Riina Jalonen joined Bioversity International in 2009. In her work, Riina evaluates the genetic sustainability of forest restoration and management, and helps practitioners, policymakers and community members to find ways to improve their knowledge and practices.
She provides technical support to South and Southeast Asian countries in the conservation and management of forest genetic diversity through the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN). Having a keen interest for social equity and capacity development, in 2014, she initiated a Gender Research Fellowship Programme for developing-country researchers as part of the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
Prior to joining Bioversity International, she conducted PhD research on nutrient cycling in tropical agroforestry systems and coordinated a series of research seminars on the ecological and socio-economic aspects of forest use at the University of Helsinki.
PhD Tropical Forest Ecology (with distinction), University of Helsinki, Finland
MSc Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland
BSc Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jalonen R, Valette M, Boshier D, Duminil J, Thomas E. 2017. Forest and landscape restoration severely constrained by a lack of attention to the quantity and quality of tree seed: insights from a global survey. Conservation Letters (in press).
Elias M, Jalonen R, Fernandez M, Grosse A. 2016. Gender-responsive participatory research for social learning and sustainable forest management. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 26:1