Meet the remaining 6 delegates representing IFSA at the 13th session of UNFF:
Alberto is a first-year Master of Environmental Management student and as a “La Caixa” scholar at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Alberto is originally from Spain and holds a double BSc in Agricultural and Forestry Engineering from Technical University of Madrid. His ambitions include the development of public policies that help to promote rural development while fostering conservation. Next summer he is going to be doing his internship at FAO, so he hopes UNFF is a good kick-start for diving into international policies related to forests.
Renata is a 2019 candidate Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. Before coming to Yale, Renata was the Climate Change Advisor in Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in the International Affairs Department, where she worked on international environmental agreements. For two years, she was the Project Manager in Policy Advocacy in ‘Reforestamos Mexico’, coordinating projects on landscape restoration, Global Forest Watch and forest legality policies. She started her professional career as a researcher in environmental economics, first at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change and later joined the Centro Mario Molina.
Thomas is pursuing a Master of Forestry (MF) at Yale FES. While at Yale, he hopes to learn how to apply forestry science to the complex relationship between promoting biodiversity conservation and achieving sustainable development, specifically in the realm of forest landscape restoration. His interest in this field was inspired by his experiences in East Africa, first conducting research on the impacts of human settlements on wildlife corridors outside Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, and later serving as a Princeton in Africa fellow in southern Ethiopia. He returned to Ethiopia to work as the country director of a reforestation NGO, seeing firsthand the transformative abilities trees can have in the landscape, both for people and wildlife. Originally from rural Minnesota, Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Whitman College.
Oscar Crespo Pinillos
Oscar Crespo Pinillos is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is originally from Spain and holds a Forestry Engineering degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He studied or worked around forestry in Latin America, Scandinavia, Southern Europe and the United States. He has professional experience in the forest products industry, timberland investing, conservation and environmental communication. He is interested in financial mechanisms to support sound forest management, rural development, forest health and wildlife. On his free time he enjoys hiking, wildlife photography, aged cheese and Rioja wines. Follow him on: @oscarcrespop
Tyler recently graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters of Environmental Management with a focus in forest management and conservation policy. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) in International Politics and Economics with a focus in Chinese political economy. He has professional experience in climate change and conservation focused philanthropy and Chinese environmental politics. Tyler is interested in ways multi-stakeholder engagement can improve forest and environmental outcomes for future generations. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places, hiking, listening to live music, and watching Everton Football Club.
Ethan Miller is a first year Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ethan spends his time at the intersection of tropical landscape ecology, geospatial analysis, and stakeholder engagement. His research focuses on the question, “how can collaborative spatial planning and multi-stakeholder engagement improve landscape management in the neotropics?” Prior to starting at Yale, Ethan was a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama where he studied how drones and aerial photography can estimate biomass and growth in small-scale timber plantations. He holds a B.S. of Environmental Science and a minor in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has taken him to the Yasuni National Park, the Galapagos Islands, the Panama Canal Watershed, and the Esri headquarters in California.