Frank Merry

Senior Resident Fellow, Washington, DC

Frank Merry, Ph.D. joined CSF in 2017 as a Senior Research Fellow. Prior to this Frank was a Research Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Department of Forests and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. Frank also served as a Director at Alianca da Terra, a Brazilian non-profit organization (www.aliancadaterra.org) focused on improving agricultural production in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado. He has published numerous articles on land and forest economics, including topics ranging from forest policy and timber trade to the economics of smallholders and cattle ranching. At Alianca da Terra, Frank was responsible for institutional strengthening and fundraising. Previously, as a research scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, Frank was the lead economist on the Amazon Scenarios Project— a multi-institutional land use change modeling project. Frank has wide-ranging experience in international development and more than 15 years of work in the Amazon region. He is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and has worked or conducted research in Bolivia, Brazil, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, and Trinidad. Frank speaks Portuguese and Spanish, lives in Carrboro, North Carolina and has two daughters. He is a recreational cyclist and occasional surfer, but his spare time is mostly spent taking his daughters to swim meets and school events.