Lauren Redmore, Aby Sene-Harper, Dhananjaya Katju & Mike Petriello

Lauren Redmore: Lauren is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M where she studies human–elephant interactions in Northern Botswana. She is a former community-based conservation project manager and is interested in governance, resource rights, and rural change.

Aby Sene-Harper: Aby is a postdoctoral researcher in park and conservation area management in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research in Sub-Saharan Africa focuses on rural livelihoods, resource governance and tourism in relation to parks and protected areas. Her broader interests seeks to examine ways to (re)connect historically marginalized communities to parks and protected areas both in the USA and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Michael Petriello: Mike is a PhD candidate and conservation social scientist at Texas A&M University. He currently focuses on campesino hunting culture and local and traditional knowledge in Nicaragua. His broader interests center on integrating the unseen/misrepresented cultures of marginalized and misunderstood groups into conservation across diverse ecosystems and regions.

Dhananjaya Katju: Dhananjaya is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with a diverse background in wildlife science, tropical ecology, conservation biology, and political ecology. His doctoral research at Texas A&M University applied an integrative approach to assess the roles of socio-cultural identities, livelihoods, and environmental policy in the governance and management of the Manas Tiger Reserve in north-eastern India.