Member since: October 24, 2011
I'm studying the behavior and ecology of Asian elephants in Sri Lanka, asking how people and wildlife can peacefully coexist. I started and run my own field site in Sri Lanka for my graduate research. Now I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University where I will be looking at how the behavior and conservation challenges faced by Asian elephants compare to those faced by African savannah elephants. Having finished my Ph.D, I am planning to expand my research to study how people, particularly farmers, live alongside elephants in hopes of helping to mitigate conflicts between the two. I'm also very interested in working with students to raise awareness of the natural world both in Sri Lanka and the U.S. To do this, I’ve created the Elephant Forest and Environment Conservation Trust (EFECT), in Sri Lanka.
When I'm not thinking of elephants, I enjoy painting and being outdoors or travelling whenever I get a chance. At the moment I split my time between three beautiful places - Somerville/Cambridge Massachusetts, Fort Collins Colorado, and Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka.