I am a Research Fellow in the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at the University 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. I also served as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at Independent University, Bangladesh. Currently, I am also working as an Associate Editor of three leading international journals, i.e., Journal of Applied Ecology (British Ecological Society/Wiley), Ecology and Evolution (Wiley) and Small-scale Forestry (Springer).
In my doctoral research titled - 'Shifting cultivation in the upland Philippines: biodiversity and carbon stock assessment, and ecosystem services trade-offs in land-use decisions', 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 degraded upland landscapes recover following shifting cultivation - a major tropical land-use and a key driver of deforestation and forest degradation. The research also performed a trade-off analysis incorporating land-use/cover change with key ecosystem services, and recommends some socially, ecologically, and economically benign restoration approaches focusing the Philippines government's ongoing major forest rehabilitation effort.