Sean Smukler

Sean Smukler
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist

Sean Smukler is Adjunct Associate Research Scientist with the TropAg Program and is an Assistant Professor in Applied Biology & Soil Science and the Junior Chair of the Agriculture and the Environment for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Sean’s research has been focused on evaluating the environmental impacts of agricultural intensification in the Millennium Villages Project, and quantifying biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscape across a wide range of agroecological and socioeconomic conditions. Sean received a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis where he also did his undergraduate studies. Sean is currently the Principal Investigator of the USAID-funded Agroforestry for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ABES) Project in El Salvador. He holds a MSc. in Forest Soils from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Research interests include:

  • Investigating tradeoffs among climate change mitigation, plant biodiversity and food security in agricultural landscapes
  • Developing methods for implementing, monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon sequestration projects and other payment for ecosystem service schemes involving small-holder farmers.

Key publications:

Smukler S.M., Philpott S.M., Jackson L.E., Klein A-M., DeClerck F., Winowiecki L., and Palm C.A. 2012. Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Landscapes, In DeClerck F., Ingram J., and Rumbaitis del Rio C. (eds.) Integrating Ecology and Poverty Alleviation, Springer, New York.

Smukler, S., O’Geen A.T., Jackson L.E. 2012. Assessment of best management practices for nutrient cycling: A cast study on an organic farm in a Mediterranean-type climate, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 67( 1), 16-31.

Sachs J., Remans R., Smukler S., Winowiecki L., Andelman S.J., Cassman K.G., Castle D., DeFries R., Denning G., Fanzo F., Jackson L.E., Leemans R., Lehmann J., Milder J.C., Naeem S., Nziguheba G., Palm C.A., Pingali P.L., Reganold J.P., Richter D.D., Scherr S.J., Sircely J., Sullivan C., Tomich T., Sanchez, P.A. 2010. Monitoring the world’s agriculture, Nature 466, 558–560.

Smuckler S., Sanchez-Moreno S., Fonte S., Ferris H.,  Klonsky K.,  O’Geen A., Scow K., Steenwerth K., Jackson, L. 2010. Biodiversity and Multiple Ecosystem Functions in an Organic Farmscape, Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 139:80-97.

Palm, C., Smukler S., Sullivan C., Mutuo P., Nyadzi G., Walsh M. 2010. Identifying potential synergies and trade-offs for meeting food security and climate change objectives in sub-Saharan Africa, PNAS 107 (46) 19627-19632.