Meet the 2016 WFI Fellows
Meet This Year’s Fellows!
WFI’s team of International Fellows is selectively chosen from the forestry profession around the globe. In a program unique to the industry, these Fellows serve six month Fellowships at WFI, using a wide range of skills, expertise and language abilities to complete a primary project.
Check out the final presentations from the 2016 Fellows! Each Fellow summed up their entire 6-month program into a seven-minute preview of their learning experience here – and it is amazing! Click this link here.
Rebecca works for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute and is a research canopy scientist. She is interested in connecting with canopy scientists in the PNW and understanding the body of research around climate change and canopy science.
Samantha has eight years of experience in the forest industry of Sarawak, Malaysia. She is currently a Park Warden for the Sarawak Forestry Corporation, responsible for rehabilitating Piasau Nature Reserve, Sarawak (PNRS) for wildlife habitat enhancement. She is also responsible for ensuring that PNRS is properly developed in order to provide a healthy forest landscape in an urban setting for public enjoyment and appreciation. As a WFI Fellow, she is here to learn and gain knowledge in urban forest and park management and rehabilitation.
Karishmaa is an environmental consultant from India who is interested in urban forest management practices and accreditation for CSR and carbon projects. She has worked as a researcher focusing on soil geochemistry at the National University of Singapore with the National Parks in wetland forests in Singapore. Karishmaa has a background in Environmental Science with business development experience in renewable energy and agro-forestry in South-East Asia. As a WFI Fellow, Karishmaa will study urban forest development and management here in the Pacific Northwest.
Abiodun is a licensed Architect practicing in Lagos, Nigeria. He’s strongly interested in green building materials – specifically bamboo, glulam and newly emerging products such as cross laminated timber. He is promoting these materials as viable alternatives to the conventional building materials back home. He believes the ingenious utilization and adaptation of local resources is paramount to improving the housing situation and making housing cost effective and affordable. At WFI he will be meeting architects, engineers, contractors, and visiting construction sites, organizations and companies in Portland where he would gain firsthand experience.
Ana is a recent graduate from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. She is interested in software and technology that can help maximize environmental and economic values in short-rotation forestry plantations. She is particularly interested in poplar plantations and their production facilities in the PNW.
Adam is the Senior Advisor to the Directorate General of State Forests in Poland. He has a focused interest in state-level planning and operations of forests and how to manage these forests to achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes.
Andrea is a university consultant who is interested in learning about best practices for engaging private landowners in sustainable forest management. She would like to focus on educational technology, tools, and methodologies that will best motivate and engage private forestland owners in Nicaragua.
Yu is a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Forestry’s Forest Science Technology Institute. He is interested in surveying operational processes and methodologies at public and private institutions to learn about efficiency in research programs.