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Tarsh Thekaekara

MSc, University of Oxford

PhD, British Open University

I am a researcher-conservationist interested in more human inclusive models of nature conservation. I have a PhD from the British Open University on Human-Elephant Coexistence, and an MSc from the University of Oxford. In addition to my affiliation with Dakshin Foundation, I am also associated with The Shola Trust and the National Centre for Biological Sciences. My area of research and intervention include work on Lantana camara – mapping it across South Indian Parks, while also looking at how communities can use the plant in various ways. My work also involves investigating how people and elephants share space, particularly in the Gudalur region in the Nilgiris, and finding ways to minimise negative interactions.