Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson


Andrea graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2005 with a Master's in Environmental Science. After previous work on orangutans in Indonesia and macaw ecology in Peru, she shifted focus at Yale towards the social, financial, and political aspects of tropical conservation, conducting thesis work on Peru's Camisea Natural Gas Pipeline controversy and organizing on campus for more transparent endowment investment policies. Andrea's research interests include the role of field stations and other scientific institutions in applied conservation and the role of civil society organizations and North-South networks in environmental conflicts. After a brief stint in 2006 with the Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Andrea returned stateside to work with the Environmental Investigation Agency, an NGO that uses undercover investigation and advocacy to document and expose international environmental crimes. Between 2006 and 2012, Andrea led the rapid growth of EIA's forest campaign, achieving passage of the 2008 Amendments to the US Lacey Act, conducting investigations of illegal timber trade and corruption in Peru, Madagascar and Russia, and advocating for change in national and global climate change policies. She is currently a board member of EIA-US. In 2012, Andrea left Washington and EIA to work in Costa Rica. After a year as managing director of Osa Conservation, a small non-profit managing research and restoration projects on the Osa Pensinsula, Andrea moved to Turrialba to work with CATIE, Central America's pre-eminent institution for research and training in agriculture and forestry, to work for Project Finnfor II supporting and removing the obstacles for successful community forestry and trade in wood products from small businesses in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Since mid-2015, Andrea has been a consultant based in San José. She oversees management of The Forestland Group's timber properties in Costa Rica and Belize, and supports the Environmental Investigation Agency's work to strengthen community forest monitoring initiatives in Peru, Cameroon and elsewhere. In her spare time, Andrea is restoring 12 hectares of cattle pasture on the Osa Peninsula to native forest.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, MESc
Current Position:
Forest management, policy and advocacy
Independent Consultant
Environmental Justice
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
forest management, community forest monitoring, timber trade, value chains, monitoring & evaluation, forest-climate policy

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