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SUTROFOR Academic staff at Bangor University

James Brockington

My name is James Brockington. I’m a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy), Bangor University.

I mainly assist in the delivery of modules on our distance learning MSc programmes in Forestry and Tropical Forestry, and I contribute some teaching to the modules taken by second-year SUTROFOR students. I was involved in developing and running the preparatory module and subsequent SUTROFOR joint summer module held in Uganda. This event was organised in collaboration with a local partner institution (Makerere University) and took place in the wonderful surroundings of Budongo Forest Reserve.

Alongside my teaching role, I’m also a PhD candidate in SENRGy. I have a background in international development and my research interests are primarily in socio-economic aspects of natural resource management and particularly smallholder agriculture/agroforestry. Building on previous work in India, my doctoral research concerns the adoption, adaptation, diffusion and impact of promoted agroforestry practices following project interventions. I’m currently working with an NGO that has developed a large-scale and innovative agroforestry programme with tribal farmers in central India.

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Rob Brook

Rob BrookMy name is Rob Brook, and I am a senior lecturer in agriculture and rural development in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, Wales, UK.

I am also the Director of Postgraduate Studies, which means that I manage the Schools postgraduate research programmes. I have been employed at Bangor University since 1993 and before that I worked in Papua New Guinea for six years and had shorter spells of working in Indonesia and South Sudan. I have also worked at Newcastle University and the research for my PhD was conducted at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee.

My teaching interests are crop science, agricultural systems and agroforestry. My research interests can be summarized as sustainable land use, particularly in the tropics. This encompasses agronomy, crop physiology, agroforestry, rural development and effects of urbanization on peri-urban land use. This research has been conducted in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

In the SUTROFOR programme, I teach various aspects of agroforestry and agriculture & the environment. I supervise several MSc dissertations each summer and recent locations of research have been Bangladesh, India and Ethiopia, as well as in Bangor. Recent topics have included bees for development, effects of home-gardens on livelihoods, consumer preferences in waste management, effects of compost applications upon methane emissions from rice paddies and sustainability of agroforestry systems, to give a flavour of the range.

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Christine Cahalan

My name is Christine Cahalan, and I am a senior lecturer in silviculture and forest genetics in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, Wales, UK. I have worked at Bangor University for more than 20 years, as well as for the British Forestry Commission’s research division and as a self-employed forestry consultant.

My teaching is mainly in the areas of silviculture and forest management and my research interests are in forest genetics and tree breeding.  I supervise several MSc dissertations each year, and in recent years these have mainly been concerned with the adaptation of tree populations to climate change and the growth and regeneration of tree species in continuous cover systems.

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Meryl Furlong

Meryl FurlongHi, I'm Meryl and I'm your MSc Administrator. I have over 15 years of administration experience, responsible for over 600 masters degree students from more than 50 countries around the world, including both of our Erasmus Mundus masters courses (SUTROFOR & SUFONAMA).

I am responsible for day-to-day management of approximately 60 current masters students, and liaison with all SUTROFOR partners. My main duties include the student admission process, student transfer procedures, welcome week arrangements and international student events, timetabling, examination procedures and pastoral care.

I work full time and have two children, and consider myself very understanding and helpful. Feel free to come to see me any time during the day, my door is always open, and I'll try to help you with any problems you may have, university related or not. Hope to see you in Bangor!

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James Gibbons

My name is James Gibbons and I am lecturer in Ecological Modelling in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University.

My research interests are the statistical analysis of data and the modelling of agricultural and conservation management. I have applied these methods across terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biophysical and social data. I am especially interested in methods for valuing environmental goods, efficient sampling and monitoring, cost effectiveness of emission mitigation and modelling the interaction between humans and the environment.

In the SUTROFOR programme, I teach statistical methods and experimental design. I supervise MSc projects and I am also leader for the MSc dissertation module.

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Ian Harris

Ian HarrisMy name is Ian Harris. I lecture in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University.

I am responsible for coordinating the GIS inputs to all of our MSc programmes in the school, including SUTROFOR. I also supervise MSc theses that have a GIS component, and can provide access to a broad spectrum of spatial data for other MSc projects.

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John Healey

John HealeyMy name is John Healey. I am Professor of Forest Sciences in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University.

I have forestry and agroforestry field experience in 16 tropical countries (7 Africa, 5 Latin America/Caribbean and 3 Asia). I am co-Director of the joint university Centre for Integrated Research in the Rural Environment. I have supervised 21 PhD projects (15 on tropical forest topics), 3 MPhil theses and 45 MSc theses (28 on tropical forest topics).

My research, teaching and student thesis supervision covers a broad range of topics including: (i) ecology, management and ecosystem services of forests and agroforestry systems, with particular emphasis on tropical and upland environments; (ii) biodiversity conservation in protection and production forests; (iii) climate change mitigation in forestry and agroforestry (impact of logging methods and of tree management, recycling of waste materials to forests, ecosystem service trade-offs between carbon sequestration and biodiversity, evidence base for policy and practice for REDD+ and other payment for ecosystem service schemes), monitoring; (iv) climate change adaptation (impacts on tropical mountain forests, hurricane impacts); (v) forest restoration on degraded and post-industrial land, natural regeneration; (vi) ecology and management of invasive woody species; (vii) ecosystem ecology, soils, nutrient and carbon cycling; (viii) secondary and buffer-zone forest ecology and management, succession, landscape; (ix) silviculture; (x) sustainable forest management and community participation.

