Moderated Panel Discussion for Public Audience
An ecologist and geneticist, Christopher Kettle specializes in tropical forest trees, their reproductive ecology and the importance of forest genetic resources for resilient landscapes. Since August 2017, Christopher is leading Bioversity International’s cross-cutting research team working on conservation and sustainable use of socio–economically and ecologically important trees and their genetic diversity. He holds a joint appointment and is also Group Leader in Applied Molecular Ecology, in the Department of Environmental System Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He leads research programmes across Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa and the Safeguarding Forest Genetic Resources Cluster of CGIAR’s Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
Prior to joining Bioversity International, Christopher was a Senior Lecturer at the ETH Zurich, (2007 – present), and supervised ten PhD students mostly on tropical forest genetics. He taught Tropical Rainforest Ecology and led an MSc on Resilience of Ecological Systems. Prior to that he was a Natural Environment Research Council Postdoc at the University of Aberdeen, UK.