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Jeffrey Milder

  • Ph.D.
  • Lead Scientist
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • 29PublicationsNumber of items in Jeffrey's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 21Followers

Recent publications

  • Conserving biodiversity through certification of tropical agroforestry crops at local and landscape scales

    • Tscharntke T
    • Milder J
    • Schroth G
    • et al.
  • Integrated landscape management for agriculture, rural livelihoods, and ecosystem conservation: An assessment of experience from Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Estrada-Carmonaa N
    • Hart A
    • DeClerck F
    • et al.

Professional experience

Lead Scientist

Rainforest Alliance

November 2012 - Present

Director of Research

EcoAgriculture Partners

January 2010 - November 2012(3 years)

MS/PhD Student

Cornell University

August 2003 - January 2010(6 years)

Research Associate

EcoAgriculture Partners

January 2006 - December 2009(4 years)

Associate Faculty Member

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

June 2007 - June 2009(2 years)

Faculty Associate

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

January 2003 - January 2005(2 years)

Manager of Planning Services

Daylor Consulting Group

October 1997 - July 2003(6 years)



Cornell University (Natural Resources)

June 2005 - January 2010(5 years)


Cornell University (Natural Resources)

August 2003 - May 2005(2 years)


Harvard University (Earth Sciences)

September 1993 - May 1997(4 years)


My core interest is in understanding, evaluating, and improving models of sustainable development that simultaneously protect ecosystems and advance human wellbeing. In recent years, my research has focused on four specific conservation and sustainable development approaches: 1) “conservation development” real-estate patterns in suburban, exurban, and rural regions of the United States; 2) “landscape approaches” to integrating food production with biodiversity conservation, principally in the tropics; 3) agroecological farming systems that manage natural resources to enhance productivity and sustainability of agriculture; and 4) sustainability standards and certification in the agriculture and forestry sectors. I typically approach these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective, working as part of teams to understand social, economic, and ecological dimensions. I currently serve as Lead Scientist for the Rainforest Alliance, a nongovernmental organization based in New York City that works around the world to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by supporting improved land-use practices and business practices, primarily in the agriculture, forestry, and tourism sectors. In this role, I design and lead monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment of the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability standards and projects, spanning the organization’s project portfolio in agriculture (pan-tropical), forestry (boreal, temperate, and tropical), and tourism (Neotropical). I also collaborate with research partners from other organizations on broader efforts to assess and improve the effectiveness and impacts of voluntary sustainability standards and other sustainable development strategies. Finally, I support the Rainforest Alliance’s programs to incorporate best available scientific evidence into the organization’s sustainability standards, training programs, and overall strategy.