About the Global Forest Atlas

Since its founding in 1900, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has been in the forefront of developing a science-based approach to forest management, and in training leaders worldwide. The Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, established in 2000, continues this tradition. Its mission is to integrate, strengthen and direct the School’s forestry research, education and outreach to address the challenges of sustaining forests in the 21st century and a globalized world.

The Global Forest Atlas brings together issues facing forests in the 21st century: forest management, deforestation, land use, governance, and conservation. Launched in 2014, the Global Forest Atlas highlights the two largest tropical forest regions of the world, the Amazon basin and the Congo basin, in addition to the boreal region. Introducing forest issues in these regions, the forest atlas describes the scientific foundation, trends, and breaking news and research in the region, including research and advocacy of Yale Forestry & Environmental Studies researchers, students, and graduates. The Global Forest Atlas plans to expand coverage of forest issues into additional regions and forests type each year as well.

Global Forest Atlas Team

Mary Tyrrell: Editor

Executive Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry

Yale F&ES Master of Forestry 1997, MBA Boston University

Mary has been executive director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry since 2004, promoting forest stewardship in the United States and abroad through the programs of the Yale GISF. 

Karin Bucht: Contributing writer

Yale F&ES Master of Forestry, 2015

Prior to Yale F&ES, Karin studied environmental science and international studies at Oregon State University. Karin has done work in social forestry and research in Madagascar, with interests in forest management around the globe.

Kyra Prats: Contributing writer

Yale F&ES Master of Forest Science, 2016; Yale PhD student

Kyra is studying forest ecology, ecophysiology, and plant hydraulics under conditions of drought. Prior to F&ES, Kyra worked as a research assistant at the Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Barcelona, Spain. 

Madeleine Faucher: Contributing writer

Yale F&ES Master of Environmental Management, 2016

Madeleine majored in environmental studies at Yale before beginning graduate studies at F&ES. She is interested in the intersection between the environment and public health, particularly in relation to air quality. 

Past Contributors:

Matthew Bare: Site creator and lead writer

Yale F&ES Master of Forestry 2014, MBA, Universidad de los Andes 2015

Raised in Maryland, Matthew studied tropical forest conservation at Yale F&ES and conservation finance at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Previously Matthew worked in tropical forest conservation in Ecuador and was a Peace Corps volunteer.      

Naomi Heindel: Original background research and conception work

Yale F&ES Master of Environmental Science, 2013

Now an environmental history researcher in Boise, Idaho, Naomi’s work at F&ES focused on the environmental, cultural, and social effects of logging on the lands and lives of the James Bay Cree, a First Nation in the boreal forest of Quebec. Previously, she worked as an environmental field science educator and wilderness guide. 

Melissa Arias: Contributing writer, Amazon basin

Yale F&ES Master of Environmental Management, 2015

Melissa is from Ecuador, and studied International Relations and Environmental Management at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Previously, Melissa worked in biodiversity conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Peter Umunay: Contributing writer, Congo basin

Yale F&ES Master of Forest Science, 2014; Yale PhD student

Peter is from Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and worked for Wildlife Conservation Society on REDD+ and forest mapping in the DRC. Peter is currently beginning a Phd program at Yale F&ES in forest mapping and allometry. 

Nick Lo: Contributing writer, Temperate rainforest

Yale College, 2015

Nick majored in global affairs, focusing on international development. After leaving Yale he hopes to work in sustainable natural resource management and community development. 

 Elias Kohn: Contributing writer, Himalaya region

Yale F&ES Master of Environmental Management, 2016

Elias studied sociology with a focus on environmental challenges in urban settings at the University of Southern California. Since then, his work experience and recent coursework at F&ES focuses on merging social and environmental work, specifically around forestry and land use.

Guest Contributors:

Olga Malets: Contributing writer, Boreal forest certification

Lecturer at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
Dr. rer. pol., Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and University of Cologne

Olga is from Russia, and teaches international environmental and forest policy at TUM School of Forest Science and Resource Management. She works on forest certification and forest governance in Russia and the US.