Nevada University to hold summer research program in Sri Lanka

TPL | Published: 10:49 AM Oct 16 2021
Local Nevada University to hold summer research program in Sri Lanka

The University of Nevada’s ‘Sri Lanka Elephant Conservation Consortium’ is seeking applications for its 8-week summer research program in Sri Lanka in summer 2022.

Applications are due on 01 November 2021.

The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public land-grant research university in Reno, Nevada, USA.

It is the state's flagship public university and primary land grant institution.

The project focuses on understanding the causes of conflict between human and elephant communities, including competition for resources and habitat.

Students accepted into the program will work with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society’s field biologists, conservationists, and extensionists to study human-elephant-conflict (HEC) at field sites, including Wasgamuwa National Park.

Additionally, students will attend workshops hosted by scholars and scientists in Sri Lanka, meet with research institutes in Sri Lanka, participate in field courses hosted by faculty from other universities, and work with HEC affected communities.

Students will live and work with their field team to produce research on how to save elephants by helping people.

Recognizing that natural resource management is interdisciplinary in nature, students from all fields are encouraged to apply.

The program will cover the costs of flights, room and board, and transportation related to field work in Sri Lanka.

The program requires students to take two classes in the spring of 2022 to prepare for the trip, as well as attend weekly meetings and develop a research project in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

Students will fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka in early June and return at the beginning of August.

Upon return to campus, students will complete their research and present it at the fall undergraduate research symposium.

When in Sri Lanka, students will spend the majority of their time living at the SLWCS’s Pussellayaya Field House.

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Human-Elephant Conflict is an ecosystem management problem in Sri Lanka.

Each year, an average of over 70 people and 200 elephants die from HEC.

TPL | Published: 10:49 AM Oct 16 2021

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