Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Krithi K. Karanth

Krithi K. Karanth

Chief Conservation Scientist and Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nicholas School

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist and Director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Adjunct Faculty at Duke and National Centre for Biological Sciences. She has a Ph.D in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke (2008), a M.E.Sc from Yale (2003), and BS and BA degrees from the University of Florida (2001). Her research in India and Asia spans 21 years encompasses many issues in human dimensions of wildlife conservation. She has conducted macro-level studies assessing patterns of species distributions and extinctions, impacts of wildlife tourism, consequences of voluntary resettlement, land use change and understanding human-wildlife interactions. She has published over 100 scientific and popular articles. Krithi served on the editorial boards of journals Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Krithi has mentored over 120 young scientists and engaged more than 500 citizen science volunteers. Krithi has received over $4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Geographic Society, Indian Government, SNAPP, Yale, Duke, Columbia, and multiple Indian CSR sources.

Her work has been covered by over 100 international outlets such as Al Jazeera Television, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Mongabay, National Geographic, NPR, New York Times, Scientific America and Indian outlets such as All India Radio, Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Herald, Down to Earth, Kannada Prabha, LiveMint, New Indian Express, Prajavani, The Hindu, Times of India. Krithi’s conservation and research work has been featured in 3 award-winning BBC Series - The Hunt, Big Cats and Dynasties. She has co-produced 3 documentaries: "Wild Seve," "Humane Highways," and "Wild Shaale."

Krithi is National Geographic Society’s 10,000th grantee and 2012 Emerging Explorer. Other recognitions include India's Power Women by Femina, Women of the Year by Elle India, University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumnus, INK Fellow and Vogue Women of the Year. In 2015, the World Economic Forum chose her as a Young Global Leader and in 2018 she was jointly awarded Seattle Zoo’s Thrive Conservation Leadership Award. In 2019 she received the WINGS Women of Discovery Award for Conservation, Duke University’s Distinguished Alumni Beyond Duke Award for Service & Leadership, GQ Man of the Year- Manifesto Award and was awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise.