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Dr. Sandra Brown

Senior Scientist

Dr. Sandra Brown

The late Dr. Sandra Brown (1944-2017) was the Chief Scientist with Winrock’s Ecosystem Services Unit. She was a specialist in the role of land use and land cover change in the global carbon cycle and climate change, the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, and the present and potential future role of terrestrial ecosystems for mitigation of climate change. She provided leadership and expertise to many national and international organizations in the field of land use/land cover change and its relation to climate change and mitigation. Dr. Brown successfully led more than 50 projects for a variety of U.S. governmental, multilateral and nonprofit donors, including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.

Her more than 30 years of project experience included conducting feasibility studies for climate change mitigation programs, projecting carbon benefits for afforestation/reforestation programs, training local NGOs to conduct environmental assessments and data analysis, and apprising policymakers of the socioeconomics of land-use change, deforestation and carbon trading. Dr. Brown served on many international and national panels and reports related to climate change, land use and forestry. She published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and books. She served as a co-convening lead author for chapters in five UNFCCC IPCC Reports for which she received a diploma recognizing her contribution to the winning of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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A Fighter for Forests

March 26, 2018

To close out National Women’s History Month and mark the recent International Day of Forests, Winrock honors the late Dr. Sandra Brown, a pioneering woman in the historically male-dominated field of environmental science. Dr. Brown made profound contributions to the science of the global carbon cycle, and co-authored work honored with the 2007 Nobel Peace […]

Anatomy of a Breakthrough

April 10, 2017

By Anne Cassidy; illustrations by Jessica Kelley When viewed from above, deforestation is a brown gash in a green world, vivid proof that what once was verdant has succumbed to the axe or the bulldozer. Forest degradation — the loss of trees from logging, fires or harvesting firewood — is much more difficult to detect, […]

Winrock Mourns the Passing of Legendary Senior Scientist Dr. Sandra Brown

February 23, 2017

Our Winrock family is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Dr. Sandra Brown. Sandra died on Monday, February 13, at her home in Wales. She was 72. Sandra’s pioneering work on the role forests play in the global carbon cycle shaped the way we understand the forces behind climate change today. […]