Redefining Human-Wildlife Conflict
In the Tibetan Plateau, PhD candidate Yufang Gao ’14 MESc interviews, observes, and travels with Tibetan herders and Buddhist monks. He sets up camera traps and collects scat to analyze the diet of snow leopards. And he has hiked a mountainside 15,000 feet above sea level — all in pursuit of data for his dissertation that focuses on the quest for harmonious coexistence between people and large carnivores.
What is needed for human-wildlife coexistence is a different perspective about conflict, says Gao.
“Conflict,” he has found, “is part of coexistence.”