Three Colby students and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds will present a thematic panel to discuss “Community Forest Governance in a Globalizing World: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Africa” as part of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences’ annual meeting June 11-14 at Pace University in New York City. The panel will feature a series of presentations by Reynolds and the students highlighting research underway in East Africa.

Marie Abrahams ’14 will present “Economic and Environmental Implications of Non-Timber Forest Products: A Study of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa ssp. nilotica) in Gambella, Ethiopia.” Ellen Evangelides ’14 will present “Landscape-Scale and Community-Scale Analyses of Church Forest Conservation in South Gondar, Ethiopia.” Jacob Wall ’16 will present “Competing Preservationist and Utilitarian Perspectives on Church Forests in Amhara, Ethiopia: Evidence from Social and Ecological Surveys.” Reynolds will present “Does Third-Party Certification Change International Conservation Practices? An Event History Analysis of Environmental and Social Goal Attainment in the International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) in East Africa.” Grey Benjamin ’14, a coauthor on one of the projects, is also participating in the conference.