Evert Thomas, a native of Belgium, joined the Americas Regional office in April 2011.
His main task is enhancing the conservation and use of forest genetic resources, among others through the use of spatial diversity analysis. Evert is also contributing to the thematic study on ecological restoration for FAO’s State of the World Forest Genetic Resources.
Prior to joining Bioversity International, he worked as a Biodiversity and Biosafety Expert for the Belgian Federal Ministry of Environment. Among other duties, he acted as the Belgian focal point for ongoing negotiations on Access and Benefit-Sharing and article 8j on traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities in the framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Evert also negotiated these themes on behalf of the European Union at CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan.
PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
Complementary Studies in Agricultural Development, Ghent University, Belgium
MSc in Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
Thomas E., van Zonneveld M., Loo J., Hodgkin T., Galluzzi G., et al. (2012) Present Spatial Diversity Patterns of Theobroma cacao L. in the Neotropics Reflect Genetic Differentiation in Pleistocene Refugia Followed by Human-Influenced Dispersal. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047676
Thomas, E. (2012). The impact of traditional lifestyle, provenance and contact history on plant knowledge: a comparison of two small-scale societies from the Bolivian Amazon. Human Ecology 40:355-368.