Director, Agua Salud Project, Staff Scientist Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Jefferson Hall is the lead scientist on the Agua Salud Project, an interdisciplinary project studying ecosystem services in the Panama Canal Watershed. One of his primary research interest is understanding the flow of goods and services provided by tropical forests and how they change with land use and climate change. His research projects include multidisciplinary teams of foresters, ecologists, hydrologists, economists, social scientists. Jeff is particularly interested in getting his and collaborators research to decision makers so that it is relevant to both policy and practice. To this end he edited a watershed white paper (https://publications.iadb.org/handle/11319/7233) and co-authored a native species reforestation guide book. Prior to joining the staff at STRI, Jeff worked for 20 years on different aspects of conservation and development in Central Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in tropical forest ecology and silviculture from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.