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David Kenfack: New CTFS coordinator of African Program

March 08, 2010

David Kenfack: New CTFS coordinator of African Program

We are pleased to announce that David Kenfack has recently joined the CTFS-SIGEO to coordinate research and training activities for the African program

We are pleased to announce that David Kenfack has recently joined the Center for Tropical Forest Science- Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-SIGEO) to coordinate research and training activities for the African program.

Kenfack is no stranger to CTFS. In 1996, he led the establishment of the Korup 50-hectare plot in Cameroon. He then went on to PhD studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he worked on the systematics and ecology of Carapa (Meliaceae), describing a series of species new to science. Following the completion of his PhD. in 2008, he spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In addition to taxonomic expertise on the flora of Central and West Africa, Kenfack has extensive experience in tropical forest ecology and data management. During his career, he has assembled botanical collections and carried out forest inventories in more than ten tropical countries.

Kenfack will be based at the CTFS-SIGEO office at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

By Stuart Davis

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