— MA Geography, CSU, Long Beach
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As a first generation college student, I struggled freshman year and moved from major to major. My sophomore year I decided to take a break and register for "fun classes," and take time to find out what I really wanted to do. One of these classes was World Regional Geography. Within the first few minutes of class I realized "I can do this," and from that moment on I have been on a path towards a career in academic geography. After graduating from Texas Christian University, I attended California State University, Long Beach for my Masters in Geography.
One of my greatest passions is to assuage the rapid decline of wild tigers. My entire life I have been drawn to tigers and also aware of their endangered species status; their current numbers are within the 3000-3700 range.
My PhD research interests are focused on understanding the importance of local community conservation and forest restoration efforts in the fight to keep tigers from extinction. In particular, how community leaders influence local attitudes towards protected areas, conservation, forest restoration, and activities like community forestry and community action against poachers or illegal settlers.
Other research interests: smart green infrastructure corridors for biodiversity preservation, traditional knowledge and religious influence in local conservation efforts, intersection of transnational social movements and tourism, preventative spatial separation in tiger-human conflict, and community led anti-poaching groups
"The geographer is, or should be, the greatest insect that carries pollen from field to field."
Nevin M. Fenneman