Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

MacMillan Center

Yale Himalaya Team

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Mila Dorji is a sophomore at Yale studying neuroscience and global health. Raised in Bhutan and California, Mila aims to continue exploring the Himalayas through his involvement in YHI programs, emergency medical fieldwork, and research activities. His passions include surfing, rock climbing, photography, and filmmaking. He speaks English, Dzongkha, Hindi, and Spanish and follows Vajrayana Buddhist and Jewish practice. On campus, he helps lead the Yale Water Polo Team, Photography Society, and Himalayan Students’ Association.

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Amanda Mei is a senior at Yale College. As an Environmental Studies major, she is pursuing research on the sustainability of intentional communities. In spring 2017, Amanda traveled to India and Nepal for independent study and volunteer work. She is interested in the Indo-Tibetan Himalayas as well as traditions of yoga and meditation. She enjoys writing, playing the piano, layout design, and working for the Yale Council on East Asian Studies in addition to YHI.

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Bhartendu a native of Kumaon region in the Himalayas, is a Doctoral Student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Bhartendu is an expert in remote sensing and geographic information science. He is interested in using these tools with analytical models to understand the urban and environmental sustainability paradigm. His past research has studied urban land expansion and related land-cover dynamics in India and China. Within Himalayas, he is interested in the patterns and drivers of rural-to-urban migrations and associated environmental consequences. Bhartendu is keen on bringing his research experience to be applied to new projects in YHI.

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Lect Sch of For & Env Stu; Assoc Rsrch Sci/Scholar Sch of For & Env Stu
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Alark Saxena is the Program Director of Yale Himalaya Initiative and a Lecturer at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Alark is a social-ecologist who is interested in questions associated to sustainability, resilience and livelihood using a systems approach.  His current research is focused in India and Nepal. In India, Alark is developing a complex model to evaluate livelihood resilience of forest based communities. Within Himalayas, Alark is modeling the impacts of tourism on local livelihood and culture in the Sagarmatha National park, Nepal. Himalayas have been a part of Alark’s life since his teenage days. In his new positon Alark looks forward to strengthening old and forging new relationships between Yale and the Himalayan region.