Robert Nasi (Program Leader)
Robert is Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. His particular research interests include the sustainable use of forest products and multiple-use management of tropical forests. His scientific work aims to integrate social and biological sciences for better management of tropical forests, more sustainable livelihoods and better designed forest policies
Julia E. Fa (Program Coordinator)
Julia has more than 30 years experience in academic research and teaching in conservation science. She has held teaching and research positions in various universities and worked at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, where she was responsible for conservation science activities for the organization. Currently she is professor of Biodiversity and Human Development at Britain's Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a senior research associate at CIFOR.
Miguel is Director of international programs at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, USA. He is a native of the Peruvian Amazon and an expert on conservation and resource management, particularly among smallholder farmers and foresters in the tropics. Miguel is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Evolution, Ecology and Environmental Biology and Anthropology at Columbia University.
Nathalie van Vliet
Nathalie is an associate researcher at CIFOR, focusing on the links between wildlife and livelihoods. She has worked for the last ten years on bushmeat and its contribution to food security and local economies in Central Africa. Recently she has developed research projects in the Amazon, where her team is currently analyzing bushmeat market chains and consumption patterns. Working at local, national and international levels, her research intends to increase the visibility of current bushmeat use and provide objective data for innovative management policies that include ecological, cultural and socio-economic sustainability.
Varun is a Research Associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and a Research Fellow at San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. He hold a Ph.D. degree in Environment from Duke University with a specialization in tropical forest ecology. For over 10 years, Varun has conducted research in the lowland rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon that examines the role of plant-animal interactions in the regeneration dynamics of tree communities, and the long-term impacts of hunting-induced defaunation on forest diversity, composition and structure.
Guillaume studied economics at the universities of Nanterre and Dauphine in Paris before doing his PhD at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) on the economic value of tropical forest in Cameroon. He was then hired by the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) to join the Tropenbos Cameroon Programme in Kribi, Cameroon from 1998 to 2001. After this he worked as a scientist at CIRAD in Montpellier, France, for 5 years. In 2006 he returned to Yaoundé, Cameroon, as a seconded scientist in the CIFOR Governance programme.
Tien Ming Lee
Ming is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Program on Science, Technology, Environment and Policy, and a research affiliate at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Earth Institute, Columbia University, at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and at the Wildlife Conservation Society regional trade program. He hold a Ph.D. degree in Biology from University of California, San Diego with a specialization in conservation science. Ming has been a conservation scientist for the last 15 years with extensive research experience in the ecological and social dimensions of conservation science.
Lauren is an associate research fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, Her research focuses on natural resource management, specifically the local management of wildlife resources in tropical forest regions, and the effectiveness of protected areas. She has over 10 years experience of field research into wildlife hunting, including projects in Central and West Africa, and South East Asia. As well as working on the OFFTAKE database (www.offtake.org) Lauren is currently involved in projects to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative livelihood projects in reducing hunting pressure on wildlife resources, and to predict the use of forest landscapes by bushmeat hunters in Central Gabon.