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Terry Sunderland

Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

Terry Sunderland obtained a Diploma in Horticulture (with honours) from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, an MSc degree at the University of Oxford and completed his PhD at University College, London in Anthropology and Biology where he also completed his post-doctorate in forest product utilisation. In 2006 he moved to the Centre for International Forestry Research, based in Indonesia and led the Centre’s research on landscape-scale conservation, development and food security. Dr. Sunderland is a highly published scientist and has contributed to numerous global policy processes. He has also mentored many young professionals and has supervised or co-supervised more than 40 graduate students. In the time he was at CIFOR he contributed to raising almost $60 million dollars in research funding. In January 2018, he was appointed as a Professor of Tropical Forestry in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia to coordinate a program on tropical forestry and food systems. In 2019, Dr. Sunderland was awarded the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award.


  • –present
    Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia , University of British Columbia
  • 2006–2017
    Principal Scientist, Centre for International Forestry Research


  • 2001 
    UCL London, PhD biology and anthropology
  • 1993 
    University of Oxford, MSc
  • 1991 
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Dip. Hort. Kew (Hons)