Ankita is a first-year PhD student from India. She aims to conduct research to facilitate evidence-based conservation and to direct community-driven management of natural resources.


Prior to coming to Duke, she worked on securing elephant corridors in India through different land-securement strategies including community-led conservation, land purchase, legal securement etc. Most recently, she worked on mapping and managing wetlands in an agricultural landscape using community engagement and policy measures.  In what seems like a different lifetime, she worked as a software engineer conducting analytics and optimisation research and dabbled in bioinformatics research. Ankita’s current research interests include restoration ecology, community forest management and understanding socio-ecological systems.