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Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is also a Ramanujan Fellow and Executive Director of the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. She has a Ph.D in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University (2008), a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Yale (2003), and, B.S (Environmental Science) and B.A (Geography) degrees from the University of Florida (2001). Dr. Karanth's research in India has spanned over 14 years, and encompasses a broad range of issues examining human dimensions of wildlife conservation. She has conducted macro-level studies assessing patterns of mammal extinctions in India, impacts of wildlife tourism in reserves, consequences of voluntary resettlement and, more recently, on understanding ecological and social dimensions of human-wildlife conflicts and land use change. She has published over 45 scientific and popular articles. She has received grants and awards from the US National Science Foundation, Indian Government, Society for Conservation Biology, National Geographic Society as well as Yale, Duke, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and University of Cambridge. She was honored as National Geographic Society's 10,000th grantee in 2011 and selected as National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2012. Krithi was also selected to be among India's Power Women by Femina (2012) and Women of the Year by Elle India (2013). She was recognized by University of Florida as an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2013 and is an INK Fellow for 2013.
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