Doug Boucher

Scientific Advisor, Tropical Forests & Climate Initiative

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Doug Boucher is a scientific advisor for the Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative. His expertise is in the preservation of tropical forests to curtail global warming emissions. Part of his work has included 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 is the former director of 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.




Selected publications

Averill KM, Mortensen DA, Smithwick EAH, Kalisz S, McShea WJ, Bourg NA, Parker JD, Royo AA, Abrams MD, Apsley DK, Blossey B, Boucher DH, Caraher KL, DiTommaso A, Johnson SE, Masson R, Nuzzo VA. 2018. A regional assessment of white-tailed deer effects on plant invasion. AoB Plants 10: plx047

Brancalion, Pedro H.S., David Lamb, Eliane Ceccon, Doug Boucher, John Herbohn, Bernardo Strassburg and David P. Edwards. 2017. Using markets to leverage investment in forest and landscape restoration in the tropics. Forest Policy and Economics 85: 103-113

Goulart, Fernando F., Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer, Doug Boucher, M Jahi Chappell, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Aldicir Scariot, Marcelo Corrêa da Silva, Washington Oliveira, Rebecca Neville, James Moore, Mercedes Bustamante, Sonia Ribeiro Carvalho, and Britaldo Soares-Filho. 2016. Emissions from cattle farming in Brazil. Nature Climate Change 6: 893-894

Boucher, Doug. 2016. Book review of Mutualism, edited by Judith L. Bronstein. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 365-367. DOI: 10.1093

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.

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