Lee, Tien

Lee, Tien
Columbia University

Lee's research focuses on the reasons people encroach on protected tropical forests.

"Tropical reserves are critical for biodiversity conservation, but widespread forest loss may undermine conservation effectiveness," Lee said.

To identify what is causing forest loss in and around 6,500 reserves in 82 developing countries, Lee is combining cross-scale socioeconomic information with high quality satellite image data. His goal is to give forest managers and government officials new tools to create sustainable policies.

"I hope that my findings will advance our understanding of the local, regional and global drivers of forest loss at tropical reserves with the goal of developing more viable tropical forest policies," he said.

Research Interests: 
tropical reserves, conservation, forest loss, sustainability