Professor Michelle Pinard
Professor in Biological Sciences
Professor, Biological Sciences (2015-present)
Director of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences (2013-present)
Senior Lecturer in Tropical Forestry (2007-2015)
Deputy Director of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences (2011-2013)
Postgraduate Taught Programme Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences (2009-2013)
Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences (2008-2009)
MSc Forestry Programme Coordinator (2001-2012)
Lecturer in Tropical Forestry (1996-2007)
Ph.D., Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Florida, USA, 1995.
M.Sc., Plant Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Florida, USA, 1991.
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Eastern Oregon State College, USA, 1985.
B.Sc., Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont, USA, 1982.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
I am the Director of Teaching for the School of Biological Sciences.
- External Memberships
My current external responsibilities include the following:
Trustee for the Scottish Forestry Trust
Subject Editor, Conservation Letters
Subject Editor, Biotropica
UA Representative for the Society of Biology
My research is in the discipline of conservation science but also pedagogic.
My disciplinary research sits at the interface between ecology and forest use, either for management, conservation or livelihoods. I work mainly in lowland and montane regions in the tropics, in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil and Bolivia. I am best known for my work on regeneration issues in logged forests, carbon offsets in forestry, and reduced-impact logging. I also work on silvicultural problems related to the selection of trees for felling and retention in natural forests managed for timber.
My recent PhD students work on conservation conflicts and governance as it relates to livelihoods and natural resource use.
Recently, with colleagues in the Aberdeen Centre for Sustainability and partners in Bolivia and Brazil, we completed a project aimed to understanding how deforestation affects rural people’s well-being. The project involved understanding rural people’s perspective on poverty and exploring how forest loss and current environmental management practice and policies relate to human impoverishment.
My pedagogic research has focused on capacity building of doctoral students and conservation practitioners, the links between learning, interdisciplinarity and natural resource management or conservation. I also have an interest in iterative feedback, inclusive assessments, the delivery and assessment of practical skills in the biological sciences and field-based learning.
Funding and Grants
Shared, Plural and Cultural Values of Ecosystems (with J Kenter (UA) and M Reed (Birmingham City University; DEFRA National Ecosystem Assessment Grant).
Forest dependent poor at the agricultural frontier: the complexity of poverty and the promise of sustainable forest ecosystems in Amazonia (with A Ioris and S Shubin (UA), IBIF, Bolivia, Museo Goeldi, Belem and EMBRAPA, Brazil; Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Partnership and Project Develoment Grant).
Buffer zone restoration and development in Knuckles Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka (with U Peradeniya, Darwin Initiative).
Biodiversity Monitoring in Forest Ecosystems in Bale Mountains Park, Ethiopia (with BMNP, Darwin Initiative).
Silvicultural intervention in tropical moist forest in Ghana: an assessment of forest responses and stakeholder priorities. Tropenbos Ghana Project. (with E Foli, Forest Research Institute Ghana).
Modelling composition and performance of timber tree regeneration after selective logging. Tropenbos Ghana Project. (with M D Swaine, U Aberden; K Adam, Forest Research Institute Ghana, and F Bongers, Wageningen Agricultural University).
Silviculture and economics of improved natural forest management in Ghana. International Tropical Timber Organization. (with Ghana Forestry Department, Forest Research Institute Ghana, Ghana Timber Millers Organisation).
Rural livelihoods and carbon managementj. Department for International Development, UK. (with S Bass, IIED; P Moura-Costa, Ecosecurities; and R Tipper, U Edinburgh).
Disturbance and regeneration in tropical rain forest: the importance of biotic interactions. British Ecological Society, Overseas Research Programme. (with D Burslem, U Aberdeen; S Compton, U Leeds; J Ghazoul, Imperial College; S Hartley, U Sussex; M Press and J Scholes, U Sheffield).
I am the Director of Teaching for the School of Biological Sciences.
Currently I co-ordinate Ecology, Society and Conservation (EK5510) and Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010). I also teach into Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009), Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BI2018), Ecology (BI2020) and Plants, People and the Environment (BI25P4).
I have supervised 23 PhD students, 40 MSc students and 46 BSc Honours students. Over half of the project students that I have supervised have worked overseas. For a list of the students and projects that I have supervised, look under the Further Info tab.
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Incidence and extent of decay in Parashorea malaanonan following logging using different impact systems in Sabah, MalaysiaProceedings of the 10th IUFRO Conference on Root and Butt Rot, pp. 343-347Contributions to Journals: Articles
LecythidaceaeTree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. Volume 4. Forest Research Institute, Malaysia, pp. 101-128, 27 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Cost and efficiency of cutting lianas in a lowland liana forest in BoliviaBiotropica, vol. 33, pp. 320-329Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cost and efficiency of cutting lianas in a lowland liana forest of BoliviaBiotropica, vol. 33, pp. 324-329Contributions to Journals: Articles
Forest canopy research: sampling problems and some solutionsPlant Ecology, vol. 153, pp. 23-38Contributions to Journals: Articles
Tropical forest management and wildlife: a mechanistic approach for predicting some effects of logging and other silvicultural treatmentsIn: The Cutting Edge: Conserving Wildlife in Logged Tropical Forests (eds. Fimbel,R.;Grajal,A.;Robinson,J.), Columbia University Press, New YorkChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Lessons learned from the implementation of reduced-impact logging in hilly terrain in Sabah, MalaysiaInternational Forestry Review, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 33-39Contributions to Journals: Articles
Simulated effects of logging on carbon storage in dipterocarp forestJournal of Applied Ecology, vol. 37, pp. 267-283Contributions to Journals: Articles
Soil disturbance and post-logging forest recovery on bulldozer paths in Sabah, MalaysiaForest Ecology and Management, vol. 130, pp. 213-225Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ecological characterization of tree species for guiding forest management decisions in seasonally dry forests in Lomerio, BoliviaForest Ecology and Management, vol. 113, pp. 201-213Contributions to Journals: Articles
Tree mortality and vine proliferation following a wildfire in a subhumid tropical forest in eastern BoliviaForest Ecology and Management, vol. 116, pp. 247-252Contributions to Journals: Articles
Effects of trenching on growth and survival of planted Shorea parvifolia seedlings under pioneer stands in a logged-over forestJournal of Tropical Forest Science, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 505-515Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ecological knowledge of regeneration from seed in neotropical forest trees: Implications for natural forest managementForest Ecology and Management, vol. 112, pp. 87-99Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
Monitoring carbon sequestration benefits associated with a reduced-impact logging project in MalaysiaMitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, vol. 2, no. 2-3, pp. 203-215Contributions to Journals: Articles