School of Earth and Environment

Suzanne Stas Suzanne Stas

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 10.126

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


Suzanne is a PhD candidate in the School of Earth and Environment. Her work focusses on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests. During her PhD, Suzanne studies the impacts of forest degradation and recovery on carbon storage and sequestration in forests in Vietnam.

Prior to starting her PhD, Suzanne worked for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), WWF, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. Her projects focussed on forest biomass and carbon storage, REDD+, biodiversity, non-timber forest product harvesting and sustainable land use planning in Indonesia, Uganda, DR Congo, Cameroon and Romania. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental biology and a BSc in Biology, both from Utrecht University.


2005-2009: BSc Biology at Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

2009-2011: MSc Environmental biology, specialization Ecology & natural resources management at Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

Project details

Project title

Impacts of forest degradation and recovery on carbon storage and sequestration in lowland forests in Vietnam


Prof. Dominick Spracklen, Dr. Wolfgang Buermann, Prof. Oliver Phillips


World Land Trust and School of Earth and Environment

Start date

1st October 2015

Project outline

The aim of this project is to quantify the impacts of logging and forest recovery on carbon storage & sequestration and tree diversity in lowland forests in Central-Vietnam.

The following questions will be addressed:

  1. How is the aboveground biomass and necromass spatially distributed in logged lowland forests in Central-Vietnam? What drives the biomass values in these forests?
  2. Do differences in logging intensity impact tree diversity and composition?
  3. Do forest recovery rates differ in forests with different logging intensities?

The results will be used to finance enhanced conservation through a certified forest carbon conservation scheme.


Stas, S.M., Rutishauser, E., Chave, J., Anten, N.P.R., Laumonier, Y. 2017. Estimating the aboveground biomass in an old secondary forest on limestone in the Moluccas, Indonesia: Comparing locally developed versus existing allometric models. Forest Ecology and Management 389: 27-34.

Stas, S.M., Langbroek, E.M., Bitariho, R., Sheil, D., Zuidema, P.A. 2016. Matrix population models indicate that bark harvest of two medicinal plants in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is sustainable. African Journal of Ecology 55: 30-36.

Stas, S.M. 2014. Above-ground biomass and carbon stocks in a secondary forest in comparison with adjacent primary forest on limestone in Seram, the Moluccas, Indonesia. Working Paper 145. Bogor, Indonesia: CIFOR.