Taek Joo Kim is a Senior Forester and Biometrician with Aster Global Environmental Solutions. In this role, he focuses on meeting the internal and external client objectives in the fields of forest inventory and sampling, growth and yield modeling, and directly in support of offset validation/verification projects.
With Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry, Mr. Kim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. He is a broadly trained forest biometrician with an extensive knowledge in a variety of areas in forestry, where he especially specializes in spatial modeling and analysis. Prior to joining Aster Global, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station where he took the position after receiving a Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. His other previous work was with an international cooperation team at the Climate Change Center of Korea Green Foundation and an internship at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Mr. Kim has been extensively involved in multiple research projects around the world including projects for the U.S. Forest Service, North Carolina State University, Korea Environment Institute, and Yale University/The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He has authored and co-authored numerous scholastic publications and has been a regular presenter of his research findings. His research works are diverse including an analysis of forest land use response to wood product markets in the southeastern U.S., a spatial statistical analysis project of spacing and genetic effects on loblolly pine plantation, a development of payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme for genetic reserve forest in South Korea, and a reforestation project to control invasive sugarcane species in the Panama Canal Watershed.