I am a third year Phd student focusing on humanitarian aid and human-wildlife conflict. I believe that addressing the needs and priorities of local populations (including food security, access to medical and educational institutions, and safe and reliable employment) is vital to advancing conservation efforts, both in Madagascar and around the world.
My dissertation uses a combination of ethnographic interviews, dietary journals, and zooarcheological resources to understand the factors that drive the hunting and consumption of wild animals in Madagascar. I want to generate a more comprehensive knowledge of how people respond to economic and financial stress, and how they make decisions to provide for themselves and their families. I also want to assess the rates and consequences of hunting within and around Kirindy Mitea National Park. I believe such data is necessary for the creation of effective policy that benefits people and wildlife.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com Mailing Address: Katharine ETH Thompson The Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) in Biological Anthropology Dept. of Anthropology, Stony Brook University Circle Road, SBS Bldg N-543 Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364