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Loo, Judy

Judy Loo leads Bioversity International’s research on conservation and sustainable use of forest and tree genetic resources.

With her team of scientists located in different continents and research partners, she co-develops and manages research projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, and supports capacity strengthening initiatives for managing and conserving tree genetic resources.

Within the context of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, she participates in developing and implementing Sentinel Landscapes.

Judy contributes to international initiatives such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN’s first 'State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources' report and promotes implementation of the Global Action Plan.

Prior to joining Bioversity, as an ecological geneticist with Natural Resources Canada, Judy conducted research on genetic resistance of trees to alien pests, genetic diversity of tree species of concern, and the historical forest condition. Also, through the North American Forestry Commission of the FAO, she taught short courses on conservation genetics in Mexico.



PhD Crop Science - Forest Resources, Major fields: quantitative and population genetics; Minor in Statistics, Oklahoma State University, USA, 1986.

MSc Forestry, Oklahoma State University, USA, 1983. Major fields: quantitative and population forest genetics, ecology

BSc Forestry, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 1979. Forest Botany

Publication highlights:

Vinceti, B., Loo, J.,  Gaisberger, H., van Zonneveld, M. J.,  Schueler, S.,  Konrad, H., Kadu, C.A.C., Geburek, T. 2013. Conservation Priorities for Prunus africana Defined with the Aid of Spatial Analysis of Genetic Data and Climatic Variables. PLoS ONE 8(3):e59987.

Dawson, I.K., Guariguata M.R., Loo, J., Weber, J.C., Lengkeek, A., Bush, D., Cornelius, J., Guarino, L., Kindt, R, Orwa, C., Russell,J. and Jamnadass, R. 2013. What is the relevance of smallholders’ agroforestry systems for conserving tropical tree species and genetic diversity in circa situm, in situ and ex situ settings? A review. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:301-324