Doug Boucher

Director, Tropical Forests & Climate Initiative

As director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Doug Boucher coordinates the work of scientists, economists, and other analysts in the Climate and Energy program. His expertise is in the preservation of tropical forests to curtail global warming emissions. Part of his work includes participating in United Nations international climate negotiations. Dr. Boucher has attended the negotiations since 2007, and his expertise has helped shape U.S. and UN policies. Dr. Boucher also directs UCS’s Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, which works with governments, businesses, and consumers to reduce tropical deforestation and the global warming pollution associated with land use.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Boucher was a biology professor at Hood College, the University of Quebec, and McGill University. As a professor, he conducted research and taught courses in Latin America, where he first traveled as a member of the Peace Corps in 1971. He has written numerous articles and essays on a wide range of biological, ecological, and other science-related topics in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Boucher earned a B.A. in ecology and history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Boucher has appeared on BBC radio and has been cited by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Papua New Guinea Post-Courier.



Doug Boucher's Selected Publications


Boucher, Doug. 2015. Brazil’s 2005-2014 reduction in Amazon deforestation as a transformational change. Pp. 53-73 in Karen Holm Olsen and Jorgen Fennhann, eds., Transformational Change for Low Carbon and Sustainable Development. UNEP DTU/GIZ, Copenhagen. Online at:

Boucher, Douglas H. 2015. The REDD/Carbon market offsets debate: big argument, small potatoes. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 34(6-7): 547-558. Online at: 

Ripple, William J., Pete Smith, Helmut Haberl, Stephen A. Montzka, Clive McAlpine and Douglas H. Boucher. 2014. Ruminants, climate change and climate policy. Nature Climate Change 4: 2-5

Boucher, Doug. 2014. How Brazil dramatically reduced tropical deforestation. Solutions 5 (2): 66-75. Online at:

Boucher, Doug, Sarah Roquemore and Estrellita Fitzhugh. 2013. Brazil’s success in reducing deforestation. Tropical Conservation Science 6(3): 426-445. Online at:

Boucher, Doug and Pipa Elias. 2013. From REDD to deforestation-free supply chains: the persistent problem of leakage and scale. Carbon Management 4(5): 473-475

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