Edward Webb

Professor of Global Forests and Land Use


I have expertise in tropical forest ecology, conservation and management. Having lived in the Asia-Pacific region for 25 years, I have a deep understanding of the forests ranging from the Himalayas through Southeast Asia and to Oceana. My main area of study is vegetation and plant ecology, which includes not only natural forest but other forms of vegetation (plantations, agriculture, etc). I have a strong botanical foundation to my research. I conduct research on scales ranging from the plant community (e.g. forest dynamics) to the region (e.g. vegetation change in Southeast Asia). I also have extensive research experience with community-based forest management. My research aims to quantitatively link habitat, resource and landscape dynamics with local actors (farmers). I use a wide range of research tools including social surveys of various types, quantitative forest surveys, policy analysis and spatial analysis/modeling such as the quantification of land cover change using remote sensing and GIS.



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University of Helsinki


Department of Forest Sciences, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute

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biodiversity botany community conservation deforestation forest ecology forestry land cover change logging plantations restoration social forestry spatial modeling sustainability tropics vegetation