Speaker Bio & Abstract

Douglas Muchoney Head of Geospatial Unit

Biography"Dr. Douglas Muchoney is Senior Environment Officer, and Head of the Geospatial Unit (CBDS) in the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department (CB) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Prior to this position, he was Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources at FAO Rome. At FAO Forestry, Douglas was responsible for the Climate Change and Resilience, Global Forest Resources Assessment and Forest Resources Management teams.
Dr. Muchoney holds a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University (Thesis: Principal Components Analysis for Forest Change Detection), and a Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University (Dissertation: Landscape Classification and Parameterization Based on Multiscale Remote Sensing and Site Data).
Prior to joining FAO, Dr. Muchoney was a Senior Scientist for Forests, Carbon and Climate at the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, and served as the U.S. representative to the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and Co-Lead of the U.S. SilvaCarbon program. He is a pioneer in the use of Earth observation data for biological and ecological assessments."