I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at Independent University, Bangladesh. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at theUniversity of the Sunshine Coast and University of Queensland, Australia before joining here. I am also the 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. My previous study and research background includes coupled human and natural system dynamics with particular emphasis on sustainable use, management, and conservation of biodiversity and forests. I have been conducting research on forest-based rural livelihoods, non-timber forest products, ethnobotany, agroforestry, protected areas and on environmental governance. At present, my concentration is on conservation and climate change related issues with greater emphasis on applied research connected to forestry and other human land-use. In particular, I am enthusiastic to know the potential role of forests and/or other less modified natural landscapes as an ecological niche, their contribution in ecosystem functioning, and the influence of various human activities on their structure and performance.
In my doctoral research in the University of Queensland with support from Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), I have 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 upland landscapes recovers following shifting cultivation - a major tropical land-use and a key driver of deforestation and forest degradation. Using Philippines as the study site, the research also performed a trade-off analysis incorporating land-use/cover change with key ecosystem services, and proposed some socially, ecologically, and economically benign restoration approaches focusing the Philippines government's ongoing major forest rehabilitation effort in order to optimize the benefits for both local livelihoods and the environment.