David M. Landholm
David M. Landholm is a Consultant at Climate Focus. His work focuses on research, advisory and implementation projects related to tropical deforestation drivers, sustainable agriculture and Greenhouse Gas accounting methodologies.
He is also a Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) since 2015 and has worked on numerous scientific publications and international research projects focused on climate change mitigation. He has experience investigating proximate and underlying drivers of tropical deforestation and associated greenhouse gas emissions across different spatial scales, from farm-scale assessments to cross-country global analyses.
Part of his research has focused on solutions for climate change mitigation, including climate-smart agriculture options in the land use sector or, more broadly, the role of local grassroots organizations in promoting behavioral lifestyle changes across the energy, food, transport and waste sectors. Most of his work has focused on quantitative and spatially-explicit approaches and has included the development of GHG accounting methodologies. He continues to act as a reviewer for several scientific journals.
David has lived and worked in Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany, and has research experience collaborating with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia and Vietnam. In his free time, he enjoys reading, swimming, surfing and playing the guitar.
David is finalizing his PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and holds a degree from the Technic University of Madrid (MEng in forest and environmental engineering).