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POPBIO SEMINAR-Dr. Nikhil Advani, World Wildlife Fund
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Contact ibfrontdesk@austin.utexas.edu

TITLE:  “Researching climate vulnerability of species, and developing and implementing adaptation solutions”

 

Location: NHB 1.720
EMERGING ALUMNI: Dr. Nikhil Advani – Advocate for Wildlife, People and the Planet. In 2013, Nikhil Advani joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where he currently leads efforts on climate, communities and wildlife. During his time at WWF, Nikhil has founded and led a number of initiatives, including an effort to crowdsource data and implement climate adaptation projects for rural communities in developing countries, a wildlife and climate assessment series to research vulnerability to climate change and a Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund to help at-risk species adapt to climate change. Nikhil also is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Species Survival Commission Climate Change Specialist Group.

Dr. Advani was born and raised in Kenya. He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. His thesis focused on gaining a better mechanistic understanding of species response to climate change, using the Glanville Fritillary butterfly as a model species. During his time at UT, Nikhil received the College of Natural Sciences teaching award from the Texas Exes, an outstanding teaching award from the School of Biological Sciences and a number of undergraduate and graduate fellowships.