Ernest G. Foli (PhD)

Position: Principal Research Scientist

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Professional fields of interest:

Tropical Forest Ecology & Silviculture;

Forest Mensuration & Inventory (Natural forest and plantations); Tropical Forest Management; Growth & Yield Modelling; Forest Biomass and Carbon Stocks Assessment; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Professional background:

2005:  PhD (Forestry). Specialisation: Tropical Forest Silviculture & Management. University of Aberdeen, UK.
1993:  M.Phil (Forestry). Specialisation: Forest Mensuration & Inventory. University of Aberdeen. UK.
1986:  B.Sc. (Hons) Natural Resources Management. Major subject: Silviculture & Forest Management. University of Science & Technology, Kumasi. Ghana.

Selected Publications:

Dexter, K.G., Smart, B., Baldauf, C., Baker, T.R., Bessike Balinga, M.P., Brienen, R.J.W., Fauset, S., Feldpausch, T.R., Ferreira-da Silva, L., Ilunga Muledi, J., Lewis, S.L., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Marimon-junior, B.H., Marimon, B.S., Meerts, P., Page,N., Parthasarathy, N., Phillips, O.L., Theilade, I., Weintritt, J., Affum-Baffoe, K., Arroyo, I., Begne, S.K., Carvalho-das Neves, E., Collins, M., Cuni-sanchez, A., Djuikouo, M.N.K., Elias, F., Foli, E.G., Jeffery, K.J., Killeen, J. Malhi, Y., Maracahipes, I., Mendoza, C., Monteagudo-Mendoza, A., Morandi, P., Oliveira-dos Santos, C., Parada, G., Pardo, G., Peh, K.S., Salomão, RP., Silveira,M., Sinatora–miranda, H., Slik, F., Sonke, B., Taedoumg, H.E., Toledo,  Umetsu, R.K., Villaroel, R.G., Vos, V.A., White, L.J.T.,. Pennington, R.T. 2015. Floristics and biogeography of vegetation in seasonally dry tropical regions. International Forestry Review, 17 (S2): 10 - 32.

Agyei, K., Asante, W.A., Asare, R.A., Benefoh, D.T., Blaser, J., Damnyag, L., Deppeler, A., Feurer, M., Foli, E.G., Heeb, L., Kofie, W., Klossner, M., Kyereh, B., Kwakye, Y., Oduro, K.A. 2014. REDD+ in Agricultural Landscapes: Evidence from Ghana’s REDD+ Process. Editor: Sarre, A. Published by Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL and CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana. 64 pp.

Foli, E.G., Kleine, M., Cheteu, L.B., Addo-Danso, S., Adejoba, O.R., Damnyag, L., Acquah, S.B. 2014. Developing Strategies for REDDES Implementation in Selected Pilot Areas in  Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. 2014 IUFRO World Congress. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 05-11 October, 2014.

Foli, E.G. 2014. Modelling Forest Biomass growth in Tropical Rainforests. FAO/UN-REDD/CSIR-FORIG Regional Workshop on tree Volume and Biomass Allometric Equations in West Africa. FORIG Conference room, Kumasi. 04-07 August 2014.

Fauset, S., Baker, T.R., Lewis, S.L., Feldpausch, T.R., Affum-Baffoe, K., Foli, E.G., Hamer, K.C., Swaine, M.D. 2012. Drought-induced shifts in the floristic and functional composition of tropical forests in Ghana. Ecology Letters, 15: 1120 - 1129.

Sah, B.P., Hämäläinen, J.M., Sah, A.K., Honji, K., Foli, E.G., Awudi, C. 2012. The use of satellite imagery to guide field plot sampling schemes for biomass estimation in Ghanaian forest. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. 1 - 4: 221 – 226.

