The Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) aims to increase understanding and implementation of climate-smart forest management, which inextricably links climate change mitigation and adaptation. The program focuses on activities that advance best practice implementation, promote robust and inter-disciplinary understanding of forest benefits and co-benefits, and develop and nurture balanced perspectives that include working forests and forest products as a part of the climate change solution. These objectives are achieved through working with strategic partners to better communicate and bring attention to key topics, create educational content and programming, and bridge dialogue gaps on carbon and climate topics related to forests and forested lands.  

The FCCP was established to connect professionals, natural resource managers,decision-makers, students, and the broader public with the value of forested lands and forest products in addressing climate change. Extensive expertise in forest conservation guides the program's focus, in addition to local, regional, and international relationships with entities engaged in the utilization and protection of forests and related ecosystems. 

Current FCCP Activities 

The FCCP's work can be categorized in four activity areas: 

  1. Formal Education: The Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management
  2. Non-formal Education: Short courses, workshops, and webinars that are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs)
  3. Contracts & Grants: Collaborative project-based work with strategic partners
  4. Stakeholder Engagement: Meeting and event participation, published writing, and engagement through the Forest Carbon & Climate Program Community 

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About Our Team


Lauren Cooper

Screen Shot 2020-01-09 at 10.58.19 AMLauren Cooper is the Program Director for the MSU FCCP. Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking and her favorite places in the world are Andean mountains, cloud forests, and the Amazon basin in Peru and Ecuador. Lauren studied at Wayne State University for Undergrad, the University of Michigan for two Masters, MSU for Ph.D. Lauren has two beautiful children and says she plans to ensure they can speak at least 1 language fluently other than English. 


Kylie Clay

Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 12.19.51 PMKylie Clay is the Associate Director, US and Canada Lead, for the FCCP team. Her favorite outdoor activities are hiking and picnicking. Kylie’s favorite place in the work is the Acadia National Park, both for the forests and the lobster. She got her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington with a focus on the political economy of natural resource governance and her MSc in Political Economy and Political Science, London School of Economics. Kylie has her BA in Political Science and French, from the University of Michigan.


Daphna Gadoth-Goodman

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Daphna is the Program Coordinator for the FCCP Team. She enjoys exploring parks and trails with her dog. Daphna’s favorite place in the world is the dunes on Michigan’s west coast. She has her BS in Forestry with a Minor in Entomology in MS Forestry, both from MSU. Daphna has a passion for trees and forests and hopes to inspire others to see the benefits of protecting our natural environment for ourselves and future generations.



 Chad Papa

Chad PapaChad Papa is a research assistant with FCCP, he helps build learning materials for ongoing education for natural resource professionals and landowners, along with assist in carbon policy research. Chad’s favorite outdoor activity is running on trails and his favorite place in the world is Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. More recently, Chad completed a M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Forestry at Michigan State. Chad has a background in horticulture and loves growing epiphytes at home, specifically orchids and bromeliads.


Em Esch

Emily 2Em is the Professional Aide with FCCP, assisting with online learning and design.  Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking new trails. Em's favorite place in the world is Lake City, Michigan where she vacations with her family and enjoys time spent on the water and by the bonfire. Em received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Michigan State University. In her free time, she enjoys making arts and crafts which are often inspired by nature. 

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Bridgeen Shapton

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Bridgeen Shapton is the Communications Assistant for MSU FCCP. Her favorite outdoor activity is running outside on the trails in Northern Michigan. Bridgeen’s favorite place in the world is Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bridgeen is currently a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Marketing and Graphic Design.


Rotating Featured Faculty:

David MacFarlane


David's favorite outdoor activity is bird watching; birds respond intimately to the climate in ways humans cannot comprehend. David is a Professor of Forest Measurements and Modeling and has developed many research and teaching applications related to understanding forest carbon storage. His favorite place is the outdoors, immersed in nature, wherever he is in the world. David has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Cook College.