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Sushma Shretha, Ph.D.

Social Scientist, Indigenous & Community Governance, Moore Center for Science

Sushma Shretha, Ph.D.

Social Scientist, Indigenous & Community Governance, Moore Center for Science

Sushma Shretha is a social scientist at the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International, leading efforts to map territories governed by indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) globally to better understand IPLCs’ contributions to conservation.

Sushma’s research is part of the organization’s effort to generate novel insights into extents, patterns, trends and implications of area-based conservation beyond state protected areas and provide foundational information for conservation planning and impact evaluation. 

Prior to joining Conservation International, Sushma was  global economics and social science research fellow at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), examining the role of participatory mapping in local-level ecosystem services mapping and was a baseline floristic inventory lead for the New York Botanical Garden and Columbia University’s Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economic Growth program, documenting floral biodiversity. Sushma holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Miami University, Ohio, and has worked in Nepal’s Himalayas, the Ecuadorian Andes and coastal Dominican Republic.​

Sushma’s research is part of the organization’s effort to generate novel insights into extents, patterns, trends and implications of area-based conservation beyond state protected areas and provide foundational information for conservation planning and impact evaluation. 

Prior to joining Conservation International, Sushma was  global economics and social science research fellow at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), examining the role of participatory mapping in local-level ecosystem services mapping and was a baseline floristic inventory lead for the New York Botanical Garden and Columbia University’s Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economic Growth program, documenting floral biodiversity. Sushma holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Miami University, Ohio, and has worked in Nepal’s Himalayas, the Ecuadorian Andes and coastal Dominican Republic.​