Tag: 2011


Huancheng Ma, China

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Dr. Ma is a professor of Silviculture at SW Forestry University in Kunming, China. He took a short four-month sabbatical to come to WFI and study ecosystem management in the US. Ma was at WFI from September through December, 2011. Ma returned to his university with some new ideas about habitat conservation and some practical tools for implementation.


Gabriel Salako, Nigeria

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Dr. Gabriel Salako holds a PhD in Environmental Resources Management specialization in Remote Sensing and GIS from Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria. He had earlier did his PhD internship at the department of forest ecosystems and society in Oregon State University, United States where he worked mostly on ecological modeling, forest resources and ecosystem monitoring using multispectral and air borne remote sensing techniques.

Gabriel finished a 7-month Fellowship in November 2011, where he conducted a feasibility study on the use of Pacific Northwest conifer species in the development of softwood plantations in NE Nigeria. The Mambilla Plateau of NE Nigeria has climatic conditions similar to that of the Pacific Northwest and Gabriel identified several species that have climatic and ecological requirements as that found on the plateau.

Gabriel also obtained a Post graduate professional certificate in GIS from World Forest Institute, USA where he also won an international fellowship award in 2011. Dr. SALAKO has since being a visiting Research Associate at Oregon State University (OSU).

He is a BID mentor for Africa for Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) an EU funded project.
His research interest include: Forest Ecosystem Monitoring and Management, Application of RS/GIS In Ecosystems Classification and Mapping, Ecological modeling, Disaster Mapping and Management, Environmental Resources Assessment. His research activities have taken him to several countries like United States, Germany, Chad, Portugal and France.

He is currently Head, Environmental Management and Toxicology Kwara State University Malete Nigeria.



Tim Sanders, Australia

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Tim Sanders from Australia finished his 6 month Fellowship in October. Tim came here to study what forest management agencies were doing in preparation or in response to climate change. He completed a very thorough synthesis of the adaptive management strategies and schools of thought in the Pacific Northwest, complete with site visits and interviews of public and private agencies. A copy of his report and final presentation can be found elsewhere on our website. Tim returned home to resume his work with VicForests in Melbourne where he hopes to implement some of the findings from his study here into their future management plans.


Chia Chen Wu, Taiwan

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Chia-Chen Wu is a research assistant with the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei. He came to WFI for a 10-month Fellowship in 2011 to look into traditional and modern methods of tree breeding. Visiting dozens of tree breeding operations and interviewing many laboratories, Chia-Chen came away with knowledge of how U.S. forestry and forestry-related organizations use molecular biology in their tree breeding programs.