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Snook, Laura

Laura Snook, a national of the USA, has been the leader of the Forest Genetic Resources Programme at Bioversity International from 2012 until 2015 and Coordinator, Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources, CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry from 2015 until April 2018. Laura joined Bioversity International in 2005 as Director of the Programme, Understanding and Managing Biodiversity, which encompassed crops, their wild relatives and trees.

Before joining Bioversity International, Laura led the Sustainable Forest Management Programme at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia (1999-2004) and taught Conservation Biology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, USA, while leading their joint programme with The Nature Conservancy on research for in situ conservation (1996-1999). She started her career leading forest research at Mexico’s Institute for Biotic Resources (1980-1987) and has consulted on forest conservation and management, non-timber forest products and community forestry for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), World Resources Institute and others.



  • Doctor of Forestry, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
  • Masters in Forest Science, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Grinnell College, USA

Publication highlights: 

  • E. Haglund, E. J. Ndjeunga, L. Snook and D. Pasternak. 2011. Dry Land Tree Management for Improved Household Livelihoods: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Niger. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1996-1705.
  • Boscolo, M., L. Snook & L. Quevedo. 2009. Adoption of sustainable forest management practices in Bolivian timber concessions: A quantitative assessment. International Forestry Review 4: 2 (4): p. 99 – 108.
  • Snook, L., L. Camara Cabrales & M. Kelty. 2005. Six years of fruit production by mahogany trees (Swietenia macrophylla King): Patterns of variation and implications for sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management 206:221-235.
  • Snook, L. and P. Negreros-Castillo. 2004. Regenerating mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King) on clearings in Mexico’s Maya Forest: the effects of clearing treatment and cleaning on seedling survival and growth. Forest Ecology and Management 189:143-169.