Sustainability and biome-level impacts of fuelwood harvesting in Sub-Saharan Africa

Andrew Tredennick is an advanced PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) at Colorado State University. Andrew plans to defend his dissertation in early 2014. His research interests are in theoretical population and community ecology with particular focus on savanna systems in Africa. His dissertation research has included surveys of the wood-harvest practices of local populations in West African savannas, linked to plot-scale experiments on the impacts of fuel-wood collection on woody growth and demographics. These data have been integrated via an analytical model exploring impacts of wood harvest on savanna vegetation dynamics and high resolution remote sensing of fuelwood resources for the country of Mali. Plot- and regional-scale studies are complemented by a continental-scale analysis of fuelwood stocks and estimated wood production, relative to spatially-resolved fuelwood demand, to explore the current status and sustainability of renewable energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Seminar date: 
Monday, September 16, 2013
Presenter information: 
Andrew Tredennick, Colorado State University
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