Speaker's Profile

Robert Zomer

Robert Zomer is a landscape ecologist with a broad background in plant community, forest, and agricultural ecology and advanced skills in statistical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, environmental modeling, and landscape analysis. 

He is visiting Professor at the Center for Mountain Ecosystem Studies, Kunming Institute of Botany, and Senior Landscape Ecologist at the World Agroforestry Centre - East and Central Asia Region. He has many years of experience working in the Himalayas and throughout Asia, including at ICIMOD in Nepal, the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka, and the International Center for Research in Agroforestry in Kenya. His current research focuses on the application of advanced spatial tools at global to local levels, ecosystem management, and the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. 

As a Lead Researcher within the IDRC-funded Asian Highlands ‘Building Effective Water Governance’ project, he is coordinating climatic and hydrological modelling activities throughout the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.