Krithi Karanth

Associate Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth joined WCS India program in 2012. She is an Associate Conservation Scientist at WCS New York. She is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Teaching Faculty at NCBS and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. She obtained her Masters in Environmental Science from Yale in 2003 and Doctorate in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University in 2008. Dr. Karanth’s research spans over 20 years and encompasses a broad range of issues examining human dimensions of wildlife conservation in Asia. She has conducted macro-level studies assessing patterns of bird, mammal and amphibian distributions and extinctions, impacts of wildlife tourism in reserves, consequences of voluntary resettlement, land use change and understanding human-wildlife interactions. This has resulted in 45 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 37 popular articles in English and Kannada. She has received grants and awards from the US National Science Foundation, Indian Government, SNAPP, Oracle, National Geographic Society, Rufford as well as Yale, Duke, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and University of Cambridge. Dr. Karanth has served on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Since 2010, she has has mentored over 80 young scientists and engaged > 500 citizen science volunteers in her research and conservation projects. Dr. Karanth was honoured by National Geographic Society’s as their 10,000th grantee in 2011 and Emerging Explorer for 2012. She was also selected to be among India’s Power Women by Femina (2012) and Women of the Year by Elle India (2013). She was University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumnus and INK Fellow in 2013. In 2015, the World Economic Forum chose her as a Young Global Leader and in 2017, Vogue-India recognised her among the Women of the Year.