Resource Person > Dr. Prasit Wangpakapattanawong


Dr. Prasit Wangpakapattanawong research interest is forest ecology.  He graduated with a Ph.D. in Forest Sciences from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001.  While his previous degrees are B.Sc. in Biology from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, where he has been working since finishing his UBC degree, his M.Sc. in Botany are from Iowa State University, USA.  At CMU, he teaches ecology and biodiversity for undergraduate and graduate students in Biology, Environmental Science, and Biodiversity and Ethnobiology. He began his research career with research on tropical forest restoration (  Having been working for more than 12 years at CMU as an assistant professor, his research interests have been broadened to include several topics that related to forest ecology, for example, carbon sequestration in forest restoration, ecology of figs, and ethnecology.  In addition, he also works as a part-time visiting scientist/country representative of the Thailand Office of World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF, overseeing research projects on land tenure, land-use changes, and agricultural-system management and human nutrition. Recently, he was interviewed and his work was featured in the news article entitled "World's sacred forests may fall prey to developers, scientists warn" in the Thomson Reuters news based on his presentation at Science Week 2013 about sacred forests being under threat of development.

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