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Professor Douglas Sheil

Current Appointment: Adjunct Professor
Organisational Unit: School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Telephone: 73772
Location: ESE
Campus: Lismore

Douglas Sheil is Professor of Forest Ecology and Conservation.

Douglas's background is in natural sciences with a focus on tropical forest ecology, management and conservation. His research interests are multidisciplinary and address the assessment and management of biodiversity and ecological processes in forest landscapes. Much of this work has addressed the interests and concerns of local people. His main field experiences have been in Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Qualifications: He has a BA/MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge UK (1987), an MSc in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use from Oxford, UK (1989), and a Doctorate (D.Phil.) in Ecology also from Oxford (1996).

He worked for the IUCN forest conservation program in East Africa before doing his doctorate, at the Oxford Forestry Institute. The doctorate was an assessment of long-term rain forest dynamics based on tree plots in Budongo Forest in Uganda.

He worked at the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia from 1998 to 2008 (CIFOR). He led CIFORís "Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment" and "Life After Logging" activities among others. The main focus of this work was to see how forest use can be improved to bring about better outcomes for people and the environment. Much of this work has focused on the preferences of local people. Many publications from that work can be accessed free from the CIFOR site.

From 2005-2006 he took a sabbatical at Wageningen University. He was hosted by the Forest Ecology and Management Group (FEM). During that time he began work on a co-authored book -- Ghazoul, J. and Sheil, D. "Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity and Conservation" -- that was recently published by Oxford University Press. See OUP catalogue.

From 2008 to 2012 he was the director of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) working for the Wildlife conseration Society (WCS) and seconded to Mbararara University of Science and Technology. ITFC is based in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwest Uganda. See ITFC here.

He joined SCU full time in 2012. His main role is developing, supervising and writing-up research.

His publications are listed at Google Scholar

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Last Updated: 10/01/2013 03:06:54 PM