Sawako started a new position at Nagoya University in Japan as the liaison between industry and university research to promote entrepreneur education and international collaboration. Sawako believes that the critical thinking culture she was exposed to at WFI propelled her to continue learning from every opportunity available.
Shreejita Basu – Fellow from India
Shreejita followed up her time at WFI with a six-month internship at Sustainable Northwest, working on a project for the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association (OCCFA). OCCFA focuses on long-term forest management based on conservation and watershed restoration principles. Her role will be primarily in watershed restoration analysis.
Binod Heyojoo – Fellow from Nepal
Binod returned to his teaching duties as a professor at the Institute of Forestry (IOF) in Pokhara, Nepal. He will be starting his PhD in Forestry in June of 2018 at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. His PhD research thesis will expand on the project he did at WFI in forest fire management.
Chiao-Ping Wang – Fellow from Taiwan
Chiao-Ping returned to her research at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) as a soil scientist. She reports that she brought many great ideas back from the USA that are inspiring her work implementing a long-term ecological research site in the urban forests of Kaoshiung.
Jan Jenco – Fellow from Slovakia
Jan recently started a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus in natural resources at the Technical University in Zvolenin, Slovakia. He is close to completing his authorship of a book on Slovak forestry regulations. He will start a new job in February 2018 with a regional organization for conservation and sustainable development with a focus on habitat restoration in the river Danube region. He will be working on their legal agenda.
Michelle Yap – Fellow from Malaysia
Michelle returned to work for the Heart of Borneo conservation project in Malaysia at the Sabah Forestry Department. She will be focusing on conservation activities such as forest rehabilitation and developing ecotourism facilities. Her WFI project findings on how to implement sport fishing inside a forest reserve have been approved by the Sabah Forestry Department and are in process of being implemented.
Hebe Carus – Fellow from Scotland
Hebe has taken a temporary post with the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) as a Living Landscapes Program Manager. The program oversees the implementation of landscape-scale land use/conservation integration across urban and rural sites. Hebe will be evaluating the successes of one of those sites, coordinating the implementation of a communications strategy, and reviewing the SWT landscape-scale conservation policy–all within nine months!
Oscar Hernandez – Fellow from Guatemala
The very next day after Oscar returned to Guatemala, he became the technical advisor of FEDECOCAGUA (Coop of Coffee Coops) to implement the Food, Agriculture, Income and Resilience (FAIR) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The FAIR project will support thousands of small coffee farmers for five years to increase their economic growth and reduce malnutrition. The experience at WFI allowed Oscar to better understand the USAID approach and work style.