I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at Independent University, Bangladesh. I am also affiliated as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) and founding director of the Centre for Research on Land-use Sustainability, an online global platform aiming at research, consultancy, and decision-making on land-use related issues in the tropics with greater societal well-being sitting at the core of its principles.
I have a background in forestry from Bangladesh (Shahjalal University of Science and Technology), Germany (Technical University of Dresden), Denmark (Copenhagen University) and Australia (University of Queensland). My previous research was on sustainable use, management, and conservation of forests and biodiversity. Currently, I am more enthusiastic about the potential role of forest and other less modified landscapes as an ecological niche, their contribution in ecosystem functioning, and the role of various human activities on their structure and performance.
In my doctoral research titled - 'Shifting cultivation in the upland Philippines: biodiversity and carbon stock assessment, and ecosystem services trade-offs in land-use decisions', I investigated how tree diversity and selected ecosystem properties (i.e. biomass carbon in trees, dead woods and in fine roots, organic carbon pools in soil) in degraded upland landscapes recover following shifting cultivation - a major tropical land-use and a key driver of deforestation and forest degradation. The research also performed a trade-off analysis incorporating land-use/cover change with key ecosystem services, and recommends some socially, ecologically, and economically benign restoration approaches focusing the Philippines government's ongoing major forest rehabilitation effort.