Robert Hunter Manson
Board Member (June 2012 – present)
Robert received his undergraduate degree in biology from Washington & Lee University in Lexington , VA (USA) and his M.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) Program of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University in New Jersey (USA) where he worked with researchers at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies located in Millbrook, NY. Dr. Manson began his career in Mexico in 1999 with a post-doc for two years from the National Science Foundation (NSF ) of the USA. His current research interests include the quantification and valuation of watershed services of the forests of Mexico, strengthening programs of payment for watershed services ( PWS ) through the establishment of networks of community watershed monitoring, and studying the role that coffee agroecosystems play in maintaining the structure and functioning of the cloud forest.
Dr. Manson is the author of 25 articles published in national and international journals, 19 book chapters and two books, focused on coffee agroecosystems in the center of the state of Veracruz and the importance of ecosystem services to the socio-economic well-being of the country. He is currently a researcher at the Institute of Ecology, AC and is a member of the National System of Researchers of CONACYT.