Dr. Krithi Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist at at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Adjunct Faculty at Duke and National Centre for Biological Sciences and an Explorer with National Geographic Society. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke, a M.E.Sc. from Yale, and, B.S. and B.A. degrees from University of Florida. Krithi's research in India spanning 20 years encompasses macro-level studies assessing patterns of species distributions and extinctions, impacts of wildlife tourism, voluntary resettlement, land use change, conservation education and understanding human-wildlife interactions. She has published more than 90 scientific and popular articles in English and Kannada. Krithi served on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Krithi has mentored over 100 young scientists from India, the U.S., Australia, and the UK and engaged more than 500 citizen science volunteers in projects.


Year of Birth:  1979

Hometown: Mangalore

Education: B.Sc & B.A., Environmental Science and Geography — University of Florida; M.E.Sc, in Environmental Science — Yale University; Ph.D., Environmental Science, and Policy — Duke University

Occupation: Chief Conservation Scientist – Centre for Wildlife Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University; Affiliate Faculty, National Centre for Biological Sciences; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

Expeditions: Several wildlife parks across India. Fieldwork in – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

Favorite Place to Be: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarahole National Park(Karnataka), Manas National Park (Assam)

Best Discoveries: Wild Seve

Favorite Items in the Field: Phone & binoculars

Personal Heroes: My parents- Dr. Prathibha Karanth and Dr. Ullas Karanth and my grandfather Dr. Shivarama Karanth

Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, and painting.

Website: https://cwsindia.org/

Advice: If you’re committed, hardworking and passionate about anything, you will get where you want to go.