UBC Forestry’s Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences professor and Centre for International Forestry Research senior associate, Terry Sunderland, was recently presented with the 2019 IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award at the XXV IUFRO Congress held in Curitiba, Brazil.
The Scientific Achievement Award is given to scientists whose collection of outstanding published research demonstrates the importance of scientific or technical achievements directly linked to the advancement of forestry or forest research.
At the awards presentation attended by delegates from over 120 countries, Sunderland was commended for making significant contributions across a wide range of disciplines that began in tropical forest botany and more recently has encompassed the application of a landscape approach to sustainable resource management and biodiversity conservation.
A landscape approach aims to balance the land-use demands such as food sources, livelihoods, development, and climate action goals and others of a particular land base.
Following more than 15 years of study, Sunderland’s latest large-scale research project is focused on Asia and Africa – looking at how the landscape approach can be put into practice at ground-level. To date, he has supervised or co-supervised more than 40 UBC graduate students, many of whom are now implementing landscape-scale initiatives for themselves.
Make sure to read about the other IUFRO award winners in our upcoming edition of Branchlines.