Lucy Amissah (Mrs.) (PhD)

Dr, Lucy AmissahPosition: Senior Research Scientist

HOD: Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem Service

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Professional fields of Interest:

Forest ecology, biodiversity conservation and forest fire management

 Professional Background

2009-2014. PhD Forest Ecology and Forest Management, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
1999-2003. MPhil Silviculture and Forest Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
1993-1997. BSc Natural Resource Management, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

Research Projects

  • Plant diversity, environmental factors and their relation to biomass, carbon storage and dynamics in the forests of Ghana.
  • Effects of climate change on regeneration of tree species in tropical forest of Ghana
  • Effects of climate change on survival and growth of tree crops in Ghana.
  • Biodiversity conservation in plantations on degraded forest lands within or outside forest reserves.
  • The role of wildfire in farming systems in the forest transition zone of Ghana

Selected publications

Amissah, L., Mohren, G. M. J., Kyereh, B. & Poorter, L. (2015). The Effects of Drought and Shade on the Performance, Morphology and Physiology of Ghanaian Tree Species. PLoS ONE 10(4):e0121004. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121004.

Paine, C. E., Amissah, L., Auge, H., Baraloto, C., Baruffol, M., Bourland, N., Bruelheide, H., Daïnou, K., de Gouvenain, R. C., Doucet J-L., Doust, S., Fine, P. V. A., Fortunel, C., Haase, J., Holl, K. D., Jactel, H., Li, X., Kitajima, K., Koricheva, J., Martínez-Garza, C., Messier, C., Paquette, A., Philipson, C., Piotto, D., Poorter, L., Posada, J. M., Potvin, C., Rainio, K., Russo, S. E., Ruiz-Jaen, M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Webb, C. O., Wright, S. J., Zahawi, R. A. & Hector, A. (2015). Globally, functional traits are weak predictors of juvenile tree growth, and we do not know why. Journal of Ecology 103(4), 978-989.. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12401.

Amissah, L. (2014). Functional traits, drought performance, and the distribution of tree species in tropical forests of Ghana. PhD thesis, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.  ISBN 9789462570726 - 196 p.

Amissah, L., Mohren, G. M. J., Bongers, F., Hawthorne, W. D. & Poorter, L. (2014). Rainfall and temperature affect tree species distribution in Ghana. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30, 435-446.

Amissah, L., Kyereh, B. & Agyeman, V. K. (2011). Wildfire as dominant force driving farming systems in the forest transition zone of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry Volume 27, 52-65.

Amissah, L., Kyereh, B. & Agyeman, V. K. (2010). Wildfire incidence and management in the forest transition zone of Ghana: Farmers’ perspectives. Ghana Journal of Forestry Volume 26, 61-73.

Amissah, L. (2009). Indigenous fire management practices in Ghana. In: Parrotta, J. A, Oteng-Yeboah, A., Cobbinah, J. (eds). Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa. IUFRO World Series, Volume 23,131-135.

Amissah, L. (2007). Biodiversity conservation and management in Ghana In: Oduro, K. A., Okae-Kissiedu, K. (eds). Tropenbos International- Ghana. Restoration and Sustainable Management of Forests in Ghana. Proceedings of an international conference held in Elmina, Ghana, 5-7 July, 2007. Pp 19-23.

Awards/Fellowships

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP); grant number CF7428/2011, 2011. For PhD training.

  • Wageningen University Sandwich Fellowship 2009. For PhD training.

  • International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship 2004. For a training course in Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring. Smithsonian Institution, Virginia, USA.

  • Chevron-Texaco Corporation grant (through Smithsonian Institution MAB Program), 2005. For a training course in Environmental Leadership. Smithsonian Institution MAB Program, Virginia, USA.

  • International Tropical Timber Organization. 1999.  For a training in prescribed burning. National Interagency Fire Training Academy, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. Shadowing Fire Management Officers within the United States Forest Service on various National Forests: Daniel Bonne National Forest, Kentucky; Portland Oregon office to observe fire management practices.

  • Earthwatch Fellowship, 1999. For participating in a vegetation survey of Kafue National Park, Zambia. 

  • Darwin Initiatives/ European Union. 1998.  For a field course in Tropical Biology, Uganda.

Affiliations

  • Member, Ghana Institute of Foresters
  • Ghana Association for the Conservation of Nature


 

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