Dr. Cory Whitney

Dr. Cory Whitney


University of Bonn


I use collaborative research and holistic analysis approaches to describe systems and model decision impact pathways. I work with diverse groups including policy makers, researchers, food activists, small-scale farmers and indigenous communities. I seek to address sustainability issues that are of direct relevance to these groups and to offer new lenses through which to view the development process. My work is related to decision analysis, agroforestry and agrobiodiversity.

  • Decision Analysis
  • Human Ecology
  • Ethnobotany
  • PhD in Agricultural Sciences, 2018

    University of Kassel

  • MSc in Sustainable International Agriculture/International Organic Agriculture, 2011

    George-August University Göttingen/University of Kassel

  • BA in Human Ecology, 2003

    College of the Atlantic


Postdoctoral researcher
University of Bonn, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), Horticulture Institute
Apr 2018 – Present Bonn, Germany
Teaching graduate courses, graduate student supervision, project management
Guest researcher
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Oct 2016 – Present Bonn, Germany
Teaching interdisciplinary graduate courses in programming and modeling.
Scientific staff
Hochschule Rhein-Waal
Nov 2013 – Jun 2017 Kleve, Germany
Teaching undergraduate courses in horticulture.


(2023). Allometric Models for Aboveground Biomass Estimation of Small Trees and Shrubs in African Savanna Ecosystems. Trees, Forests and People, pp. 100377, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tfp.2023.100377.

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(2022). Profitability of Farm-Scale Management Strategies against the Boll Weevil in the Tropics: Case Study from the Colombian Caribbean. Journal of Pest Science, (95), 2, pp. 931–947, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-021-01409-9.

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(2022). Agroforestry and Reforestation with the Gold Standard-Decision Analysis of a Voluntary Carbon Offset Label. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, (27), 2, pp. 17, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-021-09992-z.

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(2022). Decision Analysis of Agro-Climate Service Scaling extendash A Case Study in Dien Bien District, Vietnam. Climate Services, (27), pp. 100313, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2022.100313.

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(2022). Farm-Planning under Risk: An Application of Decision Analysis and Portfolio Theory for the Assessment of Crop Diversification Strategies in Horticultural Systems. Agricultural Systems, (199), pp. 103409, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2022.103409.

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