Trisha Gopalakrishna

Trisha’s doctoral research explores the tradeoffs and synergies between climate change mitigation, biodiversity and water services following restoration of tropical forests. Her research aims to inform the design, implementation and monitoring of successful and scalable restoration efforts that provide multiple ecosystem services under scenarios of future climate change.

Before starting her doctorate studies at the School of Geography and Environment, Trisha worked as an Applied Scientist in the Global Climate Change program at The Nature Conservancy in Washington D.C, quantifying the potential of forest systems and other “Natural Climate Solutions” to mitigate climate change. Specifically, her work identified opportunities for reforestation and “climate smart” logging practices, globally and in key countries in the tropics. Her scientific work at the Conservancy informed international and country specific climate related policies and on-the-ground conservation efforts.

Trisha holds a Masters in Environmental Management, with a focus on Ecosystem Science and Conservation from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.  She is certified in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and primarily uses GIS, remote sensed imagery and statistical methods in her research. For her Master’s research, she quantified the composition, diversity and structure of tropical forests under pressures of bushmeat hunting and selective logging in Central Africa (Gabon and the Republic of Congo). With a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, she found her calling while doing field work in the Western Ghats of India, that included frog diversity in coffee plantations and traditional ecological knowledge of the indigenous tribes of the Nilgiris.

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