Graduate Student Spotlight


Name:Yusuf Samsudin


Hometown: Kandangan, South Kalimantan, Indonesia


Degree: Master of Science (MS) in Forestry with a focus on Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

(Advisor Dr. Larry Leefers)


Why forestry: 


I spent my childhood in an area where forest ecosystems have changed and were the direct victim of forest fires and haze. This made me realize that forests are essential elements in human life. I also believe that policy and governance are essential to better and sustained management of forests. There is a lot of attention from international groups regarding tropical forests due their role in climate change and biodiversity, but there is only minor participation from the local people in Kalimantan in determining the fate of their forests. To further my knowledge prior to my graduate study, I joined several international organizations, including the Forestry Department of FAO, the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to work on multiple issues on sustainable forest management from an international perspective.



Graduate Research Focus: I am interested to see how policy would affect the development of Industrial Forest (IF) plantations as a means for sustainable forest management policy given widespread deforestation and forest degradation.




  1. ITTO Freezailah Fellowship to conduct a study on Industrial Forest plantation development in Indonesia (2015)

  2. GIZ-BAFU Fellowship to attend UNFF meeting at Interlaken, Switzerland (2015)

  3. Tanoto Foundation Fellowship to attend the XXIV IUFRO World Congress at Salt Lake City (2014)

  4. Foreign Fulbright Master’s Program to study at Michigan State University (2014-2016)



  1. Selected as Asia-Pacific youth delegation to attend the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Interlaken +10 | Governing forest landscapes: Lesson learnt from ten years of experience and the way forward post-2015, Switzerland, February 2015


  2. Attended the XXIV IUFRO World Congress and presented a paper titled “Forest biodiversity in climate change adaptation; what is the role of IPBES and IPCC” co-authored with Dr. Peter Bridgewater of ANU, Salt Lake City, Utah October 2014


  1. Samsudin, Y.B., Pirard, R. 2015. Conflict mediation in industrial tree plantation in Indonesia: Status and prospects. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia DOI: 10.17528/cifor/005443


After Graduation Plans:

Forests face great threats and challenges to the issue of development. Thus, I would like to find an opportunity to work in sustainable forest management at the international level in the area of policy and governance with a goal of finding a better solution of forests and forestry challenges.