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Project Advisory Board


Stéphanie Carrière, IRD

Stéphanie Carrière is a research fellow at IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) in Montpellier. She is working with the role of human practices on nature, the dynamics of species and environments in tropical countries (Cameroon, Madagascar essentially). Her main research topic is the role of management practices of natural resources (especially agricultural) on patterns of biodiversity in agroecosystems, the maintenance and development of the exploited resources. She is studying the rationale and the evolution of agricultural and social practices of and specifically on the role of trees in agrosystems. She is also working also to analyze with political ecology approach the relevance of biodiversity conservation policies and tools.

Amadou Niagn, ICRAF

Amadou Niang, agroforester from Senegal. He has been the Director of the Earth Institute's MDG Centre for West and Central Africa since February 2006. Before joining the Earth Institute, Dr. Niang was a Principal Scientist at ICRAF from 1989 to 1999 and the regional coordinator of ICRAF Sahel (January 2000 to January 2006). Amadou Niang worked with the Agricultural Research and Development in the Semi-arid Zones of Africa (SAFGRAD) in the Scientific and Technical Research Commission of the African Union for 3 years. Before joining SAFGRAD, Amadou was the Director of the National Forestry Research Centre in Senegal. Amadou has worked in different countries in West, Central, East and Southern African in Agriculture Research and Development.

Oene Oenema, WUR

Oene Oenema is Professor at the section of Soil Quality  at Wageningen University, Program Leader  for the Environmental Planning office / Agriculture – environment interactions Alterra, Research Institute Green Environment.
His field of interest is with the effects of intensifying and specialization of agriculture on the environment, and with searching for ways of solution to develop more sustainable agricultural systems and better management. Part of the attention is also aimed at improving agricultural productivity in developing countries by enlarging the knowledge about and insight into nutrient cycles and availability. This research is carried out with Ph.D. students from those countries.

Sean Smukler, Columbia University

Sean Smukler is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  He is currently researching strategies to manage agricultural landscapes for food security, biodiversity and ecosystem services.  His research program is currently focused on Millennium Village sites in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.  He received his Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis, where he studied biodiversity and ecosystem functions in large-scale vegetable production in California.  Smukler has worked in agriculture, ecological restoration, forestry and organics recycling in both the United States and abroad.