Dr Lera Miles has worked on climate change and biodiversity issues since 1997, joining the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in 2002. Her current focus is on ensuring co-benefits, such as biodiversity conservation, from reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD, now REDD+). This includes work on behalf of the UN-REDD Programme, both at a global scale and with pilot countries.
Since 2007, she has played a lead role within the UNEP-WCMCs Climate Change and Biodiversity programme, whose outputs have included spatial analysis of the coincidence of carbon and biodiversity values, a rapid assessment for the UK Eliasch review on the potential for carbon emissions from global deforestation, and a review of the linkages between protected areas, livelihoods and the REDD discussions.
Previously, Lera has worked on the possible impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and on forest fragmentation, great ape conservation, and various scenario exercises, including as part of the GLOBIO biodiversity modeling consortium. Climate impact modeling formed the basis of her PhD, which focused on the potential distributional response of Amazonian plant species to change. For scientific publications, please see: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-7334-2009