Avery Cohn is dedicated to producing scientific evidence inspired to inform governance for addressing and coping with environmental change. Much of his research focuses on the future of agriculture and forests in a changing climate in developing countries. Avery’s research is often quantitative, has involved mixed methods, and often involves the study of interactions between earth systems, human behavior, and institutions. He favors empirical research when possible and often collects or assembles novel datasets to overcome data gaps in the regions that he studies. He has worked on topics including the governance of deforestation, projects to promote sustainable intensification of agricultural production, food loss reduction, the resilience of diversified farming systems, crop pests in a changing climate, and the value of forests for the natural resource economy via local and regional climate regulation. He has published papers in journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Conservation Letters, ERL, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS.

Avery directs the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School.


Ph.D.; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; University of California, Berkeley

M.E.Sc.; School of Forestry; Yale University

B.S.; Environmental and Resource Sciences (with distinction); University of California, Davis

Prospective Students

Avery is looking for students to join his research group to pursue closely related areas of research. If you think you might be interested, please read more about his past research and research interests here. If you would like to inquire about applying to work with him, please email him a summary of your research interests and attach a CV/resume.

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William R. Moomaw Assistant Professor of International Environment and Resource Policy

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avery DOT cohn AT tufts DOT edu

+1 (510) 410 3731

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