Laarman International Gift Fund

The Laarman International Gift Fund (LIGF) was established in January 2010 to support creative and important international research by graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University. Any graduate student enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree program in FER is eligible for funding from the LIGF.

In 2018, we expect to award two LIGF grants to graduate students in DFER for international field research.  We may award only one or as many as four grants.  The amount requested can range from $500 to $5000, although we are most likely to award grants of less than $3500. For priority consideration apply by January 16, 2018.

View the 2018 Laarman International Gift Fund Announcement and Application Instructions here. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Steve McKeand.

About Dr. Laarman

Dr. Jan Laarman has long been at the forefront of policy and economics of natural resources. After receiving his B.S. from University of Michigan in Forestry and Natural Resources, Dr. Laarman earned an M.A., an M.S., and a PhD from UC Berkley. In addition to his 18 years as an NCSU professor, Dr. Laarman has has been a Deputy Director-General of the World Agroforestry Center and a Senior Manager of the International Resources Group. With the International Resources Group, Dr. Laarman’s efforts were directed towards environmental projects in Central America and Egypt.  In 2008, Dr. Laarman founded Terra Viva Grants, a nonprofit organization that disseminates information on funding sources to support work on natural resources, agriculture, energy, and the environment in the developing world. Dr. Laarman’s goal with Terra Viva Grants is to help people all over the world find project funding for work in developing countries. As part of his efforts to promote education and research on environmental issues in developing countries, Dr. Laarman established the Laarman International Gift Fund (LIGF) in 2010 to promote international research by FER graduate students. Thus, Dr. Laarman remains an integral part of NCSU’s research and education efforts in the international realm.

Student Activities funded by the Laarman International Gift Fund (LIGF)

The LIGF has already touched the lives of many. Click on the links below to read about the graduate student experiences that have been support by this fund:

  • Marketa Zimova – Climate Change Adaptation in Mountain Hares. 2016.
  • Chelsey Walden-Schreiner – Digital Footprints in Conservation Areas: Incorporating Volunteered Geographic Information for Forest and Natural Resources Management. 2016.
  • David Solis – Impact of Inspections on Compliance with the Forestry Law in Peru. 2016.
  • Scott Beck – The Ecosystem Service Potential of Urbanizing South Africa: Exploring Community ES Demand Dynamics. 2015.
  • Natasha James –  Participation and Additionality: The Impact of Auctions on Payment for Ecosystem Services Outcomes in Costa Rica. 2015.
  • Brian Bulla – Exploring Vulnerability to Climate Change: Lessons Learned through Multiple Methodologies and Local Knowledge. 2015.
  • Kristin Frew – Partnerships to study and build international environmental literacy in the Bahamas. 2015.
  • Mathilde Perez-Huet – Can North Korea recreate South Korea’s reforestation success story. 2014-2015.
  • Andrew D. McEachran was able to travel to two international research conferences to present his research thanks to support from the Zobel Endowment. The 11th International Phytotechnology Conference in Heraklion, Crete, Greece and the 35th Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2014.
  • Christopher Serenari – Conservation and Development in Chilean Patagonia: Assessing Value Orientations, Cultural Truths, and Rural Change in the Context of Public and Private Protected Areas. 2014.
  • Marketa Zimova. Can camouflage keep up with climate change? Scotland/Sweden. 2014.
  • Sarah Wiener – Traditional Natural Resource Use and Modern Lifestyles in the Post-Apartheid Era; Age and Attitudinal Changes in Bushbuckridge, South Africa
  • Alicia Raimondi – Determinants and Impacts of Tourism Participation: Assessing Ecotourism in a National Forest of the Brazilian Amazon. 2013.
  • Cody Burnett – Evaluation of the Conservation Education Program in Serra Malagueta Natural Park, Cape Verde. 2013.
  • Christopher Serenari. The Drivers of Large-Scale Private Conservation and Livelihood Change in Chile. Los Rios, Chile. 2013.
  • Christopher Serenari and Brian Bulla. Traditional and Formal Water Governance along Kruger National Park: Examining the Role and Significance of Local Water Governance Regimes. HaMakuya, Limpopo, South Africa. 2012.
  • Alicia Raimondi. Resident Participation and Impacts of Tourism: Assessing Ecotourism in a National Forest of the Brazilian Amazon. Tapajós National Forest, Pará, Brazil. 2012.
  • Sarah Wiener (jointly funded by Zobel Endowment). Generational perceptions of woodlands and fuelwood in Bushbuckridge, South Africa. Bushbuckridge, South Africa. 2012.
  • Simon Hall Beef Production in Brazil: Willingness to Pay for Sustainable Ranching. Curitiba, Paraná. 2011.
  • Cody Burnett. Conservation Education in Cape Verde. Serra Malagueta Natural Park, Santiago Island, Cape Verde.
  • Diane Cooper. Sustainable Strategies of Biomass Harvesting: From North Carolina to Sweden. Sweden. 2010.
  • Liwei Lin. Indonesia Field Study. Bogor, Indonesia. 2010.
  • Research funded by the LIGF has also led to MS theses and PhD dissertations by Brian BullaCody BurnettDiane CooperSimon HallLiwei LinAlicia RaimondiChristopher Serenari, and Sarah Wiener.