John Parrotta

President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

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Dr. John Parrotta is the President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for the period 2019-2024.

He has served as the National Research Program Leader for International Science Issues with the US Forest Service, Research & Development, Washington, DC since 2000.

Main research interests:

  • traditional forest-related knowledge
  • forest ecosystem restoration in the tropics
  • impacts of reforestation and afforestation on biodiversity at site and landscape scales
  • forests and human health


Dr. Parrotta has conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil and India, worked collaboratively with many colleagues from around the world on a variety of science syntheses and other projects. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications on these and other topics, and a member of the editorial board of several international forest science journals.


  • Yale University, Ph.D. Tropical forest ecology and management 1987
  • Yale University, M.S. Forestry and Environmental Studies 1983
  • University of Aberdeen (UK), M.Sc. Ecology 1981
  • Merrimack College, B.A. Biology 1980
  • Merrimack College, B.S. Chemistry 1980


International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO: IUFRO – Interconnecting Forests, Science and People

IUFRO offers a global network for voluntary cooperation. The network is open to all individuals and organizations dedicated to forest and forest products research and related disciplines. IUFRO aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. It is a member of the International Science Council (ISC) and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). IUFRO was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

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