Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation (2012 - 2015)
  • Graduate Student Research Fellow, Center for African Studies (2014 - 2015)
  • Grant Recipient, Morrison Institute for Population & Resource Studies Research (2015)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Board Member, Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (2014 - Present)
  • Rising Environmental Leader, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (2015 - 2015)
  • Committee Member, Columbia Earth Institute Student Advisory Committee (2012 - 2013)
  • Student Delegate, New York University Climate Action Plan (2008 - 2009)

Education & Certifications

  • BA, New York University, Environmental Studies (2009)
  • MA, Columbia University, Conservation Biology (2013)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Oil palm expansion in Cameroon: Insights into sustainability opportunities and challenges in Africa GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS Ordway, E. M., Naylor, R. L., Nkongho, R. N., Lambin, E. F. 2017; 47: 190–200
  • Deforestation risk due to commodity crop expansion in sub-Saharan Africa ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Ordway, E. M., Asner, G. P., Lambin, E. F. 2017; 12 (4)
  • Future fire emissions associated with projected land use change in Sumatra GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY Marlier, M. E., DeFries, R., Pennington, D., Nelson, E., Ordway, E. M., Lewis, J., Koplitz, S. N., Mickley, L. J. 2015; 21 (1): 345-362


    Indonesia has experienced rapid land use change over the last few decades as forests and peatswamps have been cleared for more intensively managed land uses, including oil palm and timber plantations. Fires are the predominant method of clearing and managing land for more intensive uses, and the related emissions affect public health by contributing to regional particulate matter and ozone concentrations and adding to global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Here, we examine emissions from fires associated with land use clearing and land management on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the sensitivity of this fire activity to interannual meteorological variability. We find ~80% of 2005-2009 Sumatra emissions are associated with degradation or land use maintenance instead of immediate land use conversion, especially in dry years. We estimate Sumatra fire emissions from land use change and maintenance for the next two decades with five scenarios of land use change, the Global Fire Emissions Database Version 3, detailed 1-km2 land use change maps, and MODIS fire radiative power observations. Despite comprising only 16% of the original study area, we predict that 37-48% of future Sumatra emissions from land use change will occur in fuel-rich peatswamps unless this land cover type is protected effectively. This result means that the impact of fires on future air quality and climate in Equatorial Asia will be decided in part by the conservation status given to the remaining peatswamps on Sumatra. Results from this article will be implemented in an atmospheric transport model to quantify the public health impacts from the transport of fire emissions associated with future land use scenarios in Sumatra.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/gcb.12691

    View details for Web of Science ID 000346698100031

    View details for PubMedID 25044917

  • Political shifts and changing forests: Effects of armed conflict on forest conservation in Rwanda Global Ecology and Conservation Ordway, E. M. 2015; 3: 448–460
  • Challenges Confronting Sea Turtle Conservation on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea CHELONIAN CONSERVATION AND BIOLOGY Fitzgerald, D. B., Ordway, E., Honarvar, S., Hearn, G. W. 2011; 10 (2): 177-180