Frank is a natural resource economist with more than 25 years’ experience working on large-scale land use change and its impact on people and the environment. In addition to a deep understanding of land use issues, he is skilled in strategic program design and implementation. During his decades of fieldwork, he has engaged equally with frontier households, government, and the private sector. Throughout his career, Frank has worked primarily in Latin America, but also more recently in Africa and Indonesia.
Before joining Climate Focus, Frank was an independent consultant, serving the World Bank and the IDB, among others. Prior to that he was Research Associate Professor in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech where he conducted modeling on large-scale land use systems with a focus on the Amazon River Basin. He also served as Administrative Director for the Brazilian non-profit Aliança da Terra, an institution dedicated to lessening the environmental impacts of agricultural production on the Amazon frontier. Previously he served for two years in the Environment Program at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as Program Officer and eight years at the Woods Hole Research Center, where he was Lead Economist for the Amazon Scenarios Program.
Frank holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Florida, a MSc in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech, and a BSc in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He is widely published, with more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. From Trinidad and Tobago, he is a native English speaker, but is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is a recreational cyclist and occasional surfer, when time permits.