Tag: 2018

International Fellow fron The Netherlands, 2018

Jeen Bunnik, Netherlands

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Jeen Bunnik is a procurement forester for Houthandel Bunnik, a family-owned business established in the Netherlands in 1900. As the fifth generation-owner, Jeen serves as the liaison between procurement and Houthandel Bunnik’s internal and external timber product manufacturing. He is responsible for the procurement of logs and dimensional lumber originating from Northwest European temperate forests that go to domestic, European, and export markets. Jeen holds dual Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Forestry and an Engineering degree in International Timber Trade. During his Fellowship in 2018, Jeen did Comparison of Forest Policy and Operations Between the Pacific Northwest and North-Europe (video). Contact:

International Fellow from Taiwan 2018

Meei-ru Jeng, Taiwan

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Meei-ru Jeng is an associate researcher at the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. She has extensive knowledge in eco-informatics and information management, especially in system planning. Meei-ru has served as primary project coordinator for the International Long-Term Ecological Research Network, coordinating workshops and trainings. In recent years, Meei-ru has further sharpened her information management skills and worked to develop a platform for streaming sensing networks, making the data openly available and accessible to the public. Meei-ru is now taking these coordination and management skills to a lead investigator level on a Biochar Materials and Application program. During her 2018 fellowship at WFI, she did research on the Considerations for Establishing a Biochar Supply Chain (video). Contact:

International Fellow from China 2018

Xuejiao Li, China

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Li Xuejiao is a program officer at the Chinese Academy of Forestry based in Beijing, China. She obtained her Master’s degree in ecology at Beijing Normal University and is now working on forestry international cooperation.  During her fellowship in 2018, she did an Appraisal of International Collaboration in U.S. Forest Science (video). Contact:

International Fellow from Thailand 2018

Thammarat Mettanurak, Thailand

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Thammarat Mettanurak has been managing his family business, a retail store for construction materials, in Thailand for over a decade. Because lumber is the most profitable product in his family-run business, Thammarat chose to obtain a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. Over the last ten years, the demand for Thai dimensional lumber has declined due to its relatively high price as well as decreased availability from Thailand’s neighboring countries. This trend has negatively impacted his company’s bottom line. During his 2018 Fellowship, Thammarat conducted research on Potential Applications of Softwood Lumber in Thai Home Construction (video). Contact:

International Fellow from Vietnam 2018

Tuan Manh Phan, Vietnam

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Tuan Manh Phan is a legal and institutional policy consultant from Vietnam. He has an MBA (2013), law (1998) and mechanical engineering (1983) degrees, and professional certificates in climate change and policy advisory. In recent years, Tuan has been deeply involved in designing policy frameworks and legislative tools in environmental protection, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation, including the promotion of payments for forest ecosystem services (PFES). In 2018 during his fellowship program Tuan’s project was an Analysis of Carbon Policies and Payment for Forest Ecosystem Services in the U.S. (video). Contact: