Friday Breakout Workshops

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:00am


Session LeaderS Session Title
Crystal DiMiceli, Forces for Nature Podcasts and Positivity: Inspiring Action with Solutions-oriented Stories
North Carolina State University ISTF Student Chapter Inclusivity Starts with our Design! Participatory Design Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) in Tropical Forestry and Natural Resources
Diane Haase, USDA & J.B. Friday, University of Hawaii The Integral Role of Plant Nurseries to Address Ecosystem Crises in Tropical Forests
Guiraldo C. Fernandez Jr., Visaya State University, Baybay City Philipines The Role of Women in Rainforest Conservation: A Case Study on Conservation Inclusivity from two Municipalities in the Visayas, Philippines
Sarah Wilson, University of Victoria & Ruth Metzel, Conservation International Re-examining Restoration: Assisted Natural Regeneration Strategies as Cost-Effective, Scalable Restoration Methods in Times of Crisis - A Brainstorm on a Practical Guide.
Dewi Rizki, The Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) Drivers of Deforestation in Indonesia


Crystal DiMiceli

Forces for Nature

Crystal DiMiceli is the producer and host for the podcast, Forces for Nature, which she developed to elevate the voices of people who are doing great things for animals and the environment. She has worked in the fields of wildlife conservation and environmental education for the past 18 years, both in the US and abroad. She has held positions with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Solimar/National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her primary interests lie in using media to educate, inspire and empower people to make more eco and animal-friendly choices in their everyday lives. Crystal holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies and an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management and currently resides between Costa Rica and Italy.


ISTF Student Chapter, North Carolina State University

Session Leaders:

  • Stephanie, Chizmar, PhD Candidate in Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
  • Meredith Hovis, PhD Candidate in Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
  • Zeynab Jouzi, PhD Candidate in Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
  • Ian McGregor, Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics, NCSU
Diane Haase
Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service;
Editor, Tree Planters’ Notes

Diane is a member of the national Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources team ( She provides technical expertise to nurseries in the 17 western states and the American-affiliated Pacific islands by assisting nursery managers and other plant professionals on a variety of issues pertaining to seedling production, native plant restoration, and forest regeneration. Prior to working for the Forest Service, she worked at Oregon State University for 20 years doing reforestation and nursery research. She has published numerous scientific articles and technical papers and is co-author of the book Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants. In addition, she is the Editor for Tree Planters’ Notes, a journal that has been dedicated to publication of information relating to nursery production and outplanting of trees, shrubs, and native plants for reforestation, conservation, and restoration since 1950. 

James B Friday
Extension Forester, University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service

J. B. Friday is the extension forester for the University of Hawaii. He works with landowners, tree farmers, and professional foresters throughout the state on topics including forest health, restoration of native forests, silviculture of Hawaii & native Acacia koa, and agroforestry. Dr. Friday earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Forestry (MF) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in agriculture from the University of Hawaii. In addition to working in Hawaii. Dr. Friday has also done projects in Guam, Micronesia, the Philippines, and East Timor.

Guiraldo C. Fernandez Jr.

Affiliate Faculty, Institute of Tropical Ecology and Environmental Management, Visayas State University

Guiraldo Fernandez is an affiliate faculty member of the Institute of Tropical Ecology and Environmental Management (ITEEM) of Visayas State University. He is the former Head of the Department of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences and was recently appointed as the Secretary to the VSU Board of Regents. He has a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Tropical Ecology at VSU. He has conducted significant research on social aspects of rainforestation and presented his findings in international and national conferences, published in peer reviewed journals, and textbooks. He was a research fellow at the McLean Center for the Study of Culture and Values in the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., USA, in 2019 and is currently participating in Yale School of Environment’s year-long, online certificate course “Tropical Forests Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use.”

Sarah Wilson

University of Victoria

Ruth Metzel
Global Restoration Lead, Conservation International
Vice President, Global ISTF
Dewi Rizki

Programme Director for Sustainable Development Governance Strategic Focus

Ms Rizki is a natural resource management expert with GIS and REDD+ background with more than 25 years of experience.   Her debut was inititating the National Spatial Data Indonesia in 1998 together with Geospatioal Information Agency, Ministry of Forestry, Public Works and other related ministries in Indonesia.  Graduated from Edinburgh University Scotland – UK for her Masters Degree in 1995, actively involved in REDD+ initiative  since 2008 until present.  She led PT Wana Hijau Nusantara as the Ecosystem Restoration Company set up by  Macquarie Bank Australia and Fauna Flora International – UK.  Currently, she is the Programme Director for Sustainable Development Governance for Strategic Focus of The Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia.