What is your previous work experience?
I worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society in India on the impacts of Protected Areas on communities living and around the reserve. Using social science surveys, I analyzed how communities living around the reserves were impacted by human-wildlife conflict. I also explored how the benefits provided under government resettlement programs aligned with the aspirations of the intended beneficiaries.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
Through the Nicholas School curriculum, I knew I would have the chance to explore a breadth of different environmental topics and conservation issues to better understand how I wanted to contribute to the field of conservation. I was also attracted to the toolkit approach of the Ecosystem Science and Conservation track which would ensure that I would have enough depth of experience in a skillset to position myself well as a conservation practitioner.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I would like to learn more about how market-based initiatives can be harnessed to better serve both biodiversity conservation and economic development goals.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am most excited about learning about different environmental policy issues from my peers who have incredibly diverse interests. I think the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural lens offered by the diverse MEM cohort is extremely valuable to my understanding of conservation as a whole.
What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I hope to work with governments and private companies to mitigate the biodiversity impact of their projects and create interventions that serve both communities and conservation.
Thanks to the Nicholas Scholars program, specifically the Field Fellowship Fund, for supporting my passion for public policy and biodiversity conservation!
Biodiversity Conservation, International development, Community Based Environmental Management, Payment for Ecosystem Services