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, 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. (Letter)
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-.
Austin, KG, Lee, ME, Clark, C, Forester, BR, Urban, DL, White, L, Kasibhatla, PS, and Poulsen, JR. "An assessment of high carbon stock and high conservation value approaches to sustainable oil palm cultivation in Gabon." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 1 (January 5, 2017): 014005-014005.
Rosin, C, and Poulsen, JR. "Hunting-induced defaunation drives increased seed predation and decreased seedling establishment of commercially important tree species in an Afrotropical forest." Forest Ecology and Management 382 (December 2016): 206-213.
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 (December 2016).
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)
area(s) of expertiseBiodiversity Conservation Ecology Global Change Ecology Tropical Ecology Advisor: ENV Doctoral Program Advisor: UPE Doctoral Program
Bp 90328, Lscr A317
Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D., University of Florida (2009)