John Garcia-Ulloa

John Garcia Ulloa, Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow

John Garcia-Ulloa is a biologist with a broad interest in environmental and development issues in the tropics. Recent work has focused on understanding the challenges of sustainable expansion of oil-palm agriculture and the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) initiatives in the tropics.

As part of the Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes (OPAL) project, John works on implementing participatory approaches to explore future scenarios of oil-palm production in Indonesia, Colombia and Cameroon. His work focuses on assessing conservation outcomes of land-use trajectories through the use of ecological models, and contributes to the coordination of scientific activities in the OPAL project.


2016 Postdoctoral researcher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2016 Ph.D. in Plant Sciences and Policy. Department of Environmental Systems Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2011 M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences. ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
2005 Bachelor degree in Biology. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá D.C., Colombia.


  • Ghazoul J, Z Burivalova, J Garcia-Ulloa & L King (2015) Conceptualising forest degradation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30 (10): 622-632.
  • Robledo-Abad, C., H.J. Althaus, G. Berndes, S. Bolwig, E. Corbera, F. Creutzig, J. Garcia-Ulloa, A. Geddes, J. S. Gregg, H. Haberl, S. Hanger, R.J. Harper, C. Hunsberger, R. K. Larsen, Ch. Lauk, S. Leitner, J. Lilliestam, H. Lotze-Campen, B. Muys, M. Nordborg, M. Ölund, B. Orlowsky, A. Popp, J. Portugal-Pereira, J. Reinhard, L. Scheiffle, P. Smith (2015) Bioenergy production and sustainable development: science base for policy-making remains limited. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12338 (in press)
  • Abood SA, JSH Lee, Z Burivalova, J Garcia-Ulloa & LP Koh (2015). Relative contributions of the logging, fiber, oil palm and mining industries to forest loss in Indonesia. Conservation Letters 8 (1): 58–67
  • Lee JSH, J Garcia-Ulloa, J Ghazoul, K Obidzinski & LP Koh (2014) Modelling Environmental and Socio-Economic Trade-Offs Associated with Land-Sparing and Land-Sharing Approaches to Oil Palm Expansion. Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (5): 1366–77.
  • Savilaakso S, C Garcia, J Garcia-Ulloa, J Ghazoul, M Groom, M R Guariguata, Y Laumonier, R Nasi, G Petrokofsky, J Snaddon & M Zrust (2014) Systematic review of effects on biodiversity from oil palm production. Environmental Evidence, 3(1)



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