Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Graduate Student Panel

Event time: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:45pm
Kroon Hall Room 319 See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT
Event description: 

Join us on November 14th in Kroon Hall (Room 319) for an event featuring a diverse panel of graduate students. We will hear from:

Anwesha Dutta, a final year doctoral researcher at the Dept. of Conflict and Development Studies, Gent University. Currently, she is a visiting research scholar at the Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University. Her work focuses on ethnic conflict, illegal resource extraction, political economy and ecology and issues related to land and forests specifically on the Indo-Bhutan border, with a specific focus on NorthEast India and Assam. Dutta will deliver a talk titled “Constellations of sovereignty and the political economy of illegal timber extraction in BTAD, Assam”.
Catherine Schuetze, an Australian veterinary surgeon and medical anthropologist specialising in the veterinary anthropology of Tibetan cultural areas, Bhutan and India. She founded the NGO, Vets Beyond Borders in 2004 and while living in India and Bhutan over the last decade, helped establish animal welfare, One Health, veterinary surgical training, dog population management and anti-rabies programs.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney researching the veterinary anthropology of Bhutan, a multi-disciplinary research project that explores how pastoralists in Tibetan cultural areas, specifically Bhutan, understand their relationship with, and maintain the health of their animals.  Her veterinary specialties are companion animal acupuncture, herbal medicine, palliative and end of life care- and she works part time at the Bondi Veterinary Hospital, where the television show, the Bondi Vet was filmed. Schuetze will deliver a talk on “One Health in Bhutan: the nexus between animal, environmental and human health
Younten Phuntsho, a mid-career MEM Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Phuntsho work as a Sr. Forestry Officer for Department of Forests and Park Services, Royal Government of Bhutan; and for the last 7 and half years, he has been involved in conducting the National Forest Inventory (NFI) of Bhutan as one of the National Coordinators. He has a undergraduate Degree in General Science from Sherubtse College (Delhi University) and a Master’s in Forest Management from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, FRI Deemed University, India. His interests are in the areas of climate change, forest resource assessment, valuation of natural resources, and forest resource planning and management. He believes that the knowledge and skills gained from his education at Yale will be meaningfully put into use upon return to Bhutan. He hopes that his department, the government, and the people at large will benefit from his contribution and service. The title of his talk is ”National Forest Inventory of Bhutan – Challenges faced, and experiences gained”.

Indra Prasad Acharja, a Master of Forest Science (MFS) Student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Before joining FES, Acharja worked with a non-profit organization on conservation projects in Bhutan. He completed undergraduate studies in Life sciences and post-graduate study from Forest Research Institute, India. His area of interest lies in, ecology, wildlife conservation and management. He plans to continue to work in the conservation of threatened species in the Himalayan region. While at FES, he is looking forward to developing research skills, understand research tools and techniques, and conservation approaches that can be applied back to Himalayan region. The title of his talk is “The Royal Society for Protection (RSPN) and the two birds”.