World Forest ID brings together a diverse range of international talent, these are just a few of those people. If you are interested in joining our team please contact info@worldforestid.org

Our team

  • Jade Saunders

    Jade Saunders

    Acting Executive Director

    Acting Executive Director

    Jade has worked on forest governance, trade and environmental crime for nearly 20 years, most notably as an Associate Fellow of the Environment and Society Programme at Chatham House in London, and a Senior Policy Analyst at Forest Trends in Washington DC. As Acting Executive Director of World Forest ID, Jade is responsible for developing the organization’s overall strategy and potential for sustainable growth, with a particular focus on expanding its analytical capacity and rigor.

  • Marigold Norman

    Marigold Norman

    Director of Policy Research

    Director of Policy Research

    Marigold is Director of Policy Research at World Forest ID with over 15 years of forest governance and climate finance experience. Marigold has previously worked in policy roles in government as well as research roles in the think tank and non-profit sector. Marigold is a Geographer by training.

  • Victor Deklerck

    Victor Deklerck

    SCIENCE LEAD

    SCIENCE LEAD

    Victor came to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from the State University of New York – Albany, where he studied the metabolite distribution within trees using LADI mass spectrometry. His expertise lies in data analysis, DART-TOFMS, wood science and forestry. Victor leads the World Forest ID Research Team on assessing new timber forensic techniques as well as optimising and combining existing techniques using AI.

  • Eszter Bodnar

    Eszter Bodnar

    Communications Lead

    Communications Lead

    Eszter leads World Forest ID’s communications efforts ranging from brand management to stakeholder outreach and media presence. In her most recent role, Eszter served as Senior Communications Advisor to Forest Trends Association, prior to which she ran her own communications and design consultancy serving over two dozen public and private environmental organizations.

  • Emily Crumley

    Emily Crumley

    Director of Operations and Collections

    Director of Operations and Collections

    Emily has been working in the forestry sector for over 20 years, supporting responsible forest management and combating illegal logging. For World Forest ID, Emily leads and coordinates projects and training for expedition leaders and collectors in North America, Asia and Europe and manages the day-to-day operations of World Forest ID.

  • Marysol Jaime Arteaga

    Marysol Jaime Arteaga

    LATIN AMERICA OPERATIONS LEAD

    LATIN AMERICA OPERATIONS LEAD

    Marysol manages the LATAM Wood ID Program for US Forest Service International Programs. In support of World Forest ID., Marysol leads all LATAM expeditions and brings together an extensive network of local collectors, expedition leaders, scientists and law enforcement stakeholders in the region.

  • Nathalie Bouville

    Nathalie Bouville

    AFRICA OPERATIONS LEAD

    AFRICA OPERATIONS LEAD

    Nathalie has supported World Forest ID collection efforts for the last three years while working at FSC and she now coordinates expedition (timber and forest risk commodities) activities in Africa. Her focus has been on coordinating field work in Congo Basin forests and expending to other parts of the continent such as West Africa and Southern Africa.

  • Lydia Prior

    Lydia Prior

    Research and Administrative Assistant

    Research and Administrative Assistant

    At World Forest ID, Lydia supports daily operations alongside policy and research work. She has experience in the environmental and international NGO sector. Lydia previously worked at Friends of the Earth in communications, fundraising and donor support as well as in research for an agro-ecological farm in the UK.

  • Phil Guillery

    Phil Guillery

    CO-FOUNDER

    CO-FOUNDER

    Phil has worked for over 30 years to combat illegal logging and has supported efforts to recognize responsible forest management practiced by communities and others throughout his career. Phil is a global leader in bringing technology and transparency to the forest sector and was one of the Co-Founders of World Forest ID, and its first Executive Director.

  • Meaghan Parker Forney

    Meaghan Parker Forney

    CO-FOUNDER AND SCIENCE ADVISOR

    CO-FOUNDER AND SCIENCE ADVISOR

    Meaghan brings over 20 years of expertise in the fields of conservation and genetics and has helped to drive the development and uptake of identification databases for wood products. Meaghan focuses on building partnerships with academic, government and private sector scientists to support World Forest ID’s mission and goals.

  • Abdullah Almsaeed

    Abdullah Almsaeed

    DATA SCIENTIST

    DATA SCIENTIST

    Abdullah is a software developer in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He develops web-based and mobile-based applications along with databases that aid scientists in collecting and analysing data. He is the lead developer of the WFID mobile and web applications.

  • Peter Gasson

    Peter Gasson

    SENIOR WOOD ANATOMIST

    SENIOR WOOD ANATOMIST

    Peter is the research leader in wood and timber at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has more than 40 years of experience working in systematic wood anatomy and the identification of fragmentary plant material, especially timbers, for a wide variety of enquiries including enforcement, timber importers, antique dealers and archaeologists. As the lead wood anatomist for World Forest ID, Peter uses his expertise to confirm or refute wood identity and provenance.

  • Scot McQueen

    Scot McQueen

    TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR

    TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR

    Scot joined FSC as the Senior Technology Officer in July of 2021, coming from Esri, where he was the Senior Account Executive responsible for global sales strategy, messaging and major account development within the commercial forestry sector. While at Esri, Scot worked with over 300 commercial forestry customers and has built strong alliances with partners in industry and technology companies that have timber management solutions. For World Forest ID, Scot brings extensive experience with strategic planning, project management and partner–client relationship building.

