Nicholas is a forest ecologist specialising in the quantification and monitoring of carbon stocks and biodiversity in forestry and land-use projects. He has provided technical assistance to the development of Plan Vivo, Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS), and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, including reduced emissions deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), improved forest management (IFM), and quantification of carbon sequestration from agroforestry. He specialises in the development and implementation of monitoring, assessment and verification processes and methodologies, and in training community technicians and local stakeholders to carry them out. Nicholas completed a PhD at the University of Leeds where his research investigated the impacts of selective logging on biodiversity in Borneo, and the potential for carbon sequestration in regenerating forests. Prior to this Nicholas worked as a technical consultant on forestry and land-use projects in Tanzania, the Philippines, Brazil, and Indonesia, and obtained a Masters degree in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York. Nicholas is the current chair of the Plan Vivo Technical Advisory Panel.