I am currently enrolled in an MSc in Conservation Biology at University of Kent. I am in DICE (Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology), an acclaimed interdisciplinary research center in the School of Anthropology and Conservation.
I am the previous project manager of Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that mentors herders in the use of livestock guardian dogs to prevent livestock losses and human-predator conflict.
I am interested in finding out how Mongolian herders are impacted by the introduction of livestock guardian dogs and other conservation approaches. I would like to know more about the views of herders on topics such as sustainability, the use of land, climate change, predators, wildlife, and other aspects of their wellbeing, livelihoods, and perceptions of these topics.
I am especially curious to find out if the introduction of livestock guardian dogs has any impacts on herders’ livelihoods and wellbeing beyond simply reducing how often they might lose livestock. Through my work at Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project I have already collected substantial data demonstrating that the correct use of livestock guardian dogs directly reduces livestock losses to predators. My research will continue for my MSc dissertation at University of Kent, exploring this tool for human-wildlife conflict prevention by investigating the other benefits or drawbacks this approach has for herders. I would like to find out if this type of solution leads to changing perceptions of wildlife conflict among herding communities, if there are any negative impacts of this approach, and if livestock guardian dogs have other positive impacts on herders, their families, and their communities.
- Livestock guardian dogs
- Human-wildlife conflict
- Snow leopards
- Pasture management