Zoek medewerkers/organisaties prof.dr. M Pena Claros
Naamprof.dr. M Pena Claros

OmschrijvingPersoonlijk hoogleraar
OrganisatieDepartement Omgevingswetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidBosecologie en -beheer
Telefoon+31 317 486 353
Telefoon secretariaat+31 317 486 195
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  • Member of the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) - Sustainable Development Solutions Network - United Nations
    dec 2019 - dec 2023

    The main goal of the SPA is to provide a comprehensive, objective, open, and transparent platform to systematize information for a rigorous scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon’s ecosystems. Based on this information the SPA will examine trends and implications for long-term well-being of the region, as well as explore opportunities and policy relevant options for conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon.

  • member of the board of directors - Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal
    dec 2017 - dec 2023

    Oversee the activities of the organization; support the executive director with all aspects related to the organization; approve annual planning and annual budget; approve annual report of activities.


Over the years I have worked on a large variety of research topics, focussing mainly on ecological aspects of tropical forest management with the aim of designing best management practices based on evidence-based, sound, ecological knowledge. I have used a variety of theoretical concepts (e.g., functional approach) and tools (e.g., large-scale experiments); have worked at several temporal, spatial and organizational scales; and have actively worked with researchers from different disciplines (e.g., social scientists), as forest management requires per definition an interdisciplinary approach.

I have three main research lines:

1) management of forest resources and sustainable harvesting levels,

2) forest recovery after (natural and anthropogenic) disturbances, which is crucial to understand forest resilience to (global) change,

3) forests in multifunctional landscapes, and the effects of land use change on the provision of ecosystem services.





Below a list of some of the projects in which I am participating:

The EU-funded ROBIN project aims to provide a better understanding of the role of biodiversity in climate change mitigation. The network involves over 100 researchers from 12 organizations (6 European and 6 Latin-American organizations). http://robinproject.info/home/

The Tropical Managed Forest Observatory network (TmFO, www.tmfo.org) is a network of permanent sample plots established in managed forests around the tropics. In this network we look at the recovery rates of timber, carbon stocks and tree diversity along gradients of logging intensity and environmental conditions.



 I teach in the "Bos- en Naturbeheer" BSc program and in the Forest and Nature Conservation MSc program.

I have also (co) organized several courses/workshops/discussions groups for PhD candidates. For example, I organized and facilitated three international workshops of the Terra Preta Program (2011, 2012, 2013). The workshops were designed in such a way that PhD candidates received as much feedback as possible from participants (supervisors and resource people) on their proposals and their research progress.

  • FEM-22306 - Forest Resources
  • FEM-30306 - Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-30806 - Resource Dynamics and Sustainable Utilization
  • FEM-50403 - Capita selecta Forest Ecology and Forest Management - open for individual projects
  • FEM-79224 - MSc Research Practice Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-79324 - MSc Research Practice Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-80424 - MSc Thesis Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • WEC-31806 - Ecological Methods
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