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The GFBI currently is comprised of over 100 individuals and organizations, and is managed by a core group of scientists (GFB Steering Committee) responsible for the GFB Data Center (GFB-DC) and for facilitating data management.

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Participating institutes

Participating Institutes


GFBI Coordinators

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Jingjing Liang

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Purdue University

Peter B. Reich

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 University of Minnesota; Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Thomas W. Crowther

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ETH Zurich

Global Ecosystems Ecology

Crowther Lab

Gert-Jan M.M. Nabuurs

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Wageningen University and Research (Environmental Sciences Group)

GFBI Steering Committee

Giorgio Alberti

Associate Professor in Silviculture and Forest Management, Di4A - Department of Agri-Food, Animal and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine

JeanFrancois Bastin

Global Ecosystems Ecology, Crowther Lab

ETH Zurich

Han Chen

Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University

Sergio de Miguel

Departament de Producció Vegetal i Ciència Forestal, Universitat de Lleida-Agrotecnio Center (UdL-Agrotecnio)

Javier G.P. Gamarra

Forestry Department,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

Bruno Hérault

Cirad, UMR EcoFoG (AgroParisTech, CNRS, INRA, Université des Antilles, Université de la Guyane), Kourou, French Guiana.

Alain Paquette

International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees (IDENT), Centre d'étude de la forêt (CEF), Université du Québec à Montréal

Nicolas Picard


Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

Hans Pretzsch

Chair for Forest Growth and Yield Science, Faculty of Forest Science and Resource Management, Technische Universität München

Susan Wiser


Landcare Research, New Zealand

Mo Zhou

Assistant Professor of Forest Economics, Purdue University

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GFBI Members

Ms Akane O Abbasi

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, USA

Prof Giorgio Alberti

Silviculture and Forest Management, Di4A - Department of Agri-Food, Animal and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine, Italy

Dr Angelica M Almeyda Zambrano

Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida, USA

Dr Patricia Alvarez-Loayza

Center for Tropical Conservation, Duke University, NC 27705, USA
The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Prof Christian Ammer

Department of Silviculure and Forest Ecology of the Temperate Zones; University of Göttingen, Germany

Prof William RL Anderegg

Department of Biology, University of Utah

Dr Valerio Avitabile

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Bio-Economy Unit, Via E. Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy; Centre for Geo-Information and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University & Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708PB Wageningen, The Netherlands

Dr Clara Antón-Fernández

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Po. Box 115, NO-1431 Ås, Norway

Mr Radomir Balazy

Forest Research Institute, Braci Lesnej 3 Street, Sekocin Stary, 05-090 Raszyn, Poland

Prof Christopher B Barrett

College of Business, Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management, Department of Economics, and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University, USA

Dr. JeanFrancois Bastin

Global Ecosystems Ecology, Crowther Lab, ETH Zurich

Prof Juergen Bauhus

University of Freiburg, Chair of Silviculture

Dr Mahmoud Bayat

Forest Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Tehran, Iran

Mr Pieter Beck

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Prof Matthew G Betts

Forest Biodiversity Network, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, USA

Mr Luca Birigazzi

Forestry Department, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, 00153

Dr Philippe Birnbaum

CIRAD, UMR 51 AMAP, F-34398 Montpellier, France; Institut Agronomique n eo-Cal edonien (IAC), BP. A5, 98848, Noum ea, New Caledonia

Dr Robert Bitariho

Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Prof Sonké Bonaventure

Plant Systematic and Ecology Laboratory, Department of Biology, Higher Teachers' Training College, University of Yaounde I, P.O. Box 047 Yaounde, Cameroon

Prof Frans Bongers

Wageningen University & Research, Department of Environmental Sciences, PO Box 47, 6700AA Wageningen, The Netherlands

Dr Zbigniew Borowski

Forest Research Institute, Braci Lesnej 3 Street, Sekocin Stary, 05-090 Raszyn, Poland

Dr Michal Bosela

Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, 96001 Zvolen

Dr Olivier Bouriaud

Universitaty of Suceava, Str. Universitatii 13, 720229 Suceava, Romania

Mr Fabio Bozzato

Italcementi S.p.a., Environment Department, Italy

Prof Pedro HS Brancalion

Department of Forest Sciences, "Luiz de Queiroz" College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo