John Randolph Poulsen

John Randolph Poulsen

Assistant Professor of Tropical Ecology

John Poulsen is an ecologist with broad interests in the maintenance and regeneration of tropical forests and conservation of biodiversity. His research has focused on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance, such as logging and hunting, on forest structure and diversity, abundance of tropical animals, and ecological processes. He has conducted most of his research in Central Africa, where he has also worked as a conservation manager, directing projects to sustainably manage natural resources in and around parks and reserves, and as the coordinator of government programs to develop low emissions strategies and quantify and monitor forest carbon.

In The News


Poulsen, JR, Koerner, SE, Miao, Z, Medjibe, VP, Banak, LN, and White, LJT. "Forest structure determines the abundance and distribution of large lianas in Gabon." Global Ecology and Biogeography 26, no. 4 (April 2017): 472-485.
Carlson, BS, Koerner, SE, Medjibe, VP, White, LJT, and Poulsen, JR. "Deadwood stocks increase with selective logging and large tree frequency in Gabon." Global change biology 23, no. 4 (April 2017): 1648-1660.
Rosin, C, and Poulsen, JR. "Telemetric tracking of scatterhoarding and seed fate in a Central African forest." Biotropica 49, no. 2 (March 2017): 170-176.
Poulsen, JR, Koerner, SE, Moore, S, Medjibe, VP, Blake, S, Clark, CJ, Akou, ME, Fay, M, Meier, A, Okouyi, J, Rosin, C, and White, LJT. "Poaching empties critical Central African wilderness of forest elephants." Current biology : CB 27, no. 4 (February 2017): R134-R135.
Sullivan, MJP, Talbot, J, Lewis, SL, Phillips, OL, Qie, L, Begne, SK, Chave, J, Cuni-Sanchez, A, Hubau, W, Lopez-Gonzalez, G, Miles, L, Monteagudo-Mendoza, A, Sonké, B, Sunderland, T, Ter Steege, H, White, LJT, Affum-Baffoe, K, Aiba, S-I, de Almeida, EC, de Oliveira, EA, Alvarez-Loayza, P, Dávila, EÁ, Andrade, A, Aragão, LEOC, Ashton, P, Aymard C, GA, Baker, TR, Balinga, M, Banin, LF, Baraloto, C, Bastin, J-F, Berry, N, Bogaert, J, Bonal, D, Bongers, F, Brienen, R, Camargo, JLC, and Cerón, C et al. "Diversity and carbon storage across the tropical forest biome." Scientific reports 7 (January 17, 2017): 39102-.


UPE 702: Ecological Perspectives: Ecophys to Ecosystems (UPE 702: Ecological Perspectives: Ecophys to Ecosystems)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
BIOLOGY 842: Ecological Perspectives: Ecophys to Ecosystems (BIOLOGY 842: Ecological Perspectives: Ecophys to Ecosystems)
BIOLOGY 561: Tropical Ecology (BIOLOGY 561: Tropical Ecology)
ENVIRON 590: Special Topics (ENVIRON 590: Special Topics)

Video: Poaching drives decline in forest elephants in Africa

Contact Information

PO Box 90328, Lscr A317
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., University of Florida (2009)