"The University Scholars Program presents a unique, exciting opportunity for undergraduates such as myself to delve deeply into the complex world of research here at the University of Florida. Not only are scholars encouraged and facilitated in carrying out their projects, they are provided with the opportunity to learn from their peers conducting research across the breadth of fields at the university. As a Scholar, my goal was to dive into the world of geographic research by working in the field and to soak up as much knowledge as the opportunity afforded me."
Conservation of natural resources, protected areas management, confluence of terrestrial ecosystems and climate change, conservation biology, plant-animal interactions, and community and population ecology.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Partners in the Parks Honors Scholarship
- National Merit Scholar
- UF TRIP
- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Sierra Club Inner-City Outings.
Hobbies and Interests
- Outdoors, backpacking, traveling, reading, and learning about animals.
Species Conservation and Rural Livelihoods: Crafting a Community Management Plan in Botswana
In northern Botswana people, policy, and wildlife are positioned at a critical nexus for community and conservation development. The livelihoods of the rural Botswanans have undergone dramatic shifts over time; the once hunter gatherers transitioned to agriculturists in the late 20th century and are now obtaining a substantial source of income and nourishment in the tourism and hunting of wild species (Child et al. 2010). Currently, the primary principle guiding livelihood practices is Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). CBNRM is the management of natural resources under a detailed plan developed and agreed upon by all concerned stakeholders, rendering communities the primary implementers of said plan (USAID 2000). The practice aims to provide the area with revenue and employment, decrease economic susceptibility to climate variation, and promote wildlife conservation as a means of perpetuating an income source. Following, a carefully constructed management plan is critical to the successful implementation of CBNRM. My project is the creation of a community management plan for the Sankuyo Village community. This will entail the communication and collaboration of Botswana stakeholders including government, the private sector, local NGOs, community members, community leaders and academics. Post-creation of the management plan, I will conduct an exhaustive literature review to aid my analysis of the downfalls, triumphs, and future points of consideration in the process of creating a management plan, a cornerstone of CBNRM principle. This study has significant implications for future policy and practice in Northern Botswana regarding charismatic megafuana management and the livelihood sources of villagers, and results will indicate the sustainability of current and future conservation measures, specifically that of CBNRM practice.