fieldwork and studying, and is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese (C1–C2 level). Currently, he is a researcher in Research Center for Ecology, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, P.R. China
Yustina Artati
Yustina Artati
Yustina is a Research Officer with CIFOR’s Climate Change, Energy and Low Development research team in Bogor. She is involved in SLANT related research including KNOWFOR FLR Asia and Africa, and participatory research on landscape management for forest ecosystem service provision and adaptation to change in Bhutan. Yustina is also working on socio and environmental benefits of bioenergy production on degraded land in Indonesia. Previously, Yustina was involved in the projects China’s Conversion of Croplands to Forest Program (CCFP), Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems, and also Emerging Multinational Market. Yustina holds a Master’s degree in international development studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and has conducted research on land governance in developing countries focusing on the impact of hydro-dam development on the livelihoods of forest-dependent people in Vietnam. Prior to joining CIFOR, Yustina worked for local and international environmental NGOs based in Indonesia.
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