Meet the jury for our #Forests2015 blog competition

In the run-up towards the XIV World Forestry Congress, we organise the #Forests2015 blog competition.

Our purpose is to give scientists, farmers, communities, governments, universities and their students, private individuals and companies a platform to showcase their forestry projects.

The first selection of the top ten posts will be based on the appreciation of your entry by the online public, tallying the amount of comments, likes and views each post gets.

Our jury will then pick the winners for the “youth” and “open” categories. The jury consists of professional science communicators and distinguished members of the scientific forestry community.

Here are our jury members:

John Parrotta

John Parrotta 2John is the Program Leader for International Science Issues with the U.S. Forest Service’s Research and Development branch, based in Washington, DC. He also serves in the International Union for Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) as Vice-President for Task Forces, Special Programmes, Projects and IUFRO-led Initiatives.

John has been involved in various areas forest science research worldwide for over 30 years, and has a particular interest in tropical forest ecology, biodiversity conservation, the ecology and management of planted forests, forest restoration, forest history, and traditional forest knowledge. He has conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil and India, worked collaboratively with many colleagues from around the world on a variety of science syntheses and other projects.

John is the author of over 150 scientific publications on these and other topics, and a member of the editorial board of several international forest science journals.

Michelle Kovacevic

michelle kovacevicMichelle Kovacevic is a freelance communicator, science journalist, project manager and facilitator working at the nexus of agriculture, forestry and rural livelihoods.

As the Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) first blog editor and social media coordinator, Michelle wrote and edited thousands of blogposts and ran dozens of workshops to give policymakers, scientists, journalists and teachers science communication and social media skills, all of which contributed to a 1500% increase in CIFOR’s blog readership.

She’s authored over 100 popular articles, reports, special investigative reports, interactive web features. Find her on Twitter as @kovamic.

Nick Ishmael Perkins

Nick PerkinsNick is the director of SciDev.Net.
Nick has worked as a journalist, media trainer and project manager for many years in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. He co-founded “Media for Development”, an award-winning consultancy providing support in a number of areas of communication for development.
Nick also worked as a knowledge management and learning advisor for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the UK-based NGO Healthlink Worldwide. He has a postgraduate degree in anthropology and development. He was head of research communication at the Institute of Development Studies.

Terry Sunderland

terry sunderlandTerry Sunderland is currently a Principal Scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He coordinates CIFOR’s work on forests and food security and integrated landscape management.

Prior to joining CIFOR in early 2006, Terry was based in West Africa for over fifteen years and worked on numerous conservation and livelihood-focused projects. Having both a field practitioner and academic background gives him a wide perspective on conservation, livelihoods and related issues. Terry has a Masters degree in Forestry from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of London. He has published more than 150 research papers, book chapters and books. Terry is an active blogger and engages regularly with the media on disseminating research.

Marina Cherbonnier

marinaMarina is the Web and Communications manager at YPARD – the young professionals for agricultural development. As part of the Global Coordination Unit, she has been a key player in the shaping of YPARD Network and its strategic positioning to get young professionals active, heard, recognized and involved in the (agricultural) development arena.

Marina completed a Masters in ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development) at the University of Manchester, UK such as a Maitrise in Information and Documentation Sciences in France. Prior to joining YPARD, she had significant experiences at CTA – the technical center for agricultural and rural cooperation ACP-EU, Wageningen, The Netherlands, and at Alliance Française, in Lagos, Nigeria (Ikoyi, Yaba, Ikeja).

Richard Jones

Richard JonesIn his role as Associate Editor at Devex, Richard Jones covers the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Richard brings to bear 12 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. He has moderated a number of high-level panel sessions at the European Parliament in Brussels and World Health Assembly week in Geneva, as well as hosting a series of popular Devex webinars. Day-to-day, he supervises a team of correspondents and conducts high-level interviews at events across the EMEA region.

After studies at the University of Oxford and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Richard undertook a period of in-service training at the European Commission. He was then based for three years in the Dominican Republic and Argentina, undertaking editorial projects on behalf of a number of European communication agencies, industry associations, a law firm, and a UN research institute. Richard subsequently took up a position in Ecuador as Regional Communications Officer (Latin America) for SNV – The Netherlands Development Organization, before returning to Europe.

Caitlin Peterson

caityCaitlin Peterson is currently a Master’s student in the International Agricultural Development program at the University of California, Davis. Previously, she was a Visiting Researcher and Science Writer for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Cali, Colombia.
While working with CCAFS, she produced and coordinated communications and outreach materials for her research theme, “Long-Term Adaptation to Climate Change.” She worked in the field in Colombia, Tanzania, and Ghana studying the benefits and barriers to adoption of climate-smart agriculture in smallholder farming communities. Caity joined a large, multi-cultural social media team for several major international agriculture and climate change conferences, including GCARD 2012 (Punta del Este, Uruguay), AASW 2013 (Accra, Ghana), and GLF 2013 (Warsaw, Poland), where she served as blog coordinator.

At UC Davis, Caity is studying the resilience of agricultural systems when faced with climatic variability and stress. She is a member of Amélie Gaudin’s Agroecology lab where she works on projects relating to the effects of different irrigation types on nutrient cycling and root growth in organic agriculture and the biophysical attributes lending resilience to Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems in North and South America. She volunteers for the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, part of the UC Davis World Food Center.

Adam Gerrand

Adam Gerrand-001Adam Gerrand has over 25 years work experience in forestry in a range of countries including Australia and in the Pacific where he worked for 4 years in the Vanuatu Forestry Department (1999-2001) and many trips to PNG on an Australian funded forest inventory and planning project. He has strong interest in forestry in developing countries and worked on a community forestry project in Nepal in 1997. He worked as the Manager of the Australian National Forest Inventory from 2001-07 and was a lead author on several chapters of Australia’s State of the Forests report in 2003 and 2008.

Since 2008 he has worked at FAO, firstly for 4 years in the FRA team coordinating the Global Forest Remote Sensing Survey and the past 3 years for UN-REDD on global forest issues and coordinating a series of regional workshops supporting developing countries to improve their National Forest Monitoring Systems including MRV for REDD+. He has recently been coordinating over 800 technical papers, 250 posters and 40 videos for the 2015 World Forestry Congress.

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