Dr. Florencia Montagnini is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), and she is also Director of the Program in Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry of Yale. She also works as a consultant advising projects related to her expertise in tropical forestry, agroforestry and rural development worldwide. She holds honorary professorships at several universities in Latin America. Currently she is a Member of the Steering Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Previously she was a Senior Evaluation Expert for conducting an Independent Evaluation of the FTA Program. Her research focuses on variables controlling the sustainability of managed landscapes in the tropics, such as forests and agroforestry systems, with a special emphasis on Latin America, although her experience also includes SE Asia and Africa; sustainable land use systems that integrate ecological principles with economic, social, and political factors; the principles and applications of forest landscape restoration; the reforestation of degraded lands with native species, including mixed-species plantations; identification and quantification of ecological services provided by forest ecosystems; organic farming using indigenous resources, and tools to promote restoration, conservation, and rural development. She has written ten books on agroforestry systems, ecological restoration, and tropical forest ecology and management, and more than 200 scientific articles, of which 80% have been published in international refereed journals. Several of her publications are in Spanish to ensure dissemination and as a contribution to the host countries. Her most recent book is “Integrating Landscapes. Agroforestry for biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty”
Conference abstract: The contribution of agroforestry to biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty (pdf)
Thomas investigates sustainable use concepts for multifunctional forests and landscapes. His particular interest lies in risk modeling and diversification strategy planning considering single or multiple ecosystem services. Methodologies drawn from decision theory, operations research and modern finance theory are applied to forest science issues and land use problems in general. Having studied forest science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Thomas leads now the Institute of Forest Management at the Technical University of Munich. His research interests have led him to the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (South Africa), the Instituto Forestal (Chile), the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), and the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja as well as the Universidad Nacional de Loja (both Ecuador). In 2013 he declined an offer for an appointment to Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg as professor of “Forest Economics and Forest Planning”.
Research Professor Eeva Primmer works on environmental policy at the Finnish Environment Institute, and is a forester by background. Her research on governance of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation focuses on institutions, policy implementation and organizational adaptation across public and private sectors and governance levels. Combining empirical research with conceptual analysis she is interested in the ways in which values and governance mechanisms interact. Eeva is also an Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki, and a Mercator Professor at the University of Freiburg. Much of her research has been carried out in European Union and Academy of Finland funded projects, and shorter term evaluations and studies for Finnish Ministries. She is an Associate Editor in the journal Ecosystem Services and involved in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the United Nations International Resources Panel (UN-IRP). She is a member of the Finnish Forest Council. Eeva is motivated by the real-world relevance and impact of the work of the entire scientific community she operates in as well as by the decision-makers who govern forest biodiversity in the landscape – and in meeting rooms.