Dr. Kerchner has twenty years of experience leading conservation finance projects with government, academia, and the private sector on domestic and international sustainable forestry initiatives. He is the co-founder of Reserva Zorzal, a 1,019 acre bird sanctuary and organic cacao farm in the Dominican Republic, where he specializes in the technical aspects of cacao agronomy, fermentation and drying as well being tasked with cocoa business development responsibilities. Dr. Kerchner’s landscape scale forest conservation initiatives in cocoa producing countries has been funded and recognized by the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, among others. He holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, an M.S. in Forest Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Vermont.
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