MEM '14, Mark Burton, led a paper that was just published in Conservation Letters on carbon emissions from oil palm agriculture in Gabon. We demonstrate that if tropical governments enact the appropriate policies, regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation, they could largely offset the emissions created by converting the land to palm oil plantations. The paper has been featured in several online blogs and newspages, including phys.org, Science Daily, Science Newsline, and Mongabey (https://news.mongabay.com/2016/07/forest-conservation-can-offset-emissions-from-palm-oil-expansion-in-africa-study/).erting the land to palm oil plantations.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. My research focuses on tropical forest plants and animals and their conservation and management.