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Graduate Student in Rangeland and Watershed Management as well as Environment and Natural Resources

Anne Nicole Reed

Anne Nicole Reed, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location:  Coimbatore Forest District, Southern India

Research Question
The effects of human expansion on human-elephant conflicts in India. Looking into mitigation efforts for crop protection in southern India against elephant raids.

The issue of human-elephant conflicts impacts many throughout the southern part of India. This has been an ongoing conflict for decades resulting in loss of income for farmers as well as loss of life for both people and elephants.

Methods Used
Utilization of two different methods to fully understand these conflicts. First, implementing a survey for farmers and locals in India to capture the human element of the problem. Second, using remote sensing and GIS techniques to capture the land conversion in the area over the last several decades and use this information to inform decisions about the elephant movements and methods of mitigating these conflicts

The hope of learning from locals about mitigation efforts that have been successful or have failed in the past and use the remote sensing data to help inform why these methods may work, and also demonstrate the movement and settlement of people in critical wildlife habitat.

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