Flash Talks

What are Flash Talks? 

Flash talks are presentations where each speaker has 10 minutes to showcase their work and then 2 minutes to answer questions. Flash talks give attendees the chance to showcase their latest research and work as it relates to the thought, experiences, and methods used for attending to socio-ecological complexity in tropical forest landscapes.

Below are the talks that will be presented at the 2018 ISTF conference:


Flash Talks Schedule


2nd February, Friday


Group A: Kroon Hall Burke Auditorium

Group B: Kroon Hall Room G01


Presenter’s Name



Presenter’s Name




Tomasz Falkowski

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Restoring more than trees: how traditional Lacandon Maya agroforestry can facilitate biocultural restoration

Christopher J. Tapnio

Philippine Rural Development Project

Designing restoration strategies for degraded forest ecosystems: increasing resiliency in human-dominated landscapes


Kazi Kamrul Islam

Kyushu University

In the lens of actors’ power: the challenges of social forest management in the tropical forests area of Bangladesh

Weiyang Zhao

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Dissecting China’s national park conservation framework: a multi-dimensional analysis


Karl Rodabaugh

East Carolina University

Women and tropical forestry: constructing a narrative across time

Sarah Jane Wilson

University of Connecticut

Ecosystem-service transitions: a framework for the ecological dimensions of the forest transition


Nico Arcilla

University of Georgia

Conservation through collaboration and innovation in the Peruvian Amazon

Scott Francisco

Pilot Projects Design Collective

A systems matrix for development goals 



Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), Universiti Putra Malaysia

Uncovering decision-making complexities in the oil palm corporation using network analysis

Manuel Guariguata

Center for International Forestry Research

Managing a complex socioecological system: the case of the Brazil nut concessions in Perú


3rd February, Saturday


Group C: Kroon Hall Burke Auditorium

Group D: Kroon Hall Room G01


Presenter’s Name



Presenter’s Name




Denise Margaret Matias

Center for Development Research (ZEF)/German Development Institute (DIE)

Socio-ecological complexities of commercializing traditional indigenous honey hunting as a community forestry enterprise

Caleb Gallemore and Jessica Furtado

Lafayette College

The Geography of Avoided Deforestation Projects: Globalizing or Regionalizing?


Alberto Pascual

Fundación CoMunidad

Local Action for Santa Maria River Watershed

Ted Lawrence

Cornell University

Linking economic globalization to changes in Maya forest landscapes of Yucatán, México


Serica Joy M. Compendio

University of the Philippines Los Baños

Effectiveness of Community-Based Forest Management Program as a Strategy on Forest Restoration in Cienda and San Vicente, Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines

Mariya Chechina

University of Alberta

Balancing socioeconomic and ecological objectives of native tree reforestation in the Philippines


Antoine Sambou

Assane SECK University in Ziguinchor, Senegal

Farmers’ contributions to the conservation of tree diversity in the Groundnut Basin, Senegal

Travis W Reynolds

Colby College

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Forest Locations and Extent: A New Dataset for Remote Sensing Studies of Sacred Natural Sites in Northern Ethiopia


Sarika Khanwilkar

Columbia University

Building local leadership for conflict mitigation in communities living outside core protected tiger habitats

Wesley Mlsna Zebrowski

Colby College

Sustained From Within? Social and Ecological Drivers of Expanding Internal Clearings in Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests