Robin Sears is an associate with CIFOR’s Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon research program. Dr. Sears’ background is in tropical forestry with research interests that span production landscape mosaics, forest management and policy, and forestry education. She has been involved in CIFOR projects in Latin America, Bhutan and Peru, including Sloping Lands in Transition (SLANT), Financing for Small-scale Forestry Operations, and Toward the Modernization of Forestry Curricula in the American Tropics. She holds a doctorate in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a bachelor of science in Botany from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In addition to her engagement with CIFOR, Robin collaborates with various institutions in Bhutan, Brazil, Peru and the U.S. both as a scholar and teacher. Prior to returning to research in 2014, Dr. Sears was the vice president for academic affairs of The School for Field Studies (SFS), an environmental study abroad program and had the privilege of working with faculty members in many countries.