Florian Gollnow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Florian Gollnow is interested in research questions at the intersection of nature conservation, agriculture, and livelihoods. Currently, he investigates the role of zero-deforestation commitments in the Brazilian soybean sector, using econometric modeling and large spatial and temporal data. Florian’s work focuses predominantly on understanding the causes and the spatio-temporal dynamics of land use changes to inform policy and to develop a better understanding of human-environmental interactions. Florian received his PhD from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he investigated spatio-temporal interactions of land use change (i.e., soybean and cattle ranching), environmental policies, and tropical deforestation in Brazil. Following his PhD, he was a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC, where he contributed to the Supply-Chain Commitments team synthesis project, led by Kimberly Carlson, New York University, and Rachael D. Garrett, ETH Zürich. Currently, Florian is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University, working in collaboration with the Environmental Policy Lab (EPL) at ETH Zürich. There, he continues his research on the impacts and potentials of supply-chain governance for conservation, and he contributes to understanding the impacts of policy and institutional changes on forest and agriculture in the Republic of Georgia. His methods include synthesizing and analyzing large-scale spatial and temporal data on land use and land cover, production, trade, and policies using GIS and econometric modeling.

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2018 - 2020
Areas of Expertise
land use science
spatial ecology
Research Interests
environmental policy
sustainable land use
biodiversity conservation
land use change
Methods of Expertise
econometric modeling