Jay Samek

Jay Samek is a specialist in social forestry with advanced degrees from Darthmouth and Michigan State University. His broad interests include human-environment interactions, sustainable development and environmental conservation.  Jay has worked extensively in Southeast Asia beginning with two years of service as an agro-forester with Peace Corps-Philippines (1987-89).  He manages the C2M’s current projects in Southeast Asia working with scientists in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.   These efforts aim to understand better the land use and land cover dynamics in Southeast Asia as global change phenomena, in particular, forest cover clearing and re-growth to analyze carbon sequestration, urban expansion, and the link between land use and land cover change and disaster management.  Jay has been involved with projects funded by NASA’s Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) program, the IGBP-IHDP Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) programme, and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) programme.  Jay is also a member of the Center’s team managing the Tropical Rain Forest Information Center (TRFIC), a member of NASA’s Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).