I am undertaking at PhD at Bangor University, School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography through the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. KESS offers collaborative research projects (Research Masters and PhD) linked with a local company partner, Woodknowledge Wales are partnering on this project. The working title for my PhD is, “Ecosystem services underpinning sustainable forestry value chains.”

I hold a double MSc degree, one in Forestry and one in Forest and Nature Conservation, obtained at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, respectively. I was a project manager for over three years at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, where I coordinated the Agua Salud research project,  this large research project is ongoing and aims to understand the effects of land use and land use change on sustainable management in diverse tropical landscapes; involving forest restoration and reforestation, natural succession, agroforestry, silvopastoral systems and traditional cattle pasturing.

I am looking forward to working with Woodknowledge Wales and using my knowledge to look at the ecosystem services of the forestry value chains in Wales.

Estrella Yanguas