Manuel serves as CIFOR’s Principal Scientist on Forest Management and Restoration since 2006. Before joining CIFOR he led a long-term natural forest management project at CATIE, Costa Rica where he also worked as a Professor on Conservation Biology in its Graduate Program. Manuel also served as Environmental Affairs Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where he facilitated intergovernmental deliberations on forest biodiversity and climate change. Manuel is interested in management for multiple goods and services of both natural, planted, and naturally restored forests, mainly from a biophysical perspective but also considering regulatory and normative aspects so to influence policy and practice. He is also working on enhancing the quality of forestry education in developing countries through innovative tools and also does research on the effectiveness of tropical forest certification. He currently leads CIFOR’s Latin American office located in Lima, Peru.