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About Me

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I graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University in 2017 with a B.S. in the Interdisciplinary Studies of Biology and Anthropology. I later received my M.S. in Conservation Biology in 2023 from the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University where I was part of Dr. Sara Bombaci's Diversity and Inclusion in Conservation Ecology Lab. I am currently working as a writer and support specialist for the Office of the Dean at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Through these roles, I develop written content related but not limited to scientific research and innovation, policy, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, and student, staff, and faculty support to promote initiatives led by the college's Dean, Dr. Benjamin Houlton, and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, Dr. Xingen Lei. In addition to my interest in communication, I am broadly interested in utilizing passive acoustic monitoring systems to increase our understanding of the complex relationships between anthropogenic disturbances and species’ activities, behaviors, and survival. I have a special interest in the application of acoustic monitoring to studying and conserving populations of forest elephants in Central Africa and in completing this work through partnership with local communities using a decolonized and justice-oriented approach. I have a strong interest in promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through my work and am collaborating on several research projects related to social and environmental justice in academia and conservation. This advocacy is grounded in my lived experiences as a Zoroastrian woman, as a member and ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, as a person who is neurodivergent, and in my firm belief that the recognition and equitable inclusion of a diversity of theories, perspectives, and identities will significantly augment scientific comprehension of our world and our capacity to preserve it.

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Contact Me

anahitaverahrami@gmail.com

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260 Roberts Hall

Office of the Dean

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

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Cornell University is located on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. I acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫ'' oppression and honor the enduring connection that Gayogo̱hó:nǫ'' people, both past and present, hold to these lands and waters.

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