It was a full house here at the WFC for our evening of “Lightning” talks from the World Forest Institute International Fellows. Community members from Portland and beyond braved the strong winds and heavy rains to hear our eight research fellows tell their stories about their time in Oregon’s forests through their global perspective. We traveled the globe covering a range of topics from urban forest development in India to private forestland management in Nicaragua and drew comparisons to Oregon’s managed forests. Fellows provided a succinct background on their work here and how it would impact their work, their career, and their forests back home.

It was quite inspiring to see how much these scholars have learned during their time here and the smart applications they’ve developed for their unique situations across the globe. What became quickly apparent from their presentations is how what’s happening in Oregon around natural resource management is having an impact around the world.

Our eight international fellows have brought tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the WFC headquarters in Portland. Staff are very sad to have to say farewell to our visiting fellows, but we look forward to following their important contributions to our forests around the globe.

Congratulations to our 2016 International Fellows:

Chia-Chun “Rebecca” Hsu from Taiwan.

Samantha Kwan from Malaysia

Karishmaa Pai from India

Abiodun Solanke from Nigeria

Ana de Miguel Munoz from Spain

Adam Wasiak from Poland

Andrea Cornejo from Nicaragua

Lei Yu from China

If you missed out on this event, please be sure to catch the “Lightning Talks” on the WFC YouTube Channel. With each presentation being a short 7 minutes, you can easily travel the globe and be a part of their journeys.