Evert Thomas

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International

Evert Thomas is an Associate Scientist at Bioversity International where he researches the conservation and sustainable use of the genetic diversity of trees, using distribution modeling, spatial diversity analysis, genetics, ethnobiology, archaeology and social science. He has worked on timber and non-timber trees including Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa), cacao (Theobroma cacao), abarco (Cariniana pyriformis), peach palm (Bactris gasipaes) and coauthored the Strategic Action Plan to strengthen the conservation and use of Mesoamerican plant genetic resources to adapt agriculture to climate change. Mr. Evert is currently leading a project that aims to develop restoration protocols that incorporate genetic considerations and anticipate the effects of climate change.