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Postdoctoral Scholar, Earth System Science
BioPaul R. Furumo is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist focused on sustainable land use in the tropics. His current research seeks to scale up zero-deforestation commodity production through improved governance solutions at the interface between public and private sectors. His research integrates remotely sensed data, policy analysis, and expert interviews to understand how policymaking influences land use decisions. A major goal is to enhance the temporal and spatial targeting of instruments to unlock policy synergies that advance climate and development targets.
His past and current research experiences have focused on coupled human-natural systems in Latin America, with a specialization in the Colombian palm oil sector. In Colombia, Paul has pursued his research as a Fulbright fellow and a National Geographic Explorer. His work engages a broad coalition of stakeholders including governments, businesses, civil society, and underrepresented communities. He has brought his science to these stakeholder groups through fieldwork, education and outreach in industry fora, co-development of research, and mentoring of Latin American students.