Prof. Terry Sunderland, Dip. Hort. Kew, MSc, PhD

Prof. Terry Sunderland, Dip. Hort. Kew, MSc, PhD

Professor, Tropical Forestry

Faculty of Forestry

Dept. of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Centre for International Forestry Research

Vancouver Campus


Conservation, Forestry

Contact Information

Chosen name and pronouns:

Terence Sunderland (He/Him/His)

Tel: 778-871-6483

Twitter/ TCHSunderland

Alternate Contact

Lou Corpuz-Bosshart

Media Relations Specialist

Tel: 604 822 2048



Tropical forests, livelihoods, food security, biodiversity, landscape management, ecosystem services, rights-based approaches, conservation,

In the Media

YouTube: Integrated landscapes approaches: From theory to practice Forests News: Borneo’s carbon sink Forests News: Funding a low-carbon future • UBC Forestry professor and team among lead authors of international collaborative book: Operationalizing landscape approaches in the tropics (November 26 2020) • Reconciling forest and tree conservation with food security (28th September 2020) • Palm oil industry leaves Indonesian village struggling with loss and regret (5th June 2020) • Making room for wild foods in forest conservation (22nd July 2019) • Global Landscapes Forum salutes UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 (March 1st 2019) • Collaborating to operationalize landscape approaches for nature development and sustainability. Global Landscape Forum One World Plenary (29th October 2020) • Side event: Towards resilient and diverse landscapes and food systems. FTA 2020 Science Conference Forest, trees and agroforestry science for transformational change, 15th September 2020. • Deforestation and pandemics. Radio interview with Global News Programme, The Shift (26th August 2020) • Integrated landscape approaches in the tropics (Evidensia webinar), 28th July 2020. • Landscape Ecology and the Covid-19 Pandemic, IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Group Webinar, 24th June 2020. • Securing food and nutrition in a time of crisis: the role of forests, trees and agroforestry. Side event at the Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn, 4th June 2020. • Operationalising the landscape approach: Learning from doing. Discussion Forum for Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto event, May 13th 2019. Self-penned blogs • Learning from doing: Implementing landscape-scale interventions in the tropics UBC’s Branchlines (Winter 2020) • Mongabay commentary: Communities, conservation, and development in the age of COVID: Time for rethinking approaches (31st August 2020) • The Conversation: How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to viruses • No time to waste: Tropical forests becomes source of warming (9th March 2020) • Putting the concept of the “landscape approach” into action (8th August 2018) • Getting landscape approaches off the ground, on the ground (6th August 2018) • Forests, people and food: Why trees are good for you. 2018. Branchlines, 29: 8-9. • Forests sustaining agriculture (28th February 2017) • From Marrakesh to Bali: What does the landscape approach look like in practice? (8th November 2016) Other blog coverage • New research closing knowledge gaps for integrated landscape approaches (3rd November 2020) • COVID-19 pandemic offers opportunity to rethink status quo conservation efforts (29th September 2020) • Shorter lifespan of fast-growing trees may limit capacity to meet climate change goals (16th September 2020) • Pressure on forests from unhealthy diets may increase spread of viruses, scientist says (27th August 2020) • Evidence base still weak, despite popularity of integrated landscape approaches (28th July 2020) • Survey shows potential impact of palm trees in quantifying rainforest carbon (22nd July 2020) • Forests can help reshape “dysfunctional” global food system, scientists say (20th July 2020) • Contribution of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry to Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition in a time of crisis Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) blog & video, 13th July 2020 • Intact forests can retain high levels of carbon in high temperatures (23rd May 2020) • Lifting the barriers to improve women and child health in Komodo (28th April 2020) • Revolutionize food production system or face mass deforestation scientists warn (6th February 2020)