Sarah Gergel, Associate Professor, Landscape Ecology & Conservation

Landscape Ecology Lab, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Kevin Yang, MSc Student


B Sc. (Natural Resource Conservation) – University of British Columbia

M Sc. in Forestry – University of British Columbia

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily international in scope and lie in livelihood-oriented development. I believe holistic approaches, integrating fields such as landscape ecology, agronomy, nutrition, and certain social sciences, are needed in order to combat poverty and improve livelihoods. Currently, I am looking at determining the ideal spatial configuration for forest restoration in order to support increased agricultural yields in the highlands of Ethiopia.


Baudron, F., Duriaux, JY., Remans, R., Yang, K., Sunderland, T. (2017). Indirect contributions of forests to dietary diversity in Southern Ethiopia. Ecology and Society.

Reed, J., van Vianen, J., Foli, S., Clendenning, J., Yang, K., MacDonald, M., … & Sunderland, T. (2017). Trees for life: The ecosystem service contribution of trees to food production and livelihoods in the tropics. Forest Policy and Economics.

Sunderland, T., Abdoulaye, R., Ahammad, R. [et al, including Yang, K.] (2017) A methodological approach for assessing cross-site landscape change: Understanding socio-ecological systems. Forest Policy and Economics.

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