Laercio Couto, PhD.
TECFLORA - CBCN - RENABIO
Laércio Couto received his B. Sc. in Forestry from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil; his M. Sc. in Forestry from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil; his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Toronto, Canada and did his Post-doctorate work in Forestry and Agroforestry at Colorado State University, USA.
Dr. Couto's extensive research and industrial background includes silviculture, forest management, biomass for energy and agroforestry ; practical industrial and field research in Sao Paulo, Paraná, Bahia and Pará states focusing mainly on various species including Pinus sp, Eucalyptus sp, Araucaria angustifolia, Coccus nucifera and Gmelina arborea as they relate to seedling production, forest plantations establishment and tending, harvesting and transportation, forest protection and forest products commercialization. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and delivered numerous technical and academic presentations in Brazil and numerous other countries.
He has served as international consultant for the Brazilian Agency for I) International Cooperation - ABC (forestry and environment); II) GAPCO in Guinea and more recently with III) Gutchess International Incorporated / ARACRUZ Wood Products in Brazil that conclude with the planning, design and installation of the biggest and most modern eucalypt based sawmill in the world, IV) Research Director of the Society for Forest Research; Forest Consultant to a) Ramires, b) Afortech, c) Tecflora, e) Palma Real EISA; V) Director of Forest Strategy of Timber Value; VI) Coordinator of the Agroforestry Research Group of the National Research Council-CNPQ; VII) Ad-hoc Research Consultant for CNPQ, VIII) Embrapa and FINEP; IX) Member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Forestry Chronicle; X) Brazilian Team Leader, Task 30 of IEA - Bioenergy; XI) International consultant for the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation - ABC (forestry and environment) within Central America at large; Active with the Center for Nature Conservancy and Sustainable Development - CBCN; The Brazilian Society of Agroforestry - SBAG; The Brazilian Network of Biomass for Energy - RENABIO; Past head of the Department of Forestry of the Federal University of Vicosa, and the Administrative Director of the Society for Forest Research - SIF during 1989-1993.