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Nikhil Advani

Senior Program Officer, Climate Change Adaptation

Nikhil  Advani
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As a senior program officer at WWF, Nikhil’s primary focus is on climate change and species, and human responses to climate change. His species work includes conducting vulnerability assessments and developing and implementing adaptation strategies for WWF priority species. The human responses work is primarily focused in developing countries, learning how communities are being affected by changes in weather and climate, how they are responding, and how their responses impact biodiversity.

Nikhil was born and brought up in Kenya, and went on to pursue his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. His thesis focused on gaining a better mechanistic understanding of species response to climate change, using the Glanville Fritillary butterfly as a model species. 

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and species all over the world are already being impacted. We must implement strategies to help them adapt, both through direct human interventions, and by facilitating their natural capacity to adapt to these changes. ”

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  • Ph.D. - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.Sc. - Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change and species
  • Biological impacts of climate change
  • Human responses to climate change
  • Climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies
  • Ecology, evolution and conservation biology


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