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The Centre brings together researchers of international standing to address key issues associated with forest transitions in tropical countries including smallholder and community-based reforestation; management of natural forest areas for social and environmental outcomes; and the use of forests for livelihoods.

Centre members will comprise researchers based at USC and international researchers from leading Universities and research institutes. With adjuncts, ACIAR collaborators and staff employed overseas, the research centre would probably has over 30 members.

Most of the USC staff members of this Centre are associated with the Tropical Forestry Group led by Professor John Herbohn and include Professor David Lamb, Professor Steve Harrison, Associate Professor Jack Baynes, Dr Bob Fisher, Dr Tony Page, Mark Annandale, Associate Professor Grahame ApplegateDr John Meadows, and Dr Nestor Gregorio. In addition there are over 25 collaborating researchers from PNG and the Philippines formally involved in research projects run by group members.

In addition, Professor Mark Brown, Director of USC's Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC), Associate Professor David Lee, Associate Professor Simon Lawson and Professor Robin Chazdon are also USC-based members of the Centre, and along with Professor Herbohn, are also members of FIRC.

The Centre also has senior researchers from other Australian institutions including Professor Susanne Schmidt (UQ), Professor David Mulligan (UQ), Professor Jerry Vanclay (USC), Dr Paul Dargusch (UQ), Dr Wolfram Dressler (UMelb), Dr Jennifer Firn (QUT), Dr Bob Congdon (JCU), Dr David Smorfitt (JCU), Dr Huong Nguyen and Dr Sharif Mukul. Professor John Bliss (OSU) is a high profile US researcher who is also a core member of the Centre.

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