Foli, E.G. 2012. Terminalia ivorensis A. Chev. In: Lemmens, R.H.M.J., Louppe, D., Oteng-Amoako, A.A. (Eds). Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 7 (2). Timbers 2 (p. 622 – 626). Prota Foundation, Wageningen, Netherlands/CTA.. ISBN: 978-92-9081-495-5. 804 pp.

Oduro. K.A., Foli, E.G., Mohren, G.M.J., Dumenu, W.K. 2011. Ghana. In: Werger, M.J.A. (Ed). Sustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests: The CELOS Management System. (p. 242 – 254). Tropenbos International, Paramaribo, Suriname. 282 pp. ISBN: 978-90-5113-101-7.

Djagbletey, G.D., Addo-Danso, S.D., Foli, E.G., Cobbinah, J.R., Oteng-Amoako, A.A., Nkrumah, E.E., Frimpong-Mensah, K. 2011. Resistance of Milicia spp. to Phytolyma lata (Psyllidae): the role of leaf anatomical and morphological structures. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 27 (3): 71-79.

Awards / Fellowships:

1999 and 2002:  ITTO Freezaillah Fellowship Awards
2003:  Principal's Grant Award (University of Aberdeen)
2002:  Charles Sutherland's Bequest Scholarship (University of Aberdeen)
2002:  Tropenbos International Fellowship Award
1982 and 2001:  Ghana Government Scholarship

Professional Affiliations/Membership of Committees:


  1. Member, International Union of Forest Research Organisations' Forest Futures Task Force.
  2. Member, Commonwealth Forestry Association, UK. (since 2000).
  3. Member of the Governing Council, Commonwealth Forestry Association, UK (since 2009).
  4. Ghana Representative on the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) Thematic Programme Advisory Committee on REDDES (Yokohama, Japan) since 2009.
  5. Secretary, Forestry Research Network for Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA) Climate Change Working Group (since 2009).
  6. Member, Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation, UK. (since 2003).
  7. Co-chair, International Union of Forestry Research Organisations (IUFRO) Working Group 4.02-03: ‘Forest Inventory on Successive Occasions’. (Two successive terms as office-holder since 1998).


  1. CSIR Representative, National Climate Change Committee (2010 - 2014).
  2. CSIR Representative on the National Network for Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness (CCETPa), since 2012.
  3. CSIR Representative on the Multi-Stakeholder National REDD+ Steering Committee (since 2010).
  4. Chair, National Multi-Stakeholder REDD+ Technical Working Group on Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System (since 2010).
  5. Chair, National Multi-Stakeholder REDD+ Technical Working Group on REDD+ Demonstrational Projects (since 2010).
  6. Chair, National Multi-Stakeholder REDD+ Technical Working Group on Reference Scenario / Reference Emission Level (since 2010).

Local (CSIR)

  1. Chair, Management Board, CSIR-FORIG Credit Union (since April 2011).
  2. Chair, CSIR-FORIG Board of Survey (2010).
  3. Chair, CSIR-FORIG Promotions Screening Committee (2012 - 2014).
  4. Editor-in-Chief, Ghana Journal of Forestry (2011 - 2015).
  5. Member, CSIR-FORIG Change Management Team (2011 - 2014).
  6. Editor, Ghana Journal of Forestry (2008 – 2011).
  7. Chair, CSIR-FORIG Transport Committee (2006 - 2010).
  8. Member, Publications Committee (2005 - 2008).
  9. Member, Nursery Management Committee, FORIG (1996 - 2003).
  10. Secretary, FORIG Research Staff Association (1990 - 2001).
  11. Member, CSIR Task Force for promoting the use of E-Resources.
  12. FORIG representative on Ghana Ever-One® National Parks Project Implementation Task Force.

Local (Non-CSIR)

  1. Secretary/Member of Governing Council. Ghana Institute of Foresters. 1989-1997.
  2. Editor/ Member of Governing Council. Ghana Institute of Foresters.
  3. Member, Ghana Association for the Conservation of Nature.
  4. Member, Kumasi Club.

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