Tackling Sustainability Issues in Africa
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Did you miss our panel on conducting research in Africa during a pandemic? Watch our recording to hear from CSU students and professors about how they are adapting their research to the realities of COVID-19.
Have you checked out Field Notes? Our communication platform is a combination of blog posts and podcasts with researchers at CSU.
In this installment of Field Notes, we chat with PhD student Martha Bierut. Martha completed her MSc in Conservation Leadership at Colorado State University in 2019, and she is currently a PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Dr. Jon Salerno and Dr. Jen Solomon’s labs in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department. As a conservation social scientist, Martha’s research explores elephant management and polycentric governance. In our interview, we talk about how she found her way to social science, the importance of collaborative research, and more.
In the latest installment of Field Notes, we chat with Masters student Monica Lasky, who is working with Dr. Sara Bombaci in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Her research in Kruger National Park, South Africa uses human voice playbacks and camera traps to experimentally test how wildlife respond to anthropogenic disturbance. We speak about her recent trip to South Africa for ecological field research, some of the challenges of conducting cross-cultural research, and her achievement in receiving an NSF GRFP award.
Our latest instalment of Field Notes is an interview with Dr. Matt Luizza, a program officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Africa Branch. Matt completed his PhD at CSU, and now serves as the lead to the Africa Branch on issues of pastoralism, transhumance, community-based conservation, and conflict-conservation dynamics in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel. In our conversation with Matt, we talk about his work supporting African elephant conservation, his reflections on the complexity and importance of ethical conservation, and the latest trends in conservation that have caught his attention.