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Hall, Jefferson

Fellowship Advisor Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute staff

Tropical forest silviculture and management, restoration ecology, ecosystem services, secondary succession.

Background And Education

Education And Training

International Audience Summary Of Expertise

  • Jefferson Hall is a scientist researching the ecosystem services provided by tropical forests and how land use decisions can affect these forests.

    Jefferson works in forest ecology for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and is the Direcor of the Agua Salud project, which seeks to understand and quantify the ecological, social, and economic services provided by tropical forests in the Panama Canal Watershed.

    His goal is to leverage Agua Salud’s research findings to improve land management across the tropics. His passion for studying naturally regenerating secondary and planted forests draws on his awareness that mature forests face increasing pressures from population growth and land conversion.

    As older forests are lost, people will need to rely on secondary forests to provide all of the same services and goods. Jefferson’s work is creating new possibilities for restoring and managing ecosystem services in these changing tropical forest landscapes. Jefferson received his Ph.D. in tropical forest ecology and silviculture from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Research And Grants

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Selected Publications

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    • Hall, Jefferson S., Kirn, Vanessa, and Yanguas-Fernandez, Estrella, editors. 2015. La gestion de las cuencas hidrograficas para asegurar los servicios ecosistemicos en las laderas del Neotropico. Balboa, Panama: Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales. 2015
    • Larsen, Matthew C. 2015. Managing Watersheds for Ecosystem Services in the Steepland Neotropics [Gestión de Cuencas Hidrográficas para Servicios de Ecosistemas en el Neotrópico Steepland], Hall, Jefferson S., Kirn, Vanessa, and Yanguas-Fernández, Estrella, editors. Inter-American Development Bank. In Inter-American Development Bank Monograph (340). 2015
    • Debroux, Laurent, Topa, Giuseppe, Hart, Terese, Kaimowitz, David, Karsenty, Alain, Abdon, Awono, Amsini, Fidele, Aveling, Conrad, Bertrand, Alain, Bekhechi, Mohammed, Bravi, Carlo, Chezeaux, Eric, Chomitz, Kenneth, Dewachter, Pauwel, d'Huart, Jean-Pierre, Diaw, Chimere, Dieterle, Gerhard, Dijire, Abderhamane, Dupain, Jef, Erdlenbruch, Katrin, Fauvet, Nicolas, Forni, Eric, Hall, Jefferson S., Kakinda, Joseph, Kalambay, Gaston et al. 2007. Forests in post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo: Analysis of a priority agenda. Bogor, Indonesia: World Bank, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Conseil National des ONG de Développement du Congo (CNONGD). 2007