Nguyen, Thi Phuong Mai was born in Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, in 1982. She graduated bachelor degree in 2004 and master degree in 2006 of environmental science in Hanoi University of Sciences (HUS), Hanoi National University (HNU), Hanoi, Vietnam. Since October 2004, she worked as lecturer and researcher in faculty of Environment and Earth Sciences at Thai Nguyen University of Sciences (TNUS), and was header of Environment Management Department between 2010 and 2012. From October 2011 to June 2016, she worked as doctoral student in Department of Natural Conservation and Landscape Planning, Faculty of Forest Science and Forest Ecology, Goerg-August Goettingen University, Germany. After studying and researching in Germany, she continues working in TNUS and focuses on forest ecosystem services, human ecology, natural resource management and conservation, sustainable development in middle and mountain areas in Vietnam, response and adaption with climate change.