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Miroslav Honzak

Miroslav Honzak

Former Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Professor of Practice, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Former Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Professor of Practice, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Senior Director, Moore Center for Science, Conservation International; Leads research in scenario analysis and development; Leads the science component of the Blue Energy project that aims to develop and implement viable investment schemes for the hydropower generation sector to maintain/enhance hydrological benefits provided by global cloud forests; Leads biophysical assessment and modeling of ecosystem services for natural capital accounting and mapping, e.g., for the Ecosystem Valuation Assessment (EVA) program which conducted a Moore Foundation funded pilot with the government of Peru; Until recently, under the Moore Innovation Fund, coordinated efforts for the Sustainable Landscapes Forecasting Lab project that developed conceptual models for simulating interactions between environmental and human systems to support sustainable development at a landscape level; Also until recently, served as a principal investigator on the Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems (ASSETS) project funded through the UK government’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA) – this project aimed to explicitly quantify the linkages between the ecosystem services and food security and nutritional health for the rural poor living at the forest-agricultural interface in Colombia, Peru and Malawi; In the past, played a key role in the development and application of the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) – an analytical modeling platform developed under National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, for mapping and quantifying ecosystem services.

Professor of Practice, Center of Biodiversity Outcomes, Arizona State University; Contributes towards integration of scholarship across Arizona State University in interdisciplinary teams with an aim to: 1) protect biodiversity, 2) promote sustainable development, particularly in food production and fisheries and 3) train the next generation of conservation biologists.


  • PhD, Geography, Swansea University, UK
  • MSc, DIC, Remote Sensing, University College London/Imperial College London, UK
  • Ing, Cybernetics, Technical University Brno, Czech Republic


Journal Articles


Neugarten, R. A., M. Honzak, P. Carret, K. Koenig, L. Andriamaro, C. A. Cano, H. S. Grantham, D. Hole, D. Juhn, M. McKinnon, A. Rasolohery, M. Steininger, T. M. Wright and W. R. Turner. 2016. Rapid assessment of ecosystem service co-benefits of biodiversity priority areas in Madagascar. PLoS One 11(12):e0168575. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168575. (link )


Ramirez-Gomez, S. O., C. A. Torres-Vitolas, K. Schreckenberg, M. Honzak, G. S. Cruz-Garcia, S. Willcock, E. Palacios, E. Perez-Minana, P. A. Verweij and G. M. Poppy. 2015. Analysis of ecosystem services provision in the Colombian Amazon using participatory research and mapping techniques. Ecosystem Services 13(Jun):93-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.12.009. (link )


Poppy, G. M., S. Chiotha, F. Eigenbrod, C. A. Harvey, M. Honzak, M. D. Hudson, A. Jarvis, N. J. Madise, K. Schreckenberg, C. M. Shackleton, F. Villa and T. P. Dawson. 2014. Food security in a perfect storm: Using the ecosystem services framework to increase understanding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369(1639):20120288. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0288. (link )

Villa, F., K. J. Bagstad, B. Voigt, G. W. Johnson, R. Portela, M. Honzak and D. Batker. 2014. A methodology for adaptable and robust ecosystem services assessment. PLoS One 9(3):e91001. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091001. (link )


Busch, J., J. A. Ahumada, F. de Koning, C. A. Harvey, J. Hewson, D. G. Hole, M. Honzak, S. N. Panfil, E. Pidgeon, R. Portela, M. Steininger, K. Tabor and W. R. Turner. 2013. Research Spotlight: Designing nature-based mitigation to promote multiple benefits. Journal of Carbon Management 4(2):129-133. DOI: 10.4155/cmt.13.14. (link )

Butler, J. R., G. Y. Wong, D. J. Metcalfe, M. Honzak, P. L. Pert, N. Rao, M. E. van Grieken, T. Lawson, C. Bruce, F. J. Kroon and J. E. Brodie. 2013. An analysis of trade-offs between multiple ecosystem services and stakeholders linked to land use and water quality management in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 180(Nov):176-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2011.08.017. (link )


Pert, P. L., J. R. Butler, J. E. Brodie, C. Bruce, M. Honzak, F. J. Kroon, D. Metcalfe, D. Mitchell and G. Y. Wong. 2010. A catchment-based approach to mapping hydrological ecosystem services using riparian habitat: A case study from the Wet Tropics, Australia. Ecological Complexity 7(3):378-388. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecocom.2010.05.002. (link )

Rogers, H. M., L. Glew, M. Honzak and M. D. Hudson. 2010. Prioritizing key biodiversity areas in Madagascar by including data on human pressure and ecosystem services. Landscape and Urban Planning 96(1):48-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2010.02.002. (link )

Wendland, K. J., M. Honzak, R. Portela, B. Vitale, S. Rubinoff and J. Randrianarisoa. 2010. Targeting and implementing payments for ecosystem services: Opportunities for bundling biodiversity conservation with carbon and water services in Madagascar. Ecological Economics 69(11):2093-2107. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.01.002. (link )


Chomitz, K. M., G. A. de Fonseca, K. Alger, D. M. Stoms, M. Honzak, E. C. Landau, T. S. Thomas, W. W. Thomas and F. Davis. 2006. Viable reserve networks arise from individual landholder responses to conservation incentives. Ecology and Society 11(2):Art. 40. (link )


Lucas, R. M., M. Honzak, I. Do Amaral, P. J. Curran and G. M. Foody. 2002. Forest regeneration on abandoned clearances in central Amazonia. International Journal of Remote Sensing 23(5):965-988. DOI: 10.1080/01431160110069791. (link )


Masek, J. F., M. Honzak, S. N. Goward, P. Liu and E. Pak. 2001. Landsat-7 ETM+ as an observatory for land-cover: Initial radiometric and geometric comparisons with Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper. Remote Sensing of Environment 78(1-2):118-130. DOI: 10.1016/S0034-4257(01)00254-1. (link )


Lucas, R. M., M. Honzak, P. J. Curran, G. M. Foody, R. Milne, T. Brown and S. Amaral. 2000. Mapping the regional extent of tropical forest regeneration stages in the Brazilian Legal Amazon using NOAA AVHRR data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21(15):2855-2881. DOI: 10.1080/01431160050121285. (link )

Lucas, R. M., M. Honzak, P. J. Curran, G. M. Foody and D. T. Nguele. 2000. Characterizing tropical forest regeneration in Cameroon using NOAA AVHRR data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21(5):2831-2854. DOI: 10.1080/01431160050121276. (link )

Book Chapters


Gorenflo, L. J., C. Corson, K. M. Chomitz, G. Harper, M. Honzak and B. Ozler. 2011. Exploring the association between people and deforestation in Madagascar. Pp. 197-224 In: Cincotta, R. P. and L. J. Gorenflo eds., Human Population: Its Influences on Biological Diversity. Springer-Verlag. Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3642167065.


Laporte, N. T., T. S. Lin, J. Lemoigne, D. Devers and M. Honzak. 2004. Towards a operational forest monitoring system for central Africa. In: Gutman, G., A. Janetos, C. O. Justice, E. F. Moran, J. F. Mustard, R. R. Rindfuss, D. Skole, B. L. Turner II and M. A. Cochrane eds., Land Change Science: Observing, Monitoring and Understanding Trajectories of Change on the Earth's Surface. ISBN: 978-9400743069.