Education & Curriculum Vitae
B.S., National University of Rosario, Argentina
M.S., Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC)
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Dr. Montagnini’s research focuses on variables controlling the sustainability of managed ecosystems with emphasis in the tropics: forest, tree plantations and agroforestry systems; 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; identification and quantification of ecosystem services, 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; biodiversity conservation in human dominated landscapes; biodiversity islands (biodiversityislands.org). Dr. Montagnini has written eleven books on agroforestry systems and ecological restoration, including a major textbook in tropical forest ecology and management, and about 250 scientific articles, of which 80% have been published in international refereed journals. She teaches and advises individual project courses in agroforestry, landscape restoration, and soil conservation and management. She holds honorary professorships at several universities in Latin America. She also works as a consultant advising projects related to her expertise in tropical forestry, agroforestry and rural development worldwide.