Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Tara Meyer, M.E.Sc.

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

For her master’s research Tara carried out a camera and DNA-based study aimed at documenting snow leopards for the first time in western Tajikistan and examining the genetic connectivity of snow leopards in the region. She also conducted interviews with hunters, shepherds, and community leaders to examine the socio-economic and cultural context for carnivore conservation and administered surveys on human-wildlife conflicts in the region to quantify livestock depredation losses to wild carnivores. She will use these results to evaluate current wildlife management practices and make recommendations for improvements to my partners in Tajikistan (Panthera and the Tajikistan Academy of Sciences).