Alumnus, High Altitudes
M.S. in Resource Conservation, University of Montana
Certificate in International Conservation and Development, University of Montana
Certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Centre for Natural Resource Conflict Resolution, University of Montana
B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine
I’ve spent the last 10 years educating, volunteering and working in the field of wildlife conservation. My primary research interests lie in conservation biology, specifically, in understanding the human-wildlife confluence and its drastically changing relationship with surrounding landscapes. My thesis research was conducted in communities of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in Uttarakhand. There, I looked into the benefits and barriers of involving local communities in the management of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
My previous research includes work with various vertebrate and invertebrate species. Some of my experiences include: range and population estimation of Siberian tigers in the Primorsky-Krai region of Russia; human-black bear conflict mitigation in the sequoia forests of California and assessing habitats for big horn sheep and desert tortoise presence in the Mojave desert of California.
My current research focuses on developing and facilitating multiple stakeholder collaboration to pilot snow leopard friendly herding practices in Ladakh. This effort will also aim to establish base line information of the ungulate populations in the region.