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Contact the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre

General enquiries

Michelle Tapp
Email: MTucker1@usc.edu.au 
Tel: +61 7 5456 5977

Street address

USC
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland 4556
Australia

Postal address

Tropical Forests and People Research Centre (ML26)
USC
Locked Bag 4
MAROOCHYDORE DC QLD 4558
AUSTRALIA

Key contacts

Our office location
Building B, Ground floor (Rm BG.03)
USC Sunshine Coast

Centre Director
John Herbohn
Email: jherbohn@usc.edu.au 
Tel: +61 7 5456 5187
Office: Building B, Level 1, B1.08A

Centre Deputy Director
Jack Baynes
Email: jbaynes@usc.edu.au
Tel:  +61 428 673 321
Office: Building B, Level 1, B1.05

Our people

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together around 50 researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests. The Centre is based around multidisciplinary projects and a desire of its members to work collaboratively to address complex problems associated with reforestation and forest management in the tropics.

Our members include social and biophysical scientists with expertise in forest reforestation and rehabilitation, ecology, forest science, silviculture, hydrology, soil science, anthropology, livelihood systems, economics, supply chains, finance and policy.

Members

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre includes Adjunct researchers who complement the team and extend the current and integral work into the areas of ecology, hydrology and biology.

Their expertise, often significant track records and experience provide additional depth for the team and provide key input into grant development, peer review of publications and mentoring of researchers across the team.

Adjunct staff play a vital role in strategic planning activities across the year and provide expert advice on how the Centre can position itself for the future growth and increase social and economic impact locally, nationally and globally.

Through ACIAR and other partners, researchers across the Centre collaborate with various national and international and people including:

Collaborators

Research Staff (Philippines)

  • Ofelia Moreno
  • Nova Parcia
  • Crisanto Solano
  • Rogelio Tripoli
  • Mark Ygana

Australian Collaborators

  • Dr Paul Dargusch (UQ)
  • Dr Bob Congdon (JCU)
  • Dr Wolfram Dressler (UMelb)
  • Dr Hartmut Holzknecht

International Collaborators

  • Professor Sampurno Bruijnzeel (Virje University Amsterdam, Faculty of Science - Earth Sciences)
  • Dr Iljavan Meerveld (University of Zurich, Critical Zone Hydrology Group)
  • Professor David Foster (Harvard University, Harvard Forest)
  • Dr David Orwig (Harvard University, Harvard Forest)
  • Professor Mark Ashton (Yale, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Professor John Bliss (Oregon State University)
  • Dr Victor Asio (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Henry Goltiano (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Eduardo Mangaoang (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Yolanda Mangaoang (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Lilian Nunez (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Arturo Pasa (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Dennis Peque (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Anatolio Polinar (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Lemuel Preciados (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Arsenio Ramos (Visayas State University, College of Agriculture and Food Science)
  • Dr Eugene Bautista (Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
  • Emma Germano (Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
  • Danny Lendio (Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources)
  • Bonifacio Polinar (Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

The problems our group are exploring are varied and complex. In order for us to find solutions it is essential for us to partner with a range of forestry organisations, societies, community groups, academic and government groups. We have the brightest minds working together to help improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities and help them generate food and cash.

The impact for the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre may be largely attributed to long-term partnerships and networks with leading international researchers, policy makers and NGOs across a number of regions, in particular Asia-Pacific and Australia.

The Centre engages in partnerships where both or multiple partners are treated equally and valued for the strengths, knowledge and experiences they bring to the collaborative project/s. It is through these long-term and beneficial partnerships that the true impact of our work can be seen and grown from.

Partners
  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • University of Massachusettes
  • World Resources Institute
  • Sao Paulo University
  • Institute of Foresters of Australia
  • NASA
  • University of Jambi
  • Riau and Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
  • Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Hancock Forest Management Group
  • Visayas State University (Philippines)
  • The PNG Forest Authority
  • The University of Papua New Guinea
  • South Pacific Commission
  • Wet Tropics Management Authority
  • The University of Natural Resources and Environment (PNG)
  • MyPathways
  • Green Coast Resources
  • Northern Territory Government
  • Department of Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Pacific Island Projects
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • HQPlantations Pty Ltd
  • Private Forestry Services Queensland
  • Southern Cross University
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS)
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • People and Reforestation in the Tropics: a Network for Education Research Synthesis (PARTNERS)
  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Connecticut
  • Australian National University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Institut Pertanian, Bogor (IPB, Forestry Faculty)
  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Sabah Forestry Department and The Nature Conservancy
  • Asia-Pacific Network For Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation
  • The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • The PNG Forest Research Institute
  • Goroka Forest Office (PNG)
  • Conservation International
  • The World Agroforestry Centre
  • CSIRO
  • Wik Timber
  • Rio Tinto
  • Gumatj Corporation Gulkula Mining
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Vanuatu Department of Forests
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
  • James Cook University
Students

Research students are fundamental to the success of the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre.

We strive to provide:

  • Interesting projects and research support based around existing projects;
  • Collegiate, stimulating and challenging environment e.g. active lab group driven by students;
  • Supervisory teams with broad skill base;
  • Generic field skills; and
  • ’systems thinking’ skills and capacity to work as part of trans-disciplinary teams.
Student Project information Contact
Ming Quang Phan Assessing the Potential of Enrichment Plantings in North Queensland, Australia to Increase Timber Production with Tropical Forests and the Implication for Forest Management and Restoration m_p107@student.usc.edu.au
Bhawana KC Implication of Migration on the Livelihoods and Community Forest in the Middle Hills Region of Nepal bhawana.kc@research.usc.edu.au
Liz Ota Reforestation and Livelihoods: Socioeconomic and Financial Outcomes of Smallholder Reforestation in the Tropics lota@usc.edu.au
Micah Scudder Strategies for Scaling-up Eco-forestry Operations in Papua New Guinea mscudder@usc.edu.au
Kurt Von Kleist Are biodiversity provisions outlined in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) being attained? A case study from the Philippines. kvonklei@usc.edu.au
Kanchana Wiset Models for Engaging Communities in Forest Landscape Restoration in Asia kanchana.wiset@research.edu.edu.au
Professional staff