Kemen is a Research Associate in the People and Ecosystems Program. Her work focuses on recognizing and incorporating the value of ecosystem services, in particular the value of tropical forest ecosystems for climate change mitigation, into land use decision making. Kemen currently provides guidance and technical support to several projects at WRI that support forest monitoring and low emissions land use planning.
Prior to joining WRI Kemen worked with The Nature Conservancy to estimate forest carbon and carbon changes due to small holder agricultural production in the Adelbert Mountains of Papua New Guinea. This work included providing training on community-based forest mapping and monitoring to local stakeholders.
Kemen holds an MA and a BSc in environmental science from Brown University where her research included quantifying terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes due to residential development in New Hampshire, and due to mangrove wood extraction in Sulawesi, Indonesia.