Peter Umunay

Co-advised by Timothy Gregoire.

Location: Marshall, 3rd Floor, room 35
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Phone: (203) 645 1913

Research Interests

My broad interest is tropical forest ecology and management, and estimation of forest biomass. I am interested in technical and policy implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism. Through a combination of remote sensing and field data, my research intends to respond to the challenges of designing scientifically credible, accurate, cost-effective, practical and transparent national-scale systems able to quantify, monitor and report carbon stocks and human-induced deforestation and forest degradation in Congo basin forests. The application of these data will help build a model that links activities causing forest lost to underlying drivers, and construct reference scenarios to determine the scope for emission reductions. Prior coming to Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, I spent five years working with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Central Africa (and partially in Panama) as Team Leader of forest dynamics program, carbon project and REDD+ process. Additional work experience includes, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, High Conservation Values assessment, Improving forest governance and Mapping of conflicts between Extractives and REDD+.