Dr Sharif Ahmed Mukul

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Dr Sharif Ahmed Mukul


Teaching areas

  • Environmental Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

Research areas

  • tropical forest management
  • carbon dynamics in tropical forests
  • biodiversity conservation
  • land-use planning and policy
  • climate change impacts and adaptation


Dr Sharif Ahmed Mukul joined the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre (TFAP) at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015 in the role of Research Fellow. Currently Sharif is working with TFAP as a casual appointment.

Mukul’s research and study background includes coupled human and natural system dynamics with particular emphasis on sustainable use, management, and conservation of biodiversity and forests. He has been conducting research on ethnobotany, non-timber forest products, forest-based rural livelihoods, agroforestry, protected areas and on environmental governance. Presently, his concentration is more on climate change and conservation (3C) related issues with an emphasis on applied research connected to forestry and other human land-use. In particular, He is enthusiastic to know the potential role of forests and/or other less modified natural landscapes as an ecological niche, their contribution in ecosystem functioning, and the influence of various human activities on their structure and performance.

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Professional memberships

  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (2008–) (Country president for Bangladesh, 2009)
  • American Geophysical Union (2013–) (Council member)
  • Commonwealth Forestry Association (2014–)
  • World Association of Young Scientists (2010–)
  • International Network for Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (2011–)
  • Asia–Pacific Network for Environmental Governance (2013–)


  • Student Award for the Excellence in Forest Sciences, International Union of Forest Research Organizations, 2014
  • Young Scientist Research Award, Commonwealth Forestry Association, 2014

Selected research publications

  • Mukul, S.A., Herbohn, J., Firn, J. (in press). Co-benefits of biodiversity and carbon sequestration from secondary forests following shifting cultivation in the Philippines: implications for forest landscape restoration. Biotropica.
  • Mukul, S.A., Herbohn, J., Firn, J. (2016). Tropical secondary forests regenerating after shifting cultivation in the Philippines uplands are important carbon sinks. Nature Scientific Reports, 6: 22483.
  • Mukul, S.A., Herbohn, J. (2016). The impacts of shifting cultivation on secondary forests dynamics in tropics: a synthesis of the key findings and spatio temporal distribution of research. Environmental Science & Policy, 55: 167177.
  • Mukul, S.A., Rashid, A.Z.M.M., Uddin, M.B., Khan, N.A. (2016). Role of non-timber forest products in sustaining forest-based livelihoods and rural households’ resilience capacity in and around protected area: a Bangladesh study. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59: 628642.
  • Alamgir, M., Mukul, S.A., Turton, S. (2015). Modelling spatial distribution of critically endangered Asian elephant and Hoolock gibbon in Bangladesh forest ecosystems under a changing climate. Applied Geography, 60: 1019.
  • Sohel, M.S.I., Mukul, S.A., Burkhard, B. (2015). Landscape’s capacities to supply ecosystem services in Bangladesh: A mapping assessment for Lawachara National Park. Ecosystem Services, 12: 128135.

Research grants

Project name         Investigators Funding body     Year
Developing a novel carbon payment scheme for swidden fellow secondary forests in the tropics Dr Sharif A. Mukul The World Bank Group (PROFOR, USA) 2015
Status, indigenous use and population dynamics of medicinal flora in Bangladesh Dr Sharif A. Mukul The Rufford Foundation for Nature Conservation (UK) 2009
Status and use invasive alien plant species in northern Bangladesh Dr Sharif A. Mukul British Ecological Society (UK) 2008
The role of indigenous peoples traditional forest practices in conservation and livelihoods in Bangladesh Dr Sharif A. Mukul The Explorers Club (USA 2007
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