Professor Tamara Ticktin's ecology paper named one of 100 most influential

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Walter Zimmermann, 808-222-7620
Media Producer, College of Natural Sciences
Posted: Feb 3, 2014

Tamara Ticktin
Tamara Ticktin

Professor Tamara Ticktin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botanist and ethnoecologist, has authored a research paper chosen as one of the 100 most influential papers published by the British Ecological Society journals in its 100 year history. Her paper, The ecological implications of harvesting non-timber forest products, was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, one of the Journals of the British Ecological Society.

"Prior to the Ticktin article, our knowledge of the ecological  consequences of non-timber forest product extraction was disparate, and spread out across many different case studies. Ticktin made an important advance by systematically reviewing the conclusions of 70 different studies from across the world,” wrote Joe Barlow in a review for the British Ecological Society.

The British Ecological Society membership numbers more than 4,000 worldwide and celebrated its 100 anniversary in 2013. Dr. Ticktin’s paper was chosen from among the 17,000 papers since 1913.

"My research questions revolve around two, interrelated themes: How can we balance human use and conservation?  How can we maintain or increase the resilience of these coupled natural-human systems to global environmental change?” wrote Dr. Ticktin.

Ticktin is a Professor of Botany in the Department of Botany, College of Natural Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She received a PhD in 2000 from McGill University. She is a conservation biologist and ethnoecologist, teaching and conducting interdisciplinary and collaborative research on traditional resource management, biodiversity conservation, plant demography and resilience and adaptation to climate change.