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Visiting Assistant Professor of Forestry

Robin Sears

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Robin Sears
Robin Sears
Visiting Assistant Professor of Forestry
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Robin Sears
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Robin Sears, visiting assistant professor of forestry, received a B.Sc. in botany from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a Commonwealth Scholar, a master's in forestry from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology from Columbia University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Hampshire, Robin was engaged in field research and policy analysis contributing to the forest sector reform in Peru. Before that she served as chief academic officer at The School for Field Studies, an environmental study abroad program.

Her research focuses on the forest management and timber production systems of smallholder farmers. Her current geographic focus is Amazonia and Bhutan. Her research is deeply rooted in field work and is based on long-term engagement with farmers and other actors in the forestry sector. In this interdisciplinary research she and her colleagues use mixed methods, including interviews, participatory workshops, and forest mensuration techniques.

Her teaching interests include forest ecology and management, the intersection of science and policy, ecological and policy dynamics at the farm-forestry interface, and field research methods.

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