B.S., National University of Rosario, Argentina
M.S., Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC)
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Professor Montagnini’s research focuses on variables controlling the sustainability of managed ecosystems in the tropics, such as forest, tree plantations and agroforestry systems, with a special emphasis on Latin America; sustainable land use systems that integrate ecological principles with economic, social, and political factors; the principles and applications of forest landscape restoration; the reforestation of degraded lands with native species; mixed-species plantations; tropical plantation silviculture; identification and quantification of ecological services provided by forest ecosystems, including biodiversity, carbon sequestration and watershed protection; organic farming using indigenous resources; Payments for Environmental Services as tools to promote restoration, conservation, and rural development.
She is currently conducting projects in regions encompassing major types of tropical and subtropical humid and dry forest in South and Central America. Projects that she is currently conducting include examining the role of native tree species in plantations and agroforestry systems in reclaiming degraded areas with species of economic value; the identification and quantification of ecological services provided by forests (biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration, and water); and organic farming in agroforestry systems with native species. In her research, she collaborates with institutions such as CATIE (Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center, Costa Rica), as well as with universities and other academic, private and government institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama.
Professor Montagnini has written eight books on agroforestry systems and ecological restoration, including a major textbook in tropical forest ecology and management, and about 200 scientific articles, of which 80% have been published in international refereed journals. Several of her publications are in Spanish to ensure dissemination and as a contribution to the host countries.
She teaches courses in tropical forest ecology and management, soil science, agroforestry, and restoration ecology. She is a Fellow of Saybrook College at Yale. She also holds honorary professorships at several universities in Latin America. She is a Senior Fellow of ECPA, Energy and Climate Partners of the Americas, of the U.S. Department of State.