Claudia Stickler received her B.S. degree in biology and international political economy from the University of Puget Sound and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. Her research has focused on the ecological and economic trade-offs of alternative land-uses and alternative policies in tropical regions (especially the Amazon and Eastern & Central Africa), using a range of tools and approaches, including dynamic spatial simulation. She leads the research component of the Forests, Farms & Finance program, which aims to link agricultural commodity certification with subnational low emissions development plans. She also leads the Sustainable Tropics Alliance initiative and serves as technical consultant to the Governors Climate and Forests Taskforce (GCF), helping to coordinate capacity-building for forest and carbon stock monitoring.