  • Margaret Staton

    Margaret Staton

    CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER

    CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER

    Margaret is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She uses computational genetic and genomic approaches to understand forest and orchard tree evolution, adaptation and phenotypes. She develops mobile and web apps for scientists to support data collection and leads the cyberinfrastructure development for World Forest ID.

  • Jill Wegrzyn

    Jill Wegrzyn

    ANALYTIC DATA ARCHITECT

    ANALYTIC DATA ARCHITECT

    Jill is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Jill leads the TreeGenes Database, which represents an integrated genomic and phenomic community resource for forest health and breeding. For World Forest ID, Jill’s team is developing map-based applications to both view and analyse genetic, chemical and anatomical data for timber species.

  • Erin McClure-Price

    Erin McClure-Price

    FORENSIC CHEMIST

    FORENSIC CHEMIST

    Erin is a Forensic Chemist for US Forest Service International Programs Wood Identification and Screening Center (WISC) specialising in timber identification using DART-TOFMS. She has over 10 years of experience working in forensics and leads research for the WISC team. Erin is co-curator of the ForeST© database and uses World Forest ID samples to provide forensic support to US law enforcement agencies.

  • Alexandru Galupa

    Alexandru Galupa

    Collector, Moldova

    Collector, Moldova

    For over 25 years, Alexandru’s work has been focused on forest management and cadastre at the Forest Research and Management Institute in Chisinau, Moldova. He is also a member of the plant diversity and climate change research team at the National Botanical Garden of Moldova. As a collector, Alexandru has been supporting World Forest ID’s Eastern European operations. 

  • Cynel Moundounga

    Cynel Moundounga

    COLLECTOR, GABON

    COLLECTOR, GABON

    Cynel currently works for the Tropical Ecology Research Institute of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research of Gabon. He is pursuing his PhD in plant ecology and will join the faculty of the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon. As a collector for World Forest ID, Cynel leads expeditions in Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo.

  • Alejandra Maria Ramirez Arango

    Alejandra Maria Ramirez Arango

    Collector, Colombia

    Collector, Colombia

    Alejandra Maria Ramirez Arango is an Assistant professor of Wood Technology at the University of Tolima, Colombia. She has over 20 years of experience in the identification of wood from tropical forests. Alejandra supports World Forest ID’s as a coordinator of our Colombian expeditions.

  • Lee Grace

    Lee Grace

    Collector, USA

    Collector, USA

    Lee has been working in land management and conservation for over ten years. Before joining World Forest ID, Lee managed an orchard and a nature preserve. He has been collecting samples for World Forest ID since September 2021, and is focused on troubleshooting and perfecting the various collection techniques.

  • Herman Zanguim

    Herman Zanguim

    Herman Zanguim

    Collector, Cameroon

    Collector, Cameroon

    Herman currently studies at the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Dschang in Cameroon pursuing a doctoral program in sustainable management of natural resources for the Congo Basin. He has participated in several timber sample collections for World Forest ID in Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Gabon and continues to support World Forest ID expeditions in Central Africa.

  • Gael Bouka

    Gael Bouka

    Collector, Congo

    Collector, Congo

    Gael Bouka is currently assistant professor and permanent lecturer at Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. He collaborates with World Forest ID collections in the Republic of Congo while pursuing his research and studies in Botanical Ecology with the University of Montpellier, France and at Marien Ngouabi University.

  • Daniela Texeira Vilela

    Daniela Texeira Vilela

    Collector, Brazil

    Collector, Brazil

    Daniela has been working in the forestry sector for 11 years, supporting responsible forest management. She joined FSC Brazil in 2018 as technical coordinator and since 2020 also acts as executive director. For World Forest ID Daniela leads and coordinates expeditions in Brazil to collect timber samples in FSC-certified forests.

  • Ellen Crocker

    Ellen Crocker

    Collector, USA

    Collector, USA

    Dr. Ellen Crocker is an Assistant Professor of Forest Health Extension in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky. Her focus is on education and outreach related to forest health issues such as invasive plants, insects and pathogens.  Her lab has led multiple collection of samples for World Forest ID.

  • Somporn Khongthanakrittakorn (Koki)

    Somporn Khongthanakrittakorn (Koki)

    COLLECTOR, THAILAND

    COLLECTOR, THAILAND

    Koki has spent 20 years working in the forestry sector in the Mekong Delta. He has experience as a forester, auditor and researcher, focusing on the unique challenges of micro-enterprises and smallholders in the global market. Koki was one of the first collectors for World Forest ID and subsequently contributed to the development of field protocols and virtual training.

  • Wilson Tiubule

    Wilson Tiubule

    COLLECTOR, SOLOMON ISLANDS

    COLLECTOR, SOLOMON ISLANDS

    Willie has spent his career working for Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd, an FSC-certified forest in the Solomon Islands. Willie is the Forestry Research Supervisor and is a native of Kolombangara Island. He leads World Forest ID field trials, sample collections and testing of sampling kits.