Evert Thomas is a scientist at Bioversity International, based in Lima, Peru. Evert's main areas of work in Bioversity International focus on improving the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources, and their application in tree-based restoration projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Evert combines different disciplines in his work, such as distribution modeling, spatial diversity analysis, population genetics, archaeology, ecology and social sciences. Over the years he has worked on the conservation and use of numerous culturally and commercially important tree species and promoting the use of genetically diverse and fit-for-purpose planting materials in forest restoration.
Currently, Evert's main activities focus on the restoration of seasonally dry tropical forests in Colombia and Peru, as well as on improving understanding of the native diversity of cacao (Theobroma cacao) and Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) genetic resources in Peru and strengthening their Improved use for tackling multiple challenges (climate change adaptation, bridging the productivity gap, resolving heavy metal contamination in cacao).
During his PhD research, Evert examined the relation between plant diversity and plant usefulness in three indigenous communities in the Bolivian Andes and Amazon. Prior to joining Bioversity International, Evert acted as the Belgian focal point for the Access and Benefit Sharing objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which led to the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol during the Belgian presidency of the EU, in which Evert played a very active role.
PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
Complementary Studies in Agricultural Development, Ghent University, Belgium
MSc in Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium