I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at Independent University, Bangladesh. I am also affiliated as a senior research fellow at theUniversity 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. My previous research includes coupled human and natural system dynamics with particular emphasis on sustainable use, management, and conservation of forests and biodiversity. At present, my concentration is on conservation and climate change related issues with greater emphasis on applied research connected to forestry and other human modified land-use(s). 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 the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), 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 upland landscapes recovers following shifting cultivation - a major land-use and a key driver of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics. 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.