In SUTROFOR, I am the organiser of the Forest Resources and Assessment modules, I contribute to the Silviculture module and supervise MSc theses.

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Genevieve Lamond

My name is Genevieve Lamond. I am Teaching Associate and Research Project Support Officer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University. I also work in close collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya.

My background is Anthropology and Natural Resource Management, with research interests in agroforestry and local knowledge of smallholder farmers, relating to the role of trees in agricultural landscapes and ecosystem service provisioning. I teach participatory research methods and run practical training courses on using the Agro-ecological Knowledge Toolkit (a software and methodology developed at Bangor University).

The majority of my research has been in East Africa, with project involvement in India and Central America too. I also run a charity which focuses on community based approaches to increasing food security for vulnerable households in Kenya.

In SUTROFOR, I contribute to the Natural Resource Management, Natural Resource Development and Agroforestry Systems and Practices modules and supervise MSc theses.

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Morag McDonald

Morag_McDonaldMy name is Morag McDonald. I am Professor of Ecology and Catchment Management and Head of the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography in Bangor University, UK.

I have been researching international environmental issues for 20 years, with field experience in 14 countries. I have broad research interests in soil conservation and fertility; impacts of anthropogenic and natural disturbance on forest ecosystems; tropical forest regeneration; agroforestry systems, water regulating ecosystem services and forest restoration through fallow management. I have published >50 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. In SUTROFOR, I contribute to the Silviculture module and supervise MSc theses.

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Tim Pagella

My name is Tim Pagella. My Research Interests include Ecosystem services (mapping and stakeholder engagement); Agroforestry; the acquisition and utilisation of local ecological knowledge in natural resource management; the development and use of visualisation tools in participatory research; environmental policy. In SUTROFOR, I contribute to the Natural Resource Management module and supervise MSc theses.

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Mark Rayment

Mark RaymentMy name is Mark Rayment. I am a lecturer in Forestry at Bangor University in Wales, UK.

I am the course director for the MSc SUTROFOR. In addition, I teach on the Silviculture module, and the Research Planning and Communication module, as well as supervising dissertation projects. When I can, I teach on the Joint Summer Module.

In terms of research, I am most interested in using a systems approach to understand the function of landscapes and the components within them. I tend towards biophysical methods and quantitative analyses. Currently my projects include temperate wetland and tropical mangrove dynamics, and the impacts of tree canopies on local biophysical conditions.

I’ve lived in North Wales since 2007 and I can honestly say that it’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve been to. If you like the mountains or the sea, and a relaxed place to study, then you really should consider a visit here.

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Fergus Sinclair

Fergus SinclairMy name is Fergus Sinclair. I am Senior Lecturer in Agroforestry in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University.

I am currently on a 50% secondment with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya where I am the Global Research Leader in Production Ecology. I am also Director of CARIAD, Bangor Universitys centre for research in Centre for Advanced Research in International Agricultural Development. I am also a visiting Professor at CATIE (the centre for tropical agricultural research and higher education), the leading centre for agroforestry across Latin America.

I have broad research interests in agroforestry with current research focussed on local environmental knowledge and ecosystem services associated with trees at field, farm and landscape scales. My inter-disciplinary research covers issues of governance and management of natural resources and their role in livelihoods of local stakeholders. Research methods include measurement and modelling of interactions in complex agroecosystems, involving participatory modelling at a landscape scale I have extensive research experience over 24 years in South Asia (India, Nepal and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (especially China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam), West (Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria), East (Kenya, Tanzania) and Southern (Zimbabwe, South Africa) Africa, Latin America (especially Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua and Colombia), and Wales, the UK, Europe. I am Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Agroforestry Systems and was leader of the IUFRO research group on agroforestry from 1994-2000. I have published over 50 scientific papers and supervised more than 20 PhD students.

In SUTROFOR, I contribute to two modules (Natural Resource Management and Agroforestry Practices) and supervise MSc theses.

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Jenny Wong

My name is Jenny Wong. I am the Director of Wild Resources Ltd a forestry consultancy company based in north Wales. I am also an honorary lecturer in Forestry at Bangor University in Wales, UK.

My contribution to the teaching in Bangor is derived from work experience as a forest inventory specialist attached to the Forestry Department in Ghana in the 1990’s. This evolved into consultancy in tropical forest inventory with a focus on NTFPs which then expanded into an interest in all aspects of NTFP management, harvesting and utilisation in Africa (9 countries). Although much of this work is consultancy I maintained a connection with research and am presently engaged in three pan-European research projects (27 countries). I maintain a strong connection with Africa and have recently been engaged in the development of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) which takes account of the impact of mining activities on subsistence livelihoods which integrate farming, forest harvesting, fishing and hunting.

I have supervised 2 PhD and 6 MSc projects alongside completion of 43 consultancy reports.

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