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As a geographer and land use science researcher, my work focuses on understanding causes and the spatio-temporal dynamics of land use changes, and most importantly, the loss of natural ecosystem as one of the major causes of global environmental change. More specifically, I am interested in tropical deforestation, its socio-environmental interactions in space and time, and the effectiveness of different strategies for reducing deforestation. I use geographical information systems and econometric modelling tools to evaluate and better understand policies for ecosystem conservation and the causes driving deforestation and ecosystem loss.
At SESYNC I am contributing to the Supply-Chain Commitments Pursuit, led by Kimberly Carlson, University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and Rachael D. Garrett, ETH Zurich. The project focuses on zero-deforestation commitments related to soybean production, one of the commodities responsible for massive deforestation and loss of natural ecosystems in South America. My main interest within this work is to understand the effectiveness of these commitments on reducing deforestation rates. We ask if the commitments are effective in banning deforestation from the commodities supply chain, and more importantly if the commitment contributes to a reduction of deforestation at farm and regional level. To do so, this work synthesizes and analyzes available data on commitments, production, trade, land use change and properties for South America.
|Land Cover Change in the Abuja City-Region, Nigeria: Integrating GIS and Remotely Sensed Data to Support Land Use Planning||
Mar 02, 2019
Article published in Sustainability.
|Synthesizing dam-induced land system change||
Jan 08, 2019
Article published in Ambio.
|Property-level direct and indirect deforestation for soybean production in the Amazon region of Mato Grosso, Brazil||
Jul 14, 2018
Article published in Land Use Policy.