Associate professor / Senior lecturer
Dept. Forest Ecology and Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
901 83 Umeå, Sweden
I am an Associate Professor (Universitetslektor & docent) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. I work on tropical forest management and conservation, particularly in the context of climate change mitigation and sustainable development.
I am originally from the US (Indiana). I’ve lived and worked all over the world (Peru, Mexico, UK, Spain, Malaysia, Kenya, and Mozambique) and love to look at issues from different perspectives and spatial and time scales. Now I am in Sweden and am a great appreciator of their forward thinking, efficient use of natural resources, amazing waste management–energy production systems, and deep values for life and equality.
Putting all this together, my mission is to harness the power and support of global goals and agendas—i.e., restore 350 million hectares, transition to a bio-economy, limit climate change to 1.5ºC, and meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030—to find solutions that work from the bottom up.
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To develop a new, inclusive, and integrated forest sector in the tropical world to drive large-scale forest restoration, mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and supply a bio-based economy. We further aim to reduce poverty, inequality, and exploitation and instead promote sustainable urban and rural development through enhancing local control of resources, promoting entrepreneurship, and creating viable and transparent business practices that scale organically.
We will lead the research, development, and innovation to bring The Wood Solution to life and quantify its impact and potential. To do so, we need a diverse team of dedicated and talented do-gooders who are on this mission together. I firmly believe that there are so many smart and wonderful people out there that are just yearning to apply their efforts to a worthy cause. My job is to bring these people together, help them find their role and set personal goals, and mentor them to do their very best work. Ultimately, I want my students and postdocs to make themselves leaders in their own fields and propagate this solution in the world.
These are my personal values (ie, what I value) in people I work with: